My sister-in-law Mary Loquvam was thinking globally and acting locally long before urban homesteading became hip and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch grew to double the size of Texas. In the last decades, she’s pioneered recycling programs at airports, led efforts to revitalize the Los Angeles River ecosystems, and directed the L.A. Audobon Society. Now living in Bellingham, Washington, Mary and her neighbors have transformed an unused plot of land along the highway into the nonprofit York Community Farm where they’ve grown and distributed hundreds of pounds of dry beans, potatoes, and winter squash to the community. The real centerpiece of their effort, Mary says, is their farm internship program that provides “living-wage, resume-building, meaningful work experience for underserved members of our community- our recently-incarcerated, homeless, and veteran folk.”
Mary and her York Farm friends have just launched a Kickstarter to fund a greenhouse so they can grow food year-round and build an aquaponics system that “has much greater per acre yields, and uses 90% less water, than traditional land-based farming.”
“York Community Farm envisions being a catalyst for development of a social benefit aquaponics industry where the bottom line is not generating revenue for stockholders but, generating living-wage jobs for struggling communities in our region and beyond,” Mary writes.
I love their slogan: “Improving lives through dirt therapy!”
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Tim Farmer found a giant puffball mushroom in the woods, a fall delicacy that requires a little good luck and timing to enjoy. They are a lot safer than picking other wild mushrooms because they are pretty easy to identify.
At Tokyo’s Sushiya no Nohachi (すし屋の野八) you can order sushi made with just one grain of rice (粒寿司). Fortunately, after the novelty wears off, you can also order regular-sized sushi that’s said to be excellent! A plate of tiny sushi is free, so long as you also drop around US$50 on regular sushi. The tiny […]
For the uninitiated, Cisco is a worldwide leader in networking systems and solutions, and, as such, carrying a certification backed by them can fast-track your way to a coveted IT position in virtually any company. Of course, passing any of Cisco’s certification exams is no easy feat, but the Ultimate Cisco Certification Super Bundle can make the […]
It’s no mystery that project managers can make a pretty penny helping companies big and small cut costs and boost efficiency. But, despite the demand, you’ll have a hard time getting your foot in the door if you’re not carrying the appropriate certifications. There are a host of project management methodologies you can get certified […]
In an age where net neutrality is far from a guarantee, VPNs have become a staple for users looking to make sure their online activity stays private. However, one of the biggest complaints about these services is that they slow your browsing speed to a crawl while keeping your online activity under the radar. HideMyAss! VPN is […]
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