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Every year the holidays come and every year we scratch our heads wondering what gifts we can buy that are not only well-loved and well-used but don't add waste to an already overburdened season.
Whether it's someone new to sustainability, or someone who was crunchy before crunchy was cool, we've put together a list of eco-friendly products that are creative, fun, useful, and appreciated.
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Meal planning is my diving grace. Without it I'd be a mad woman, trying to scrounge together enough ideas, figure out the list, and make it out the door before we starve. But thankfully I learned from a summer of doing just that and got on creating an Autumn Meal Plan this season.
(Yes, I had hoped to share this with you a lot sooner than December, but better late than never right?)
Introducing: Sustainable Autumn Meal Planning
Our newest menu plan is similar to the last in many ways:
This menu is filled with seasonal recipes and ingredients, perfect for fall!
And To Make Up For Its Late Arrival....
If you purchase the Sustainable Autumn Meal Plan by December 9th (ahem, my birthday) you're gonna get the Winter Meal Plan for nothing!
My belated Thanksgiving gratitude to you. :)
You don't need to do anything special....just click here to grab the Autumn Meal Plan and it will already include Winter's menu too. (Don't add both to your cart or you'll pay too much!)
Again, this is only until December 9th!
With so much yummy gratitude,
Tara and Justin Wagner
P.S. Extra gratitude to all of you readers and affiliates who have helped our site grow so much....over 1.2 million readers in the last year thanks to your support! xoxo
Eating seasonal foods is almost impossible these days. Everything is available year-round in the grocery stores, since it's now being shipped around the world. This isn't always bad, especially when you use food for healing and need specific options. But the amount to which it's done along with the amount that generally gets wasted is appalling.
Having a fruit list and lists of vegetables like this can help you when choosing seasonal recipes.
A Green Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, by far. With exceptions only in edibles (and Black Friday sneaking in early), it's a holiday virtually void of commercialism and consumerism. It's a day based on generosity, thankfulness, connection and loving what is. There is nothing more superb than sitting around a table with those you love, taking turns describing what you're thankful for and sharing the good in our lives.
Even though it's a rather simple holiday, there are still some things you can do to make it greener. Check out the article below for some sustainable tips and ideas...
Melissa essential oil (or its common name, lemon balm) is actually from the mint family and steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant. It's one of the pricier oils and has a gentle citrus aroma and some amazing properties.
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of this melissa oil include:
Although it's most widely known for its antiviral properties (especially for things like cold sores), melissa is also said to support a person through spiritual awakening. Like most citrus oils, it's uplifting to the mind and energy, but it's especially uplifting to the soul...
Birch essential oil is a rare and hard to produce oil created from the steam distillation of the wood. Because of the challenge to sustainably, safely, and frequently harvest, it's difficult to find a quality supplier of this oil. doTERRA offers birch only seasonal and in very limited quantities. Usually to get your hands on it, you or someone you know must buy it from their annual convention.
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of this oil include:
The aroma of birch is interesting as well. It doesn't have the same "woody" aroma as other tree oils. Instead it smells minty, like wintergreen. Likewise it's properties and uses are very similar to wintergreen, as well, supporting the muscular and joint systems of the body. This is because both contain a natural form of methyl salicylate, which has cortisone-like properties and can act like "Nature's aspirin".
Choosing eco-friendly gifts is not only possible, it's affordable. You don't have to buy trendy (i.e. expensive) gifts to stay sustainable. These green gift giving ideas will help guide you through your shopping whether you're shopping for a Christmas, wedding or birthday present.
But remember: While being gentle on the Earth is crucial, it's equally important to give a gift your recipient will love and use. Giving from a place of generosity and care will accomplish both.
Shaving is one of those small but impactful habits we can all easily address. From shaving supplies to greener alternatives, we can decrease our waste, as well as our toxic load, all while saving money.
According to the EPA, Americans alone throw out an estimated TWO BILLION disposable razors each year. Although the actual weight will obviously vary from brand to brand, that's still around one billion pounds of waste - a lot more than you think from the small piece of plastic in your hand. But when you remember that little thing called "planned obsolescence" - the purposeful creation of stuff that is meant to not last in order to increase consumption and revenue - and how quickly these little razors dull or rust, plus the estimation that 90% of male adults alone shave at least once a day, you can tell how quickly it adds up. One razor a week, from age 14 on...it's a lot of waste. And that doesn't even include the shaving cream, after shave, water usage, and so on.
