Community Garden to host fall festival

The Good News Community Garden at St. Mary’s-St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is hosting a fall festival Saturday, Nov. 4, at the garden, 104 St. Mary’s Church Road, from 1-4 p.m.

The free event is open to the public and will include pony rides, environmental displays, garden tours and demonstrations on composting and electric vehicles.

The garden began in April as a way for church members and other volunteers to grow fresh produce to supply the Glen Alpine Food Bank. The garden supplied more than 800 pounds of fresh produce — tomatoes, bell peppers, tomatillo, beets, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, onion, watermelons and cantaloupe. A second planting of fall and winter vegetables has been planted for harvest later in November. The garden has also supplied tomatillos to the food pantry at St. Charles Catholic Church.

St. Mary’s, which sits on five acres of land, has a long

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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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Hydroponic Gardening Is Growing Strong

If home-grown greens sound more appealing than the imported store-bought variety, but you don’t want to wait until spring to start planting seeds, hydroponic indoor gardens will ensure you have fresh organic produce all year. 

Using water instead of soil, these cutting-edge planters are designed to fit every home, whether you’re looking for a discrete herb-garden on a kitchen countertop, or a triple-decker vertical farm to create an eye-catching contemporary living room that can help feed the whole family.

Compact, eco-friendly, and fuss-free, hydroponic home gardens are primed to be the next must-have amenity.

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“In the near future, the ability to grow your own produce, either in your own home or within the building, is going to be an expectation and eventually a standard,” says Stephen Kliegerman, president of Brown Harris Stevens Development
Marketing, who often suggests high-end buildings incorporate hydroponic

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Homewood community garden offers residents access to fresh food amid growing grocery costs

At the Sankofa Community Garden at the intersection of Susquehanna Street and North Brushton Avenue in Homewood, bright garden beds decorate the space and offer a variety of vegetables, including peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.

Vikki Jones, the owner of Sankofa, sits at the center of the lot, surrounded by grandchildren and garden volunteers. Jones has made the garden not only an important part of Homewood but also her own family.

I have two students who’ve been with me for two and three years. I have two new students that are very enthusiastic. I have grandchildren and my intern, and I’ve instilled in my family the importance of this,” said Jones. “So when no one’s here, we’re here.”

She’s describing the mission and collaborative nature of the garden. As food prices skyrocket due to disruptions in the global supply chain and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said

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Share your garden bounty and help feed local families – InForum

FARGO — I enjoy beginning our weekly visits with some lighthearted gardening banter, but I’m starting today on a serious note. Anyone who’s bought groceries lately knows the gravity of food price increases. People are struggling, and gardeners can help.

It’s been a rough couple of years and budgets are stretched thin. That’s why there’s been an ongoing push the past several years, both nationally and locally, for gardeners to plant an extra row or two to share with those without gardens, and to help stock food banks and pantries with fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruits.

According to most national and local reports , food pantries are overwhelmed with need. The easiest food to distribute is usually canned goods, pasta, and other shelf-stable items. Fruits and vegetables are often in short supply, yet fresh produce is among the most nutritious food in the human diet.

More than 200 home garden volunteers test various vegetable varieties and report the findings.  David Samson / The Forum
Extra garden produce can be
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