|Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline|
The Guardian [UK] - 1/3/2011.By Alok Jha – The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and low genetic diversity in bee populations.
|It’s a dirty job|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 1/2/2011.By Ray Routhier – Gardeners, it's a new year. And just maybe it's the year you finally become a true master of the garden. You'll have the chance in the coming weeks and months, when classes around the state begin in the Master Gardener volunteer program run by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
|Stop basking in afterglow of 2010, look ahead|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 1/2/2011.By Tom Atwell – With the new year, my thoughts usually turn to the coming gardening season. But this year I am having a little bit of difficulty looking ahead. The gardening season for 2010 was so great, I hate to let it go.
|Reserved: A seat at the table|
The Boston Globe - 1/2/2011.By Nancy Heiser – Lincolnville: Picture a communal meal in the Old Country or the Napa Valley – the kind of close-to-the-land supper you see in movies where those gathered raise a glass to toast a table laden with simple, fresh food. Perhaps you wonder, to borrow a phrase from “30 Rock’’ ’s Liz Lemon, how to go to there. Must you travel so far? Not anymore.