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Growing vegetables at home

08/20/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Today we spent the hour talking about growing vegetables here in west central Florida with a former Hillsborough County commercial vegetable agent, Karl Butts (my younger brother). Karl presently grows Asian, mainly East Indian vegetables, for an Ashram here in Hillsborough County that sells throughout the USA. We started with the basics of our sandy soils, the disease triangle, growing successful starter plants and a variety of other plant issues. Similar to human life, the first days are ...

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Students in south St. Pete learn about healthy eating while growing their own food listen

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Students at two south St. Petersburg schools are learning about healthy eating by growing their own food. Organizers hope the knowledge the kids get will help them continue to make smart food choices as they grow up.

An organization called The Edible Peace Patch has helped to create gardens at Lakewood Elementary and Sanderlin IB World School in areas of south St. Petersburg facing economic challenges. The gardens manager, Erin Mattick, says students don’t normally get a chance to grow t...

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