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Rhode Island Quahog Week 2018

Rhode Island Quahog Week 2018 | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Rhode Island’s Quahog Week will be held March 26 to April 1, 2018. The annual event highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild shellfish harvest to the state’s history, traditions, and economy.
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Last year, more than 22 million quahogs (off-the-boat value of $5 million) were harvested from Narragansett Bay and local coastal waters.
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That Pawnee corn thread – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Amazing story of the revival of Pawnee Eagle Corn - Grown by native Americans, thought to be extinct.

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One family had saved last 50 kernels taken with them when they were exiled from Nebraska to Oklahoma in the 1870s.
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Pesticides in Produce - Consumer Reports

Pesticides in Produce - Consumer Reports | Local Foods | Scoop.it
The presence of pesticides in produce is a concern for many people. Consumer Reports examines the pesticide residues on produce to help consumers reduce exposure.

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“We’re exposed to a cocktail of chemicals from our food on a daily basis,” says Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H., director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center.
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2018 South Atlantic Shrimp Season Closures – Fresh Seafood

2018 South Atlantic Shrimp Season Closures – Fresh Seafood | Local Foods | Scoop.it
In January, unusually cold weather gripped the southeast region of the USA, with water temperatures plummeting along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. During the period, sustained water temperatures affect a variety of marine life, including white shrimp, a valuable commercial fishery in South Carolina and Georgia.
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According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), shortly after the first week in January SCDNR staff and members of the public began reporting dead fish and shrimp along the shores of tidal marshes and saltwater impoundments.
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Cropping Space

Cropping Space | Local Foods | Scoop.it
In an urban environment, where farmland acres don’t stretch far, space to grow food must be discovered in non-obvious places. Beyond community gardens and urban farms on vacant lots, space to grow food in the city is really anywhere anyone motivated to farm creates it.
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The containers are outfitted with a fully assembled vertical hydroponic farming system, complete with innovative climate-control technology, a stainless-steel workbench with seedling growth area, lightweight crop columns, high-efficiency LED lights and a “farmhand”: a software platform to monitor climate, water, lights, etc.
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The Far Out History Of How Hippie Food Spread Across America : The Salt : NPR

The Far Out History Of How Hippie Food Spread Across America : The Salt : NPR | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Finding granola, hummus, organic produce and whole grains is easy now, but it wasn't always. Jonathan Kauffman's new book, Hippie Food, explores the people and places that expanded America's palate.
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Frustrated with the Vietnam War, The Man, and the general state of the nation, hippies set out to do everything differently. They founded rural communes, dabbled in psychedelics and cultivated a laissez-faire approach to personal hygiene. But, like everyone else in the world, they had to eat.
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Virginia Beach Seed Library – Tidewater Virginia

Virginia Beach Seed Library – Tidewater Virginia | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) and the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners have partnered to create a “Seed Library” that is based in the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, located at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
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The Seed Library provides vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for customers to take and grow at home.
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Food and Cooking Gift Ideas

Food and Cooking Gift Ideas | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Food and cooking accessories are always popular as gifts. An endless array of products are available and new items are always showing up in stores and online.
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Food icons found on gift items include fruits and vegetables, fish, shellfish, meats, diary, herbs, spices, and others.
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A closer look at food insecurity in Canada

A closer look at food insecurity in Canada | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Tania Little, director of Food Banks Canada, explains food insecurity in Canada and the importance of food banks across the country.
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This article highlights the importance of food banks in Canada.
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2016-2017 Maine Scallop Season – Fresh Seafood

2016-2017 Maine Scallop Season – Fresh Seafood | Local Foods | Scoop.it
The 2016-2017 Maine Scallop Season is off to a strong start, according to an early report from Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR).
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Maine scallop harvesters report landing some of the largest scallops in recent memory.
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Rhode Island Winter Farmers Markets

Rhode Island Winter Farmers Markets | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Rhode Island winter farmers markets are being highlighted through the “Get Fresh. Buy Local” campaign, a program from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
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Local markets will feature an array of products from Rhode Island, including fresh seafood, meats, produce, prepared foods, and gifts.
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At Seattle Tilth People Become Organic Gardeners

At Seattle Tilth People Become Organic Gardeners | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Learn about Seattle Tilth's mission, vision and history, see staff and board listings, and find contact information.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, February 17, 2014 8:53 PM

My first garden in Seattle was 10' x 10', I practiced square foot gardening, but only after sifting the soil for rocks and pebbles. P-Patches in Seattle are all organic, no pesticides allowed. One of my favorite gardens is Bradner in the Mount Baker neighborhood where Tilth Master gardeners share their expertise in exemplary plots.

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How to Grow Your Own Endless Mushrooms At Home

How to Grow Your Own Endless Mushrooms At Home | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Image Credit: US Department of Agriculture @ Flickr Compost, Wood Chips, and Other Organic Substrates Ideal for indoor container cultivation or for an outdoor mushroom patch, these types of decomposers can be grown in trays, bags, jars, terrariums,...
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Endless mushrooms?
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Canary Seed – Not Just "For the Birds" Anymore - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Canary Seed – Not Just "For the Birds" Anymore - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Canary seed, a cereal grain crop previously used as feed for caged and wild birds, was recently approved for human consumption by Health Canada.
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This is good news for Canadian farmers, who produce up to 65% of the world's canary seed.
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Is Seaweed the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Food?

