the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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new plant hardiness zone map!

Check it out, Greenhorns: 2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map 
You can type in your zipcode or click on any state for a detailed map.  So user friendly!

The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. Compared to the 1990 version, zone boundaries in this edition of the map have shifted in many areas. The new map is generally one 5-degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer than the previous map throughout much of the United States.

For the first time, the map is available as an interactive GIS-based map, for which a broadband Internet connection is recommended, and as static images for those with slower Internet access. Users may also simply type in a ZIP Code and find the hardiness zone for that area.

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10 years of california farmlink

Technically, if they were farmers, they would no longer qualify under the USDA’s definition of “Beginning Farmer.”

anyway… check them out.  And their snazzy new map of farm opportunities!

On August 30, 2009, California FarmLink and over 100 of its friends, farmers, funders, and new acquaintances wiled away the afternoon at Oak Hill Farm in Glen Ellen, CA, celebrating ten years of working to keep land in agriculture and farmers on that land. Continue reading

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fabulous quilted maps

you know we love maps… this is via Brooklyn Based

Remember when you were a kid, and you threw blankets over chairs to make tents? Emily Fischer did that too, but she didn’t think of them as a place to hide. She was creating peaks and valleys — topography — because what she saw was a real-life map. She’s been playing with them ever since, first as an architect, and now as the creator of beautiful quilts of Brooklyn neighborhoods called Soft-Maps. Continue reading

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mapping the possibilities

this is from the USDA! (and click on the map to buy our poster…)

Mapping and Modeling Eastern U.S. Food Production
By Ann Perry
September 2, 2009

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are mapping an array of county-level data from Maine to Virginia on weather, soil, land use, water availability and other elements. Then they’ll use their map to model potential crop production and find out where local food production could meet current and projected demand—and where it won’t.il_430xN.55789066

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Soliciting Maps!

We’re looking for cool maps to post on the website of our mapping project, Serve Your Country Food!  Here’s a great one that represents which areas of the country are becoming more democratic (blue) or more republican (red,) based the November 4th election.   Have maps that you think we should post?  Email us!  Send an image of the map to You can check out the maps we have so far at



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