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SHFT Sampler 8-12-10

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Weekly link pile: Affordable LED bulbs, crazed collages, and getting pissed about climate change.

Home Depot announces LED lightbulb that costs under $20 -- and lasts for 30 years. Seiko Kato's collages are, how you say, AMAZING. Sea Change: Photographers respond to the BP oil spill -- with optimistic pics of sustainable farming, beekeeping, and urban homesteading. No more Mr. Nice Guy: "End of Nature" author Bill McKibben says it's time to get pissed off about climate......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-26-10

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Weekly links: SF's list of green vendors, organic Ugandan cotton, and capturing electricity from the air.

Municipal departments at the City of San Francisco are required to buy products that meet strict environmental standards. Now they're sharing what they know about green vendors. The SF Approved List is like a cheat sheet for buying green. (via NYT Green Blog) When Ali Hewson and her husband Bono launched Edun in 2005, they were among the first to combine fashion with ethics. The......read more

Betting on the Farm

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Popular farming internships teach people how to plant and plow.

It ain't no cushy, high-paid summer position, but these days it's just as coveted. Farming internships are being flocked to by people of all stripes, eager to learn the tangible skills of food production. In the New York Times Sunday Magazine this week, Christine Muhlke writes about the increasing popularity of farming internships. She pays a visit to Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan,......read more

Gardens NYC: Patrick's Place

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Urban gardening comes up from underground.

There's nothing new about urban gardening. The Romans grew food on rooftops. Schoolyards and vacant lots have hosted veggie plots for centuries. So today's city agriculture explosion is really just a reclamation of our heritage. And nowhere is it more prevalent than Brooklyn, where Patrick Nagel (no, not that Patrick Nagel) gets his green thumb dirty every day. Born and raised near Detroit,......read more

Farmers Wage Organic War on Pests

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New developments in chemical-free pest control.

Since the 2008 U.S. farm bill, annual funding for organic farming research has increased from $3 million to $20 million. With more research dollars, scientists and farmers are delving deeper into organic pest control techniques and gaining a better understanding of the larger natural systems at work. Wild sunflowers, for example, are being planted not as a cash crop but as a home for beneficial......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Breuckelen Distilling

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Brad Estabrooke's micro-distillery keeps things local.

This week on Brooklyn Informed, the BKI team hooks up with Brad Estabrooke, owner and founder of the Breuckelen Distilling Company in Sunset Park. The 31 year-old native of Maine bailed on a career on Wall Street to open the small-scale distillery near the Gowanus waterfront, where he crafts farm-to-bar gin from organic raw ingredients sourced around New York state. With a grain mill, a......read more

Gardens NYC: Creative Living

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Garden as canvas.

Ten years ago, when artist Greg Van de Hey felt the creative impulse, he'd make a painting. But now, with two young kids, there just isn't enough time to make art. That's where his garden comes in. Whether it's building a rain barrel, making a grapevine trellis, or making wine, the young dad can always find a garden project that satiates his creative drive. It all plays into......read more

Organic Orange Orchard

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Isabelle Cossart accidently joins the local food movement.

It's been a tumultuous few years for Isabelle Cossart. First, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, then Hurricane Katrina tore through her neighborhood, then her husband left her for her best friend. In the ensuing divorce she was left with a three-plus acre fruit orchard, and was suddenly transformed into a farmer. Turns out she's pretty good at it. The produce from Cossart's......read more

Hearty Greens

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Give greens a chance.

Leafy greens get a bum rap. You're not going to find many die-hard fanatics of kale or chard. Mention to your household that you're cooking turnip, mustard, collard or beet greens for dinner, and you're likely to be met with a scrunched up face or two. At the Portland Farmers Market Blog, we stumbled on a great post from Jane Pellicciotto, who offers some convincing arguments in......read more

Cowgirl Collection

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Three organic soft-aged cheeses, one mouth-watering affair. $65.00

This collection of Cowgirl Creamery deliciousness includes three award-winning soft-aged cheeses, all made with organic milk. Included are the bold, triple-cream, washed-rind Red Hawk (10oz); the smooth and elegant Mt Tam (8oz); and Cowgirl's latest creation, the seasonal, sweet-and-spicy pepper encrusted Devil's Gulch (8oz) their elegant triple-cream. Okay, now we're hungry....read more

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