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Wal Mart Associates Deliver to Your Home

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Touch the Soil News #720 (feature photo – CC SA 2.0) To survive amidst heavy competition, Wal Mart is experimenting with having employees deliver on-line orders to customers on their way home. A Wal Mart store in New Jersey and one in Arkansas are now engaged in testing employee (associates) delivery after they get off work. The program is voluntary and customers are to receive their orders on the day after making the order. Wal Mart says it is already having trucks move online orders from fulfillment centers to stores for pick-up. The idea of engaging employees for the last mile delivery could save the company many dollars. Wal Mart…

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First Lady Michelle Obama – Schools Should Teach Children How to Raise, Harvest and Prepare Their Own Food

Official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House, Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Touch the Soil News #324 Upon arriving at the White House (seven years ago), first lady Michelle Obama took healthy eating into her own hands and established a kitchen garden on the White House Lawn. In addition to sourcing food from the garden, it has become a public learning place for children. The education is about food from seed to plate. First Lady Michelle Obama and chef Sam Kass plant the White House kitchen garden with the help of Bancroft Elementary School fifth graders in 2009 (Photo courtesy of the White House) Today, the White House Kitchen Garden is open for tours to community groups and schools. A maximum group…

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The U.S. Versus Kenya – Which is the Most Food-Progressive?

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Touch the Soil News #275 Recently the news conglomerate All Africa, published an article on kitchen gardening in Busia County, of Western Kenya. Kitchen gardening is the practice of raising leafy greens, vegetables, fruits or herbs in close proximity to the kitchen. The reason for the resurgence of home gardening stems around three things – health, income from extra produce to sell and its becoming “vogue” to do so. Timely rains and some irrigation infrastructure allows most kitchen gardeners to raise crops year-round. Local governments, NGO’s and non-profits are contributing to the success of kitchen gardening through training of crop husbandry, organic methods, and sustainable practices. In addition to kitchen…

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