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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

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

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

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

Gardens NYC: Peter's Place

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Sowing seeds on a Brooklyn rooftop

Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more

Beekman 1802 Heirloom Garden Seeds

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Plant some history in your garden $18.00

Established in 1802, Beekman Farm is a fixture in America's agricultural heritage, now made famous by the Planet Green show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Thanks to Williams-Sonoma, you can participate in the history with this collection of Landreth heirloom seeds that have been grown in the Beekman gardens for over 200 years. The collection comes handsomely adorned with vintage seed illustrations,......read more

Authors Ignite Debate About Local Food

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Does the locavore movement do more harm than good? A new book sows seeds of discontent

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu say they know what’s wrong with the food system: local food purists. In their new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team (a University of Toronto geography professor and an economist) argue that the excitement over this movement is misguided to the point of having “utterly disastrous”......read more

Sowing Seeds with Scott Sant'Angelo

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Arkitip founder documents the world of plants

Scott A. Sant'Angelo is maybe best known as the founder of Arkitip, the longstanding Los Angeles art magazine that's always on the front lines of cultural influence. But he also happens to be an accomplished photographer. Flipping through Scott's portfolio, it's clear that he has distinct photographic interest in plants. We pulled a small selection of them here, some warm and......read more

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