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Simply Organic Scholarship Award Winner is First of Many



PR Web

Evelyn Rosas is one of three dozen aspiring organic farmers planting, cultivating and harvesting organic botanicals on a 25-acre farm at the University of California Santa Cruz. What distinguishes Rosas is how she got there. She’s able to participate in this apprenticeship thanks to the Simply Organic Scholarship Award for the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Ecuador wants you to smell the roses, and eat them



Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Ecuador has long been a major exporter of big bulbed, colorful flowers that please the eye and the nose. Now its farmers are exploring a new idea -- roses that you can eat.

Restaurants from New York to Barcelona, looking to attract customers with novelty dishes, have started to serve food containing organic rose petals grown on farms like Roberto Nevado's in Ecuador's central highlands.

Indian State of Sikkim's Farms to be Entirely Organic by 2015



TreeHugger.com

Nestled in between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan the small Indian state of Sikkim is probably best known for its mountainous beauty and as being home to the red panda, but by 2015 it's going to have another notable distinction: Converting all its farms to certified organic agriculture.

The Economic Times reports that the state has been slowing use of chemical fertilizer since 2003 and has currently converted 6,000 of its 70,000 hectares of farm land.

Growing organic food helps health, wallet



ABC7.com

Organic voices: profiles of women farmers



Delicious Living

Walking down grocery-store aisles these days can sometimes feel like a journey to a foreign land where you don’t speak the language. There are packaged goods boasting that they “contain antioxidants,” “promote a strong heart,” “strengthen your immune system” and are “natural.” It all sounds great, but it’s impossible to know what any of it really means.

By choosing organic produce, Americans can reduce overall pesticide dietary risks by about 97 percent. –from The Organic Center

On Organic Coffee Farm, Complex Interactions Keep Pests Under Control



U.S. News and World Report

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Proponents of organic farming often speak of nature's balance in ways that sound almost spiritual, prompting criticism that their views are unscientific and naïve. At the other end of the spectrum are those who see farms as battlefields where insect pests and plant diseases must be vanquished with the magic bullets of modern agriculture: pesticides, fungicides and the like.

Organic food grows on an acre of New York City Rooftop



Green House

No room to garden? In New York City, farmers are looking skyward to grow fruits and veggies, turning rooftops into gardens that help feed the Big Apple's residents.

Organic lawn care



Suite101.com

A lawn which has been untouched by man-made chemicals for more than five years is considered to be organic; however if it hasn't been maintained it could be struggling for survival, and this will begin to show sooner or later. Just because "organic" is the goal, it does not give the owner license to abandon care, which is often the case. An organic lawn will require maintenance, just as a drugged lawn does, otherwise the weeds will take over and the organic gardener will lose their causal inspiration.

Martha's Table gets a fresh perspective



The Washington Post

Gerri Hall stepped onto a bathroom scale, noting the number. Grabbing a sack of fresh eggplant, she watched the digits rise and scratched down the total. The gardener repeated the process with bundles of squash and tomatoes until she had recorded the weight of all the vegetables.

Simple arithmetic fixed the total at 35 pounds.

Organic golf club is exclusive, but a weed or two sneak in



The New York Times

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Standing alongside the 13th green at the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard, Jeff Carlson spotted a small broadleaf weed between his feet. As the superintendent charged with maintaining the club grounds, he instinctively bent to pluck it, then stopped.

“We have a weed here or there,” he said unapologetically.

It was the rarest acknowledgment in American golf course landscaping — the Vineyard Golf Club is not meant to be as unnaturally perfect as many of the country’s best-known courses.