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  • Blog, Nature News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Chernobyl: Accidental Wildlife Sanctuary

    Did you know that in the 30+ years since the disaster zone was evacuated, rare and endangered animals are flourishing.

  • Eco Garden, Summer 2019 Almanac

    June Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening with Priscilla Woolworth.

  • Blog, Eco News, Gamechanger, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Zach Bush

    Zach Bush is a triple board certified physician, master healer & consciousness, and is the founder and director of M Clinic, an integrative medicine center in Charlottesville, Virginia...

  • Eco News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Good News Lately!

    A sample of some recent good news.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Some Stories: Lessons from the Edge of Business and Sport By Yvon Chouinard

    For nearly 80 years, Yvon Chouinard has followed his own advice, pursuing, with equal fervor, sports adventures, business excellence, and environmental activism.

  • Eco News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Monarch Butterfly News

    In order to protect monarch butterflies from becoming an endangered species in 2019, millions of acres of native milkweed need to be restored to support a larger monarch butterfly population.

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Best Organically Grown Foods to Buy Frozen

    Frozen green beans are half the cost of fresh ones and retain more vitamins A and C than other frozen vegetables...

  • Gamechanger, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Polly Higgins

    Polly Higgins is a pioneer; since stepping down from her legal practice as a court advocate, she devotes her time to one client – the Earth.

  • Artist, Summer 2019 Almanac

    David Hockney & Vincent Van Gogh

    When describing how Van Gogh has inspired him, and whose work Hockney has long admired, “ his paintings are full of movement,” he said. “What people love about Van Gogh’s paintings is that all the brush marks are visible and you can see how they are painted..."

  • Summer 2019 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Cordyceps Sinensis Mushroom: A Miracle Food

    Cordyceps Sinensis mushroom, is also referred to as a symbiant (not a parasite), boosts the immune system of its known host.

  • Summer 2019 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Spider Silk

    Christine Radtke is working to use spider silk to reconnect severed nerve fibers.

  • Blog, Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Best Whole Grains

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  • Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    PW Tip #2: If you wear sunscreen…

    ...you need to read this.

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    PW Tip #1: Poison Ivy Salve

    This magic elixir is what her grandmother doused her with when she had gotten into a patch of the dreaded poison ivy.

  • Recipe, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

    This is one of those naturally creamy treats that is actually good for you!

  • Recipe, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Wild Green Pesto

    Versatile and nutritious, wild green pesto is a gourmet delight!

  • Recipe, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Whole Roasted Cauliflower

    In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of their 40 best.

  • Eco Cinema, Summer 2019 Almanac

    We The People 2.0

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  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Flora Forager ABC By Bridget Beth Collins

    This adorable alphabet book, features animals from angel fish to zebra, each brilliantly created with flower petals, leaves and other natural materials.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    We Are The Gardeners

    This sweet story chronicles the adventures (and misadventures) of the Gaines kids as they grow vegetables and flowers in their garden.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Trees Of Power: The organic grower’s guide to planting, propagation, culture, and ecology By Akiva Silver

    Trees are our allies in healing the world.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    The Overstory

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance

  • Eco Garden, Spring 2019 Almanac

    May Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening with Priscilla Woolworth

  • Recipe, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Slow-Roasted Red Peppers

    From the cookbook Lunch! by Olivia Mack McCOOL

  • Eco Tip, Spring 2019 Almanac

    How To Save Seeds

    Seed saving happens all year long, depending where you live.

  • Artist, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Louise Bourgeois

    Louise Bourgeois (1911– 2010) was a French-American artist. Born in Paris, she was raised by parents who ran a tapestry restoration business.

  • Eco News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    A Feast for the Senses

    Chinese vlogger Li Ziqi films her videos in the serene countryside of China.

  • Eco News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    The Rocky Hill Coal Mine Case

    A Group of Residents Prevented a Coal Mine from Being Built in their community in Australia.

  • Recipe, Spring 2019 Almanac, Tree News

    Making Maple Syrup

    I discovered that I have sugar maple trees in the woods by my house.

  • Nature News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Best Seed Catalogs

    All companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge- a written commitment to sell only non-GMO seed.

  • Eco News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    I Have a Crush on Your Mind

    My generation and the generations that went before have failed you. We failed to grasp the basic premise of intergenerational justice: that you cannot apply discount rates to human life.

  • Eco News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    March 15th, 2019

    A Global Youth Strike for Climate Action is planned for March 15 and the movement is rapidly building momentum.

  • Recipe, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Sri Lankan Curry

    I made this recently and loved it. You can also add extra vegetables, such as chickpeas and zucchini.

