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City Roots: The Giving Fields

Freestore Foodbank grows fresh produce for people in need

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tucked away on the Ohio River, 10 miles from downtown Cincinnati, lies a quiet farm with long, beautiful rows of nutrient-dense kale, broccoli and lettuce, ripe strawberries and blueberries, bee hives and a magnificent orchard of nearly 400 fruit trees.  This idyllic and very productive farm doesn't earn a penny. Welcome to the Giving Fields in Melbourne, Ky., a 10-acre farm operated by ...  
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City Roots: An Urban Agriculture Blog

500 Gardens in Madisonville

{CommentsCant} · Monday, May 5, 2014
For his 66th birthday last month, Larry Williams gave himself a gift that linked his future with his past: a vegetable garden. Williams, who has lived in Madisonville since 1994, wants to grow food sustainably like his family before him. "When I grew up, my daddy and granddaddy grew all sorts of vegetables," Williams says. "My job was to collect horse manure so I could fertilize the garden." Wil...  

Seeds of Change

Urban farming reverses unsustainable practices and cultivates community resources

1 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Agriculture made the first cities possible — urban agriculture dates back to the first cities formed in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. —  so it’s fitting that this ancient concept is now shaping urban areas of the future.  

Sports: Flying Pig Marathon

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Whether you walk, run or come just to squeal, the biggest party in town this weekend is at the 12th Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Billed as a marathon for people of all abilities, the Pig attracts about 22,000 racers and 150,000 fans over the weekend. On Sunday, the wheelchair race starts at 6:25 a.m. At 6:30, 13,000 marathon runners and walkers will take to the streets and make their way toward the aptly named Finish Swine.  

Music: Psychodots and the Faux Frenchman

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
If you missed Cincinnati’s legendary Psychodots (pictured) last Thanksgiving, you have another chance to see them Thursday, this time with hot string ensemble Faux Frenchmen at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ “Tunes & Blooms” concert series.  

Psychodots and Faux Frenchmen

April 22 • Cincinnati Zoo

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
If you missed Cincinnati's legendary Psychodots last Thanksgiving, you have another chance to see them Thursday, this time with hot string ensemble Faux Frenchmen at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens' free "Tunes & Blooms" concert series. Come celebrate Power Pop and Gypsy Jazz glory among 1 million flowers.  

Lectures: Wendell Berry

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Long before the documentary 'Food Inc.,' before the locally-grown organic food movement and before modern omnivores even realized the dilemma they faced, Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry championed sustainable agriculture with 'The Unsettling of America,' a manifesto against the government's "get big or get out" advice to farmers. Now 76, Berry continues his fight against environmental destruction and greed and will speak Sunday at Xavier University's "Ecology and Sustainability" lecture series.  

News: Wary of Wal-Mart

Fairfax/Hyde Park residents fear encroaching mega store

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2005
The prospect of a Wal-Mart supercenter has people who live near Murray Avenue in Fairfax and Erie Avenue in Hyde Park worrying about the impact on their community. Wal-Mart supercenters, more tha