Zuni Youth Enrichment Program

Originally posted on From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement:

ZYEPsealThe Zuni Youth Enrichment Program (ZYEP) began in part when Dr. Faber, a pediatrician who came to Zuni from Boston, would ask his young patients what they were doing for the summer, and the response was most often “nothing.” Over the past six years ZYEP has developed a series of programs, with the goal of promoting “the development of healthy lifestyles and self-esteem among Zuni kids by providing them with opportunities to participate in empowering and enriching activities that will encourage them to grow into strong and healthy adults who are connected with Zuni traditions.” On the hot and windy day we arrived in Zuni, youth were busy with games on the playground, and watering the small plants in the raised bed gardens.

Entrance to Zuni. Photo by Elizabeth Hoover

Entrance to Zuni. Photo by Elizabeth Hoover

Zuni Pueblo is home to about 10,000 people and is located about 35 miles south of Gallup NM. The reservation…

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Celery Harvesting and Tasting

Originally posted on What's Natalie Doing?:

CeleryThis was a busy, busy morning in the garden. The young gardeners pulled weeds, trimmed the herbs, moved mulch, harvested green beans and then trimmed the plants for the experiment. See previous post for more on the experiment.

They also tied tomatoes to the support stakes, removed spent flowers from a plot and collected Batchelor’s Button seeds for next year’s flowers.

But that’s not all!

Every group harvested celery. It wasn’t easy to pull from the ground but all ages showed teamwork and strength and got the plants out, shook off the soil and placed them in a wire basket.  Next, we trimmed off the roots, washed the stalks and ate them with a yogurt based ranch dressing.

Almost everyone agreed that this was good tasting celery. It couldn’t have been any fresher and it certainly had better flavor than the pale stalks we buy at the supermarket.  Even gardeners who thought they didn’t like…

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Travel Diaries – Weston Park, Sheffield

Originally posted on tacokittens.wordpress.com:

I like parks. They’re a great place for a nice stroll, to kick back and chill or just people watch. While Malaysia has a number of nice parks, I still miss the parks in Sheffield. It’s not known as the ‘Greenest City in the World‘ for nothing. :D Apart from gorgeous natural attractions like the Peak District, Sheffield has a large number of very well-maintained parks, which come alive with blooms in the summer.


Located just across the road from the University of Sheffield, Weston Park is one of the major landmarks in the city and greets visitors with a lush, green landscape of trees and beautiful flowers. It’s way too far to be walking here from our hostel, so my friend and I took a bus from West Street, which would drop us off at the park.


The park is abundant with greenery, especially flowers of every…

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July 29 – Auto-trophy Room

Originally posted on Little facts about science:

Today’s factismal: Autotrophs don’t drool.

If you’ve seen “The Big Bang Theory”, odds are that you’ve heard the catchy little song that goes before it. But what you may not have caught is the fact that there are several errors in the song. The most notable of these is the line “the autotrophs began to drool”. The problem with it is that autotrophs don’t drool.

“Hold on, Bucky!” I hear you cry; “how can you know that?” I’m glad you asked. It all has to do with the special word autotroph (geek Greek for “self feeder”). Autotrophs are critters that don’t rely on other critters for their food; instead, they rely on light (phototrophs, like plants) or chemicals (chemotrophs, like the rust-eating bacteria on the Titanic). Because autotrophs don’t need to eat other critters, they don’t really have mouths. And without mouths, there is no drool. (They may have…

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Deoxyribonucleic Acid link grass species.

Originally posted on Glueping:


The show of relationship between different species varies according to minutes and easily overlooked on all kind, Dr. Neil Snow was one botanist at University State “he posted in one paper on January”, that included observations of some odd-shaped hairs on three species of grass native to Africa. Their odd shape stems from distinctly swollen tips that are then pinched into a small party hat structure at the very apex.

“A tongue twisting technical term for that shape is ‘clavicor niculate’, but “club shaped” is a workable simplification we often prefer,” remarked Snow. In Two thousand eleven Drs. Paul Peterson and Konstatin Romasc hencko, working at the Smithsonian Institution, used DNA-Deoxyribonucleic Acid sequences to determine that the 3 African species are related to an American species that lacks the odd-shaped hairs.

“Nobody previously anticipated a close relationship between the African and American species, particularly since the American species lacks the…

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Add Agrivoltaics To Your Green Vocabulary

Originally posted on Raxa Collective:


Farming food and fuel, side by side

Thanks to Conservation, and particularly Courtney White, for this synopsis:

What is the best way to utilize sunlight—to grow food or to produce fuel?

For millennia, the answer was easy: we used solar energy to grow plants that we could eat. Then, in the 1970s, the answer became more complex as fields of photovoltaic panels (PVPs) began popping up all over the planet, sometimes on former farmland. In the 1990s, farmers began growing food crops for fuels such as corn-based ethanol. The problem is that the food-fuel equation has become a zero-sum game.

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Hughenden Manor

Originally posted on The Girl Who Had Wanderlust:

On the 24th we took a trip up to Hughenden Manor for the day to take a look around the estate.

We were aiming for the Manor first but we grabbed a tea first at the Stable’s restaurant, and they had awesome fruit teas. I had the Raspberry and Vanilla, which was amazing.

Then we went to the Manor, which was the old Prime Minister of England Benjamin Disraeli’s house in the times of Queen Victoria. To be brutally honest, I didn’t know that he existed until that day but now I know quite a bit. The house was beautiful, decorated in full Victorian style but downstairs in the cellars it was set up as it was in World War Two, because the house was used as a place to produce maps in the war.

We picniced in the apple orchards and looked at the gardens and the walled garden where…

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