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Can a Cow Save a Penguin? Question on World Penguin Day

This post is in cooperation with Stonyfield, where I am proud to be a #StonyfieldBlogger! Can a cow save a penguin? I asked my youngest to #ImagineHow when we visited Zoo Knoxville recently.  Since they were tiny, I’ve brought my kids to visit the penguins at our local zoo, where they wait to see them […]

Continue Reading By on April 25, 2017 in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, parenting, pesticides, Yo-Getters

Five Great Reasons to Garden this Year

Have you been watching patiently for the last frost in your growing region?  Ordered seeds already?  Dreaming of greener days outdoors?  In case you need any more motivation, here are five great reasons to garden this year! Family Project Whether your aim is to teach the kids more responsibility or simply have a constructive way […]

Continue Reading By on February 22, 2016 in agriculture, family, food, garden, gardening, organic
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EPA Finds Insecticide Threatens Pollinators

Could certain insecticides be threatening the bees we need to keep agriculture flourishing and put food on our dinner tables? The latest information from the Environmental Protection Agency confirms what researchers and conservationists have been warning about. The EPA has announced that its preliminary risk assessment shows the neonicotinoid insecticide named imidacloprid can pose a […]

Continue Reading By on February 15, 2016 in agriculture, ecology, pesticides, pollinators, toxic

New USDA Report Recommends Shifts to Healthier Eating

Could picking more fruits and vegetables while holding the sugar, salt and fat help you live better?  The latest dietary guidelines by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services reminds you that yes, you are what you eat. The newest Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages healthy eating patterns […]

Continue Reading By on February 1, 2016 in agriculture, cooking

How I Killed the Kombucha & Other Green for the Mainstream Confessions

Have you tried kombucha lately?  Apparently, people have been making the stuff for ages — an interesting concoction based on a glob of goo that creates a tasty fermented drink for your health. Now that modern science is confirming what some have known for centuries, drinks like kombucha are all the rage.  I tried to […]

Continue Reading By on September 24, 2015 in agriculture, blogging, clean couponing, conscious consumerism, cooking, food
mildewed squash leaf and tomatoes

The Day I Stopped Composting

Welcome! Saturdays in the Garden: The Day I Stopped Composting All of you green gardening friends out there know how important composting is.  You’ve probably heard me wax nostalgic about proudly saving my family’s vegetable peelings year around so I can build a backyard compost pile to use later in the garden.  I often mention […]

Continue Reading By on July 25, 2015 in agriculture, garden, gardening, organic

Leading Organic Growers to Watch

Welcome to the Flour Sack Mama community!  Grab our newsletter here. Who else is still striving for the perfect prize-winning vegetable to win a ribbon at the fair?  If you are doing this with organic methods, avoiding most off-the-shelf chemical cocktails for growing a garden, you deserve a ribbon for that alone!  Here are a […]

Continue Reading By on July 11, 2015 in agriculture, farming, food, organic

Federal Money Seeding Local Food Markets, Encouraging Fresh Veggies

If you could pick a peach grown by a local orchard grower, would you?  Could you walk downtown in your community and find a fresh produce stand?  Did you know you can spend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP dollars at the farmers market?   Millions of dollars in federal investment is going to give more […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2015 in agriculture, community, food, frugal, nutrition