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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Ooooby local economic model
Fleeing Vesuvius - 2/18/2012.
By Pete Russell – Ooooby began in December 2008 on Waiheke Island, Auckland, as an online social network of food gardeners. An evolving project, it now also facilitates the distribution of locally grown food. Each month an Oooobyversity evening is hosted to share knowledge about food-growing and ways to enhance local production.
Organic gardens on small plots take lots of advance planning
Kennebec Journal - 2/17/2012.
By Denis Thoet – The ground is frozen solid. We're two months away from spring and more than three months away from the last frost date, which can be as late as the first week in June. Time to relax? No, it's time to get moving at Long Meadow Farm.
Local in winter: an invitation
Grist - 2/17/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – This string of dried peppers was a gift from Annabelle Lenderink, a farmer I know. When she handed them to me on one of her last days in the Berkeley Farmers Market for the season, I remember her saying, “They look really nice when the sun shines through them.”
How to heat your chickens with compost
Treehugger - 2/17/2012.
By Sami Grover – We know that you can heat your shower with a compost pile. Heck, you can even cook food on compost if you want to. But here's a neat use of waste heat from the composting process – you can use it to keep your chickens warm.
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