  • Eco Tip, Spring 2019 Almanac

    PW Tips

    Eco Tips from Priscilla Woolworth

  • Eco News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Cover of the Spring Issue

    It was fun creating the flower motif cover for this issue, using recycled paper and filling the triangle pouches with seeds I had collected last year from my garden, along paths and in the field.

  • Bird News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Bird Feeders

    Even though we are only a few weeks away from Spring, if you live in the Northeast, winter may last into April. I especially love feeding birds in winter, though feeding them is not necessary for their survival except in extreme weather conditions.

  • Book, Spring 2019 Almanac

    A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity By Wm. S. Coperthwaite

    William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years has explored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine.

  • Book, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Planting the Wild Garden

    Eloquent text and stunning illustrations combine to explore the many ways seeds are distributed.
    A farmer and her son carefully plant seeds in their garden.

  • Book, Spring 2019 Almanac

    The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things by Peter Wohlleben

    Nature is full of surprises: deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain. But what are the processes that drive these incredible phenomena? And why do they matter?

  • Gamechanger, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Greta Thunberg

    Greta Thunberg, is a sixteen-year old Swedish superstar activist working to stop global warming and climate change.

  • Spring 2019 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Xylotheque

    A xylotheque is a small library where every “book” is made by the wood of the tree that is documented inside.

  • Spring 2019 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Light Shade made from Seaweed

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  • Bird News, Spring 2019 Almanac

    Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People

    Did you know that bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change?

  • Spring 2019 Almanac, Sustainable Design

    Airlite

    Did you know that there is very little research into the aggregated effects of exposure to indoors pollutants from kitchen products, cleaning products, cooking fumes, fireplace smoke, insect sprays, air fresheners and scented candles, all of which can cause poor air quality in our homes, workspaces and schools.

  • Eco Cinema, Spring 2019 Almanac

    The Story of Electronics

    The Story of Electronics employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-wa

  • Eco Cinema, Spring 2019 Almanac

    The Biggest Little Farm

    The Biggest Little Farm is a testament to the immense complexity of nature.

  • Eco Garden, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    February Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening with Priscilla Woolworth.

  • Artist, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Favorite cartoons from 2018

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  • Recipe, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Mindful Matcha Granola

    Easy to make granola, with all its delicious bits and pieces!

  • Nature News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Insectpalooza

    Insectpalooza is an annual insect fair put on by the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, in upstate New York, where the public is educated about the issues related to insects and other arthropods.

  • Artist, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Mike and Doug Starn

    Born in New Jersey in 1961, the identical twins Doug and Mike Starn work collaboratively and defy categorization, combining traditionally…

  • Nature News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    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.

  • Eco News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    How to Change the World by What We Buy

    As a consumer, be informed about products that contain palm oil. You might not cook with it, but you would be surprised about how many food products contain palm oil, and many of them aren’t clearly labeled.

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Tinder Fungus

    Simply pry off a chunk of the smoldering Tinder Fungus and use it to light some tinder and remake your fire.

  • Nature News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Selenium

    Did you know that most people have elevated concentrations of mercury in their body?

  • Sustainable Design, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    ReTuna

    ReTuna is the world’s first secondhand shopping mall, featuring only reclaimed and reused goods.

  • Artist, Eco Garden, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Anton Checkhov’s Garden

    “I think that if I wasn’t a writer, I could be a gardener,” wrote Anton Chekhov in 1900.

  • Eco News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    The Green America Chocolate Score Card

    Most major chocolate companies have commitments to source more sustainable cocoa. Many of them have plans to have 100% certified cocoa in their supply chain by 2020.

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Secret Ingredients Movie

    This eye-opening documentary by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart may change the way you think about your food forever- and the way you eat.

  • Eco News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Organic Food May Reduce Cancer Risk

    People who regularly eat organic food are much less likelyto get cancer than those who don’t, a major new study found.

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Look and See

    LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Living in the Future’s Past

    Living in the Future’s Past shows how no one can predict how major changes might emerge from the spontaneous actions of the many.

  • Eco Tip, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Homemade Mustard

    If you're looking for that classic yellow color, just add a little turmeric powder.

  • Eco Tip, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Aloe Vera

    Did you know that aloe vera is good for so much more than treating sunburns.

  • Recipe, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Butternut Miso Soup with Arame and Wasabi

    Try this soup tonight!

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    String Made from Nettles

    Nettles are not only an edible wild plant but can also be used as fiber for textiles and cordage.

  • Animal News, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Rewilding

    Back in 2000, Charlie Burrel and Isabella Tree, who live in Knepp Castle in the UK, took the radical decision…

  • Book, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    The Forest by Riccardo Bozzi, Violeta Lopiz and Valerio Vidali

    *Selected as one of the ten New York Times and New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s books of 2018

  • Book, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Wilding by Isabella Tree

    Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife.

