A perennial “backbone” will not only increase the aesthetic qualities of your vegetable garden landscape, but it will also welcome all kinds of beneficial insects and animals to your garden. Elderberries, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, black currants, boysenberries and rose hips are great, colorful fruits to grow in your garden. A great many trees, shrubs, vines, hedgerows, vegetables, and herbs can serve the garden landscape as backbone plants, establishing a multistory environment that creates microclimates and habitats. They set the stage...

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NewCare Farms Building Yogurt Site At least half a century has come and gone since a rural route in the Township of South Dundas was the address of an honest-to-goodness milk processing plant. But the Biemond family is well on its way to changing that, with an 8,200-square-foot yogurt-making facility rising on their certified organic Waddell Rd. dairy operation — NewCare Farms. Read NewCare Farms Building Yogurt Site in Eastern Ontario AgriNews.   Food Hub in Prescott Russell The Eastern...

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We often break the topic of “Resilience” down into 3 categories: financial, physical and emotional. The first two are much more tangible and more frequently and easily discussed. But it’s the last that likely matters most. No matter how large your bank account or how well-stocked your homestead, no one can be completely prepared for every potential eventuality. And nothing ever goes 100% according to plan. In the times when it doesn’t, it’s our emotional fortitude that determines how well...

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To assess climate impacts, EWG (Environmental Working Group) partnered with CleanMetrics, an environmental analysis and consulting firm, to do lifecycle assessments of 20 popular types of meat (including fish), dairy and vegetable proteins. Unlike most studies that focus just on production emissions, our assessment calculates the full “cradle-to-grave” carbon footprint of each food item based on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated before and after the food leaves the farm – from the pesticides and fertilizer used to grow animal...

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Providing high-quality food for your family year-round takes foresight and planning, plus healthy doses of commitment and follow-through. Whether you grow as much of your food as you can or you source it from local producers, the guidelines here will help you decide how much to produce or purchase. The charts linked to in “Plan How Much to Grow” later in this article will also help you estimate how much space you’ll need — both in your garden to grow...

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As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.

While your carbon footprint may be small in the scheme of things, the decisions people around the world make about housing, travel, food, products and services pay for 70% of global emissions. Shrink That Footprint is about how we can harness this power with  actions, technologies and innovation to create low carbon lifestyles that are both desirable and consistent with a stable climate. Fast, cheap and simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbAvdsJ9jpE?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360]

5. MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO A Community Renaissance is Easier Than you Think It doesn’t take much to start a Renaissance in your neighborhood. In fact, as Dave Marcucci discovered, a simple bench can do the trick. After attending a PPS (Project for Public Spaces) training course in 2005, Marcucci came away inspired by the idea that every neighborhood should have ten great places. He returned home to Mississauga, Ontario determined to make his house, which occupies a prime corner lot, one...

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Montreal is North America’s pioneer in protected lanes. Inspired by Dutch, Danish and German examples, the city established a network of protected lanes that now covers more than 30 miles. The idea began to stir Americans’ imaginations in 2007 when New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan launched plans to tame the city’s mean streets. New York has since built 43 miles of protected lanes, with measurable results in safer streets and rising bike ridership. Protected bike...

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by Amy Korst, Mother Earth News, May 2014 In the recycling world, starting a discussion about plastics is like waltzing through a minefield. The issues surrounding this material are laden with emotion, misunderstandings, and sensationalism. At some point in your zero-waste journey, you will encounter some of these issues. Is Plastic Truly Recyclable? The truest definition of recycling involves taking a material, melting it down, and turning it back into itself over and over. This can be done with glass...

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