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Community Gardens Thriving in Boulder, Colorado

Our friends over at The Daily Camera—Boulder, Colorado’s Finest Publication (except for maybe elephant journal, which is also awesome)—have posted an article about the area’s new soaring interest in community gardening. It seems apartment dwellers with prickly landlords or no room for a kitchen garden are turning to launching, or joining, local community gardens to grow their own organic fruits and vegetables. From the article:
Shrinking paychecks in a stalled economy, along with a desire for more sustainable, locally grown food and making community connections are fueling a renewed interest in gardening. Seven million more American households plan to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs or berries this year than in 2008, almost a 20 percent increase, according to the National Gardening Association. Growing Gardens, a nonprofit group that manages about 450 plots at seven community gardens in Boulder and Louisville’s Kerr Community Garden, has a wait list at all its gardens this year. “We’ve experienced three times the amount of demand than we’ve had before,” said Growing Gardens Executive Director Ramona Clark. “Community gardens get people directly connected to the plants and each other and the earth.”
Read the full article here. We’ve been saying it all along: growing your own food is healthy for you, the planet, and your budget. Kudos to our friends in Boulder, the Vermont-of-the-West. Related Articles:


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Draft Power: The Life-Affirming Alternative to “Big Ag”

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Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..

Unlock the Secret to the Perfect Salad with Soil Sprouts

As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which you can have fresh and local greens every day. Luckily, Peter Burke has a method: in his book Year-Round Indoor […] Read More..
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