Weekend Diversions

Sunday and next week promise better weather, but for now we have a few new inches of heavy, wet snow to contend with. I won’t be back in the garden until everything melts and dries up a bit (clear and 63 degrees by Tuesday!). If you’re in the same boat or just happen to use your weekend for Internet surfing, here are a few links to keep you busy.

A Rapid City Journal article on a local resident who has transformed her garden into a great plains oasis:
“Through observation, research and her network of gardening friends, she began her journey in removing typical plants found in flower beds across America and replacing them with the flora and plants native to the plains and Black Hills.”

Via Daily Yonder, a Vanity Fair in-depth investigative report on Monsanto’s tactics:
“Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics–-ruthless legal battles against small farmers–-is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.”

Via The Rural Blog, a Sioux City Journal article on successful home-grown, small-town Nebraska businesses:
“Rural leaders must realize that growth comes from within . . . It’s highly unlikely to come from Fortune 500 companies relocating to small towns.”

The Relocalization Network:
“Relocalization is a strategy to build societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and the local development of currency, governance and culture. The main goals of Relocalization are to increase community energy security, to strengthen local economies, and to dramatically improve environmental conditions and social equity.”

University of Minnesota’s newly designed “Gardening Information” website:


About EMH

Forty-something. South Dakotan. Mother to 11-year-old K.L. Wife to Cory. Lutheran pastor. Novice organic gardener. Sustainable living aspirer.
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