Welcome to the Spring Issue #82! I’m excited that it’s Spring at last. I’m looking forward to the beautiful blooms, the warmer weather, more fresh produce in season at farmer’s markets and spending more time outdoors, even though springing forward for daylight savings time on March 11th may be a bit rough for a few days!
In April, I’ll be celebrating the ninth year of this Almanac Newsletter. If you have subscribed to it from the beginning, you know how much it has grown and evolved from initially being a platform to educate consumers about healthy alternatives to conventional products to over the years, becoming a trusted source of information about all the positive things happening in the environment, about all the ways you can get involved to support positive change and about the amazing people who are doing important work bettering the planet. Thank you for being a part of the Almanac tribe for all these years.
There are several special dates coming up over the next few months, whether you care about Animals March 3 , Andy Goldsworthy- his new film comes out March 9th, Trees March 21, Water March 22, the Environment April 22, Birds May 10 and Mother’s Day on May 13. These are opportunities to support the vital work of many people and organizations that are dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment.
An inspiring person, who has devoted her life to raising awareness about caring for the planet and its beautiful animals, is Dr. Jane Goodall. Send her a message or a donation as a birthday present on April 3rd by supporting the incredible work that she does. As she says “daily acts that nourish the environment, no matter what size, make a difference.” www.janegoodall.org
Spring time is a great time to get a head start on getting rid of plant pests such as poison ivy. Learn 6 different chemical free ways for preventing or getting rid of it. Something else I wouldn’t miss are toxic car air-fresheners! Read why they aren’t good for our health and what you can do about it.
Please stop by my shop. I did a huge spring clean and have chosen my absolute favorite products, many that I use myself and can vouch for. In my own life, I’m trying to buy less and simplify my life, reduce the waste my household produces, reduce and remove my family’s exposure to toxins in our home, reduce our use of plastic, all the while having a wonderful and healthy quality of life.
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.
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…
We all know that a walk in nature is a great path to tranquility. But did you know you don’t necessarily have to leave your front room to be able to reap the psychological benefits the great outdoors has to offer?
he Green School is located in the jungle in south central Bali. Begun a decade ago by John and Cynthia Hardy, it was intended to do nothing less than create a future generation of “green leaders,” even as it would defy…
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.
Described as “the butterfly whisperer,” Tim Wong, is an aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Science (in San Francisco), who spends his free time working to bring back the California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.