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This time of year, a lot of people are spending time thinking about what they’re going to eat. They’re planning and planting gardens that will yield produce all summer long, providing directives on whether it’s a week for salads, or one for zucchini bread, BLTs or snap peas.

In some ways, this issue is a beginners’ guide to the world of gardening and sustainable living. These stories provide an entry into these discussions and, we hope, some conversation points you’ll take to patio tables and backyard barbeques to share with your community in the months to come.

But we’re also delving into why these issues matter and how our government and policies can support the food and energy systems we’d prefer. We’ve taken on some weightier issues in this spring’s Boulderganic, not to trouble an otherwise sunny and light season with the burden of politics, but in the hope that at the time of new beginnings, planning and digging into the dirt, you’ll take a turn at digging into the way we live and plan our lives. We’ve packed this edition, as all the others, full of tips and tricks and perhaps some inspiring stories.

Once again, Boulder Weekly will celebrate the release of the spring edition of Boulderganic with an event at the Dairy Center. We’ve invited local farmers, master gardeners, xeriscape gardeners, bio-dynamic farmers and other green thumbs and experts to attend and present a small garden expo, answer your questions about gardening and engage in stimulating conversation — over food and drink. The “Got Gardening on the Brain?” event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve got questions about what to start and where, or have had a nagging issue in your garden, this event is a great opportunity to engage with some local experts on the ideas brought up in this edition of Boulderganic.

May these pages give you suggestions for food, and some food for thought.

Respond: info@boulderganic.com

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