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  • Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge
    Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge Who doesn’t like a little adventure—finding a gem of a place, yet still undiscovered by the majority of people? Petit Manan is one of those places. It is only about an hour drive from Fire Island and Acadia, and yet it has none of the congestion of a well-known tourist hotspot. Petit Manan was amazing to be able to explore, with my canine companion in tow, in relative solitude. I…

Recent Blogs

  • The Bee Hives at Kailash Ecovillage
    The Bee Hives at Kailash Ecovillage In my community garden we have several types of bee hives. It seems like having the variety assures we have our hives covered for a diversity of circumstances. Over the years we have added hives. We have a caring bee team that watches over the wee creatures and recaptures them when they swarm to provide a new hive for them. Our bee keeping is purely for bringing pollinators to our…
  • A Peek at Winter Squash in Mid Summer
    A Peek at Winter Squash in Mid Summer I took a walk around the garden to check on the progress of the squash. They are doing nicely! Enjoy these photos of winter squash in mid summer:
  • You Pick Farms
    You Pick Farms Why “You Pick” Farms are a Great Option For Fresh Produce You pick farms are gaining popularity as many people are becoming more interested in where their food is sourced from. Here are some things to consider about "You pick" farms and why they are a great way to get some really fresh produce. The experience Going for the experience of picking fresh from the plant produce is one of…
  • Grilled Lime Cauliflower Tacos with mango, cabbage and fresh cilantro sauce
    Grilled Lime Cauliflower Tacos with mango, cabbage and fresh cilantro sauce These tacos are an amazing vegetarian alternative to fish tacos. The cauliflower is steamed briefly, marinated in a lime vinaigrette, and then grilled until lightly charred. Though it takes a little extra work, the result of using these three methods together is cauliflower that is juicy and flavorful. The mango gives the tacos a sweet counterpoint to the savory green sauce and the citrus-y cauliflower, and the cabbage adds a…
  • The Grolar Bear: A Real Bad News Bear
    The Grolar Bear: A Real Bad News Bear The Grolar bear--good news for weird animal-name enthusiasts, bad news for the actual animals A Grolar Bear is a cross between a polar and a grizzly bear (sometimes also referred to as a pizzly bear but, come on, GROLAR BEAR!), this hybrid has been spotted in the wild since 2006 in Northern Manitoba, Canada and on the north edge of Alaska. What’s more, the hybrid offspring is fertile and 2nd…
  • Join A CSA – Good For Your Community – Good For Your Food
    Join A CSA – Good For Your Community – Good For Your Food Parking the car, Melanie reads the CSA member information sign out loud to her son. “Happy Harvest – Each member gets a pumpkin of their choice.” Daniels eyes widen with delight. “Yes,” she continues, “go pick a pumpkin.” Daniel runs to the patch of pumpkins knowing he’s allowed to pick anyone he wants. It’s a tough decision for an 8 year old boy, but he’ll find the perfect one. While…
  • Soy Milk, Anyone?
    Soy Milk, Anyone? Soy milk is a healthy alternative to dairy milk, and can be prepared for a fraction of the cost of buying it in stores. For those who are thoroughly addicted to making and drinking soy milk (it could be you, soon!), it’s advisable for you to consider purchasing an automatic soy milk maker such as Soyajoy, Soylife, Miracle, Soyquick, Soyawonder or Vegan Star, to name a few of the more…
  • Rice + Roasted Mushrooms
    Rice + Roasted Mushrooms Here's a recipe for rice and mushrooms that's quick, easy and delicious. Ingredients: * Rice* Fresh mushrooms (200g)* 2 onions (medium size)* 1 leek rod * 4 large tomatoes* 3 carrots (medium size)* 1 small hot pepper (chili pepper)* Garlic (4 wedges) Preparation: * Slice onions and leek rod; put together in bowl* Slice tomatoes and put in separate bowl* Peel and slice carrots in a D-shape* Grate garlic and…
  • How long can you save seeds and how to store them?
    How long can you save seeds and how to store them? Well it really depends. So, I was wondering about saving seeds and how long you can store them at home and still be able to use them for growing. Do they expire? What is the rule? I recently came across a 75% off seed sale and stocked up for next year’s garden. Some heirloom and organic seeds will go on sale at the end of the growing season for as…
  • The Pen That’s Kindest to the Earth Is from the Past
    The Pen That’s Kindest to the Earth Is from the Past If you are at your desk, scan it. If you are around your kitchen counter, scan it. How many random ballpoint pens can you see? And how many of those did you mindlessly pick up at promotional booths? Even if it’s just one, the answer is too many. According to the EPA, Americans throw away 1.6 billion disposable pens every year. The only proper reaction to that number cannot be…

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