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EWG's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

EWG's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Environment

Environmental Working Group has long been an advocate for keeping our products safe. Their goal is to test products and inform the public about potential toxins. Their new "Shopper's Guide...

It's time to plant Peas!

It's time to plant Peas!

Homestyle

March is upon us and so starts the beginning of the planting season. Well, really that depends on your hardiness zone and on the weather for that season. However, before...

Bringing Back the Birds

Bringing Back the Birds

Environment

Say you go to a park and spot one bird. How many people do you think it takes to draw 100 percent more native birds to the park? Watch this...

6 Disposable Items You Should Consider Replacing with Reusable Ones

6 Disposable Items You Should Consider Replacing with Reusable Ones

Homestyle

Most of us produce a large amount of household waste on a regular basis. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your contribution to the waste stream, consider replacing these...

My Favorite Organic Cotton Lounge Pants

My Favorite Organic Cotton Lounge Pants

Homestyle

I enjoy wearing sweatpants and jammie bottoms to lounge around the house in, but several months ago I ordered some lounge pants from Cottonique and now they have become my...

Plant ID: Rose Family

Plant ID: Rose Family

Environment

This is a Rose? Yep, and you can eat it, too! Do you or a friend of yours have one of those enormous extended families, where 40+ aunts, uncles and...

Celeriac Grapefruit and Pine nut Salad

Celeriac Grapefruit and Pine nut Salad

Homestyle

So I don’t know about you but I have cabin fever. As much as I love winter comfort foods I am longing for spring and this manifested in a desire...

Sourcing Farm Fresh Foods in Winter

Sourcing Farm Fresh Foods in Winter

Community

Sourcing farm fresh foods during the winter months can seem challenging here are some tips on how to keep fresh foods on your plate throughout the colder months of the...

Baked Kabocha Squash Salad w/Miso-Ginger Dressing

Baked Kabocha Squash Salad w/Miso-Ginger Dressing

Homestyle

Kabocha squash, or Japanese Pumpkin, is a reason to celebrate the Fall and Winter season at the supermarket. My heart flutters with instant delight when I arrive in the produce...

Commit to Buying Local!

Commit to Buying Local!

Community

Typically food travels 1,500 miles from farm to your dinner plate. What happens between that distance affects our economic, environmental, and social well being. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve...

Describing The Urban Food Forest

Describing The Urban Food Forest

Homestyle

What is an urban food forest? Honestly, I didn’t know myself until last week when I started researching this topic. However, I was quickly hooked to this concept and personally...

Plant ID: Compound Vs. Simple Leaves, Mahonia aquifolium

Plant ID: Compound Vs. Simple Leaves, Mahonia aquifolium

Environment

Plant ID Topic: Compound Vs. Simple Leaves I have always loved plants and nature, but through studying horticulture I have learned how to really SEE plants, beyond just an aesthetic...

Local Engineer Explores Our Environmental Handprints

Local Engineer Explores Our Environmental Handprints

Entertainment

“If you have a better community, you’re more inclined to be happy and happiness tends to lead to less material things,” says Jon Biemer, a Portland, Oregon, electrical engineer and...

How to Make a Simple and Efficient Solar Cooker

How to Make a Simple and Efficient Solar Cooker

Homestyle

Harness the power of the sun in your next soup, tea, or even cookies. Yes, this solar cooker is powerful enough to bake your favorite treat. The trick is in...

Fragrances to Enhance Your Sensory Experience

Fragrances to Enhance Your Sensory Experience

Homestyle

Sensory comes from the Latin word sentire, meaning "to perceive, feel." The sense of smell, or olfaction, is our most primitive sense and is located in the same part of...

A Sense of Community

A Sense of Community

Community

As I walked my dog this morning, I asked myself: “Do I feel a sense of community in my neighborhood?” As another dog walker asked if my dog was friendly,...