The largest gardening site on the Internet has forums for every gardening topic imaginable. Whether you are looking to nerd out about houseplants or looking for local gardening advice, GardenWeb has it all.Describes itself as the “hottest permaculture site on the web,” and is a good forum if you are gardening interests fall into farming, homesteading, using organic and sustainable practices. The Permies forums even have regional forums where jobs, events, and resources are posted.

 

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A great pizza can make people very happy, but in some cases it can even change lives, setting them on a course for lasting success. Here's a feel-good story about how one master Italian pizza maker is singlehandedly reducing the recidivism rate at a Chicago jail, using... you guessed it... pizza.Bruno Abate was born in Milan, but now lives in Chicago, where he runs a busy pizza restaurant. He told CBS News that he felt called, eight years ago, to do something to help the prison system. Food being his specialty, that seemed a logical place to start.

 

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The Ars Electronica festival's website states: "The time of warning is over, because we are already busy indoors: In the climate crisis, the surveillance society, the bankruptcy of the financial industry ... point of no return is crossed, and the drama of the impact is clear. Therefore, our inexplicable lethargy, especially ideas, tools and techniques for change of course are available. We just have to act. Roll up your sleeves and tackle what anyway no way passes. We must change ourselves and begin the repair."

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Perhaps most impressive is that not a single one of Abate's culinary students has returned to the jail following release, compared to the national recidivism rate of 70 percent. Sheriff Tom Dart, who sits in on all the classes, says, "The majority are people who have made mistakes who came from an area with very little opportunities. Given opportunities, they'll change their lives."

 

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Japanese artist Akira Nakayasu's specialty is robotic plants. He creates things like sunflowers that react to human movement, making the flower seem to communicate with the people around it. His latest work is called "Plant," an interactive piece that was inspired by grass blowing in the wind. With 169 artificial leaves that react independently to the presence of a human's body, such as a hand waving over it, the unarguably interesting and relatively cool piece begs the question, "What's the point?"Turns out it has a very green-minded point.

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Food is a powerful tool that has the ability to change lives in so many ways. It's usually talked about in the context of physical health, but it is just as crucial for mental and emotional wellbeing. While not exactly an environmental story, this does underscore the value in learning how to cook from scratch, which is something I have written about extensively on this site. Knowing how to cook is a priceless life skill that not only ensures your body is well-nourished, but can make you money, create stability, and build community.

 

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Do you know what’s in your food? From pesticides to other chemicals and unnatural ingredients, modern commercial farming and gardening include a range of additives designed to speed up the process and maximize the look and bulk of vegetables.

However, the health of the plant and the nutritional value of your diet are at stake. Learn more about the importance of organic gardening and how to get started with this guide.

benefits of organic gardening

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