Spring 2019 Almanac

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I love this Spring Issue! You’ll learn about a remarkable young Gamechanger, who is inspiring many young people around the globe, and who will also be part of a global event happening on March 15th. The blog titled “I have a crush on your mind,” features an excellent piece by a writer who cares deeply about the planet, and through his writing raises awareness about environmental destruction, deception of the public, injustice, inequality and the misallocation of resources, waste, denial, undisclosed interests, complacency, amongst other things.

This video by a chinese vlogger is just incredible! The footage is beautiful and poetic, as she demonstrates her skills living off the land.

The Innovative Design story fills me with the hope that there are products being invented that will help clean the air indoors and outdoors, as with the post about a community coming together to successfully stop a blight from happening in their neighborhood.

The first Eco film is the story of a couple that started a farm 2 hours north of Los Angeles.  The film is being released soon, and I haven’t seen it yet but I can’t wait to find out how it worked out for them. The second film is very short, and is part of a series that I love called The Story of Stuff. This one is about electronics and about we can do to reduce waste.

With spring around the corner, or already here depending when you read this, it’s a great time to order seeds. I’ve listed my favorite organic seed catalogs. Follow each month’s garden calendar for the best planting days and learn about why native plants are better for birds and people. I also posted about bird feeders in the winter, as some of us are still in that zone for another month or longer.

I only have a few weeks left until the season is over to collect sap from my sugar maple trees. What an experience this has been!

When I was still living in Los Angeles, I never imagined then that I would one day be making my own maple syrup.

I’m only posting one delicious plant based recipe this month, and I will post others in the next month, as long as I absolutely love them. Stay tuned! I did discover a new easy trick that will help me reduce food waste and save money. Another tip is an important reminder for us all when we go shopping for fresh seasonal produce. The last tip is really useful, especially if you prefer to use wood cutting boards for all your food prep like I do.

I only recently became aware of the work of this lovely man who lived in Maine, who said “I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.” His book show show to fashion a livelihood of integrity and completeness. Another book that I recommend is by a wonderful author who takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. The children’s book I chose is about how to plant a wild garden, because it’s spring after all!

I created the cover for this issue and if you are interested in learning about the seeds that I mention, I posted a blog about it. It was hard to chose which seeds to feature because each of them are special so I ended up using some of the ones that I collected last year.

The artist featured isn’t known to be particularly eco. However, this famous and prolific artist created some pieces that I found very touching: one is very recognizable and the other one is thought provoking.

Please stop in to visit the latest additions to The Cabinet of Green Curiosities…One is rather shady and the other, a most unusual but absolutely fabulous, library.

Wishing you a beautiful Springtime,

All the best,

Priscilla

P.S. Please follow me on Instagram at Priscilla Woolworth and say hi!

  • 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 Garden, Spring 2019 Almanac

    March Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening with Priscilla Woolworth

  • 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.