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VisuaLingual Seed Bomb 4-Pack

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Practice random acts of gardening. $28.00

These wonderful floral seed bombs from Cincinnati-based design studio VisuaLingual are available in three region-specific formulas—East Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest—each yielding a colorful mix of wildflowers. Grow local by choosing the region where you live. Each screenprinted muslin bag contains five seed bombs. Pictured is the four-pack, available for $28....read more

Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden

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An ambitious photo project documents the global effort to preserve biodiversity at seed banks

Spurred by the impending completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, Dornith Doherty initiated a photo project in 2008 called Archiving Eden. Her images of the Svalbard bunker set off a broader photographic expedition of seed banking that continues today, with some help from a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship. Working with renowned biologists at seed banks around the world, Doherty's......read more

Seed Cathedral

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The UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.

As it nears completion, the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010—dubbed "Seed Cathedral"— is shaping up to be a mindblowing piece of architecture. Designed by British star architect Thomas Heatherwick, the pavilion is covered in 60,000 transparent rods. During the day the fiber optic rods gather natural light and illuminate the interior of the pavilion. At night the rods transport the......read more

Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

Renee's Garden Seed Collections

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Get gardening with this special limited time offer from Food52 $10.00

The online cooking community at Food 52 has teamed up with Renee's Garden for an exclusive, limited-time offer. Choose from between one and four of Renee's Garden seed collections -- all of which are farmed sustainably -- to create the garden that's perfect for you. "The EZ to Grow Container Herb Garden and EZ to Grow Container Kitchen Garden Collections are suitable for windowboxes or......read more

Are Those Seeds Safe?

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Look carefully at seeds before buying them, implores author and gardener Margaret Roach

So you've taken the sustainable food pledge. You buy local and organic, and you're feeling good about it. Now you want take the natural next step and start growing your own veggies. First you need some seeds, those tiny plant embryos that will transform into the most local, environmentally friendly dishes your table has ever seen. Right? Sort of. Seeds, as author Margaret Roach explains in a......read more

Open Source Movement Spreads to Seeds

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Restriction-free seeds include 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) announced the release of 29 new plant varieties that are free of intellectual property (IP) protection. The new seeds, which include varieties of carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, can be freely used by anyone as long as they don't restrict use by others through IP protection. Spearheaded by a group of scientists from the University of......read more

Bombay Bicycle Club "Carry Me"

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Unique video pays tribute to stop-motion master Eadweard Muybridge

Prolific London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club have shared not one but two videos for "Carry Me," the eponymous lead single off their upcoming album. Both videos pay homage to Eadweard Muybridge, the great pioneer of stop-motion photography. One is an interactive clip that allows viewers to create their own stop-motion animations by controlling the band and accompanying dancers' actions......read more

Bombing Hills

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SF cyclists take a thrilling rip down the Marin Headlands

There's nothing quite like the pure, simple joy of bombing a hill on a bike or skateboard. Add some stunning scenery and a solid soundtrack to the occasion, and you have yourself all the makings of a viral hit. San Francisco production crew Werehaus prove it with this great short vid, which follows a couple of guys on BMX bikes tearing down Hunt Hill in SF's Marin Headlands. The......read more

Battenkill Brittle

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Gluten-free energy bars packed with healthy, organic seeds $2.75

Energy bars generally come in one of two varieties: The cheap mass-produced type with questionable ingredients, or the super-dense action sport kind that are impossible to choke down. Luckily, our trusty mates at Cool Hunting uncovered the perfect alternative in the form of Battenkill Brittle, a gluten-free energy bar made in Vermont from organic ingredients. From CH: "The crunchy delights are......read more

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