Posted on March 17, 2017 by Envirothink
Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the March-April 2017 issue of AgMag magazine.
The Science Academy of South Texas has a secret – a garden where students learn about growing food
Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley used to mean being surrounded by citrus orchards and farmland. Today, residents are surrounded by strip malls, countless restaurants, pawn shops and automotive repair places, many reminiscent of junk yards.
“There’s a big disconnect between food producers and consumers,” said Brad Cowan, Texas A&M AgLife Extension Service‘s County Extension Agent – Agriculture, Hidalgo County.
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Posted on March 8, 2017 by Envirothink
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the December-January issue of AgMag magazine
Photo courtesy of normanack
Compost – a decaying mixture of organic matter that can include dead leaves, food waste, animal manure, even coffee grounds – is a solution to many soil-related problems.
Filed under: composting | Tagged: compost, Earthwise Organics, EPA, organic matter, soil erosion, soil health, South Tex Organics, USDA, water quality | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 8, 2016 by Envirothink
Poor soil quality could mean only 100 more harvests in the UK
The idea of food scarcity just got a little more real in the United Kingdom. New research released by The Soil Association states that with continued soil loss and degradation, farmers in the UK may only have 100 more harvests left.
Filed under: composting | Tagged: carbon density, climate change, compost, mulching, organic farming, Recology, soil degradation, soil health | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 11, 2015 by Envirothink
Award-winning winery Chateau Montelena’s cover crop is helping feed the soil and reduce water use, photo by Debra Atlas
Tradition is the foundation of the wine industry. Grapes are grown in an environment proven to nurture their flavor and volume and always as a single crop, never combined with others.
One of the world’s most unique winegrowing properties, Chateau Montelena, an award-winning winery founded in 1888 in the hills of Napa Valley California, is working to make wine growing more eco-friendly.
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Posted on May 28, 2015 by Envirothink
Landfill waste turned into musical instruments for Recology’s musical artist / composer Nathaniel Stookey
Music is the universal language. It soothes humans and animals alike. Its beauty inspires us, lifts us up. But what inspires composers to write their music?
Perhaps the last answer you’d ever consider would be trash. Yet that’s exactly what inspired composer Nathaniel Stookey to write his symphony, aptly named Junkestra.
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Posted on May 27, 2015 by Envirothink
Carnival Masks by Dana Albany – made of wood, recycled paint and objects found at the landfill – were featured in a Recology exhibit at San Francisco Airport in 2013
25 years is an amazing anniversary to reach, but even more so for anything related to art made from landfill waste. If that statement doesn’t make sense to you, you don’t know about Recology and/or its Artist in Residence program, which turns 25 this year.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: Artist in Residence program, compost, curbside recycling, Dana Albany, education initiative, employee-owned, hyper-consumerism, Jo Hanson, landfill, planned obsolescence, Recology, recycle, Reduce Reuse Recycle, San Francisco, San Francisco Airport, sustainability, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 23, 2014 by Envirothink
photo courtesy of normanack
Water availability with the continuing drought has become a global issue.
Research shows that one of the easiest ways to nurture land, help the environment and have the land retain water is soil conservation through composting – turning food waste and yard scraps into usable garden soil that’s then applied to various landscapes.
To learn more about compost’s remarkable ability to save tens of thousands of gallons of water and help alleviate the drought, click here.
Filed under: Drought | Tagged: compost, drought, environment, food waste, garden soil, global issue, landscape, soil conservation, water, Water availability, water retention | Leave a comment »