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What Seagulls Can Teach Us About Ecosystems

seagullsSeagulls, they’re everywhere, am I right? Like pigeons, it may be hard for New Yorkers to see them as “wildlife” when they act like such annoying scavengers so much of the time. And because they’re what are known as “opportunistic carnivores”, they tend to hang around the species that provides the most food opportunities- humans.

But actually we can learn a lot from seagulls, and especially how they’re affected by our behavior.

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Vote for Edible Brooklyn’s 2015 Local Heroes

localheroawardsVote for Brooklyn’s worthiest local food heroes in Edible Brooklyn’s award contest honoring the farmers, food non profits, restaurants, “food artisans” and merchants who have contributed the most to Brooklyn’s fascinating food culture.

And we’re pleased as punch to see Solar One pals Brooklyn Grange Farm and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm on the short list- good luck, you guys!

You can vote via a short survey here. Voting ends Sunday February 22 and the winners will be announced on Monday February 23.

 

To Best Help Monarchs, Plant Native Milkweeds

scpmonarchFirst the good news: Monarch butterfly populations, which had fallen to alarmingly low levels in 2013, rebounded slightly in 2014. But we need to do a lot more to insure that these amazing little creatures can thrive. They’re very good indicators about the health of the environment in general, and if they fail, it’s likely that we will soon follow.

However human development continues to consume more and more Monarch habitat. So what can we do to turn this situation around?

The answer? Milkweeds.

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Could Urban Foraging Actually Feed the Poor?

urbanforagingFood is growing all around us. At the edge of roads, in the cracks of sidewalks, along driveways and byways and especially in parks, edible species abound. Even dandelions, that scourge of smooth green lawns, can be eaten- the tubers as well as the leaves.

In Stuy Cove Park, we have quite a few edible plants, including mulberries, blueberries, mountain mint, rose hips and plenty more than I can name here (but we’ll try and do a special blog post about this as we get closer to spring, including tips on how to get your berries on without hurting our plants!)

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Hudson Valley Seed Library Is Accepting Nominations for Seed Donations

hvslHudson Valley Seed Library is a great resource for heirloom and open-pollinated seeds (open pollinated seeds are the ones that require insect or other outside pollinators, as opposed to self-pollinating) that are 100% organic and mostly picked at the Seed Library’s own farm. And every year, they donate thousands of packs of seeds to deserving gardeners at schools, community gardens and seed-sharing organizations, and yours could be one of them!

But you’ll need to act fast.

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Home Depot & BJ’s Wholesale Club Will Limit Bee-Killing Pesticides

After a number of years of studying mysterious bee behavior and colony collapse disorder, this past May Harvard researchers announced a connection between massive bee die-offs and neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are responsible for pollinating as much as a third of our food supply- without them, foods like strawberries and almonds would disappear completely, along with many other favorite foods. Gardeners and fresh food advocates have been lobbying for something to be done, and now Home Depot and BJ’s Wholesale Club are responding by agreeing to limit or eliminate neonicotinoids from all nursery plants by the end of 2014, or else have suppliers add warning labels like “caution to pollinators”. The hope is that this will add a cost burden to the production of pesticide-laden plants.

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