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BURLINGTON, VT -- (Marketwire) -- 05/05/09 -- Just one week into the program, more than 16,000 gardeners have pledged to grow at least 10 pounds of fruits or vegetables this season, by visiting the new "Grow What You Eat" microsite within, the online presence of Vermont-based Gardener's Supply. With 19 million people planning to grow a vegetable garden this year, the earth-friendly gardening company is hoping to get a million people to "sign" the online pledge and utilize its free online resources. By registering with just your name and Zip code, gardeners make a promise: "I will plant a garden this year and produce at least 10 lbs. of food. I'm going to reap what I sow and eat what I grow!" "Response to the 'Grow What You Eat' microsite has been tremendous," said Kathy LaLiberte, director of gardening for Gardener's Supply and creator of the com... (more)

Florida Companies to Watch Shines Spotlight on Second-Stage Growing Companies

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on a break-out inaugural year, the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch awards program is back to recognize and award growing second-stage companies, headquartered in Florida, that have established themselves as high performance companies in their marketplace. This year's group of companies will have the opportunity to join an esteemed group of national Companies to Watch honorees recognized from across the U.S. on Friday, October 19, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Companies to Watch was formed as an exclusive way to honor second-stage companies who exhibit innovative business strategies and processes. The companies recognized by this award are leading the way for second-stage companies and prove themselves to be "worth watching". "The Florida Companies to Watch c... (more)

Vida Cannabis Corp. Engages Quantum 9, North America's Leading Cannabis Consulting Firm

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/17/14 -- Vida Cannabis Corp. ("Vida Cannabis") is pleased to announce that Quantum 9 Inc. has been retained to provide consulting, technology and implementation services. Quantum 9 ( is North America's pre-eminent authority on cannabis cultivation consulting and technology services, with extensive experience in working with Health Canada's Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations ("MMPR"). The Quantum 9 team is comprised of experts in the critical areas of security, quality assurance, the producer licensing process, facility design and maximizing production yields. They are a proven 'blueprint-to-harvest' service provider to several large-scale medical and recreational marijuana companies in the United States, Canada and Europe. Vida Cannabis CEO Greg Wilson stated: "I look forward to working with Michael ... (more)

Starting Out With Seeds and Seedlings

Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

TypePad Makes Blogging Easier and More Connected Than Ever With New Social Features and Free Microblogging

New Media on Ulitzer Six Apart blogging software and services company, today unveiled a free level of the TypePad blogging service, called TypePad Micro, that makes blogging easier than ever for people who want to share their interests with others. The announcement caps more than a year of major developments that have resulted in an easier, more social, and more connected TypePad network of 88 million bloggers and readers. Simple, Social Blogging A new form of blogging is emerging -- somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs -- focused on being easy, fun, and connected. TypePad Micro is built for this growing form of blogging, making it easy for people to curate compelling content from the web -- be it text, photos, or videos -- and share it in real time with people on their blog and by automatically cros... (more)

Korbel Garden Bubbles Over With the Effervescence of Spring

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars' magnificent garden -- a vibrant feast for the eyes -- is set to reopen to the public on April 15, 2007. The garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades, offering free tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through mid-October. (Photo: ) The Korbel Garden's impressive collection of roses -- more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House -- is off to an amazing start this season. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden over the winter and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, and flowering plum trees, and plants n... (more)

New Products Added to the RONA ECO Line Selected With the Help of Independent Life-Cycle Experts

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/02/09 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is introducing 40 new products to its RONA ECO line today. These products are more respectful of the environment than similar conventional products over their entire life cycle. Selected in partnership with the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, the new RONA ECO items are from a number of different product categories, and include - among others - a manual lawn mower, an algae-based fertilizer, a rainwater collector, reconditioned tool blades and mouldings. The 47 RONA ECO products now available are priced to compete with conventional products that do not feature such eco-responsible attributes. "Building on our success with the first group of RONA ECO products introduced last year, we worked in... (more)

RONA Increases its Presence in the ICI Market by Acquiring Plumbing and Heating Specialist Best-MAR

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/09/08 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the leading Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, increases its presence in the specialized plumbing and heating market in Ontario by acquiring the operating assets of Best-MAR Plumbing and Heating Supplies Inc. ("Best-MAR"). This transaction further strengthens RONA's position in the fast growing ICI market ("Institutional, commercial and industrial") and follows the 2007 Noble Trade acquisition. The three Best-MAR locations will be integrated to Noble Trade's existing network of 19 branches. The transaction has been finalized pending certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and will be financed through RONA's existing credit facilities. Best-MAR (please see was founded in July 1994. Toda... (more)

Horticulture Gardening Institute Offers New Online Programs Developed with Allan Armitage and the American Horticultural Society

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While gardeners around the country have hung up their tools for the season, the Horticulture Gardening Institute is launching three new online programs that make it fun to learn new practices and create innovative gardening plans anytime, anywhere and in any season. Two "Herbaceous Perennials: Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" programs are available; one focuses on perennials for sun and the other features perennials for shade. Both programs were developed with Allan Armitage, one of the world's foremost gardening experts on plants for all growing zones - especially perennials. The programs feature in-depth information on more than 100 outstanding herbaceous perennials that can be found in local garden centers and nurseries. The sun program focuses on 24 species that prefer more that six hours of sunlight a... (more)

Spidergram to visualise community orientation, adoption, and requests

Nancy White has been generous to share a section out of a chapter of her co-authored (Etienne Wenger and John. D Smith) forth coming book, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities. Here’s what Nancy says about community orientation: “In our research of CoPs we noticed 9 general patterns of activities that characterized a community’s orientation. Most had a mix, but some were more prominent in every case. By looking at orientations, we posit, you are in a better position to understand how to support them with tools and processes. They give you a lens to reflect on how your community is doing and where you might want it to be headed.“ Nancy’s chart is on “orientation”, assessing exactly what type of community you are by examining your activities and components, and how they are weighted on their own and in comparison to the rest…and specifically in thi... (more)

RONA Unveils New Products in HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT Lines

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 06/03/09 -- RONA inc. (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, today unveiled new products in the HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT lines, the Company's own controlled brand of tools, now available across the network including Totem stores in Alberta and Reno-Depot in Quebec. HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT accessories and products are exclusive to RONA and make use of the latest technology in the professional tool industry. "RONA is constantly innovating to remain at the forefront of trends and to always meet customers' evolving needs. Building on the success of RONA and RONA X-PERT lines, we redefined our strategy in terms of private label tools and are now offering HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT products in stores across our network," said Normand Dumont, RONA Execu... (more)