Eating Local {The New Yorker}

There was a time, not so long ago, when New York City was far more self-sufficient in food. As Marc Linder and Lawrence S. Zacharias document in their fascinating book “Of Cabbages and Kings County,” Brooklyn not only was the breadbasket of the city, well into the late nineteenth century, but also made a quick, successful agricultural right turn, replacing grain with intensive vegetable and fruit cultivation. It was only with the coming of the truck farms in New Jersey and other points west, in the early twentieth century, that New York became almost entirely dependent on imports; in recent years, thirty per cent of our fruits and vegetables have come all the way from California.
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Natural Dyes from Edible Items {Lion Brand}

Creating your own dyes can be a fun and exciting way to personalize projects. This month, we show you how to make all-natural dyes and use them with different cotton and wool yarns.
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Compost users piling up {North Jersey}

Going green in North Jersey doesn’t just mean buying a hybrid car or using low-wattage light bulbs. For many, getting eco-friendly means cutting down on what you haul to the curb.Residents have taken to tossing fruit scraps, vegetable peels and coffee grounds in backyard bins — green thumbs or not.
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Councilman pitches plan for goats to be pets in Seattle {King5}

SEATTLE – City Councilman Richard Conlin wants to give Seattleites the right to keep miniature goats as pets — a proposal he bills as one small step for sustainability. Conlin extols the virtues of pygmy goats, which can act as Earth-friendly lawnmowers and weed eaters, provide milk and cheese, and naturally fertilize yards.
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First making urban chickens lawful, now goats? That’s a city on the right path. YEAH!
California – Record Breaking Heat & Energy Use {TreeHugger}

For residents of Southern California, Labor Day will have marked the fifth day of the year’s longest heat wave to date. The oppressive heat, which brought with it a number of thunderstorms and lightning-sparked fires, has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a series of alerts — flash-flood warnings in regions affected by storm runoff and fire warnings in drier areas such as the Inland Empire.
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  1. littlejennywren says:

    Anais , thanks for the link to the edible dyes.

  2. David says:

    Goats as pets? I remember growing up in Pasadena(E.Orange Grove/Madison) in 80’s some neighbors had goats in front yard on Ashtabula near Madison. Folks would ask for our fresh chinese elm cuttings to feed their goats as well. We had rhode island red chickens & 3 amigo’s ducks but ducks are more noisy even though we lived on busy corner. Thanks for that article Jordanne. To bad can’t have goats in apartment,lol.