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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012


Garden Pool 

Unused pools have so many uses. Think back to 1970's, Southern California. In Dogtown and Z-Boys, the City Of Los Angeles made an official declaration of a drought that meant swimming pools had to be emptied of water. Taking advantage of this, the Z-Boys got...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

Tuesday Video: Chicago loves urban agriculture

There are many reasons to dislike Rahm Emmanuel but as Mayor of Chicago he has been incredible on sustainable food policy, particularly in schools. Erika Allen, head of the Chicago branch of the urban agriculture organization Growing Power, explained the importance of a new urban...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011


Fourth grader takes on KFC

In second grade, Cole was assigned a project to be an environmental activist. He researched environmental causes around him and found that McDonald’s was buying paper that destroyed endangered forests in his home state. .

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Can we learn from a small town in Maine?

Chrys Ostrander, the manager at p.e.a.c.h. Community Farm at Pine Meadow, sent an update on an exciting new food ordinance in Sedgwick, Maine. They have become the first town in the nation, to exempt direct farm sales of food, fresh and processed, and foods made...

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Solution to save WIC funding from budget cuts 

Two weeks ago I mentioned the unfair cuts to agriculture, specifically to WIC funding. Here’s your chance to speak out. For a little background, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) provides vouchers to low-income mothers and children to purchase healthy fruits and vegetables...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009


The Cougar dilemma

From Cougar country, Washington Sate University said it “will reinstate the original plan for distribution of its Common Reading book, ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma,’ as a result of a private contribution to support the program.” Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer and WSU alumnus, funded the...

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Calling Spokane businesses

To get through the recession, businesses are coming together in various buy local campaigns. However, one network in Bellingham, Sustainable Connections, is taking a community minded economy to another level by focusing on green building, renewable energy and local agriculture. Sustainable Connections has a membership...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

The best food fit for you

On a personal level, there is really only so much we can do to choose to have a clean Spokane River, to have abundant wetlands, to have healthy forests, and to have clean air to breathe. We can do our part, and we can involve...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

New book: "Food Matters"

Today is unofficially food day at DTE. And why not? We’re definitely spending more time in the kitchen, regularly planning meals to only make a trip to the market once a week, and growing more aware of "where it comes from" while having fun. But...

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