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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

If you have tons of tomatoes and don’t know what to do with them, consider making your own  ketchup. It’s very easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought; plus, you know what is in it and, therefore, what you are feeding your kids. Today I made …

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Kick Morning Sickness the Natural Way

By Valerie Yoder A few months ago, I learned I am pregnant with my second child. My partner and I thought, “Hooray! New baby!” — and then the nausea set in. I had pretty severe nausea during my first pregnancy but was able to get through it by sleeping in, …

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Take Action and Save the Bees

As you might have read in previous post I have a special love for honey bees and are disturbed that they are an endangered species. Heavy pesticides are killing honey bees and since 2006, our honey bees have been dying off in droves. Billions of bees have disappeared in the U.S. with losses …

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Environmentalism in Literature

 By Kim Robson As an avid reader and someone who cherishes our earth, I’ve always enjoyed finding sensitivity to nature and environmentalism in literature. Among my favorite green writers are William Blake, Henry David Thoreau, Jack London, and Walt Whitman. William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and typesetter. Unappreciated …

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Fill Your Plate and Tummy: Eat Fruits and Vegetables

By Fredrica Syren It is no secret that my family relishes vegetables and fruits, and at this time of the year a lot of it comes from our own garden. But eating veggies and fruit is part of a healthy diet for everyone. A recent study shows that 75% of …

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Reduce Waste and Upcycle with TerraCycle

By Asha Kreiling While writing a previous article on green dental care, I found out about a great company called TerraCycle, which offers a program to accept “non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste,” such as toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. After looking at the website , I decided TerraCycle deserved an article …

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Family Farms: A Disappearing Act

By Fredrica Syren After my daughter Bella spent a week on a family farm, and because my family has been trying to eat most of our foods from farmer’s markets, I have been thinking a lot about local small farms. When I read about them and talked to local farmers, …

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Falconry for Green Pest Control

 By Kim Robson The hunting of wild game in its natural habitat using a trained bird of prey is called falconry. The art of falconry is thought to have begun in Mesopotamia, Mongolia, and China approximately 4,000 years ago. It probably came to Europe around 400 A.D., when the Huns and …

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Roasted Bell Pepper and Bean Soup

For the first time ever, my bell peppers have been growing and have produced many in my garden. With all these bell peppers, I had to make something good. It ended up being this roasted pepper soup. When I made this soup for lunch yesterday, not only did it make my …

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