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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Food Gardens: America's New Favorite Pastime

August 21, 2015 2:15 am

Cities and towns across the country have seen significant growth in the popularity of food gardening. In fact, according to a report by the National Gardening Association, 42 million households are growing food at home or in a community garden, the highest level in over a decade.

Who’s driving this aspiring farm-to-fork trend? Millennials. At 13 million strong, those aged 18 to 24 are the fastest growing population segment of food gardeners, recently spending an overwhelming $1.2 billion on food gardening activities.

Households with children are also contributing to its rise in popularity, totaling 15 million. Additionally, the number of people living in urban areas that participate in food gardening has steadily increased to 9 million.

According to the National Garden Association’s report, the socioeconomic factors spurring the food garden movement include action by federal agencies (such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) to increase awareness and education efforts, and more engagement and public-private partnerships to promote and build food gardens.

So, what are we growing? Per the report, over three-quarters of all households with a food garden grow vegetables.

Source: National Gardening Association

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5 Ways to Prevent Mold at Home

August 21, 2015 2:15 am

(Family Features) Mold in your home is a serious matter that can cause not only substantial property damage, but also significant harm to your health. Mold can vary, but often, it has a white to greenish or black spotty appearance. You may also notice a damp, musty odor in areas where mold is growing.

If you cannot see or smell any signs of mold, you can do some additional investigating with a DIY testing kit. A test kit will detect mold spores accumulating in household dust, including the types most associated with water damage and health issues.

Depending on the degree and type of mold you discover, you may be able to clean it up and eradicate the problem yourself. If the growth is extensive, you will require the assistance of trained professionals to locate, remove and prevent further spread of the mold contamination. Once the mold has been safely removed, you can take some steps to prevent chances of a reoccurrence, such as:

• Making sure the filter you are using is correctly rated for your HVAC system. A filter that is too restrictive for your air blower may overstress and burn out the motor

• Monitoring humidity with a meter. A humidity level more than 65 percent invites mold growth. An inexpensive electronic humidity meter can monitor your rooms and identify areas that need better ventilation or dehumidification

• Having a professional check for high humidity in an attic or crawl space

• Venting appliances properly and installing exhaust fans in rooms that see high levels of moisture, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens

• Identifying any sources of moisture or leaks throughout the home, including faucets and around windows and doors, and take steps to correct them

Source: Healthful Home

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