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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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chipotle declaring to be gmo-free is important

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Monsanto’s Worst Fear May Be Coming True
by Jonathan Lathman, PhD, May 18, 2015

The decision of the Chipotle restaurant chain to make its product lines GMO-free is not most people’s idea of a world-historic event. Especially since Chipotle, by US standards, is not a huge operation. A clear sign that the move is significant, however, is that Chipotle’s decision was met with a tidal-wave of establishment media abuse. Chipotle has been called irresponsible, anti-science, irrational, and much more by the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and many others. A business deciding to give consumers what they want was surely never so contentious.

The media lynching of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue. The crack originates from the fact that while agribusiness sees GMOs as central to their business future, the brand-oriented and customer-sensitive ends of the food supply chain do not. Continue Reading the full article


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composting, fire starting, and sweat lodges!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS at the Sustainable Living Project in Canton, NY

Family COMPOSTING Extravaganza!
How-to for Garden & Home Food-Waste
Saturday May 30   *   10 am to 12 noon
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Primitive Fire Starting and Sweat Lodge Building & Ceremony
Saturday May 30   *   2 pm to 5 pm
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rural christian youth movement

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The Rural Movement of Christian Youth (MRJC) is a youth movement managed and run by young people aged sixteen to thirty. Heir to the Catholic Agricultural Youth and Catholic Agricultural Youth Women, before becoming MRJC, he says is animated, among others, by the ideals of social justice and equality. The movement of the work revolve mainly around issues of education, agriculture, rural life, environment, employment, and faith but also globalization of politics or of economics .

Founded in 1929 in Lorraine, the Catholic Agricultural Youth contributed, throughout its existence, to modernize agriculture and to train many cadres and community leaders, professionals and policy. In the 1960s, seeing the rural world and society change, Jacistes understand soon enough that farmers are not the only actors in this world and that we must open up to a wider audience. The JAC becomes in 1963 MRJC Rural Christian Youth Movement. Besides the agricultural age MRJC now takes into account the other layers of the countryside: young employees, but also early school education. MRJC belongs to the movement of popular education . It is one of the only fully managed youth organizations and run by and for young people.

Read the full wikipedia article here or learn about the movement on the MRJC website (French)

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