Boulderganic Magazine

Digging in to organic gardening

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Ask four experts about how to make a garden grow, and you’ll get four different pieces of advice. What the experts have to say about cultivating healthy soil and when and where to water varies, but then, so do backyards. Familiarize yourself first with the term “...

No lawn? No problem

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Locally grown food just got closer. If you crave the flavor of home-grown carrots or cucumbers, the taste can be yours, even if you don’t have a backyard. You can grow a garden just as delicious (if not as plentiful), with no more space than your apartment provides. ...

Urban herbs

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If a full-fledged garden sounds like too much work, consider scaling back and springing for an herb garden. Find a sunny windowsill, or plant them alongside a bigger plant and enjoy fresh herbs instead of store-bought ones...

Eating your legislation

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Federal farm bills are the 400-pound gorilla of American agricultural policy, setting direction for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), if not the entirety of domestic farming. The last one was passed in 2008, and consisted of a $403 billion package ...

Recipes on the range

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As spring arrives, most foodies’ thoughts turn to the local produce making its way to area farmers’ markets. To help usher in the fresh produce season, Boulderganic asked three county farms to share a favorite recipe that makes the most of their bounty. OLLIN FARMS...

Nice day for a green wedding

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For all of the pageantry of many weddings, the most important part is that little two-minute bit you can barely see where the couple exchanges rings, does a secret handshake and passes notes to each other. Or whatever it is they’re doing up there. It’s one of the ...

Get out

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The National Park Trust has dubbed May 19 National Kids to Parks Day, a day when they invite every family in America to visit a national, state or local park. Their slogan, which is touted by their mascot, Buddy Bison, is simple — “Explore outdoors, the parks are ...

Safe spring cleaning

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Odd things tend to turn up when you tackle the task of cleaning out your closet, from old paint and cleaning supplies to moldy food and frayed clothing. The question is, what do you with it all? For those who want to remain environmentally friendly when tossing out ...

Looking closer at ‘local’

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Breaking news: You’re in Boulder. Or Longmont, or Lafayette, or Nederland, or Louisville. Now that you’re aware of it, spend like it, says local entrepreneur Richard Fleming. “You’re in Boulder to have the unique Boulder experience,” Fleming says. “You don’t go to ...

City, Xcel square off over solar, wind programs

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The latest skirmish in the municipalization battle between Xcel and the city of Boulder revolves around solar and wind energy programs. Currently, Xcel offers initiatives like Solar Rebates and Windsource as incentives for customers to use alternative energy sources...

Fiber problems

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What if you could improve the infrastructure on the electric grid to make it smarter? In 2008, Xcel Energy embarked on an ambitious pilot program designed to do just that in Boulder. Called SmartGridCity, the program was intended to add digital tracking capabilities ...

Conserving Colorado’s golden goose

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The conservation of our resources,” former president Theodore Roosevelt once said, “is the fundamental question before this nation.” The sentiment seems like a modern reaction to a shrinking natural world but, a century ago, Roosevelt saw an urgent need to protect ...