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Monthly Archives: January 2014

2013: The Year of Record Breaking Solar Business

By Fredrica Syren: According to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where they analyzed U.S. solar market performance across 28 states and the District of Columbia, 2013 will go down as the record successful year for the U.S. solar industry. Solar is now …

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A Ride of a Lifetime

 By Dawna Matthews: As a child I would often ride my bike around the neighborhood, feeling the wind in my hair, ringing the bell on my handlebars, and just smiling. I often came home sweaty but with a sense of freedom and feeling as if I had returned from a …

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Meatless Monday — Korean Lettuce Wraps

By Fredrica Syren: After the non-stop eating of the holiday and feeling, well, shall we say “well fed,” I’ve been craving healthy, lighter foods. These lettuce wraps are perfect for a light but very flavorful meal. (My kids absolutely love eating lettuce wraps but can’t agree if they’re like burritos or tacos. …

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The Relationship Between Water and Agriculture

By Kim Robson: Food and water, two of man’s four necessities for survival, are inextricably connected. When the growing global demand for higher food yields stresses available water resources, both are in jeopardy. At the World Resources Institute (WRI), new analysis shows that more than 25 percent of the world’s …

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New Year’s Resolutions

By Fredrica Syren: Goodbye, 2013. You were filled with joy, and some ups and downs. Hello, 2014! I hope you will be a really good year. The new year is when many of us make resolutions — things we would like to achieve and/or to make better for ourselves. 40 …

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Bamboo — The Green Gold

By Fredrica Syren: We recently replaced plastic in our kitchen with bamboo. So now we have kids’ spoons and baby spoons, cutting boards, slotted spoons and spatulas all made from bamboo. Why, you might wonder? Because bamboo is a green alternative to plastic and woody raw materials. With increased knowledge …

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Cultivating Peace in the New Year

By Dawna Matthews: “Enjoy this moment drop everything and simply be a sacred pause relax into the wave of your breath”- Shiva Rea I just returned from a week of vacation, and feel lighter and yet grounded; I feel peaceful. What was the difference between that week and the one …

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Meatless Monday–Eating Seasonal Root Vegetables

 Kim Robson:  During the cold winter months, the produce selection at the grocery store and farmers market gets a little thin. Winter vegetables might feel a little boring, but with some imagination they can really come to life and shine on their own merits. This is the time to make …

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Frugal Love

By Dawna Matthews: After the holiday season, so many people are talking about saving money for presents or vacations, or are just trying to cut back on spending habits. It’s easy to say you want to save money but oftentimes it’s more difficult to implement a plan initially. Like anything, …

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FDA Takes Steps To Remove Drugs from Pharmed Food

By Fredrica Syren: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally is taking steps towards stopping the use of antibiotics in animals used for meat. Antibiotics have been given to livestock since 1946 because studies showed that antibiotics make animals grow faster and put on weight more efficiently. It’s also used …

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