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Going Batty for Environmentalism

Photo of healthy big brown bat, courtesy Dawn Vezina at the Organization for Bat Conservation If you love the taste of fresh vegetables, hate mosquito bites and appreciate a balanced environment, then you might want to go batty.  My husband thinks I’ve gone batty, because I’ve been asking him for nearly two years now to […]

Continue Reading By on February 25, 2011 in farm, garden, green, sustainable, wildlife

Voices for Children and Justice

I slipped into the lodge at the world-renowned Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm just as the guest authors were being introduced to read from their works.  They stood against an oversized stone hearth filled with a diverse collection of faith symbols.  Their audience sat reverently, intent on their words. The first was author and East Tennessee historian […]

Continue Reading By on February 21, 2011 in children, faith, farm, parenting

Rodale Institute Studies Organic Farming

Rural Eastern Pennsylvania’s rolling green fields include a 333-acre farm that’s leading the way for organic crop research.  The nonprofit Rodale Institute has finished a year of farm trials, including a study on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus, which can help plants thrive when it lives in healthy relationship with their roots.  The Institute boasts of running the longest ever study […]

Continue Reading By on January 13, 2011 in farm, garden, green, organic

Reading Rodale’s Organic Gardening Book

I was picking up a last-minute Christmas gift from the bookstore when I spotted a goodly green volume that became my own holiday treat.  It’s Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening.  This 2009 edition promises to be a thoroughly updated version of the one first edited by J.I. Rodale in 1959.  I’m interested because of my family’s ongoing efforts […]

Continue Reading By on January 10, 2011 in book reviews, eating better, farm, garden, green, organic

Meet Midwestern Family Farmers with Fresh Foodie Perspectives

On a late November day in rural Oklahoma, I arrived at the Downing Family Farm just as the husband and wife team of Wes and Kathy Downing were finished haying their cows. The afternoon sun was warming large pastures with nearly dormant Bermuda grass. While many of the black Angus were spread throughout the acreage, […]

Continue Reading By on November 29, 2010 in agriculture, eating better, farm, green, Midwest, organic, sustainable

Organic Farming Offers Greener Christmas Trees

A crisp November morning just days before Thanksgiving offered the ideal time for a winding drive into the Southern Appalachians of Western North Carolina. With clear skies and sunshine overhead, I passed by sections of national forest filled with hardwoods and tall evergreens that were skirted by mountain laurel. At around 3,200 feet in elevation […]

Continue Reading By on November 22, 2010 in Christmas, farm, green, organic, tree