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New research on rural New Englanders shows that gardening, hunting, fishing and other HWFP activities are important tools for maintaining food security through extreme events, such as pandemics or climate change events. 

University of Vermont and University of Maine researchers found that both food insecurity and home and wild food production (HWFP) – gardening, hunting, fishing, foraging, and having “backyard” poultry or livestock – increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who undertook HWFP activities exhibited improved food security 9-12 months later.  

The paper, published in Scientific Reports, surveyed over 1,000 individuals in rural Vermont and Maine (the two most rural states in the country) to identify their food security and food sources. 

Researchers hope that policymakers will consider how HWFP might lead to a more resilient food system. “Home and wild food production is not a silver

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Activists plant seeds of change with victory garden at The Outpost in east Vancouver

Monica Zazueta’s fingers dipped into a fresh pile of soil and picked up a tiny seashell.

The local environmental activist thrust the cockle seashell into the air, showing it off to the others around her.

“It’s good luck if you find a seashell in a garden,” Becca Kempton, another local environmentalist, said as she shoveled soil into a bucket.

A huge smile spread over Zazueta’s face. She placed the seashell on a nearby garden bed that would soon be filled with greenery.

“Then that belongs right here,” Zazueta said.

For years, environmental activists have rung the alarm about changes to the world’s climate and fears for future generations. Three of those activists reside in Clark County.

A couple of years ago, Zazueta, Kempton and Karissa Halstrom became fed up with waiting around for leaders to make changes to help save their children’s future. They knew that no amount of luck

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Nutritional garden boost for Mberengwa villagers

The Chronicle

Raymond Jaravaza,[email protected]

WHEN the Government joined hands with development partners to establish a nutrition garden in Ward 33 in Mberengwa District, many villagers took it as a place to just fetch clean tap water.

Those from Chingechuru Village who were used to walking long distances to get clean and safe water, rejoiced more when 10 taps with running water were established.

Two years later, after a nutrition garden was established in the village in 2021, women like Mrs Doreen Mathela now understand the true value of a nutrition garden.

“At first most of us were just happy that we had clean and safe water closer to our homes but didn’t fully understand the benefits of a nutrition garden,” she said in an interview.

“Because we were used to fetching water from rivers, we saw the garden as a place to just fetch clean water and go home.

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