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How Is Your Child-Rearing Budget?

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Touch the Soil News #592 What will it cost to raise a child – born in 2015 – through the age of 17? The USDA reports that the cost is an average of $233,610. That cost applies to married couple with two children that has before tax income between $59,200 and $107,400. For wealthier families with incomes over $107,400 expenditures can reach almost $400,000 to raise a child through age 17. For less affluent couples with incomes of $59,200 or less, the cost for raising a child through age 17 is $158,600. Not included in these costs is the cost of college. The USDA estimates that the annual cost of…

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Allotment Food Gardens – Under Pressure to Also Serve As Residence

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Touch the Soil News #443 As the world continues to grow mega cities, it’s not particularly what people want. The need for open space and gardening cannot be erased with pavement. In economics, when millions of people compete for a limited space, the free market can push housing prices out of reach – pushing people away from the city. In Europe, gardening has had several centuries of evolution. The allotment garden – a legal obligation of government to provide gardening space to citizens – was historically a place to practice horticulture. In some European nations, like Denmark, there is an evolutionary trend to “colony gardens.” A colony garden is when…

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Big City Housing – Leaves Less for Food – Threatens Society

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Touch the Soil News #358 The Idaho Falls, Idaho metropolitan area has a population of around 136,000. It is far away from all of the warmer climates in the USA that are so desirable. It is off the radar for folks who have become accustomed – addicted – to mega-city living. One thing Idaho Falls does have is a housing market that is more in line with affordability. On average, a home in the Bay Area of California is roughly 10 to 12 times the cost of a home in Idaho Falls. A $140,000 home in Idaho Falls can cost $1,750,000 in Sunnyvale, California (close to Apple headquarters). For further…

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