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For Small Farms and Garden Entrepreneurs, Challenges Abound
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Many of the challenges that the gardening enthusiast will face are mirrored by the challenges of small farms. Even if you don't sell your wares, you have to buy many of the same supplies that businesses buy. And of course if you're gardening has taken on a scope big enough that you're selling the fruits of your labor at farmers' markets, you've likely confronted some of the business-related hurdles already.

Sap's Rising but Maple Syrup is Year-Round Melt-in-Mouth Asset
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Maple sugaring season is a favorite time for students at the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier, a time when this natural and flavorful ingredient is literally flowing in their back yard.

Food Co-op Hopes for Global Success
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Gish, York (PA) Daily Record

Cheesesteaks sizzled in an electric skillet and bite-sized samples of brie were stabbed with toothpicks at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture offices in Harrisburg Wednesday.

Nursery Business is Green as Gardening Interest Spurs Industry Growth
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Ann Bailey, Agweek Magazine

When it comes to houses, it's not just what's on the inside that counts. For many homeowners, beautifying the outside with landscaping is just as important as remodeling the inside. It's a growing trend that started a decade ago when the housing market strengthened, says Bob Fitch, Minnesota Nursing and Landscaping Association executive director.

Mexican Environmental Authorities Say Oil Pumps, Valves Also at Risk
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A study commissioned by environmental authorities following a string of embarrassing oil spills at Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company found problems at pumping stations and valve systems, as well as in the pipelines themselves.

New York OKs $1.8M for Cleanups
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Egbert, Daily News

Several of New York City's brownfields will be getting some of Albany's green. An agreement signed last week by Gov. Pataki and the majority leaders of the state Senate and Assembly allocates $30 million for cleanup projects statewide, with just over $1.8 million coming to the city.

Wintry Canada to Use Solar Power to Heat Homes
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada, better known for snow than sun, plans to build a 52-home solar powered community in Alberta that will harvest the sun's rays in summer and use them to heat homes in winter, the government said Wednesday.

Washington State Lawmakers would Require New State Buildings Be 'Green'
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Rachel La Corte, Associated Press

Schools, universities and other public buildings would have to be built to meet energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards under a bill given final approval by lawmakers Wednesday.

What are We Really Planting in Our Gardens? -- An ENN Commentary
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Lowe, New England Wild Flower Society

In New England, spring is almost here. The urge to stop and admire the first blooms on the redbud tree or the spring beauties in the woods, to plant something in the garden, above all, the longing to spend more time outdoors has now become a compulsion.

Tiny Hong Kong Falling Foul of Electronic Waste, Greenpeace Claims
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hong Kong has become a dumping ground for electronic waste from the United States, Europe and Japan and soil tests have uncovered excessive lead levels in the soil, according to Greenpeace.

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