Retail Chain Builds Community Garden Network

Anywhere in the world, this seems a situation at odds with business interests, especially with a large discount chain that sells groceries. Yet, six Kaufland stores in Romania will have a community garden at (or near) the location before the end of 2017. And that’s just the first phase of their new Gradinescu garden building project. Society and the environment are hugely important to this German company’s Romania division. They’re an active participant in afforestation and sustainability and environmental education and also keen supporters of projects that help the disadvantaged. Community gardens fit neatly into the Kaufland Romania views...

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People Street Food: The Urban Food Street

The neighborhood that grows together literally put a healthy twist on street food. It all started with one food street in northeastern Queensland, Australia, and grew to cover a whole section of town. The price of locally grown, organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs is zilch. If it’s ripe, it’s available to every person in the neighborhood. It’s an all-you-can-eat community garden conveniently located along the sidewalk, or footpath as they call them Down Under. Picturing a happenstance scattering of little postage stamp gardens? It’s a bit bigger than that. According to Australia’s ABC News, this neighborhood garden grown by...

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Preserving Health Benefits of Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Many people eat mushrooms because they taste great, but they offer tons more than flavor. They’re rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body needs. A recent study, however, discovered that some common ways of cooking them alter important health benefits of mushrooms. And the findings don’t agree with earlier studies. What Are the Health Benefits of Mushrooms? Since they don’t come from plants, there are no phytonutrients in mushrooms, yet they are still a natural food with big benefits. They are heart healthy, control blood sugar, and improve your immune system. Low in sodium and carbohydrates, they contain...

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EcoQube Frame: Growing Microgreens the Easy Way

Sometimes the simplest things are the most awesome. Take a seed, for instance, packed with everything new life needs to get started. This makes growing microgreens one of the easiest and most nutrient-dense crops. A Sprinkle A Day… Size matters least in terms of health benefits from plants? Yes! The bigger the plant, the more spread out your nutrition is! So, you’ve got to eat a lot more volume in regular veggies to get enough good stuff. But microgreens contain up to 40 times more nutrients and are ready to harvest in as little as 10 days. However, some...

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Keyhole Garden: Growing & Composting Combo

A drought tolerant garden is a must in places where it’s consistently hot and dry through the summer months, making a keyhole garden of huge interest to people in the southwestern US. But there are more benefits to building this kind of garden, and not having to water your veggies as often makes sense no matter how much it rains where you live. Then there’s the benefit of it creating its own organic fertilizer when built properly. A keyhole garden is designed to include a composting tower. It was developed to enable sustainable home gardens and smallholder market farming...

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