The toxicity of most shaving supplies is another concern to consider. According to the Environmental Working Group, not a single shaving cream on their list could claim there were no health or ecological concerns. Even of the "cleaner" brands, issues still arose from the use of ingredients such as sodium borate (organic toxicity, including reproductive organs), tocopherols (potentially carcinogenic) or fragrances (linked to everything from immunity and allergies to organi toxicity and ecotoxicology)...even propane shows up on the lists!
But everything we're describing below is not only safe, but effective, safe for the environment and your health, but actually more affordable - freeing up more of your budget for the things worth investing in (family, fun, organic food, etc).
This is a guest article we recently wrote for the popular website, $5 Dinners.
Probably the most common complaint I hear when it comes to eating healthier, supporting sustainable agriculture, and avoiding genetically modified or corporate owned foods is the cost of organic food, particularly the cost of meat.
It can easily run 2-3 times more than factory-farmed, corn-fed, and chemical-loaded beef or chicken, making it impossible for most households to swing. This is compounded even further depending on where you live. If there are no local sources of good meat, and no stores that offer “better” meat for a better price, you might be looking at ordering grass-fed beef or pastured chicken online. The shipping alone is going to kill your budget.
To help you mitigate this, here are my 5 tips for making organic meat more affordable…
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A Green Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, by far. With exceptions only in edibles, it's a holiday virtually void of commercialism and consumerism. It's a day based on generosity, thankfulness, connection and loving what is. There is nothing more superb than sitting around a table with those you love, taking turns describing what you're thankful for and sharing the good in our lives.
Because of the simplicity of Thanksgiving, it's probably one of the easiest holidays to "green" up. Here are a few tips to keep your conscious clean with a Green Thanksgiving, and keep you focused on the joy of the day....
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, home heating accounts for approximately 40% of our entire energy consumption. And over 95% is done with non-renewable fossil fuels; such as oil, natural gas or electricity from coal plants.
With environmental impacts increasing and energy costs on the rise, home heating alternatives are at the forefront of our minds. Not only can these energy-efficient ideas lessen our impact on the environment, they will save money too.
Much of our effort to warm our home is lost through improper or inadequate insulation and drafts. To start the list are the many ways to insulate your home and keep accumulated heat from escaping. Following those imperative measures are ideas to keep your home warm, use less energy in keeping warm and acclimate to the seasons.
Cypress oil is derived from the steam distillation of the branches of the cypress tree. It's fresh, slightly woody scent is grounding, and it is said to have been used for centuries urinary, liver, cardiovascular, and muscular and joiny health.
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of this oil include:
Aromatically, it's often said to have a grounding or balance effect. It's also used to create an emotional cleansing, moving a stuck or slow-moving healing process forward. It's strong ability to help a person release emotions and trauma can even be described as a purging, and can be intense, especially if you're not prepared for the work it'll ask of it.
In our little family of three we're pretty big on laughter and fun. What's the point if you don't love what you do?
We bring this question into our work, the way we parent, and the way we spend our free time. Fun, laughter, and enjoyment is a guiding principle.
We travel, do work we enjoy, and we avidly explore things we love.
If we love something we make it happen as sustainably as we can.
Unfortunately I've met families in the sustainable community who didn't see it quite the same way. Many fun and enjoyable things were squashed or denied because it "wasn't sustainable"...but what can be more sustainable than enjoying one another and the things we're passionate about?
We have several guest posts on how to create an abundant AND sustainable life over on Urban Nature Man. I hope you'll check them, think about what it is you're sustaining, and let them know what you think:
Part 5 of a series by Andrew Odom
Let it be known that creating or choosing tiny house plans is absolutely not for the weak of heart. It is not for pregnant women, men with heart trouble, people under 5 foot tall, or people who are taking anti-depressants or other mood enhancement drugs. Okay, so that is a bit of a stretch. But I think you get the point.
