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  • Gardening for Healthy Living

    Many of us find information on the harmful effects of pesticides in our produce consuming our thoughts, and shoppers continue to learn about the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list and their seasonal add-ons. Nothing can keep the contamination from spreading, and yet, achieving a healthy diet means eating fruits and veggies. What do we do?

    Eat and grow with ROYGBIV
    By Amy Vergin
  • 40 Years of Compost

    Bob Dickey is an energetic 74-year-old with an infectious laugh. His love of organic gardening is clear—he speaks of compost, earthworms, microbes, and full sun with the zeal of the truly converted. His excellent health and a youth that belies his age make a compelling argument for the merits of a diet heavy on the homegrown fruits and veggies.

    Inspired by Silent Spring, master gardener Bob Dickey grows vegetables the old-fashioned way
    By Adam Swenson
  • Keep Safe During Gardening Season

    To avoid and reduce injuries this summer:

    >> Be sure to warm up/stretch as you would before any physical activity.

    >> Wear gardening gloves (to reduce blisters) and kneepads, or use a foam cushion to make it more comfortable and less traumatic for knees.

  • Eating in Season

    Foods that are in season contain peak nutrients and generally put less of a dent in your budget than those purchased out of season. Whether you want to grow your own fresh produce in your backyard, stop by a farmers market, or shop at your local grocery or co-op, the following hints and tips lead you to the freshest produce and where to find it.

    Summer Produce

    For health, quality, and cost
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Spring Greening

    While temperatures slowly begin to rise and the snow has melted away, for many people, it’s time to start planning this year’s garden. And really, is it ever too early to begin planning for an abundant harvest? Whether you view gardening as a necessity for healthy, sustainable food, or as a pleasant past-time activity, gardening truly is for anyone and everyone!

    The many benefits of gardening.
  • Turning Back to the Land

    Aromatic coffee brews quietly, filling the small café at Mazopiya with a rich, morning scent. The warm drink is especially welcomed today, as the light drizzle outside rings in the cold season at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) reservation in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

    Organic garden provides tribal concept market
    By Cara Lucas
  • Eating In Season for Health, Quality, and Cost

    Foods eaten in season contain peak nutrients and generally put less of a dent in your budget than if purchased out of season. Whether you want to grow your own fresh produce in your backyard, stop by a farmers market, or shop at your local grocery or co-op, the following hints and tips lead you to the freshest produce and where to find it.
     

    Summer--for most of us it's the season of fun, a time to get out of our homes and enjoy the sunlight. In addition to the bright summer days, many delicious and unique foods are in season.
    By Brooke Holmgren
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  • Plant a Seed, Grow a Community

     

    What better way to integrate yourself into the great outdoors than to join a community garden? Or start your own?
    By Cara Lucas
  • Get Your Garden Ready

    With spring just around the corner, it’s not too early to start working in the garden.

    * Add compost and nitrogen to soil to ensure vigorous plant growth. Blood meal, fish meal, alfalfa meal, soybean meal, and cottonseed meal are excellent organic nitrogen sources.

    By Jodi Helmer
  • Get Growing!

    My fascination with growing food started in the third grade, when the entire class grew tiny tomato plants on the windowsill of our classroom. The plants died before sprouting any fruit, but my interest in gardening took root. Since then, I’ve had many more successes in the garden: strawberries, melons, fresh salad greens, and yes, even tomatoes.

    Big or small, a garden can hlp you cultivate a healthy body and calm mind.
    By Jodi Helmer
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