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Update!

Here’s a few pointers from a Upstate New Yorker. It’s not easy to drive in snow! Always, drive under the speed limit. Always, always drive cautiously! A must is, stay close to the yellow line. Slush and ice are plowed to the side of the road.. You will be pulled in, in a blink of an eye, if you get to close to the edge of the road. Always, bruah evey inch of snow off your car, before driving. The snow blows onto thr road and other cars behind you. Always, warm your car up before driving. This will hrlp keep your engine running better. Year round tires are a must. Always, keep extra blankets, scarf, hat mittens or gloves in your car, in case you break down. I wish you both the best.

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Gardens and Pizza

Gardens and Pizza

11/16/2012

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I started New Growth Gardens to address a common problem – children graduate from high school with few skills and concepts for leading healthy and sustainable lives. New Growth Gardens uses gardens to introduce urban children to skills and concepts about health and sustainability. A garden is an ideal classroom for teaching organization, patience, work ethic, and observation. What’s more, a garden makes the science of biology, chemistry, ecology and nutrition more tangible. Finally, even children who identify as “vegetable haters” will often take a chance eating vegetables they have grow. Thus, gardening can be a step in developing healthy eating habits. Working with youth in Springfield, MA and Holyoke, MA, I witnessed what a garden can do for teaching youth important skills regarding health and sustainability. After the 2011 season ended, I traveled the country interviewing leaders in the world of . . . → Read More: Gardens and Pizza

Harvesting worms

Red wiggler worms are able to eat half their body weight in food waste everyday. 

Why does that matter? Well, ahem, uhh… their poop, also called worm castings, is a great organic fertilizer.

But when I apply the “fertilizer” to my garden, I don’t want to lose the worms that turned my garbage into something of value. So before I apply the compost to the ground, I harvest the worms and put them back in my worm bin (see picture below).

Right now, I don’t need the fertile worm castings, but come spring, I’ll use the them grow better food.

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Custom herb boxes

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A normal day at the New Growth Gardens Youth Employment Training Program

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Trip to Red Fire Farm to get heirloom tomato seeds

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Organizing raised beds

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NGG on TV

Get growing with the Springfield Seed Library : wwlp.com

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New products!

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Orientation day at NGG summer employment training program

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