One of the greatest challenges in life regarding a home is deciding to build one yourself. It doesn't even matter what size; big or small. The project starts out innocently enough. Maybe a sketch on a napkin or a desire to be more independent. But before long it has blossomed in to a J-O-B complete with frustrations, late afternoon trips to hardware stores, lots of YouTube videos, swollen knees and knuckles, and the occasional curse word.
But rest assured that no matter how tough it may be it can also be the most gratifying experience in life, akin to giving birth or cultivating a food plot from nothing but dirt.
Juniper berry essential oil is a steam-distilled oil from the berries of the juniper plant. The best oils are sourced from Bulgaria, their indigenous region, and take 3 years to ripen to maturity.
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of this oil include:
It's mostly frequently used for the urinary system, skin, digestive system, nervous system, and for emotional wellness related to fear and resistance.
Part 4 of a series by Andrew Odom
You know you want a tiny house, but how do you make the tiny house transition? Read these tips from a tiny house dweller!
I remember well those early days of talking "tiny." They were spent mostly looking at photos of gorgeous, petite, homes on wheels that were crafted by skilled artisans and dispatched to a mobile life of ease. My wife and I would sit for hours in front of the computer talking about how liberating it must be to live in such a small space and to have such few possessions. We dreamed about living debt free and being able to come and go almost at our whim. But as the British novelist Jasper Ford once said, "My mind wanders terribly. I'm not wholly annoyed by my daydreaming as it has been immense use to me as regards imaginative thought, but it doesn't help when it comes to concentration. And writing needs concentration - lots of it." To that point we were daydreaming. Our minds were wandering but we lacked much needed concentration.
The library produced no books for us on making a tiny house transition. Google had very few results and many of those were misnomers, at best. We realized by the second month of our decision that we were on our own. We were going to have to figure out how we were going to transition to a smaller, more deliberate life, than just building a tiny house. But we did find resources to help us make the transition....
Whether you're looking for or creating your own garage building plans (or just retrofitting/remodeling your current garage), it's important to take into account the environmental impact of your actions, in the same way we work to decrease the footprint of the vehicle we're putting in it.
The main reason people install garages is to either add value to their property or to provide much-needed storage space. Of course, you need to apply and secure planning permission before building a garage, but once you get the green light and install one, you can expect a larger number of buyers should you sell up, and also expect a greater price, usually recapturing around 67% of the garage's initial cost.
How much better would that value be if you could also promote the efficiency and sustainability of the garage?
Clary sage oil is an essential oil derived from a steam distillation of the flowering plant. It's described as having a floral smell by some, but more herby by others, and is most often used to support the hormonal system (usually in women).
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of clary sage essential oil include:
Clay sage makes a huge impact on women's cycles, often talked about being great for cramps, heavy periods, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and so on.
But it's also loved for many non-physical uses. It's an oil all about clarity, giving you the ability to see clearly what is muddled, or to look ahead with vision and clarity in the possibilities.
Bergamot oil is one of my very favorite essential oils. This citrus oil is a rarer oil, extracted from the rind or peel of the fruit. The aroma is citrusy but sweet, and has a depth to it that I really love.
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of bergamot essential oil include:
Although bergamot is often used for physical issues, particularly with the digestive system and the skin, it's the emotional wellness that bergmot offers that I believe to be its greatest gift.
Bergmot oil is all about one's sense of self: self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-judgment, self-hatred. This oil helps us do the work necessary to step out of our fears of not being good enough, or our habits of holding back for fear of rejection of Who We Are, and helps us to learn to love and accept ourselves. It teaches us to find validation within, accept our own authenticity, and not spend so much time worrying about what others will think about it.
Rosemary essential oil is a steam-distilled oil taken from the flowering plant. It's said to affect the immune system, respiratory system, and nervous system, as well as other benefits and uses (many of which are listed below).
According to Modern Essentials, the typical properties of rosemary oil include:
In addition to its many physical properties, rosemary is also said to have an affect on the memory, opening the conscious mind, and assisting in learning.
by guest writer, Nina Nelson
Looking for a safer, natural, or even homemade sunscreen? Until last month, most of my children didn't even know what sunscreen was. I purchased it for a swimming outing, knowing that they would be spending a great deal of time in the sun and I didn't want them to get burned.
