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Posted on 21 January 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Gardener’s Garden Bootcamp

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Growing up on a farm, I have always been physically active.

As a matter of fact, I mowed my family’s farm with not a tractor or riding lawn mower but a push mower.

I tell my father that it built character and a strong work ethic on my little 5-foot frame.

As I got older and took jobs outside of the farm, these traits benefited me in many ways.

An example of this is when I was a lifeguard. Many may feel that tanning in the sun all summer long is glamorous but I can tell you from first hand that it can be a challenge. The muscles that I developed through hard physical labor protected me more than a bodyguard.

As I got older and left home, my physical activity decreased and Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 25 August 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

From Fast Food to Fresh Food – How One Man’s Life Has Changed

college-studentBy Vanessa Richins

Gardening is becoming a way of life for more people every day.

I recently read the wonderful story of how one college student has changed his life and turned from fast food to fresh food after working as a gardener.

Nick Leonard, a student at Kalamazoo College, got into gardening as part of his senior project.

He wanted to find some method of helping the environment that had personal meaning for him. His girlfriend is a proponent of eating local food and a gardener herself, so he decided to get involved.

This led to serving Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 24 July 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Big Agriculture Field Sanitation – Another Reason to Grow Your Own

industrial-agricultureBy Vanessa Richins

Over the past few years, we’ve heard the stories about deadly problems like E.coli showing up in our food.

New regulations are in the works to revamp the food safety guidelines and try to lessen the chances of future outbreaks.

However, as sometimes happens, some companies are now going overboard as they attempt to make food safer, requesting strict growing conditions from their farmers.

A coworker posted an intriguing link about this on his Facebook page.

Farmers report that Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 January 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Grow a Garden, Gain Health

harvesting-radishes-in-the-gardenBy Vanessa Richins

As we begin another new year, many resolutions are being made.

A main goal for many is to improve their health and lose weight.

As you may have suspected, gardening is an excellent method of exercise with many other health benefits.

Gardening is good for the body. Exercises like jogging and aerobics can sometimes be too stressful for a person’s joints.

A study discussed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension shows that gardening is also a challenging workout, but carries less stress than many exercise activities. For example, raking leaves and planting seeds uses the same effort as bicycling (less than 10 mph). Light shoveling is the equivalent of Read the rest of this entry »

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