<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement]]> Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.]]> <![CDATA[Hands-on help for gardening, beekeeping]]> <![CDATA[Keeping up with beekeeping]]> “Everybody wants to be a beekeeper these days. Well, you don’t keep bees; you’re married to ‘em,” he says. “And not everyone wants to be married to bees. People think they’ll take care of themselves, but it’s not like hanging a birdhouse. It’s more like having a dog or a garden.]]> <![CDATA[Therapy and better eating]]> Boulder-area seniors are soon gaining another way to get involved with the community, eat better and improve their quality of life: taking organic gardening classes.]]> <![CDATA[Fixing instead of fretting]]> <![CDATA[Under pressure]]> Fracking has no “widespread, systematic” impacts on drinking water, according to a draft of an Environmental Protection Agency study released June 4, but industry influence on the study invites skepticism. The study began in 2010 when Congress directed the EPA to investigate whether fracking poses a threat to drinking water. Five years and $30 million later, internal documents obtained by Greenpeace via an open records request show the energy industry has been extensively involved since day one — paying for tests, supplying data and editing drafts.]]> <![CDATA[All’s fair in love and war (and industrial agriculture)]]> The war began at the federal level in 2002 when former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced five bills addressing the need to regulate genetically engineered crops — this included legislation to label consumer goods containing GMOs, as well...]]> <![CDATA[Bike share pedals into Boulder]]> <![CDATA[Paving a contaminated parkway]]> Rather than expose those workers and people living downwind by moving dirt, the EPA opted to leave the contaminants — arsenic and plutonium — in place in the hopes that the occasional windstorm and the activity of as many as 18 burrowing species of animals and insects in the area would present less risk than moving tons of dirt.]]> <![CDATA[From seed to harvest]]> It’s late April and Polly Ruff pulls a few weeds growing from the outside edge of her raised bed at Living Harvest Garden. The 30 plots surrounding her are in various stages of preparation for the first season of this freshly minted community garden..]]> <![CDATA[ONE WOMAN, ONE FARM]]> Audrey Levatino is a self-sufficient farmer — she has to be since, she runs it singlehandedly. So when it came to using a chainsaw, she knew she had to overcome her trepidation. “I didn’t start using a chainsaw when I first started farming for three or four years because I was afraid of it. I always asked my husband to do it. But once you learn how, it’s easier than a lot of things women do every day,” Levatino says. “It’s intimidating because it always seems like it’s been in the realm of the man’s world, but it’s not. It’s just another tool.”]]> <![CDATA[Waste-to-energy or zero waste?]]> <![CDATA[Boulder County Girl Scouts greening the globe]]> As a Junior Girl Scout, my troop's walk to a manicured suburban park was called a 'hike.' We were taught how to bake cookies from packaged mixes and what to do for someone who'd fainted. And, of course, we sold those famous boxes of cookies mass-produced elsewhere.]]> <![CDATA[A picture worth a couple thousand dollars]]> Precision agriculture was originally enabled by GPS, allowing farmers to program GPS points into automatic seeders and sprayers so they could micromanage crops — but only after physically surveying the crops, which could take days or even weeks. Using drones, this work can be cut to a matter of hours.]]> <![CDATA[Temporary nature]]> In the past, Rice has dabbled in several art forms, but he says when he started doing performance art he began exploring political themes. For this show, he says he wanted to address the serious environmental crisis happening in the world.]]> <![CDATA[So-called organic marijuana]]> We only use 100 percent organic soil and nutrients.” “Quality medication, which is … chemical free.” “Consistently high-quality, organic medical marijuana.” “All natural.” These are a few claims made by some of the 10 marijuana-growing companies that Colorado investigated for pesticide-related violations this spring on the Front Range.]]> <![CDATA[Talking about the environment]]> When it comes to environmental issues like climate change, where do you get your information? Unless you’re a scientist, it’s likely that someone is relaying the information to you — say, a newspaper journalist, a TV meteorologist or your Facebook friends.]]> <![CDATA[Harvest the rain: Know what's legal]]> <![CDATA[Day-long party coming to east Pearl Street]]> A samba-style parade/march will begin at 2 p.m. at 15th Street, with everyone invited to join as a show of support for firefighters battling the Fourmile fire. There will also be a drop-off site for donations benefiting victims of the wildfire and evacuations.]]> <![CDATA[A darker shade of snow]]> “I was under a lot of pressure, because I had to prove that the project was not just a publicity stunt,” says Jason Box, climatologist and founder of the Dark Snow Project, designed to measure the impact of black carbon on the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.]]>