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Posted on 30 November 2008 by

Portland State University to Study Sustainability

By Vanessa Richins

As an interest in the environment (and the pocketbook) grows, more people are interested in sustainable living.

Portland State University wants to use a recent grant to become a leader in the field.

PSU was the lucky recipient of a $25 million dollar grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, with the condition that it be used to benefit the entire city.

The university will need to raise an additional $25 million for the project to match the donation. The grant will be distributed over the course of a decade.

Now the university has the tough job of deciding Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 02 November 2008 by

Michigan Encouraging Urban Gardening

By Vanessa Richins

There is good news for residents of Michigan.

On Wednesday, Governor Jennifer Granholm announced the new “State of Michigan Land Bank Garden for Growth Program.”

In an effort to encourage urban gardening, participants will be able to lease tax-reverted property for only $50 a year, no matter what the size of the lot may be.

They will be able to do any sort of gardening or agriculture, as long as it is legal (sorry, no marijuana farms!) and adheres to the local zoning laws. Temporary fences are allowed – a fence permit may be required.

The advantage to leasing out the land is that Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 01 October 2008 by

Growing Your Own – Does it Save Money?

By Cindy Naas

Those of us who grow urban gardens do so for a number of reasons.

Saving money on our family food bills is a reason which nearly always comes up in any discussion of urban gardening.

But, is this true? Or is it a myth?

One family decided to test out this hypothesis.

The frugal living blog Get Rich Slowly is conducting a year long experiment to determine whether those growing their own fruits and vegetable will really be ahead in the long run.

The project involves keeping track of Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27 September 2008 by

Farmer’s Markets

By Cindy Naas

I love this time of year – driving out in the country looking for fresh produce is one of the real pleasures of late summer and early fall.

What I love even more is going to a real old-fashioned farmer’s market.

The variety of produce can be mind-boggling, and when you add in the fresh eggs, homemade pies and bread, organic meats and artisan cheeses, it is a feast for the senses.

The Veggies – A farmer’s market is one place I always look for inspiration for next year’s garden. I always have a little notebook with me, and when I discover a new variety or even kind of fruit or vegetable that I like, I add it to my list of new additions for a future garden.

This year, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23 September 2008 by

Edible Estates

By Cindy Naas

Instead of standing in front of the house shouting “Get off my lawn!”, several families in the U.S. and Canada are creating inviting gardens where the lawns once were.

Artist/architect/landscaper Fritz Haeg has designed and implemented 6 front yard gardens which are meant to make us all question the reasoning behind the landscapes surrounding our homes.

Haeg’s ‘Edible Estates’ are created to be beautiful oases in city neighborhoods which both grow large amounts of food and invite neighbors and passers-by to wander through these gardens. Read the rest of this entry »


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