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Southern Climate Vigil Offers Spiritual Response to Climate Change

Being mindful and prayerful about the People’s Climate March in New York City this weekend was a focus of the Greater Knoxville Climate Vigil hosted last weekend by Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light.  Church pastors and people of various faiths gathered at Knoxville, Tennessee’s downtown Alex Haley Heritage Square for the event.  They called this […]

Continue Reading By on September 19, 2014 in climate change, community, faith 0

Deep & Diverse Faith Moves Many to New York for People’s Climate March

Deep & Diverse Faith Moves Climate Marchers to New York The prospect of catastrophic climate change is a distinctly moral issue for thousands of people of faith who are headed to New York City for the People’s Climate March.  Scripture studies, worship and prayer will be a distinct part of the historic gathering set for […]

Continue Reading By on September 18, 2014 in clean air, clean water, climate change, faith, parenting 0

Cancer Survivor Reveals Science Behind Fracking Health Risks

By now you’ve probably heard the term fracking.  Maybe it sounds like a necessary part of American progress, helping tap into oil and gas reserves that were previously unreachable.  Maybe it has the strange ring of a term used in the environmental movement, one to which you don’t relate.  Whether or not you’ve heard of […]

Continue Reading By on September 15, 2014 in fracking, health, safer chemicals, science 0

Saturdays in the Garden: Completing Tomato Seed Saving

Don’t you wonder who the first person was to discover that letting something sit and ferment can be a good thing?  Even for organic gardening, where it’s common to play in the dirt and appreciate microorganisms, this seed saving method seems pretty gross. We told you last week about our beginning efforts to save tomato […]

Continue Reading By on September 13, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic, seeds 0

Back to the Roots Restaurant Week for East Tennessee with Certified Naturally Grown

When you spend your hard-earned money to dine at a restaurant, do you savor ingredients from a giant can that traveled hundreds of miles via a food service company  or would you rather eat from a local farm?  East Tennesseans who prefer real, farm-fresh food have the chance to support the local food economy with […]

Continue Reading By on September 9, 2014 in agriculture, conscious consumerism, eating better, farm, farming, food 0

Urban Community Farm Produces for Needy, Needs More Tennessee Volunteers

The muscadine grapes were bursting to be picked, a few late summer berries were still hanging on, and the weeds made their last stand under the hands of energetic volunteers at the Saturday work day. Beardsley Community Farm was the site for Tennessee volunteers willing to pick farming over a Vols home football game in […]

Continue Reading By on September 8, 2014 in farming, food, green, organic 0
preparing tomato seeds for fermenting and saving

Saturdays in the Garden: Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Are you saving your own garden seeds for next year?  It’s fun to try, even if you plan on purchasing seeds from an heirloom seed company, as well.  We’ve been pleased with the flavor of the Brandywine and Yellow bell varieties we’ve grown this summer, so we wanted to save some seeds. The process of […]

Continue Reading By on September 6, 2014 in agriculture, food, gardening, green, organic, pioneer, seeds 0