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From: Sustainable Gardening

The Food for Everyone Foundation

Changing the world one garden at a time.

The Food for Everyone Foundation is a Non-Profit organization that travels the world teaching people in impoverished areas how to grow gardens which will yield five to ten times more than traditional gardening methods.

Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of this organic gardening method is that it allows a family to feed themselves and earn a highly important income.; This income is many times reinvested into a larger garden the following years.; This continuous cycle of investment is one of the things the Foundation is most proud of.

In a majority of cases these original Mittleider gardeners then teach their fellow village members to Mittleider method. This is a classic example of our “Pay it forward” goals.

The History of the Food for Everyone Foundation

Dr. Jacob Mittleider has taught around the world for over forty years

The Food for Everyone Foundation’s purposes includes teaching sustainable organic gardening, we encourage and assist in developing self-sufficiency in the production of food among people throughout the world by sponsoring, teaching and training classes and seminars; providing financial assistance to worthy and needy students; and by assisting in providing materials, equipment, tools, seed, and fertilizers needed for trained students to achieve gardening success in their own communities.

(Jim) Kennard, the President of the Foundation, has a wealth of leadership, financial, business, teaching, and gardening training and experience upon which to draw in helping the Foundation to achieve its goals.

Jim has been a Mittleider gardener for the past twenty-eight years, he is a Master Mittleider Gardening Instructor, and has taught classes and worked one-on-one with Dr. Jacob Mittleider on several gardening projects in the USA and abroad.

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Ostrich Ferns

Original article found: here

Ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteri) are native to North America (hardy to USDA zone 3) ranging across Canada and south to Indiana, Ohio, and Virginia. As members of the floodplain forest community, they are typically found growing under box-elders and silver maples, forming large thickets. Growing to a height of 2 to 5 feet, the graceful arching fronds grow in a symmetrical vase-shaped clump with a denser, more rigid fertile frond in the center. Although classified as a deciduous plant, the fronds often persist into winter. Ostrich ferns prefer rich well-drained soils similar to the floodplains that they thrive in along rivers and streams. They partial to full shade, making them an ideal understory plant in a woodland garden or any place where the soil remains moist. As with most ferns, they reproduce in using two methods, spores and more typically rhizomes. Under optimal growing conditions they may take over the garden, which is why they are often used in foundation plantings and for massing. Ostrich ferns will also dwarf more delicate plants, so it’s advisable to keep some distance between them. Early spring or fall is the best time to transplant ostrich ferns, and despite the fact that they are the most common garden fern, they may need to be special ordered from a native plant nursery. The common name, ostrich fern, is derived from the fronds’ similarity in appearance to ostrich feathers. The fiddleheads are considered a delicacy, which are eaten in early spring, are the state vegetable of Vermont.

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Awesome Article by Kathleen M. Wong

Amid the Central Valley’s vast sea of grasses lie some of the oddest ecological islands in California. Known as vernal pools, they are home to dozens of tiny plant and animal species that live nowhere else in the world. From microscopic fairy shrimp to dainty white popcorn flowers, each has adapted to a world that floods in winter and dries to a crisp by summer.

Continue reading here: California Wild Winter 2006 – Hotspot: Vernal Pools.

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(Article by Richard Manning)

From www.motherearthnews.com

I have been fascinated by the permanence and healing power of grassland for 15 years now. If we respect the great original wisdom of the prairies, I’m convinced we can heal the wounds inflicted on the American landscape by industrial agriculture. (more…)

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Preemptive Karma: Monsanto Cotton is Killing Soil.

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