Major supermarkets in light as ‘crazy’ cosmetic standards send ‘perfectly good’ food to landfill

A NSW parliamentary report has recommended restrictions be imposed on major supermarkets to limit the amount of produce that goes to waste for minor visual impairments or minor errors. Main points: Cosmetic standards from major supermarket chains cause huge food waste, says parliamentary report Wholesalers and farmers say that rejecting fruit for visual defects is … Read more

Southern Ga farmers are still feeling the effects from the December cold snap.

DESOTO, Ga. (WALB) – Another widespread cold snap threatens community gardens this weekend. In the year Those same gardens were affected in late December 2022. Several nights of freezing temperatures proved too much for some community gardens. This is the first winter for the DeSoto Community Garden. Jake Reese said he didn’t have a total … Read more

School garden-based interventions can improve metabolic parameters in children

School garden-based interventions can improve metabolic parameters such as blood sugar and cholesterol in children, according to a new study from UTHealth Houston. A cluster-randomized controlled trial conducted by researchers at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health and The University of Texas at Austin found that Texas Sprouts – a vegetable, nutrition and cooking program … Read more

Community gardening plays an important role in preventing cancer and mental health disorders

Get more exercise. Eat right. Make new friends. In the year As we compile our list of resolutions aimed at improving physical and mental health in 2023, a new CU Boulder study suggests that one addition may have a powerful effect: gardening. In the first, randomized, controlled trial of community gardening, funded by the American … Read more

The MSU-led team will study the spread of controlled local culinary plants across the US

A new $3.4M USDA grant is supporting research. Roberto Lopez, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Horticulture, leads the $3.4 million USDA-funded study. Photo courtesy of Roberto Lopez. East Lansing, Mich. – A Michigan State University-led team has received a $3.4 million US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to evaluate the profitability and environmental sustainability … Read more

The MSU-led team will study the spread of controlled local culinary plants across the US

A new $3.4M USDA grant is supporting research. Roberto Lopez, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Horticulture, leads a $3.4 million USDA-funded research project. Photo courtesy of Roberto Lopez. East Lansing, Mich. – A Michigan State University-led team has received a $3.4 million USDA grant to evaluate the profitability and environmental sustainability of fresh-cut and … Read more

An Omaha charity helps low-income families by planting gardens in their backyards

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – It’s a sunny day and Zoraida and her husband, Odberto Alvarado, are here to harvest their new garden. Gardener Odberto, who changed his lifestyle two years ago, had to temporarily stay home from work due to a shoulder injury. “We’re having a little bit of trouble financially because I had surgery … Read more

An Omaha charity helps low-income families by planting gardens in their backyards

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – It’s a sunny day and Zoraida and her husband, Odberto Alvarado, are here to harvest their new garden. Gardener Odberto, who changed his lifestyle two years ago, had to temporarily stay home from work due to a shoulder injury. “We’re having a little bit of trouble financially because I had surgery … Read more

Table talk: Preparing your garden for next season

MINOT, ND (KXNET) – Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, people looking for fresh fruits and vegetables head to the Minot Farmers Market in Oak Park. And on Thursdays this month, the market is hosting a table talk for visitors. According to Urban Farmer, North Dakota averages about 130 days between the last and first frost. … Read more

Caring for caregivers: After the stress of the pandemic, the hospital turns to gardening breaks to boost staff safety.

Hospital staff looking at lettuce in a garden pod.

Getting hands on soil, fresh air and sunlight can be key to giving busy hospital workers a good mental break on shift. Main points: Brisbane Mater Hospital is creating edible gardens for staff to grow their own vegetables. Employees are encouraged to use the gardens away from the wards for a mental break Herbs and … Read more