Honest-to-goodness edible garden revolution, and anyone can do it: hydroponic towers

See also CNN news feature.

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Jane Pauley interviews Catherine Zimmerman, The Meadow Project

eekclips | October 1, 2010 | Jane Pauley’s interview with Catherine about her new ventures as an author and sustainable landscape designer on the NBC Today Show as part of Jane Pauley’s series “Your Life Calling Today” sponsored by AARP. This new series profiles people age 50+ who are re-inventing themselves in new and different ways. Jane and camera crew traveled to Catherine’s family farm in Ohio, to videotape the interview.
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Sounds much better than a chainsaw

rodrrico | September 9, 2010 | A short video about how to use a Billhook over a chainsaw.
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Making composting look and sound glamorous: “El Compostadores”

If you know anything about composting, you’re not likely to learn anything new from the following video … however, you’ve got to appreciate the background music (the sort more often associated with perfume videos) and the good-looking models doing the composting. They are el compostadores, which sounds so stylish that I think I will hereafter refer to myself as one.

COMpostadores | September 1, 2010 | Vídeo explicativo sobre cómo autocompostar. ¡Obtén compost (abono natural) con tu combox! Configura tu Combox en http://www.compostadores.com.
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Go behind the scenes at Milwaukee’s new aquaponics farm and market

A few days ago I had the privilege of touring Sweet Water Organics to observe a closed-loop system whereby fish are farmed and their water is filtered by growing vegetables which take up the nutrients from the fish waste. All this goes on within an industrial building which, only 18 months ago, could have best been described as abandoned space. Many thanks to the Ciancimino family for providing me access to this burgeoning facility. ~ JB

Learn the details behind this three-tiered, bio-intensive, simulated wetland
and CSA farm from SWO’s website and blog.
Below is a new slide show illustrating this summer’s outside expansion.

SWOfarm | August 31, 2010  | Sweet Water Organics is an urban fish and vegetable farm in Milwaukee, Wis. This slide show documents the development of Sweet Water Organics’ first outdoor expansion project. We have nine 5,000-gallon tanks where we will be raising perch and blue gills. These tank systems will be connected to several vegetable greenhouses. Fish and vegetables will be grown all year round.

A better hoop house: Video series offers creative options

RemoteGardener | August 16, 2010  | Your friend Greg shows you how durable Solexx 5mm greenhouse covering is and provides you with information about the material. Solexx durability is demonstrated through the use of the BFT (ballistic fist test). The BFT gives you an example of Solexx’s strength and greenhouse glazing potential.
RemoteGardener | August 20, 2010  |  The 5 mm Solexx is shown with an 8’6″ Conley greenhouse cold frame which was extended to 12′ in height. Coldframe modification is used to gain more growing space while staying within a budget.
RemoteGardener | August 27, 2010  | Your friend Greg shows you how a hoop house coldframe can be modified to gain height and allow additional room to grow your vegetables. Additional growing space is achieved by pushing the frame up from the ground and using fence posts for support.

This greenhouse is built on unlevel ground with a difference of 8 feet from one end to the other. By raising the coldframe, we were able to level the structure and add additional height for growing plants.

Read more here: remotegardener.com.

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New and free: A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests

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Available as printed material or downloadable as a PDF from the web, this newly revised invasive plant guide is offered courtesy of the USDA Forest Service. The book provides information on accurate identification of the 56 nonnative plants and groups that are currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern states and lists additional nonnative plants of increasing concern. Read more here or download by clicking here.

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