Monthly Archives: February 2012

Worms of Your Own

February 28, 2012
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What do you do with veggie scraps? Why not start your own vermicomposting bin? This blog at care2 has the story.

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Nampa & Caldwell Gardening Series

February 28, 2012
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Canyon County Extension is offering gardening classes through the Parks and Recreations Departments of both Nampa and Caldwell.  Take a look at this blog post from Extension Educator Ariel Agenbroad. The first class is March 3.

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March TVFC Dinner GMO discussion

February 27, 2012
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Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s Dinner and a Movie series will have a different  location for the Thursday, March 29th event! We will meet at 6:30 at the Watercooler — downtown Boise at 14th and Idaho.  Dinner will be catered by the B-29 food truck — local organic fare from Dustan Bristol at Brick 29 restaurant in Nampa.  As always, the food will be delicious, the guests delightful, and the conversation stimulating – a great night out for a bargain-priced $25.  Cash or checks at the door; reservations required by March 28th at treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com Our movie will be Genetic Chile, an award-winning 2010 documentary on the genetic engineering of New Mexico chiles. The video defines genetic engineering (GE) and discusses the effect of GE crops on agriculture, economics, culture and health. [Alternative terms for GE foods include genetically modified (GM), or "GMO" for genetically modified organism.] Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, will join the post-video discussion.  Dr. Huber is an internationally known expert on the toxicity of genetically engineered foods.  He taught plant pathology, soil microbiology, and micro-ecological interactions as they relate to plant disease at Purdue University for 35 years. Recommended:  Before March 29th,…

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The many benefits of gardening

February 22, 2012
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The many benefits of gardening

Source  Loch Ness Water Gardens  

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February Dinner in the Cellar

February 17, 2012
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February 23rd at 6 pm. $25.00 per person. Join us for dinner at the Red Feather Cellar. We will be discussing the healing power of plants. RSVP with treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com. Seats are limited!

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Seedy Saturday Seed Swap

February 8, 2012
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Seedy Saturday Seed Swap

Seedy Saturday Seed Swap at the Idaho Botanical Garden Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. IBG is pleased to host the annual Treasure Valley Seed Swap that brings together gardeners who want to share their garden-saved seed with the community. Also featured are a series of Seed-Saving Workshops to learn how to save your own seed. The goal of a Seed Swap is to bring plant enthusiasts together to share seeds that have been saved in our region. It is a casual affair (no need to pre-register) to encourage local seed savers to meet and share stories about gardening and food. It will work something like this: 1. Participants will check in at the registration table and, if they’ve brought seed, will fill out a brief form listing the seed they will contribute. This is where a $1 donation can be made to help offset expenses. (Note: only open pollinated seed should be shared. If you’re not sure if you have an open pollinated or hybrid (F1) seed, bring it and we’ll help you determine what it is). 2. We will meet under the outdoor tent known as The Folly. Seed saving experts will be on hand to…

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Don’t miss Designing Healthy Communities!

February 5, 2012
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Our friends at Idaho Smart Growth provided this information about an upcoming public television show: Designing Healthy Communities on IPTV: February 21 Starting Tuesday, February 21, weekly for 4 weeks, the outstanding series Designing Healthy Communities will air on the plus channel of Idaho Public TV at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time/7:00 p.m. Mountain Time For the first time on national television, the rapidly deteriorating public health of our citizens is linked to nearly half-a-century of bad design decisions, now frozen in concrete. Each hour looks at the different impacts our built environment has on our key public health indices—obesity, diabetes, heart, asthma, cancer and depression.  These relationships were never observed or talked about until Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician-turned-public–health officer, began to demonstrate, more than a decade ago, that we are what we build.  Dr. Jackson first connects the dots of bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyses and illustrates what ordinary citizens, including many young people, are trying to do about this urgent crisis, now on the front pages of many newspapers, by looking upstream for innovative solutions. Designing Healthy Communities looks at many places where we live, work, study and play and suggests they look the…

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