Growing Citizens and Leaders through Organic Gardening

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In addition to finding out that worms are pretty amazing creatures, the kids in the Children’s Vegetable Garden program learn about organic farming and get some firsthand experience with the benefits of hard work. We talked with program director, Hector J. Hernández, Youth Gardens Coordinator for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County, to find out more.

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Sustainable Living Profile: Jessica Klein

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When Jessica Klein gets hungry for organic produce, she doesn’t have very far to go. “I have my own little sustainable garden,” she says. That’s a bit of an understatement, as Klein raises a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs on a bit less than acre of land. She and her husband, Brett, live on the southern exposure of Tiger Mountain, near Issaquah, Washington.

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Ranching Underground Livestock

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“Worm castings are the ultimate fertilizer,” Kevin Somerville says. With a flat-end shovel, he carefully turns the compost pile in a shallow, wooden bin to reveal a squirming ball of red earthworms. Kevin’s wife, Mary, shows us the tiny, white babies, not much wider than a piece of thread. The biggest of the worms is only a couple of inches long.

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