Is Seaweed the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Food? | Local Foods | Scoop.it
As Tollef Olsen throws a white buoy labeled “SEAFARM” into Portland, Maine’s Casco Bay on a cold, clear November day, he reminisces about talking to the Maine Sea Coast Vegetables founder Shep Erhart back in the early 1980s about the environmental benefits of farming seaweed. Olsen recites: “No land, no fresh water, no fertilizer, no …

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Seaweed has been mentioned as a top health-food trend by Today.com, MarketWatch, and Whole Foods.
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10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Every other week, new research claims one food is better than another, or that some ingredient yields incredible new health benefits. Couple that with a few old wives’ tales passed down from your parents, and each time you fire up your stove or sit down to eat a healthy meal, it can be difficult separating food fact from fiction. We talked to a group of nutritionists and asked them to share the food myths they find most irritating and explain why people cling to them. Here’s what they said.
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This article highlights a number of food myths.
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NC Catch Brings Local Seafood from Local Fishermen to Your Table

NC Catch Brings Local Seafood from Local Fishermen to Your Table | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Keeping fishermen fishing and bringing in their haul to feed as many as possible is the reason local Catch groups have formed up and down the NC coast.
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As the umbrella organization, NC Catch provides additional financial support, resources and printed material, and manpower with one mission in mind - to educate the public about the importance of demanding local seafood.
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What it Means to Eat Local

What it Means to Eat Local | Local Foods | Scoop.it
What, exactly, does “local” mean?
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There is no universal definition of what “local” food means. A clause in the 2008 Food and Farm Act stipulates that products that travel less than 400 miles from their point of origin or are produced within the same state can be called “locally or regionally produced,” so when consumers read “local” on labels, there’s no real way of knowing how the localness of that product or service is being defined.
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Diet Rich In Greens Linked To Less Age-Related Memory Loss : Shots - Health News : NPR

Diet Rich In Greens Linked To Less Age-Related Memory Loss : Shots - Health News : NPR | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A 5-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.
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A study recently published in Neurology finds that healthy seniors who had daily helpings of leafy green vegetables had a slower rate of cognitive decline, compared to those who tended to eat little or no greens.
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Harnessing Agrobiodiversity to Reduce Food Insecurity

Harnessing Agrobiodiversity to Reduce Food Insecurity | Local Foods | Scoop.it
A new report on the state of Tucson’s food system reveals that Tucson is one of the top U.S. cities in providing food diversity and access.
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Fishing for Sustainability

Fishing for Sustainability | Local Foods | Scoop.it

In New Hampshire, near the mouth of the Piscataqua, researchers oversee what could potentially be an exciting and lucrative addition to New Hampshire’s momentous local food movement.

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As part of an innovative initiative to foster both economic and environmental sustainability in the seacoast community, Chambers, a research scientist and aquaculture specialist with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant, has spent the last six plus years raising and harvesting steelhead trout, blue mussels, dulse, and sugar kelp in a process known as integrated multitrophic aquaculture.
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Mutable Maize

Mutable Maize | Local Foods | Scoop.it
“You can give an overview of the history of corn,” said John T. Edge in his confident, persuasive voice, ignoring my demurral that in spite of lots of experience with corn in Mexico, I …
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These Egg Shell Seed Starters Make The Cutest Garden

These Egg Shell Seed Starters Make The Cutest Garden | Local Foods | Scoop.it
And you're even reducing your waste at the same time
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A great idea for starting garden plants.
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2015 USA Seafood Statistics

2015 USA Seafood Statistics | Local Foods | Scoop.it
"A recent report, Fisheries of the United States, 2015, provides insight into U.S. per capita seafood consumption, aquaculture production, the U.S. seafood processing industry, imports and exports, and domestic supply of fishery products."
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Fisheries of the United States (FUS) provides a snapshot of data on U.S. commercial fisheries landings and value, recreational catches, and other information.
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McLeod’s Community Garden : Bette Midler's Green Thumb Revitalizes Community Gardens

McLeod’s Community Garden : Bette Midler's Green Thumb Revitalizes Community Gardens | Local Foods | Scoop.it
Tour eight amazing public spaces transformed by the actress’s New York Restoration Project

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, December 1, 2014 7:10 PM

Another reason to love the Divine Ms. Bette Middler. I learned about her endeavors around the time that I was gardening at one of Seattle's community gardens or P-Patches, named after the farmer Picardo who donated his land to the city under the condition that people would get to grow vegetables and such for their own and the community's benefit.

 

Since growing vegetables without pesticides is practically impossible if your neighbors are using chemicals on their plot, gardening at the Seattle P-Patches would across the board be an organic endeavor. 

 

As a native Dutch speaker, who a long time ago was wed to a scientist specialized in organic chemistry, "organic" gardening seemed an unnecessary redundancy, how could you garden other than organically, I thought. Perhaps natural would be more to the point.

 

Natural gardening? What's that? 

 

Never mind. Take in what can happen when people take it upon them to clear wasteland and make it into a space with natural beauty, albeit cultured or cultivated.