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Young Farmers: Katie

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Under Katie's guidance, a high school garden brings together students of all stripes

We're big fans of school gardens around here. They're a great way to use the schoolyard as a classroom and teach students valuable concepts about food and agriculture. Katie, our latest Young Farmers subject, leads a gardening program at an extension high school in Claremont, California, where at-risk students get a chance to grow their own veggies. By literally getting their hands dirty,......read more

Young Farmers: The Series

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The food revolution is here, and young people are leading the charge

Lockerz and SHFT present Young Farmers, an original web series exploring the growth of 'farm-to-table' values among young people today. In the videos, we visit with 10 budding gardeners, taking a personal look at their lives and the things they grow....read more

Young Farmers: Aileen

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Aileen, a talented cellist, locates the links between music and gardening

Is gardening an art form? Well, it's a form of creation, so it should be. The difference between growing food and, say, playing in a symphony, is that a gardener's collaborator is nature itself. In this episode of Young Farmers, we meet Aileen, a high school cellist who likens gardening to music. You work hard at both, and in both cases, something eventually clicks, and the next thing you know......read more

Young Farmers: Dwight

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At the campus garden, Dwight explains the art of composting

According to Dwight, a graduating college student and ex-baseball star, composting is just the same as making cookies. Follow the recipe, adding just the right amount of worms, food scraps and hay, then let the bacteria go to work, and the ingredients form themselves into a delicious compost. In this episode of Young Farmers, we follow Dwight to the campus garden, where he informs us how to make......read more

Eco Highlighter Pencil

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The vital office and school supply -- now in biodegradable format $2.00

Since it was first developed in 1963, the highlighter pen has become an essential tool for the office and school. Unfortunately, like so many of the products that have become indispensible to modern life, the felt-tipped plastic highlighters are terrible for the environment. Enter the Eco Highlighter Pencil from Stubby Pencil Studio, a 100% biodegradable highlighter that uses no ink solvents......read more

Natural Cork Soap Dish

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Non-absorbent cork makes a perfectly sustainable soap dish $12.00

The cool cork products keep rolling in. This soap dish from SHFT fave Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. makes sensible use of one of nature's most sustainable materials. Not only is it lightweight and durable, cork is also non-absorbent, so excess water drains right through the small holes. The Natural Cork Soap Dish is made in Portugal, where cork production is centered. Learn more......read more

Woolly Pocket

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DIY vertical gardening system made from recycled plastic water bottles in the USA. $49.00

Pockets are simple to install and maintain. Just place and fill with beautiful, full-size plants. Breathable sides release excess moisture and aerate soil. Waterproof lining helps keep walls and floors dry....read more

Garden in a Bag

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Home gardening made ridiculously easy. $8.00

Garden-in-a-Bag by Potting Shed Creations has an entire certified organic collection of herbs, flowers, fruits & veggies that can be grown indoors, right in the leak-proof bag. It couldn't get any easier - just mix in the enclosed packet of seed, add water, and voila, fresh organic flora....read more

Portable Washing Machine

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Small, fast-working washing machine uses less water and less detergent per laundry load. $49.99

When you're in a hurry to wash a few items, this washing machine easily solves the problem of having to wait around for your electric or gas washing machine to complete a full load of laundry or feel bad about only washing a few items at a time. Made of plastic with no mechanical parts, the hand powered washing machine comes assembled. Just attach the handle and go! It can last a lifetime......read more

Flora Grubb Gardens

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A San Francisco gem.

I had heard about Flora Grubb through several un-related people. She's created a native, drought-tolerant beautiful oasis that has become the city's crown jewel of plant shops. One friend mentioned she'd been profiled in Vogue, another that he buys his fruit trees from her and that his kids love going there. While attending our good friends Kestrin Pantera and Jonathan......read more

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