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Knox College Students Build Rain Gardens for Their Campus

Knox College Students Build Rain Gardens for Their Campus

Last spring, students at Knox College in Illinois traded their notebooks for shovels and planted a rain garden on campus. The garden is not just a bunch of pretty plants. It’s designed to reduce stress on the campus drainage system during heavy rain. “The whole goal behind the rain gardens is … slow it, spread […]

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    4 Offseason Gardening Projects to Get You Ahead for Next Year

    4 Offseason Gardening Projects to Get You Ahead for Next Year

    By Brian Barth Late fall, after the last crops have been harvested, is a time to rest and reflect on the successes and challenges of the gardening year. But for those whose need to putter around in the garden doesn’t end when cold weather comes, there’s surely a few lingering chores. Get them done now […]

    ​Cuba’s Urban Farming Shows Way to Avoid Hunger​

    ​Cuba’s Urban Farming Shows Way to Avoid Hunger​

    By Paul Brown When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming. That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 years ago when it was confronted with the dilemma of an end to its vital food imports. And what worked then for Cuba […]

    Does Certified Organic Mean What We Think It Does?

    Does Certified Organic Mean What We Think It Does?

    By Brian Barth There’s something of a civil war brewing in the organic movement. On one side are industry boosters boasting about how organic has gone mainstream. These folks are fine with a Big Ag version of organic agriculture — enormous monocrop fields and global distribution to every Walmart across the land. On the other […]

    Study Finds Microplastics Stunt Earthworms’ Growth and Could Harm Soil Ecosystems

    Study Finds Microplastics Stunt Earthworms’ Growth and Could Harm Soil Ecosystems

    The ocean isn’t the only ecosystem threatened by microplastics. A first-of-its-kind study published Wednesday in Environmental Science and Technology found that particles from the kind of plastic commonly used in bags and bottles stunt the growth of earthworms, a finding with major implications for soil health, The Independent reported. Check out our latest paper on […]