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Nashville Foxes Open Their Henhouse

Buffy, the Frizzled Cochin Buffy, Nancy, Colin, Wally and Kiss are all roommates living a short distance from the halls of Vanderbilt.  These petite beauties are pampered and adored, sharing their house in the backyard of the Carrington Fox family home.  The bantams compete for attention with a pet rabbit and a salamander.  The Fox […]

Continue Reading By on February 7, 2012 in agriculture, chickens, farming, food, gardening, green, parenting, sustainable

Nashville Allows Backyard Hens for Some Residents

Brown Ameraucana Hen in Nashville Residents of some of Nashville’s ritziest downtown neighborhoods could soon be housing hens in their backyards, while several of the metro area’s other addresses won’t qualify.  In its recent approval of chicken keeping, the Council of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County allowed several council districts to opt out […]

Continue Reading By on February 6, 2012 in agriculture, backyard, chickens, food

Cool and Kid-Friendly Valentine Lunch

Love to create quick and easy meals that kids can help with?  My girls have fun using cookie cutters, and they get to use them a lot more when we’re making something for lunch. We started turning our whole wheat bread into hearts, complete with the tiny heart window on top.  We tried plain yogurt as an […]

Continue Reading By on February 4, 2012 in eating better, food, parenting

Justice Sought for Farmers and Consumers

*Update: Supreme Court refuses to hear case. More than 100 million people are expected to tune in soon for the Super Bowl, munching their way through the second biggest food consumption day of the year, festivities complete with rock stars. When spectators numbered only in the hundreds and mainstream media was noticeably absent, the nation’s […]

Continue Reading By on February 1, 2012 in eating better, farmers market, food, garden, organic, sustainable

Good Odds of GE Ingredients

Let me get this straight.  If my kids come along to the grocery store and I turn them loose to choose whatever they want from the aisles of packaged foods, there’s an 8 out of 10 chance that they’ll pick something with genetically modified/engineered ingredients? According to some pretty sharp folks over at the Just […]

Continue Reading By on January 27, 2012 in conscious consumerism, food, parenting

Top Turkeys Go from Pasture to Thanksgiving Table

Verlinda and Dave Waters, River Ridge Farms My visit to see the turkeys at River Ridge Farms disrupted their latest move from one stretch of pasture to the other.  Verlinda Waters had the tractor backed up to move the large wooden roost she and her husband had built by hand.  One turkey sat leisurely atop […]

Continue Reading By on November 21, 2011 in agriculture, farmers market, farming, food, natural, organic

Busy Lifestyle Food Choices at Co-op

Too busy to cook?  Still in college?  Single and don’t care about family meals?  You might find your healthiest food-on-the-go options at your local food co-op! In Knoxville, Three Rivers Market boasts of being the only independent, locally-owned food co-op in Tennessee.  The extensive salad bar offers luscious organic selections of greens, legumes and meats, all […]

Continue Reading By on September 22, 2011 in conscious consumerism, eating better, fitness, food, local, shopping, sustainable

Grocery Co-op Builds Green Store

Unless you know the correct interstate exit or the local route near downtown Knoxville, you may be missing one of the best-kept secrets in the Southeast.  Rising from the corner of two modest streets in a somewhat revitalized area north of downtown is a structure that rivals any new suburban supermarket.  It’s an uber-green, naturally hued building […]

Continue Reading By on September 19, 2011 in conscious consumerism, eating better, farm, farmers market, food, shopping, sustainable