Boston man crosses harbor in a pumpkin boat

October 11, 2017 by  
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Tis the season… to get nuts with pumpkins . Christian Isley of Boston , Massachusetts took infatuation with that adorable, orange squash to a new level; he made a boat out of his homegrown pumpkin and sailed across Boston Harbor. “If there’s something odd to be done, he’ll do it,” said Steve, the squash sailor’s father. “Once he puts his mind to something it gets done, no matter how crazy it is.” Appropriately on the morning of the first day of October, Isley the Younger took a ride in his 520-pound vegetable boat, carved by himself and reinforced by wooden planks, foam, screws, and rope. Boston Harbor itself is a story of success for its historic restoration after decades of neglect and pollution . By the 1970s, the Boston Harbor and the feeding Charles River were toxic. After the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) was compelled by the courts to clean up the region’s water in the 1980s, the rich coastal ecosystem recovered rapidly. Today, the Harbor is swimmable and the Charles is teeming with life. Related: How to cook a whole pumpkin (seeds, guts and all) Native to North America , pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamin A. The “classic pumpkin” variety is the Connecticut Field; Isley’s boat was made out of an Atlantic Giant. Grown in Belgium , the largest pumpkin ever weighed 2,624.6 lbs, setting the record in 2016. Prior to setting his prize-winning gourd vessel onto the open waters, Isley informed the United States Coast Guard of his plans. Although they expressed their wish that Isley not take the plunge, they did not stop him. Although the cucurbit ship did face some choppy seas , it navigated quite smoothly. “It’s a [expletive] journey,” Isley shouted as he finished the first leg of his adventure. Isley, thanks to his years of experience with boats, completed the quest, as friends and family cheered him on from nearby vessels. “That’s victory right there,” said Isley. “Absolutely. [Expletive] yeah.” Via the Boston Globe Images via the Boston Globe

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Researchers sprout ancient seeds that have been dormant for 850 years

December 1, 2015 by  
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After sitting in a clay pot for 850 years, ancient squash seeds are bearing fruit. In 2008, archaeologists uncovered a seed ball , sculpted clay used to store seeds, at a dig site on the Menominee reservation near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Within this seed ball, seeds from a previously unknown variety of squash were found. Squash-growing pioneers successfully germinated these ancient seeds and produced the first Gete-okosomin squash crop in centuries. The seeds of this squash are now being distributed to indigenous communities throughout North America. Read the rest of Researchers sprout ancient seeds that have been dormant for 850 years

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Celebrate Giving Tuesday with 13 green gifts that give back

December 1, 2015 by  
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Today is Giving Tuesday – and to celebrate we’ve rounded up 13 organizations that help you turn your holiday shopping into an act of kindness. Voltaic donates up to three solar power kits to aid workers for every solar charger it sells , the National Wildlife Federation dedicates proceeds from its holiday birdseed wreaths to protect American wild animals, and you can even adopt an African elephant for just $25 from the World Wildlife Fund. Check out our favorite gifts that give back here ! GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK >

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

July 31, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beans , Gardening , melons , organic gardening , preserving seeds , pumpkin , Pumpkin Seeds , pumpkins , seed-saving , seeds , squash

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Weekday Vegetarian: Squash, Sage and Feta Pasta Bake

April 20, 2010 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter These days there are music mash-ups everywhere and now there are literary mash-ups, but last week I inadvertently came up with a culinary mash-up with pretty tasty results…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Bungalow Addition Built From Prefab Straw Panels On World’s Greenest Homes

April 20, 2010 by  
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Rainwater Harvesting In Venice Will Help Keep It From Sinking

April 20, 2010 by  
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Image: Richard Saxton via Abitare There are farms in the Venice Lagoon producing local food, and like the city, they are sinking as the water from the aquifer below is pumped out. This farm used to irrigate with well and municipal water, but artists Marjetica Potr? and Marguerite Kahrl have developed a solar powered rainwater harvesting system to gather the water from the roofs of the greenhouses….

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