Why don't I use sunscreen? Aside from the fact that commercial sunscreens use many unsafe chemicals that I don't want to rub all over my children's skin - their largest organ - I also want them exposed to the sun so they can produce Vitamin D. (Vitamin D deficiencies are linked to low immunity, heart disease, MS, multiple forms of cancer, autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, and more.)
What about skin cancer, you ask? Too much sun exposure can cause skin damage and cancer. But according to the EWG, skin cancer rates are on the rise, though, despite the widespread use of sunscreen. One study suggests that the Vitamin A used in many sunscreens, because of its anti-oxidant and anti-aging effects, may actually be causing cancer. The report states that Vitamin A has photo-carcinogenic properties, which means that it can cause cancerous tumors when it's applied to skin that's exposed to sunlight. And adequate Vitamin D is actually known to help prevent many types of cancer, including skin cancer.
Part 3 of a series by Andrew Odom
The tiny house movement is an anti-establishment movement that examines the anti-American Dream wherein need overshadows want and relationship is valued over consumption.
Anyone who has hung around tiny houses, small houses, alternative houses, etc long enough has heard someone speak or write just like the above. In fact, if you're like me you are even guilty of using some of the buzz phrasing.
But make no mistake. There is a lot of contempt for folks who talk this way. In my opinion, such buzz words and phrases actually serve to mask ones own misunderstanding or lack of knowledge in the first place. For those on the "outside" looking in it can seem like fluff wording used to obscure simple concepts from them.
Whatever the case. buzz words kill! They go beyond insecurity or exclusion. They also serve to stifle creativity, innovation, and even acceptance.
So what - they (and you) may be asking - is the tiny house movement then? What are tiny houses? What is tiny living? Great question.
White Fir essential oil is another rarely used, barely known oil that packs a real punch.
The typical properties of this oil include:
I can't say I would even have used it if it weren't for my husband. This oil is a favorite of his. As a juggler, he's constantly practicing new tricks and often finds that some of the behind-the-back throws really mess with his shoulder. He started using white fir because it's recommended for frozen shoulder and saw a dramatic increase in his mobility, but also in the stiffness and soreness of the muscle and joint after juggling. But in addition to its physical uses, it also has some very powerful emotional and spiritual uses.
by guest writer, Nina Nelson
Photo via davincci
Had you told me ten years ago that I would ditch shampoo and conditioner and instead wash my hair with shampoo recipes that include coconut milk and honey, I would have laughed and said you were crazy. You see, I loved fancy shampoo and conditioner (I was a bit of a hair product snob) and had been conditioned (ha, punny!) to believe that I needed those products to keep my hair and scalp in good condition. However, after digging into reasons why I was having such a problem with itchy scalp, I decided to ditch commercial shampoo forever.
There were a few reasons why I stopped using shampoo.....
Ylang ylang essential oil is one of my favorite oils. Although it's often only thought of as only a nice-smelling oil, the physcial and empotional support ylang ylang can offer is much more than just a room deodorizer.
Ylang ylang oil is said to work with the cardiovascular system, endocrine and hormones, as well as supporting emotional and spiritual balance. The properties, as they are listed in the reference book, Modern Essentials, include:
Many of these properties and the potential uses for ylang ylang are those that closely link the body to the emotions or the mind, showing very clearly the min-body connection and how Nature can help our body find balance as a whole.
I consider it the "get out of your head and into your heart" oil.
Who knew hand-pollinating pumpkins could make you feel so awkward?
The bees had been increasing but we're not the sort to leave anything to chance, and when you're looking for a reason to play in the dirt, you take what you can get. Even if it means feeling a bit pervy.
Justin has been reading from Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners* about the pollination of pumpkins. It was something he had hoped to do but it seems our pumpkin flowers only open in the morning when he was at work. I'm not sure if this is normal or simply a result of our desert heat. This left the job to me.
Wintergreen essential oil is created by steam distilling the leaves. It's a lesser used oil but, in my opinion, too overlooked. The benefits and uses for wintergreen are really incredible.
The properties of essential oil of wintergreen include:
First of all, let's make sure we're clear on what permaculture gardening is: Permaculture is a word coined from 'permanent' and 'agriculture' and is not just about gardening, it's about a whole new outlook on growing food for your family, using the rules of the physical universe to help.
