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A Spooky Food and Gardening Awareness

Touch the Soil News #285 Imagine one day waking up and realizing you need to go home, but you are a million miles from home. Home in this sense is the family farm of three to four generations ago that had a vegetable garden, a couple of milk cows, chickens for eggs, a few acres of grain for bread and some meat animals. The reason you want to go home is that you have found yourself in a city of 7.5 million people (Hong Kong) that is on the edge of China with 1.4 billion people all looking for more food. The realization hits you that everything must be imported.…

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Will City Parks Give Way to Food Forests?

Touch the Soil News #239 Folks in Lincoln, Nebraska have been working on a new kind of community space – one of the first of its kind in the U.S. It is loosely called a Food Forest. A food forest is a place where food and the cultivation of food is carefully chose to sustain people. Called the Southern Heights Food Forest, the project is a 2-acre space that includes a research-based outdoor classroom, a community garden, an urban agriculture plot and a place for all ages of people to come together. Instead of a city park with grass and trees, it is a space that educates about food, creates…

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