For One Food Insecure Family, The Pandemic Leaves Them With ‘No Wiggle Room’ | Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living

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Ja Nelle Pleasure never used to think twice about putting food on the table for her family.

In fact, the Pleasure family revolved around food. One of their favorite activities was to spin a globe, put a finger down and cook a dish from the country where it lands.

“It was a lot of fun because we got to eat all over the place, stuff that none of us would have dared try before, like silkworms,” she says. “They really look disgusting and scary… But when you eat it, it tastes like popcorn.”

They haven’t done that since the start of the pandemic when Pleasure lost her job.

“There’s not a belt to tighten there. There’s no wiggle room here,” she says. “I’m unemployed, and there are limited things that I can do.”

This is increasingly becoming the reality for millions of Americans, and people of color are much worse

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National parks at home: An amazingly grand garden in a backyard | Lifestyle

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In response to my Homegrown National Park contest invitation this past summer, Mike Foster, who lives in Reading, PA, sent me some before-and-after photos of his property. I was intrigued by all of the stonework I saw in the photos, and any garden that contains a water feature is enough to catch my interest. (Foster’s landscape has two.) But I had no idea that I was in for such a jaw-dropping experience.

From the street, Foster’s house and property look like many others I’ve seen. Walk around to the back, though, and it’s like being transported to another world, because after only a few yards of level ground the land stands up. There’s the house, a narrow strip of flat land containing a patio and deck, and then, abruptly, a massive, nearly vertical hill. When I entered the space, I felt like I had stepped into a canyon.

Down the

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Cincinnati Zoo opens African Penguin Point, new habitat gives warm-weather penguins room to roam

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has opened its African Penguin Point, the new home for African penguins three times larger than their former habitat. It includes a dramatically larger indoor bedroom area to encourage breeding and expand nesting sites.

“African Penguin Point was funded through the Zoo’s More Home to Roam capital campaign, which aims to give animals more space and to improve visitor experience,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “This habitat achieves both goals. It’s so much fun to watch the penguins walk on their new sandy beach and dive into their gigantic pool.”

Visitors will enjoy a clear underwater view of the penguins swimming and interacting with the fans, misters, sprinklers, underwater jets, heat lamps, and other enrichment features that were built into the habitat to promote natural behaviors for overall optimal health and wellbeing.

Some of the enrichment features will allow the colony to stay

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Friends of Blackstone show off new pollinator garden

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Dave Newton, left, John Marsland, center, and Vincent Mancini stand in front of the new turtle-shaped pollinator garden at Sycamore Landing, 100 New River Road in Lincoln, last Saturday afternoon. (Breeze photos by Melanie Thibeault)

More projects in the works at Sycamore Landing site

LINCOLN – A new pollinator garden at Sycamore Landing in Lincoln is nearly complete after volunteers spent three weeks in August constructing the turtle-shaped garden bed and planting native species, as part of a bigger project to create a calming space for the community.

Earlier this year The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone received a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant to create a peaceful community gathering spot that’s steps away from the Blackstone River, consisting of raised bed pollinator gardens, native shrubs and trees, and a comprehensive way to control invasive plants at its Environmental Center’s 12-acre property, located at 100 New River

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San Antonio natives have green light to open new burger and beer garden on East Side

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While the empty lot at 2014 WW White Road may not look like much now, two San Antonio natives are hoping to transform it into a new restaurant and outdoor space to bring food, fun and family together.

a city street filled with lots of traffic: While the empty lot at 2014 WW White Road may not look like much now, two San Antonio natives have a vision to transform it into a new restaurant and outdoor space to bring food, fun and family together.

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While the empty lot at 2014 WW White Road may not look like much now, two San Antonio natives have a vision to transform it into a new restaurant and outdoor space to bring food, fun and family together.

Owners J.R. Vega and Kevin Koenen hope to open their new restaurant Buckets Burger and Beer Garden next month. The open-space restaurant will include cornhole, volleyball and a playground for the kids — a place where people can hang out, have dinner and feel safe during the pandemic.

