|Summer is bountiful at Brentwood Farms|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/14/2011.Op-Ed by Elizabeth Tarasevich – Two hundred pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes yields 45 jars of sauce for family and neighbors. This delicious goodness will last through the long, cold Maine winter. Brentwood Farms, situated on just over 2 acres of city-owned land next to Evergreen Cemetery, represents the latest trend in city-community sponsorships that provide community gardens in neighborhoods without city-managed gardens.
|Issue of radiation-tainted food in Japan escalates|
Vancouver Sun - 8/14/2011.Mushrooms joined the threats to Japan’s food chain from radiation spewed by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, as the country expands efforts to limit the effects of the disaster. Japan is under pressure to enhance food inspections as it has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination.
|Japanese beetles are here to stay|
Bangor Daily News - 8/13/2011.By Reeser Manley – This garden season may well be remembered as the beetle summer. Cucumber beetles in historic numbers caroused on the blooms and leaves of squash, pumpkin and, of course, cucumbers, while Japanese beetles ran rampant among the roses, raspberries, grapes and a host of other garden plants.
|Heat wave hobbles harvest outlook|
Portland Press Herald - 8/12/2011.Bloomberg News – Chicago: Corn, soybean and spring wheat harvests in the U.S., the world's largest exporter, will be smaller than the government forecast last month after a damaging heat wave that may signal higher costs for food and biofuel.