Cannabis Chaos: Marijuana Laws Across North America

With cannabis use legal, in one way or another, in all but seven states in the US, you’d think we’d be approaching something akin to cohesive marijuana law. But that would make sense… instead we have the incoherent approach. For starters, black market marijuana pours over the border from Mexico into illegal US distribution. It’s been that way for many decades, even though cannabis prohibition has been in place south of the border since 1920. Still, supply continued from a country that only decriminalized personal possession in 2009, and just this summer passed a bill legalizing medicinal use. Canada is laying...

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Montreal IGA Grows Its Own Rooftop Garden

You won’t find fresher supermarket fruits and vegetables in Montreal than the seasonal selection at the IGA Extra in the city’s Saint-Laurent borough. The new rooftop garden isn’t just the first grocery store to start growing its own produce in Canada. No, the Duchemin family’s exciting new grocery store addition is also the largest certified organic garden on a roof in the country. It began with meeting the borough’s demands that half of the store roof be a green roof, so why not make it even better than that? As any grocer knows, there’s a growing demand for locally...

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How to Grow an Apple Tree in a Container

You don’t need a huge yard to enjoy homegrown apples. It’s possible to grow an apple tree in a container when you don’t have a yard to plant them in, your garden space is temporary, or you’ve got contaminated soil. But you will want to choose the right kind of apple tree, and meet their needs in your climate. Keeping it happy is important, especially if you want organic apples. The less stressed it is, the easier it will be to grow a harvest year after year without big pest and disease problems. Don’t just rush out and buy...

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Prison Gardens: Inside-Out Crime Prevention

You can find hope in any garden not suffocated by weeds, and even then, there’s still hope – if you get in there and pull every last weed, restoring order to a system gone wild. One inmate gardening program has such a track record of its success in repeat crime prevention upon re-entry that it’s now expanding nationwide. Given the strong connection between humans and soil, that in itself is not surprising. Soil, especially organic soil, is a powerful healer of the mind, body, and soul. How powerful? Sticking to today’s niche on the subject… a reduction of 20%...

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Major Aquaponic Farming Expansion at Urban Organics in Minnesota

Entering the urban farm scene as an aquaponic farming business back in 2013 was highly adventurous. It was still highly experimental, but the co-founders of Urban Organics plunged into it with gusto. The possibilities were incredible, especially in St. Paul, Minnesota, with its short summers and long frigid winters. After 3 successful years of business growth with USDA organic certification, the company expanded operations into a new 87,000 square foot building across town from their original renovated Hamm’s Brewery location. A few weeks ago, the new location entered production in its phase one system stocked with Atlantic Salmon and...

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