Bill Mollison, often called the Father of Permaculture, first started to think about how all the systems around us should be integrated into a holistic approach. Instead of keeping the garden separate from all the other things going on in and around our dwellings, why not incorporate everything in a supportive way?
by Nina Nelson
We all come to the desire for a simpler, homemade toothpaste for different reasons. Several years ago, I began scrutinizing all of the products coming into our home to save money and make sure my family wasn't being exposed to harmful ingredients. Needless to say, I was shocked at the contents of some of the products I believed were safe, or even beneficial, for our health due to marketing messages and conventional wisdom.
I slowly began to make my own products with ingredients I knew were safe. I saved a lot of money by using a few ingredients for many different projects and I was glad to know that my family was being exposed to fewer toxins.
One of the more recent products I've begun using is homemade toothpaste. It was the inclusion of the following ingredients in toothpaste that led me to stop buying commercial brands.
guest article by Linda Mix, RN: Author of HERBS FOR LIFE!
Looking for an edible flowers list to add something new, exciting, colorful, flavorful and even healthy for your meal? While picking your veggies, your pick some flowers too! For ages cooks have used flowers in cooking, mostly as a garnish or decoration. But in recent years, more folks are discovering the appeal of the colors and flavors of flowers, and are using them as ingredients. In this article we hope to introduce you to how (and why) to use your own flowers.
As with most things, however, a few precautions are in order. Be sure to avoid flowers grown by roadsides, where vehicle exhaust and residues collect on the flowers, or those sprayed with pesticides. While some flowers are toxic, such as foxglove, potato and sweet pea, others simply don't taste good. Also, you should first try a small amount to check for any allergic reactions or digestive problems. As a rule, the most fragrant flowers are the best tasting; but also the more fragrant a flower is, the stronger its flavor. And usually only the colorful parts of the flower petals are used, as other plant parts don't taste as good, particularly the white base of petals.
Part 2 of a series by Andrew Odom
The first use of the phrase "American Dream" was in James Truslow Adams's 1931 book The Epic of America. But what exactly is The American Dream? The authors of the United States' Declaration of Independence held certain truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Is this sentiment the foundation of the American Dream? Is there still an American Dream? If so, is it a so much a dream as it is an illusion?
Part 1 of a series by Andrew Odom
In the years immediately following the housing bubble burst, borrowers had to practically promise their firstborn child to secure a mortgage. Or at least a preferred arm or leg.
And while the requirements to obtain a mortgage are still pretty strenuous, particularly for those with low or even non-existent credit scores, there are signs that at least some regionally-focused lenders (think credit unions, non-franchise banks, etc) and mortgage insurers are beginning to ease up. But is that really a good thing for a rapidly changing economy?
What does all this have to do with sustainability? Click here to find out in our Sustainable Chronicles.
In less than four months, voters in Washington State will make a decision that will affect all of us.Will Washington voters say "Yes" to mandatory labeling of GMO foods? Or will Monsanto and the Junk Food Giants succeed, as they did in California last year, in frightening or confusing just enough voters to kill Washington's I-522 labeling initiative?
Please help the Organic Consumers Association win this key GMO labeling battle, and continue to build momentum for GMO labeling in other states, by making a donation today. If we raise $150,000 by July 27, natural health leader Mercola.com will make a matching donation to the OCA.
Even a few dollars, or the spare change you have hanging out in your Paypal account can help make a big difference!
Salt water swimming pools bring up a lot of questions: Are they just like swimming in the ocean? What exactly are salt water pools, and why would a pool owner want to use one? Does a home pool with salt water in it not use chlorine? How do you keep the water clean and safe for the kids? And importantly, is the salt water pool really better for the environment and our health?
An opinion offered by SpectralightUV.com suggests there are many misconceptions about salt water pools. There is the popular belief that a salt water pool is chemical-free or chlorine-free, a belief confirmed by research the author did for In The Swim. Since salt water can't provide any sanitation for a pool without electrolysis, the more accurate description of a salt water pool is that it is a "chlorine generator" pool.
by Nina Nelson
Growing up on an herb farm, I was constantly exposed to different kinds of antibacterial and antiviral herbs. Long before I knew what herbs were used for, I saw how they were grown, cut for different uses and packaged for herbal retail companies. You'd think I adopted the use of herbal remedies before I started my own family.
