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the strategy of crooked cucumbers

In the southwest German city of Freiburg, there is a successful co-op of some 260 people who are participating in successful organic vegetable gardening and sharing the costs and risks. Whatever the harvest, good or poor, it’s distributed to all members. Cucumbers are allowed to be bent, carrots entwined, the occasional lettuce smaller than average. […]

Posted: December 18 2017
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glyphosate (roundup) in german beer

Nooooooo! Even the Germans, with their purity laws, are sipping the sweet swill of glyphosate in their beloved beers... Fourteen beers popular in Germany contain traces of glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer, a Munich, Germany environmental group has said. Agriculture Minister Schmidt has played down the risk for consumers. The highest glyphosate […]

Posted: April 13 2016
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abandoned orchard revival! a cooperative venture

[vimeo] Though this video is set in Germany, the same situations exist across North America. Learning how to care for these old trees is not only a valuable skill that will give these trees a new lease on life, but one that will allow you to harvest the results for many years to come. […]

Posted: October 16 2014
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german farmers: all dressed up and nowhere to grow

  The demand for regional and organic products is higher than ever in Germany. If young farmers can get started, the thinking goes, they'll have no trouble selling what they reap. But that's the problem ... getting started. Young farmers are competing for land with big companies who are buying up property as a safe […]

Posted: March 14 2014