Sustainable Living

DENVER | Colorado is pondering spending about $1 million a year for five years to put more local produce in school cafeterias. A grant program up for its first vote Wednesday in a House committee would make Colorado the 17th state to chip in grant money in addition to federal programs to help get more locally […]

Rhonda Bullington, owner of Loess Hills Floral Studio in Council Bluffs, Iowa, makes a flower arrangement in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The vast majority of cut flowers used in florists' bouquets are imported and Bullington says she hasn't had any customers asking for locally-grown flowers.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

“I think a lot of it is just this rejection of the more structural bouquets — the flowers that are the Dirty Dozen, the same-old, same-old,” Prinzing said. “The romance of a meadow or a cottage-garden flower or an heirloom flower is really penetrating the consciousness of floral designers.”

This undated photo provided by courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden shows staff and volunteers demonstrating composting techniques at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in New York. Composting, long reserved for those with gardens or at least enough outdoor space for a big pungent composter, is now being embraced by many apartment-dwellers too. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Elizabeth Peters)

“It sounds gross, but they can eat a half pound of fruit and vegetable bits, eggshells and coffee grounds a day, and if you manage the composter well you should forget it’s even there,” said Teddy Tedesco, project manager for the New York City Compost Project, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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