the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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noche de rábanos

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Noche de Rábanos, or NIGHT OF THE RADISHES, is an annual event in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes to create scenes that compete for prizes in various categories. The event has its origins in the colonial period when radishes were introduced by the Spanish. Oaxaca has a long wood carving traditions and farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention during the Christmas market which was held in the main square on December 23. In 1897, the city created the formal competition. As the city has grown, the city has had to dedicate land to the growing of the radishes used for the event, supervising their growth and distribution to competitors. The event has become very popular, attracting over 100 contestants and thousands of visitors. However, since the radishes wilt soon after cutting the works can only be displayed for a number of hours, which has led to very long lines for those wishing to see the works.

Could we do the same with the turnips of Maine?


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uvm food summit

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All people deserve access to adequate, nutritious food. The complicated and provocative question for the fourth annual UVM Food Systems Summit on June 16-17 is how to provide this basic human right.

UVM will be partnering with Vermont Law School to host the Summit this year, which focuses on “The Right to Food: Power, Policy and Politics in the 21st Century.” Keynote speakers from across the country and local presenters will be talking about food security in Vermont, the nation, and around the world.

Here is the UVM Food Systems Summit press release.
Online registration closes June 9th.


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value your dandelions

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Organic Gardening Tip from MOFGA:
Value Your Dandelions

Did you know that dandelions “are one of the first pollen/nectar sources during the whole growing season,” according to New York state farmer Steve Gilman, who spoke at one of MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conferences years ago? One researcher “found 93 different species of insects that feed on that pollen/nectar,” he added. “The preponderance of those was beneficial insects.” Dandelions also serve as overwintering habitat for mycorrhizal fungi – beneficial fungi that associate with plant roots and help take up, conserve and use water and nutrients. So enjoy these bright signs of spring if they pop up in your yard! If you don’t want them to get out of hand, mow your lawn high (above 2-1/2 inches) and mow before dandelions go to seed.


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job opportunity!

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Here’s a well-paid reporting fellowship with an environmental flavor based on a beautiful island off of Seattle:

YES! Magazine seeks a journalist for a one-year, full-time, in-house reporting fellowship based in our Bainbridge Island, Washington, office, near Seattle. The fellow will receive a salary of $40,000, plus vacation and health benefits.

This fellowship is designed to support reporters from communities that are often underrepresented in the field of journalism. YES! Magazine established this fellowship to increase diversity in our economic and environmental reporting and writing.

Here is the full job description

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