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Do You Have a Yard to Raise Food? If So, Here is Why You Are Lucky

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Touch the Soil News #374 Years ago in England, it was incumbent upon local governments to provide a place for the citizenry to raise food. Called an allotment garden, the need is still real. The city of Gloucester (population of 125,000) has recently been in the news about its allotment gardens. The city has 12 allotment garden providing 846 garden plots, but they have a waiting list of about 550 people waiting for a plot. The Gloucester Citizen (a local paper ) has reported on Local resident Graham Snelling (age 68). Snelling is a retired podiatrist who had to retire early after suffering three heart attacks. His own place is…

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Food Concerns Leads to Powerful Shifts in Political Power

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Touch the Soil News #255 We are all familiar with the red tape that goes on in Washington. Lots of talk about ending hunger and minimizing food waste – but things move at a snail’s pace. More frequently we are seeing cities and states step up to take climate change action – for example – on their own. When governors and mayors start to act on things that should be taken care of on the federal level – it signals a shift of power. Fossil fuels and alternative energy have been dominating the national and international political debates. However, people and food have been climbing up the “media” ladder at…

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Shooting for $50,000 Gross off 20,000 Square Feet (1/2 acre) Webinar

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Touch the Soil News #212 The folks at SPIN Farming are hosting another Webinar featuring Adithya Ramachandran of Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens. If you are a market gardener or know of someone who wants to be – don’t miss this Webinar.   Date: November 19th – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time Webinar Reservations: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8198689142476943618 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Farmigo – Another Opportunity for Market Garden Success

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Touch the Soil News #198 It would be nice if you, as a present or future market gardener, could just focus on production and not worry about who is going to buy what you produce. Marketing can be difficult if we don’t apply some common sense. However, taking time to think about who is going to buy what you produce – and who might be able to help you – is already a solid step towards success. The first thing is not to be daunted by the business challenges. American’s spend $1.5 trillion dollars a year to buy food – much of it devoid of quality, freshness and social responsibility.…

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Fossil Fuel Divestment, Financial Storms & Food Gardening

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Touch the Soil News #197 Food gardening for oneself, or as a market-garden business, may seem like a small ship in an ocean of turbulence. But that is the point. Big ships create their own turbulence as they bump into each other and the environment. Can food gardening and market gardening provide small ports of safety? We know everyone is tied to “fighting for dollars” in order to access things that provide our sustenance and enjoyment. Rarely do we consider that all of our eggs are in one basket – the financial dollar basket. Organizing life around dollars certainly has merits, but it is also the playing field of every…

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Global Diets Are Putting People at Risk

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Touch the Soil News # 179 According to a study by David Tillman and Michael Clark at the University of Minnesota, diets in 2050 will contain 60 percent more empty calories. According to the authors, rising incomes and urbanization are driving a global dietary transition in which traditional diets are replaced by diets higher in refined sugars, refined fats, oils and meats. By 2050 these dietary trends, if unchecked, would be a major contributor to an estimated 80 per cent increase in global agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from food production and to global land clearing. Moreover, these dietary shifts are greatly increasing the incidence of type II diabetes, coronary heart…

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Oversights, Carelessness and Corruption Compromise Food

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Touch the Soil News #164 The title of this news piece almost reminds one of politics – an activity surrounded by perils, corruption and unsafe practices. One of the investigative themes we cover in Touch the Soil News relates to compromises in the food chain – a scary thought. Yet, it is these kinds of discoveries that support trends for decentralization, localization and transparency – even if it means starting your own food garden for a portion of your nutritional needs. Following are a few highlights from events unfolding within the last 30 days (sources: FDA and Food Safety News): 8/21/15 │ Alphin Brothers – a North Carolina seafood processor…

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