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Entries in agriculture (28)

Monday
May042015

Let it Grow

Awbury Arboretum’s unlikely stewards let nature—and discovery—run wild


Awbury staff from left to right: Denis Lucey, Karen Flick, Heather Zimmerman and Chris van de Velde.Philadelphians are familiar with the sounds of city life: the laughter of kids walking home from school, bus engines and car horns on the busy streets, music flowing from rowhome windows. Amid the bustle in Germantown, a forest is quietly growing. The people entrusted with the 55-acre refuge at Awbury Arboretum believe that it’s a place to escape the hardscape, wonder at nature’s resilience and power, and maybe to fall in love.

Between a trickling creek bed on the grounds of Awbury Arboretum in Northwest Philadelphia and the abrasive honking of East Washington Lane, Denis Lucey is out on one of his many walks.

He stops to point out a mutated form of a snow drop flower and invites me to have a gnaw on a native spice bush. “It’s got an interesting flavor,” he encourages. “If you’ve ever been operated on, the orange dye they spray you with before they put the bandages on is a glue that originally comes from this plant.”

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Monday
Nov102014

Philadelphia Council to Hold Hearing on City Composting

Compostable materials constitute approximately 23 percent of Philadelphia's waste composition. In the absence of a citywide food waste recycling program, all food waste is sent to the landfill. RecycleNOW Philadelphia says this is a missed opportunity because composting would help the city fulfill RecycleNOW’s zero waste vision and it could spur local, sustainable development. It’s a win-win.

This week, Philadelphians will get the chance to voice their thoughts on food waste recycling when the Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Food Waste Recycling.

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Monday
Oct282013

Birdland: An abundance of local turkey options for the holiday table

Story by Lauren Mandel, Photos by Emily Wren

Every Thanksgiving, turkey buyers are faced with a handful of options: Do you save up for the local, organic, heritage breed? Stick with the mom-and-pop-raised, free-range turkey? Or do you just go for the cheapest bird on the shelf? So many choices.

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Tuesday
Jul302013

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Transforming a vacant lot into an urban farm transforms a neighborhood as well  

story by April White • photos by Emily WrenWhen Dylan Baird first saw the abandoned lot near 53rd and Wyalusing in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philly, it was all weed trees and trash. “You couldn’t even walk across it,” he recalls. Today, the ¾-acre property, ringed by rowhomes, is an urban farm, bursting with tomatoes and peppers, string beans and okra, collard and kale.

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Friday
Jun142013

Flour Power: Local Bread On the Rise

story by April White | photos by Emily Wren

Pete Merzbacher’s voice is muffled as he talks about his months-old West Philly-based baking company, Philly Bread. “It’s the flour,” he explains. “It’s everywhere. It’s in my phone now.” 

As Philly Bread’s owner and chief baker, Merzbacher, 23, transforms 250 pounds of GMO- and chemical-free flour each week into baguettes and boules for wholesale customers and a small but dedicated group of “bread CSA” members. Many discovered Merzbacher’s loaves through word of mouth or Facebook, where he announces his weekly specials—rosemary focaccia, olive and herb with orange zest, sunflower rye—and connects with Philly’s urban farmers and foragers to source ingredients.

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