Help get lawn pesticide documentary seen

Centered on the small town of Hudson, Quebec, the first municipality in North America to ban common lawn and garden pesticides nearly two decades ago, the 80-minute film explores a landmark case decided in the Canadian Supreme Court in 2001. After the Court’s 9-0 verdict against the billion-dollar lawn care giant then known as ChemLawn, […]

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Posted by on July 27, 2009 at 5:34 am   This post has 15 responses.

To help promote urban gardening, sponsor a blogger

Think of this not as a request for money, but as an experiment in new media (okay, and a request for money).  Oh, and as an investment in the future of our cities! THE PITCHLewis Ginter Garden in Richmond VA is holding an awesome conference on Urban Gardening and...

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Posted by on July 18, 2009 at 4:44 am   This post has 6 responses.

Hire some goats and give up the Toro

Google's been in the news lately for having hired 200 goats to "mow" the grounds around their California headquarters.  But I'll go parochial here and brag on the mowing goats of Maryland: The State Highway Administration is using them to mow around highway bypasses where the threatened bog turtles...

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Posted by on June 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm   This post has 12 responses.

Definitive Update on Colony Collapse Disorder

In Scientific American.  Hat tip to Judy Lowe of the Christian Science Monitor. Photo by Antonio Machado.

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Posted by on April 4, 2009 at 4:16 am   This post has 9 responses.

From sh*t to soil in Haiti

Two young American women helping the poorest of the poor in Haiti turn human waste into fertilizer?  Very cool, even inspiring.  Their project is called SOIL (for Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods – a mouthful).  And here's a video about it (apparently not embeddable).

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Posted by on March 29, 2009 at 10:44 am   This post has 4 responses.

Why I Wrote the Green Gardener’s Guide
(And book giveaway)

by Guest Ranter Joe Lamp’l They say that ignorance is bliss.  I say that ignorance is killing our planet. I seem to be a lot more sensitive these days to wasted opportunities to be eco-friendlier. As a lifelong passionate gardener and one who has always appreciated and respected nature,...

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Posted by on February 10, 2009 at 4:20 am   This post has 31 responses.

Devolution? Is That What’s Happening In My Yard?

My friend Gerald's vegetable garden. God, what's next? Cannibalism? Allison Arieff is one of my favorite New York Times bloggers. The founding editor of Dwell–a magazine so stylish and committed to its subject that I read it regularly even though I am not interested in modern design–she's always worth...

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Posted by on February 5, 2009 at 1:39 am   This post has 33 responses.

Soil Will Save Us?

Why are doomsayers always so cheery? My friend Jim Kunstler–author of 2005's The Long Emergency, a fantastically prescient book about our unsustainable oil- and derivatives-fueled economy, and subject of Ben McGrath's recent story in The New Yorker, "The Dystopians"–is one of the more playful thinkers I know, really optimistic...

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Posted by on January 30, 2009 at 9:31 am   This post has 12 responses.

The man to beat—Teddy?

He’s #1, so far … Whatever may happen over the next months and years, this has surely been a memorable past few days, and I have been as caught up in them as anyone. It makes me think of the types of policies I would hope for, particularly in...

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Posted by on January 21, 2009 at 6:03 am   This post has 5 responses.

Good news and bad news

Fotolia image of a Tennessee waterfall Yet another reason to use as little coal-generated electricity as possible is provided by a 12/22 eco-disaster in Tennessee, where 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash sludge from the Kingston Fossil Plant now covers 400 acres of Harriman County. An earth...

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Posted by on January 7, 2009 at 9:00 am   This post has 20 responses.
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