Organic Gardening

Dig In and Grow Your Own

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition As senior science advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, the largest national residential addiction-treatment program, I’m in the process of integrating a natural, whole-foods-based nutrition program to support lifelong recovery. Presently, I’m also working with Malibu Vista, a women’s mental […]

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The Prince’s Farm: How Prince Charles Is Championing the Organic Movement

By guest blogger Peter Moore, VP/editor of Men’s Health Very early on in my stroll through the enchanting organic gardens at Highgrove—the royal residence near Tetbury, England—I felt the eyes of Prince Charles upon me. And not just two pair of eyes: There were eight of them! In turn, those eyeballs were kindly, stern, engaging, […]

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How to Be a STAR Teacher

by Chelsey Simpson, communications manager for the National Farm to School Network As students across the country return to school, many will encounter “classrooms” with rows of garden beds instead of rows of desks. An increasing number of innovative educators are turning to hands-on, food- and agriculture-based education activities to teach everything from math and […]

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Sometimes You Just Need to Dig a Hole

After a recent visit to my garden, I’ve come to the realization that I’m much more of a landscaper than a vegetable gardener. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up on vegetables, but I understand now that I prefer to plant a bush, tree, or flower and let it grow on its own, for as long […]

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The Magical World of Gardening

Do you want your kids to eat vegetables? Plant a garden with them. Do you want to heal the heart of a struggling teenager? Plant a garden with her. Do you want to bring a community together and restore their dignity and faith? Plant a garden with them. How do I know this? Recently, I […]

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5 Disgusting Facts about Roundup

by Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com Pesky weeds popping up in your yard? Here’s what to not reach for—Roundup. While glyphosate, the active ingredient in America’s favorite weedkiller, Roundup, has been marketed as “safe” and even “biodegradable,” the science is pouring in, and, well, the results are gross. 1. You’re eating it—in “excessive” levels. […]

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Our Favorite Recipes from The Edible Schoolyard

by guest blogger Alice Waters, chef, author, proprietor of Chez Panisse, and founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom in Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. People sometimes think creating it was just about putting a garden in the school or installing a […]

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Join the Farm to Cafeteria Movement

At 5 years old, Miguel Villarreal hated beets. Born into a family of migrant farmworkers, his disdain for this root vegetable stemmed from hoeing it. Today, Miguel is pro-beet, and as food service and wellness director of Novato Unified School District in California, he wants to make sure that the students he serves have the opportunity […]

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