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Farmer John: Farmers and consumers reap benefits from local food systems

“‘Ere long, the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art can ever be the victim of oppression in any… Continue Reading

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Essay: Making things grow in a Virginia Beach community garden

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I’m no farmer, but I can get stuff to grow. Whether I can get family to eat all their vegetables is another matter.  I planted myself out of our Strawbridge-area yard a while… Continue Reading

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Biologist studies betterment of local berry crops through mason bee pollination

BY JIM WASHINGTON NORFOLK — When it comes to strawberries, why not bee fresh bee local? That’s what occurred to Lisa Horth, a research biologist at Old Dominion University, two years ago regarding the strawberry crop in Virginia Beach.  Strawberry farmers… Continue Reading