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When you ate your last meal, did you stop to think about the huge role soil played in building the food on your plate? Just about everything we eat starts with plants, so the importance of soil in our food system cannot be understated. In fact, all land-based vegetation on our planet relies on soil to provide the water and nutrients necessary for sustenance and growth. In turn, we depend on healthy soil to produce the crops we require to feed our ever-growing population.

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As many locavores might agree, living the seasons by what is seasonally available makes for a lot of excitement when the harvest of certain produce arrives. With cherries comes the knowledge that the heart of summer has arrived and plenty of pit spitting at the beach! Cherries have a short growing season with the peak of it falling at the height of summer.

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After days of railing against my state’s Agriculture Commissioner and his plan to return sodas and deep fat fryers to our schools, I have to admit I’m feeling pretty dispirited.  But today’s guest post is the perfect antidote.  It’s an inspiring story of one person coming up with an innovative idea that removes junk food from schools, improves kids’ health and helps local farmers and artisans.  Genius!

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Personally, this week before Christmas always seems to be the time when I finally start rushing around to buy gifts for those special people in my life. The options for holiday gifts are seemingly endless, so we thought you might appreciate this ultimate last minute local gift guide! We have a full week until Christmas arrives, and plenty of opportunity to buy some local gifts!

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