I began using some herbal remedies after my 2nd child was born. But after using a combination of herbs recommended by my midwife to successfully treat a kidney infection (a previous kidney infection landed me in the ICU for a week on very strong antibiotics), I was hooked.
Using herbal remedies is easy and if you're looking for herbs to prevent or treat bacterial and viral infections, this list can help you decide what's best for your situation.
Google shuts down Google Reader this Monday, July 1. If you've been using it to collect RSS feeds, you'll want to switch to another reader before then. I recommend Feedly...
Click on the One-click Google Reader Import button to import all of your feeds into Feedly. But hurry! You'll have to import them no later than Sunday, or they'll all be gone for good.
We don't do dairy well in our family, and buying non-dairy ice cream is expensive (not to mention, usually soy, which I like to avoid). We found this recipe
I have several ideas for what you can do with empty checkbook boxes! Use them as draw organizers in the bathroom (they are great for holding makeup,
Wild orange essential oil is a unique one. It's not as frequently used, and although regular orange oil can be found, wild orange is said to have more and stronger properties.
These properties include:
However not all essential oils are created equal. Because of the lack of requirements and labeling laws, up to half of what is in your "pure essential oil" may not be the essential oil at all. Many brands found on shelves can contain fillers to dilute the oil, as well as contaminants such a pesticide residues, or even particles from other parts of the plant.
With so many misleading food labels on shelves today, I often hear how frustrating it is to make sense of them, know which to trust, and what to choose. I'm hoping I can not only help you know what each means below, but that I can also help you know the best choices to make.
It took me years to finally align with my ideas of sustainable eating. And it was meal planning that helped me take the final leap.
What is sustainable eating? I characterize it as:
But let's get real too: No one is perfect. Including me.
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We all want to stop receiving junk mail. On average, American households receive approximately 69 pounds of unwanted mail each year, most of it unwanted and considered a nuisance.
Put an end to junk mail and you'll be saving more than trees: you'll be saving water, fuel, energy and other resources used in produciing and mailing unwanted mailers and catalogs.
Who said healthy food had to be expensive? I hope this list of cheap, healthy foods will show otherwise!
I think the first thing to realize is that processed junk food only LOOKS cheaper. A really eye-opening exercise is to look at what you're actually paying, ounce-per-ounce.
For instance, look at this example:
My poor husband is a magnet for any biting insects and is always looking for a natural mosquito repellant, or no see'um spray to save his body from being ravaged by bugs.
Nothing seemed to work (although having him around was great for the rest of us - they would ignore our skin in favor of his!) and for the longest time, and in order to avoid spraying dangerous pesticides all over his body, he'd simply avoid going out, or sweat it out next to a campfire, or even shroud himself (much to the entertainment of the rest of us). We tried plain old citronella sprays, and old wives tales, and nothing seemed to work for him at all.
I know what you're thinking. With organic food costs so high, how can making organic food affordable be possible, let alone lowering the cost to zero?
I'm going to show you how.
Food prices for conventional foods are on the rise. But so is consumer awareness on the health impact of packaged, pesticide-laden, and GMO foods. The majority of consumers have said they prefer to eat organic, but the majority of shoppers still don't.
Why is this? The top concern we hear from you is that "organic food is expensive" and it's just plain hard to afford.
And it's true. The price of organic food routinely runs at least 20% more than their conventional counterparts.
So even though your values might draw you toward pesticide-free foods, your wallet has been the final determiner of what you end up buying.
So we've compiled a book, Making Organic Food Affordable, full of "organic food hacks" to help you do just that: help you make organic food affordable by getting around the high prices and filling your fridge with the healthiest food possible for a fraction of the price.
Or better yet: Eating organic for FREE.
I was so honored to be asked to appear on the Ricki Lake Green Show. The filming was in March and the air date was April 17, 2013.
I had a fabulous time and loved meeting Ricki. Her work on The Business of Being Born has forever made her a hero in the eyes of most of us in the sustainable movement. I'm looking forward to the upcoming projects she's working on too.
Watch the clips of myself and the Malsons (from EcoWomb.com) below, then scroll down for links to what was discussed on the show.
The Creslane School Garden program sustains an organic garden and landscape. Students engage in hands on lessons that connect principles in gardening,
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