“Guardians, not Gardeners”

I just finished watching a TED talk given by Mary Reynolds, a landscape designer from Ireland, called the "Garden Awakening."  It was filmed back in November 2016, shortly after her book, The Garden Awakening, was published. She has some strong words against industrial farming, our failed political leadership, and the destruction we have brought upon this... Continue Reading →

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Gardening Organically

It's tempting to reach for the chemical sprays or powders when your walk into your garden and find your favorite rose overrun with aphids or Japanese beetles, or find your cauliflower beset by cabbage worms.  After all, what harm can a localized spray possibly do? The answer is quite a lot.  The fact is 90%... Continue Reading →

Permaculture Guilds

As I've mentioned recently, I've spent the winter months reading about native plants and permaculture.  Permaculture isn't a new concept to me, but it's one I hadn't spent a great deal of time thinking about until I discovered Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog (now website and vlog) in the winter of 2016.  Looking at her... Continue Reading →

“PlantPure Nation”

Some disturbing facts from the documentary "PlantPure Nation": Large, mono-crop agribusinesses use fuel-intensive equipment and high amount of pesticides and herbicides; trillions of dollars in subsidies are provided to these companies every year in the U.S. - at the expense of the health and wellbeing of U.S. citizens The number of small farms in the U.S. have... Continue Reading →

“Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” ― Jane Goodall, Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating I worry about the fate of our environment under the Trump... Continue Reading →

Thoughtful Tuesday

"Garbage did not exist until there were humans.  Everything in nature easily goes back into the earth.  Humanity needs to learn to re-consume."   - Michael Reynolds (creator of the Earthship)    

Climate Change

Most of my close friends are concerned about climate change and the impact these changes will have on their children and eventually, grandchildren.  Several have taken active steps to make changes in their lives to reduce the impact they have on our beautiful planet.  But there has been little in the climate change literature, until... Continue Reading →

Thought for the Day

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."  Rachel Carson

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