The Green Machine-Promoting Food Security one stop at a time!

In May’s River Citizen newsletter you got a chance to explore the benefits of local foods for you and the River.Well, I would like to share a success story about my neighborhood’s journey to fresh foods with their mobile food bus: The Green Machine. Did you know that only seven out of 77 low-income census tracks in urban Memphis have access to a full-service supermarket? Less than seven years ago, Memphis was the #1 food desert in the...

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May Newsletter – Local Food is good for you AND the River

All around us we see plants acting on their biological instincts – reaching for the sky and sprouting itty bitty leaves that grow bigger every day. The sight of life inspires many of us to plant gardens and grow some of our own food. In fact, 1 in 3 families grow a portion of their food to reap health benefits, save money and lessen their impact on the environment. The good news is gardening isn’t a chore like doing the laundry; it’s a...

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A new Farm Bill is a victory for the Mississippi River

A guest blog from the Mississippi River Network’s Policy Manager Claudia Emken: The Farm Bill is now a reality! It has been a long process, filled with obstacles of all kinds, but at long last the Nation’s agriculture policy is in place for the next five years. A friend of mine frequently reminds me that “Politics is not for the short-winded.” Certainly has been the case here! Farm bills are typically set up as a five year...

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Knowledge is Power – August Newsletter

Helpful Hints Before you Fertilize this Fall Did you know a recent study by NASA estimates lawns are the largest “crop” in the country, covering up to three times as many acres as corn? It’s an amazing fact with implications that have changed our understanding of the impacts of individual lawn care.   What we do to our yard affects our local rivers and lakes as well as the nation.   Environment Missouri found that 12.7 million...

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Testing, Testing – One, Two, Three

Beautiful lawns and gardens help us connect to nature. They are the stage for summer bar-b-ques, bocce ball matches and playtime with pets. They help us slow down our fast paced lives and enjoy the moment. The question is: how to get that perfect lawn? Amazingly, 50% of soil is actually air or water. The other 50% is a combination of minerals, bacteria and organic material. The right mixture of these materials is what plants need to grow...

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3 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

April is the time for garden planning, despite the prolonged winter we have been experiencing here in Iowa. Growing up on the family farm in Little Turkey, IA, my family and I were fortunate to have the yard space for a garden. Although as a youngster I despised the summer chore of pulling weeds, the sight of the produce lined up on the kitchen counter for canning was always rewarding. Now, as a college student, I greatly appreciate the surplus...

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River Citizens Unite to Demand a Modern Farm Bill – November Newsletter

We made it through another election year, survived the bombardment of news coverage and did our civic duty by voting. It seems like a good time to take a break from politics, sit back and wait to see what happens. And yet, the lame duck session of Congress during the next two months requires our attention still. The lame duck session of Congress begins this week. A lame duck session of Congress occurs when Congress meets after legislative...

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