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May 30, 2013

Chicago Community Garden

Community gardening is becoming a popular hobby in the Windy City. 


Photo by Bert Kaufmann/Flickr

The Community CARE Garden in Libertyville produces more than 5,000 pounds of food a year for food pantries, but the socializing among the gardeners is the real gem, says facilities manager Roger Afman. Volunteers tend the garden and the adjacent Libertyville Gardens, where gardeners will raise their own food. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

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Don’t Bank on Farm Loans

You don’t need a bank loan to start an urban farm.   


Photo by Francois Karm/Flickr

When Rebecca Bloomfield wanted to open an organic farm in Ontario, Canada, she didn’t turn to the government or the banks. Instead, she’s trying crowdfunding — soliciting donations over social media. In Bloomfield’s case, it is through Indiegogo.com (Source: Coloradoan.com)

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Super Storm No Match For New York Urban Farmers

The urban farm at the Battery is ready for a full summer. 


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Superstorm Sandy may have devastated portions of the East Coast, but it couldn’t destroy the urban farming spirit in Lower Manhattan. Despite blowing away topsoil, soaking the ground with salty floodwater and destroying about 50 percent of the plant material, the urban farm at the Battery is once again growing produce. The nonprofit group that runs the farm got advice from horticulturists in New Orleans to learn how they recovered from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "They said, ‘Soak, soak, soak,’” recalls Warrie Price, the group’s founder and president. "They said: ‘Turn the water back on. Get the salt at the roots.’” (Source: New York Times)

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Cute Chicks!

Enter the USDA Cutest Bird Photo Contest.


The four-month Cutest Bird Photo Contest began in March. At the end of each month, the winning photos will be posted on the Biosecurity For Birds website. The winners will be considered for inclusion on the 2014 Biosecurity For Birds Calendar. 

The Biosecurity For Birds program, begun in 2004, is designed to educate backyard poultry owners and bird enthusiasts about highly contagious poultry diseases and other threats to birds. The program helps inform bird lovers how to prevent disease and tells them what to do if they suspect their birds are infected. 

For an entry form, contest rules and more information, visit the USDA website.

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