|Leave the tilling to the earthworms|
Bangor Daily News - 4/23/2011.By Reeser Manley – The garden’s life is waking. The beds are bare, their dark soil soaking up rain one day, warmed by sunlight the next. At their surface or just below, signs of the garden’s awakening abound. Scarab beetles, tossed up in the digging of postholes for the garden’s new gate, lumber sleepily over clods of damp clay.
|Pesticide link to lower IQ|
The Telegraph (U.K.) - 4/21/2011.By Stephen Adams – Researchers found that exposure during pregnancy to pesticides called organophosphates – used on food crops – may impair child cognitive development. They found that every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother's pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in children by the age of seven.
|Garden collective gets 40 new plots|
Portland Press Herald - 4/21/2011.By Leslie Bridgers – South Portland: About 40 plots in a new community garden will be available for planting next spring. On Wednesday night, the City Council approved leasing a portion of the playing fields at the former Hamlin School to the Community Garden Collective, a nonprofit organization that first presented its plan to the council in January.
|Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecology|
Grist - 4/21/2011.By Eliot Coleman – Organic farming is often falsely represented as being unscientific. However, despite the popular assumption that it sprang full born from the delusions of 60s hippies, it has a more extensive, and scientifically respectable, provenance.