A Little Christmas History
Do you know how the custom of celebrating Christmas began? As with many Christmas traditions, its roots go back to pagan times. Some Northern European pagans believed that the sun was a god and that he went through a yearly period of ill health in winter.
Back in 2000, Charlie Burrel and Isabella Tree, who live in Knepp Castle in the UK, took the radical decision to give up on the estate’s arable and dairy farm, which they had tried and failed for years to keep profitable, to pursue an experimental process of habitat creation.
Freekeh with Caramelized Shallots, Chickpeas and Yogurt
An easy to make, delicious and very nutritious recipe. Freekeh may not be free of gluten but it is very high in healthy fiber and protein while being very low in fat and contains important minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium.
In the Netherlands, where a floating park made from recycled plastic, has popped up, the recycled plastic is constructed into hexagonal pods, which mimic the landscape of Rotterdam’s Maas River before humans altered the landscape, according to the Recycled Island Foundation, the group behind the park.
The first island in Copenhagen’s Parkipelago set sail. Over the next year, the island will be moved around the lake, open for anyone and everyone to use. It’s one of the nine islands that will makeup the parkipelago in an attempt to create more public spaces in the city.
Make Your Own Non-toxic Homemade Bubbles
Why make your own? Did you know that conventional bubble soap contains unhealthy ingredients ( dishsoap and handsoap as well), frequently contain sodium laureth sulfate, a skin irritant that is likely contaminated with known cancer causing chemicals.
Robyn Van En
Robyn Van En was one of the originators of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a business model that helps small, diverse organic farms cope with the expenses of organic farming methods by selling “shares” of the harvest to CSA members before the farming seasons begins.
Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden
Plants interact with each other, and behave a lot like us: some get along, some don’t. The following list is of plants that get along with each other or offer some benefit to another such as enhancing fertility or handicapping pests or diseases.
I recently took an informative 6 week long workshop called the Fundamentals of Forest Stewardship because I wanted to learn how to have a reciprocal and productive relationship with the forest by my home, and have a deeper understanding of the forest garden within, as well as learn the tools to preserve natural habitats for animals and insects alike.
Farming the Woods: An integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel
Farming the Woods invites a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products
Some pharmacies are dispensing fruit and veg as well as drugs. Many medical issues have symptoms that can be managed or preventative with exercise and nutritional care, but access to things like fresh fruits and vegetables or healthy protein can be challenging for certain populations.
Vincent Van Gogh
For Vincent van Gogh, nature was the defining subject of his art. Over the course of his short but intense working life, Van Gogh studied and depicted nature in all its forms—from the minutiae of insects and birds’ nests to the most sweeping of panoramic landscapes…
Natural Gardening for Birds: Create a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard
A Practical Illustrated Bird Oriented Gardening Book with Great Reference Charts. Bird watchers everywhere dream of a landscape dotted with fruiting shrubs nests tucked into twining vines and birds flocking to feeding stations.
Why we must defend the Arctic refuge
The Arctic Refuge contains one of the most fragile and ecologically sensitive ecosystems in the world. Its environment is extremely vulnerable to long-lasting disturbance because the harsh climate and short growing seasons provide little time for species to recover.