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Jessica Seinfeld (wife of comedian Jerry) creating animated kids’ series themed on urban farming

Jessica Seinfeld, from her cookbook Food Swings.

Downtown Sprouts follows six-year-old June Sprout and her daily life on her family’s rooftop farm in the middle of downtown New York City.

By Mercedes Milligan
Animation Magazine
May 4, 2020

Best-selling cookbook author and Good+ Foundation children’s charity founder Jessica Seinfeld (wife of comedian Jerry) is teaming up with production company Avalon (Spitting Image, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) for a new animated kids’ series themed on urban farming. Titled Downtown Sprouts, the project is written and created by Sean Gill and Jana Petrosini (The Adventures of Kid Danger, Game Shakers); Seinfeld is executive producing.

This will be Avalon’s first kids’ show and first fully animated production.

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May 5, 2020   Comments Off on Jessica Seinfeld (wife of comedian Jerry) creating animated kids’ series themed on urban farming

Canada: ‘Seeding Square’ to be featured on Dragon’s Den

Dragon’s Den, the Canadian version of Shark Tank.

Upcoming episode of Dragons’ Den, airing January 31st, 2019 at 8:00 PM (8:30 NT) on CBC Television.

By Jennifer Pratt
Seeding Square
Dec 19, 2018

The story of Seeding Square began about 5 years ago. My husband and I were frustrated new gardeners looking for a tool to help simplify the process of planting and caring for a vegetable garden. As children we both had the opportunity to grow up with a family veggie patch and wanted the same for our own kids. After learning there was no such tool available, we went surfing the web for ideas. We loved the high-density spacing approach of Square Foot Gardening, but laying down square foot grids over our entire garden didn’t suit the setup we had.

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December 20, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: ‘Seeding Square’ to be featured on Dragon’s Den

‘Stardew Valley’ game puts you on the farm

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life.

From their website
Oct 16, 2016

Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

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Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.

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November 13, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Stardew Valley’ game puts you on the farm

Michelle Obama launches garden tour initiative


(Must see video. Mike)

The First Lady visited unsuspecting gardeners to check out their backyard and school gardens in an effort to highlight gardens across the country that are helping kids and families lead healthier lives.

Excerpt:

Mrs. Obama is hitting the road this spring on a garden tour in honor of one of her very first initiatives: the White House Kitchen Garden. Planted seven years ago, the presidential plot of land sparked a national conversation around health and wellness — and inspired her legacy campaign.

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March 5, 2016   Comments Off on Michelle Obama launches garden tour initiative

Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants

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Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library

By Bonnie Worth (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)
Random House Books for Young Readers
March 27, 2001

With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and
seed dispersal.

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July 14, 2015   Comments Off on Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants

1942: How Boys and Girls Can Help Win the War

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Cartoon from 1942 Parent Magazine issue, “How Boys and Girls Can Win The War”. Click on image for larger file.

Fun Facts About Victory Gardens

Excerpt from National WW2 Museum website:

During World War II, Victory Gardens were planted by families in the United States (the Home Front) to help prevent a food shortage.

In 1941, a five-foot Christmas tree could be purchased for 75 cents.

Planting Victory Gardens helped make sure that there was enough food for our soldiers fighting around the world. Because canned vegetables were rationed, Victory Gardens also helped people stretch their ration coupons (the amount of certain foods they were allowed to buy at the store).

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February 2, 2015   Comments Off on 1942: How Boys and Girls Can Help Win the War

1953 – Gardener Mopsy – ‘Be a vegetarian and be beautiful’

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By Gladys Parker

From Wiki:

Mopsy was a comic strip created by Gladys Parker in 1939. It had a long run over three decades. Parker modeled the character of Mopsy after herself. In 1946, she recalled, “I got the idea for Mopsy when the cartoonist Rube Goldberg said my hair looked like a mop. That was several years ago, and she has been my main interest ever since.”

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January 24, 2015   Comments Off on 1953 – Gardener Mopsy – ‘Be a vegetarian and be beautiful’