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“It’s going to be the whole works,” Vega said. “We

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Heights Rental in Willowtown Greek Revival With Exposed Brick, Garden Asks $3,250 a Month

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This one-bedroom rental is tucked into the heart of Willowtown, a little enclave on the southern edge of Brooklyn Heights. The first-floor unit at 42 Willow Place is one of just three in the 19th century row house and offers a shared garden, laundry in the building and bike storage.

The Greek Revival-style brick row house dates to the late 1840s and the picturesque street is filled with buildings of a similar vintage. The street is within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, and the area has its own community group — the Willowtown Association was formed in 1953.

It’s a floor-through unit with a living room facing the street, bedroom at the rear and kitchen in the middle. A wall was taken down between what would have been two separate rooms to create an open living and dining room with wide-plank floorboards. One long wall is exposed brick, painted white,

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Botanical garden buys WeatherBerry | News

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Western Kentucky Botanical Garden officials have purchased WeatherBerry at 2731 W. Second St.

The 3,848-square-foot Italianate-style farmhouse was built in 1840 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The sale, which was finalized Wednesday afternoon, included nearly 4 acres that abut the botanical garden. More importantly, though, the house provides Second Street access and visibility — something WKBG officials have craved for years.

With WeatherBerry’s purchase, WKBG now owns a total of more than 17 acres.

Shana and Ed Champion sold WeatherBerry to WKBG for $475,000, said Laurna Strehl, executive director.

The Champions are pleased WeatherBerry now belongs to the botanical garden and will be open to the community, Ed Champion said.

“It goes with the garden,” he said. “We know they will take care of it. … I can’t wait to see what they do with it.”

Several years ago, WKBG officials formed a long-range planning committee

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Save seeds now for next spring’s garden

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I have to hide them, the rapidly filling bowls. Stash them downstairs. My wife thinks multiple dishes of drying seed are impossibly untidy, though to be fair she isn’t that sure about bookshelves.

But it is the best gardening thing, honestly, to grow from seed you’ve saved yourself: more intimate, more magical, with more of a relationship.

We were lucky. At the start of our allotment journey, we met some seed obsessives, travelling and swapping varieties from off the beaten track. We learned early on the magic of growing more unusual seed.

Currently covering our downstairs shelves: assorted dishes of tear peas in pods, coriander, tagetes, nasturtiums, calendula and sunflowers. So far so predictable. Also honesty from a bloom I’d noticed on the walk to the plot and last week saw had seeded. Assorted beans will be next (including ‘Bacau’), orache and amaranth – though they liberally self-seed everywhere –

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Bangor Public Library to reopen children’s room

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The Bangor Public Library has been closed since March. Wednesday it announced that the Leonard and Renee Minsky Children’s room located on the third floor will open its back door for 30-minute family appointments.

Bangor Public Library children’s room opening next week



This portion of the library will reopen on September 14 and families have to schedule an appointment.

Everyone over the age of two years old will need to wear a mask at all times in order to enter and browse for books.

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The Bangor Public Library will reopen the Leonard and Renee Minsky C… hildren’s Room to one household at a time beginning Monday, September 14th. Patrons must call ahead to make their 30 minute appointment. All patrons over the age of two years will be required to wear a mask in order to enter.

“It’s super

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RSF Garden Club reopens Resale Shop with new name, expanded men’s section and new pricing model

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Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club has reopened its resale shop, Bloom Again, adding more than 500 square feet of retail space, making room for more donations, including men’s clothing and furniture, according to a news release.

“We took the time away to look at the shop with fresh eyes on how to better serve the community,” said RSF Garden Club Director and Store Manager Thora Guthrie, adding, “In the few weeks we have been open, the response from our regular shoppers and from those that just discovered us has been phenomenally positive.”


A new pricing structure is incredibly approachable: Any item without a tag is $5 and a new $1 rack is packed with gems. For the guys, a distinctive department is dedicated to menswear and sporting goods like elite golf clubs and golf balls (6 for $1). Expect business attire alongside athletic wear featuring some of top brands such

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