The Villages are a retirement ‘paradise’ so why is this a problem?

We learned from the 2020 U.S. Census that the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country is The Villages, a planned retirement community in central Florida. In a demographically changing and urbanizing America, this predominantly white, politically conservative stronghold has weathered the trend as retirees drawn to warm winters, pastel-hued homes, golf carts and pickleball courts flocked to them. We …

Gardening for Mental Health | myMotherLode.com

Through Master Gardener UCCE, Jim Happiness Posted Sep 19, 2021 7:05 PM Update Sep 20, 2021 2:36 PM Garden There is overwhelming evidence that being near plants, and especially gardens, has a positive impact on mental health. Richard Thompson suggests, in an article published by the Royal College of Physicians, that the use of therapeutic gardens could reduce the pressure …

URI Master Gardeners set up native plant garden and restore habitat at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge – URI News

KINGSTON, RI – September 20, 2021 – A team of University of Rhode Island master gardeners are transforming the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station garden into a native plant demonstration garden and assisting refuge staff to restore the habitat in the meadow of the refuge to be more beneficial for the native fauna. Led by master gardener …

Household food waste program fails to catch on among Sydney councils

Australian Organics Recycling Association NSW chairman Charlie Emery said adoption in northern NSW would encourage more Sydney councils to adopt FOGO programs. “Managing change is much easier to do in a regional context,” he said. “Once the Sydney councils have entered into long-term contracts, we will start to see more changes. The biggest challenge will be educating the community to …

Toyota staff prepare their own lunch

Something for the weekend: Not satisfied with the canteen food at your workplace? So why not follow the lead of Toyota staff and develop yours while enjoying peas and quiet? Employees at the automaker’s headquarters in Epsom, Surrey are creating a housing estate on site, recycling and reusing old tires, office trash cans and pallets to grow their own fruits, …