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Food Hardship – Is the Solution Food Gardening?

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) recently published its 2014 National, State and Local Index of Food Hardship. Food hardship is a state of being in which there is struggle to put food on the table.  According to the report, food hardship afflicted between 17.2 and 18.6 percent of Americans at various times over the last seven years – that’s between 55 and 61 million people. Here are some of the highlights: Mississippi has the highest food hardship rate of any state at 24.7 percent. About one out of every 4 people in Mississippi is food challenged. North Dakota has the lowest food hardship rate of any state at…

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Katie’s Krops – How One Girl Re-instates the Connection Between Gardening and Solving Hunger

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As much as we may try, the connection between eating and raising food is permanent. From subsistence farming, the world passed the gavel of raising food to farmers and now to industrial farming. In world almost exclusively organized around dollars, hundreds of millions of people have been externalized from the money it takes to buy from the farm via the grocery store. It took a nine year old girl to figure out that solving hunger was somehow related to raising food. Back in 2008, Katie Stagliano – a third grader, took on a school project to raise a cabbage. Her cabbage turned out to be a 40 lb. wonder. She…

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Old New MacDonald Had a Farm – eee iii eee iii ooo

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What is a farm and what is food? I remember my shock when learning about Roundup Ready GMO corn. The corn has been tampered with to create toxins. When the corn borer eats the corn, it kills the pest. Since when does a plant – whose role is to be a pesticide – become food? Most sweeteners, especially in soft drinks, come from corn sweeteners sourced from GMO Roundup Ready corn. In my previous life, as a consultant to stressed farms, many of my clients raised sugar beets. Controlling weeds was a major problem. Around 2008, the sugar beet industry – nationwide – converted to GMO sugar beets. The sugar…

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A Pictorial History of Gardening in America Circa 1940s – Gallery

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A Pictorial History of Gardening in America Circa 1940s. This gallery of images takes us back to memory lane. Showing us gardening, farming and family were all interconnected. Organic Gardening was the standard. Synthetic fertilizers were rare in these days. Enjoy the gallery of images.

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Garden Therapy for Seniors – Unique Georgia Non-Profit Cultivates the Way

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Garden therapy plus social interaction is the goal of the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA). The Council believes that gardening aids seniors in maintaining good physical and mental health by creating and working in food gardens. The ACCA has developed two gardens for use by seniors. The gardens were especially made with raised beds for easy access. To enhance the program, ACCA provides volunteers to interact and assist the seniors. Additional help for the seniors comes from volunteers from The University of Georgia’s UGArden program. The UGArden program teaches students how to raise food organically and sustainably. The first garden was once an abandoned parking lot. It is now…

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