  • Book, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Be The Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community by Thomas Linzey with Anneke Campbell

    Inspired by five true stories.

  • Recipe, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    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.

  • Gamechanger, Winter 2018/19 Almanac

    Sebastian Copeland

    Sebastian Copeland is an award-winning photographer, polar explorer, author, lecturer, and environmental activist and has led numerous expeditions in the polar regions, to photograph and film endangered environments.

  • Eco Garden, Fall 2018 Almanac

    November Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening with Priscilla Woolworth

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Recipe

    Chili Pepper Flakes

    If your goal is to make one cup of crushed red pepper flakes, you will need 71 Serrano peppers.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Recipe

    Berry Jam

    This is the easiest jam recipe to make! All you need are fresh blackberries or raspberries and sugar.

  • Blog, Fall 2018 Almanac, Recipe

    Alek Wek’s Okra Stew

    The model and Goodwill Ambassador has been cooking this plant-based stew since her childhood in South Sudan.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Tree News

    Tree Glue

    Biodegradable plastic made from 'tree glue' could be on shelves within five years.

  • Eco Cinema, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Woodlanders

    Woodlanders,is a beautifully done film series by Costa Boutsikaris, a filmmaker from the Hudson Valley/NY, that documents the work of people who care for and depend on forests for their livelihood and well-being throughout the world.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Nature News

    Mason Bees

    If you are looking for a bee species that is gentle and easy to raise, consider the Mason bee. Not only are these North American bees docile and easy to care for, they are fantastic pollinators, too!

  • Blog, Fall 2018 Almanac, Nature News

    Fall 2018 Almanac Cover Image

    Explanation of all the beauty in the Almanac cover this month!

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Sustainable Design

    Floating Park

    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.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Nature News

    Parkipelago

    The first island in Copenhagen’s Parkipelago set sail. Over the next year, the island will be moved around the lake,…

  • Bird News, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Cutting Trees to Save Birds

    “It's OK to cut some trees,” said Andrew Shultz, landowner outreach forester for the Maine Forest Service. He explained that selective thinning, which can be a single tree or a half acre, helps biodiversity and enhances wildlife habitat.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Recipe

    Butternut Squash Soup

    Delicious and easy to make, this soup is absolutely wonderful!

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Recipe

    Nasturtium Pesto

    Nasturtiums edible leaves and flowers add a peppery flavor to many things, but one of the tastiest ways to eat nasturtiums is in pesto.

  • Eco Tip, Fall 2018 Almanac

    PW Tip: Celery

    How to keep celery fresh!

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Recipe

    Hickory Nut Milk

    Made with shagbark hickory nuts.

  • Eco Tip, Fall 2018 Almanac

    PW Tip 2: Water Bottles

    I wrote about this back in 2009!

  • Eco Tip, Fall 2018 Almanac

    PW Tip: Cans

    I still use this one!

  • Artist, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Christo & Jean-Claude

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude, respectively, are environmental sculptors noted for their controversial outdoor sculptures that often involved monumental displays of fabrics and plastics.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Lamps Made with Silkworm Cocoons

    Natural silk worm cocoons have been carefully placed atop a weightless metal frame.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Pencil Cases made from Pineapples

    Pinatex is a natural, sustainable textile made from the fibres of pineapple leaves, which are the waste from the pineapple harvest.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Wallet Made from Leaves

    This wallet was made from sustainably harvested natural Teak leaves.

  • Eco News, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Ecosia

    Ecosia is a search engine, and when you use it to search the web, they plant trees.

  • Eco Tip, Fall 2018 Almanac

    The Differences between Organic, Sustainable and Biodynamic Wines

    The U.S. government regulates use of the term “organic,” but “sustainable” and “biodynamic” have no legal definitions.

  • Eco News, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Don’t Even Think About Turning the Air Conditioning on the Second you Get In your Car

    Does you car’s owner’s manual tell you to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on the A/C? Do you know why?

  • Eco News, Fall 2018 Almanac

    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.

  • Animal News, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Bat Houses

    Bats are a natural pest control. Did you know that some bat species eat an incredible number of mosquitoes, as many as 1,200 in an hour of feeding! Bats are also critical pollinators of seeds and fruits that we eat.

  • Bird News, Fall 2018 Almanac

    Crows Pick Up Trash in a French Park

    In France, the wily crow is getting a makeover. Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in the Loire region about four hours from Paris, has trained six crows to pick up cigarette butts and bits of trash and dump them in a box.

  • Fall 2018 Almanac, Gamechanger

    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.