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Larraine Roulston

A mother of 4 with 6 wonderful grandchildren, Larraine has been active in the environmental movement since the early l970s. When the first blue boxes for recycling were launched in her region, she began writing a local weekly newspaper column to promote the 3Rs. Since that time, she has been a freelance writer for several publications, including BioCycle magazine. As a composting advocate, Larraine authors children's adventure stories that combine composting facts with literature. Currently she is working on the 6th book of her Pee Wee at Castle Compost series, which can be viewed at www.castlecompost.com. As well, Larraine and her husband Pete have built a straw bale home and live in Ontario.

Marketing Junk Food to Kids

By Larraine Roulston: In order to sell sugary breakfast cereals, candy and other consumable products that we consider junk food, marketers have realized that creative imagery aimed at children works extremely well. With advertisements, as well as displays positioned at children’s eye level, it becomes difficult for parents to steer …

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Going Zero Waste on a Budget

By Larraine Roulston: When shopping, there are several opportunities to achieve zero waste, save money and help the planet at the same time. With a tight food budget, however, it can be a bit daunting to accomplish all three. Buy less food; more food; don’t buy food; save money — …

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Choosing Plants & Feeders to Help the Pollinators

By Larraine Roulston: Finally, there is global recognition that we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate. This includes not only the pollinating hummingbirds, bees and butterflies but also the thousands of other pollinating insects and animals. Gardens of all sizes, whether each be a wildflower meadow or a planter with a few …

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Shift Happens!

By Larraine Roulston: Individuals and society at large are under the influence of advertising. Last week, when visiting Toronto, I noticed several Starbuck’s and Tim Horton’s posters while riding public transit and walking on city streets. Posters displayed beverages in familiar disposable cups, often with straws and plastic bubble tops. Reuse …

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The Benefits of Creating Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Nourishment for your plants is enhanced by applying mature compost in the form of compost tea, also known as liquid gold. Finished compost, also known as black gold, not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers. …

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The Art of Creating Good Gardening Soil

By Larraine Roulston: April celebrates National Garden Month. In order to have plants thrive in a  successful vegetable garden, healthy soil is key. The blog organic gardeningexplains that we should ”feed the soil, not the plant” to create a natural soil without the use of synthetic fertilizers, andoutlines methods to do so.  Kids …

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Celebrating International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: Help compost councils celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11. The ICAW was createdin Canada in1995, while the UK Composting Association and the U.S. Composting Council were established in 2001. Although composting is promoted year-round, the strength of their message during ICAW is enhanced through their designated annual week …

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Easter Basket Green Tips

By Larraine Roulston: April is the traditional time when children enjoy finding their Easter baskets filled with an array of chocolates and jelly beans. Yet, collectively,we are becoming more aware of our children’s high consumption of sugar through a variety of commercial foods. Also, at this holiday time, we need …

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Starting Seeds Indoors

By Larraine Roulston: Those of us fortunate enough to have a residential garden, balcony space or a plot in a community vegetable/flower garden can reward themselves with some homegrown vegetables. You’ll find that getting an early start by planting a few seeds indoors will be more economical than buying transplants. Vegetables …

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DIY Scented Cleaning Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: The movement for using natural, allergy free, and child- and pet-friendly cleaning agents has been growing over the years. The cleaning power of good old-fashioned vinegar by itself does not include disinfection; but it can kill some bacteria and, if allowed to sit for 30 minutes on …

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