Surviving the Farmer’s Market Frenzy

Get ready to saunter through hundreds of produce, floral, crafts, meat and dairy choices as farmer’s markets are now in full swing. It is a whirlwind of colorful, often organic proportions that may make some wonder how to get through it all. Here are a few tips on surviving the farmer’s market frenzy so you … Continue reading

Secrets of Green Cultures Part IV: Food Preservation

Refrigerators consume about a sixth of household energy. Earth Day celebrations across the globe will include a hodgepodge of nutritious, environmentally friendly prepared foods for all to enjoy. However, many modern cultures continue to treat food with great irresponsibility– unnecessary waste, genetically modified organisms, manipulated animal handling and much more. Past cultures considered food a … Continue reading

Green Lunches for Schools

America’s schools are the well from which the nation will draw tomorrow’s leaders in politics, medicine, science, and education, to name but a few disciplines. It’s unfortunate that said schools also need a wakeup call – a call that brings them into the 21st Century with green banners flying. One way this call might be … Continue reading

Green Dieting

Green Dieting I hear you asking yourself, “What is green dieting? Is it simply eating more vegetables?” Well, yes and no, because I’m not proposing a specific diet (i.e., Atkins, the Paleo Diet, the Grapefruit Diet). Instead I’m focusing on the frame of mind you will have to adopt in order to be successful at … Continue reading

Examining Conventional Wisdom

Examining Conventional Wisdom By: Andy Griffin Andy Griffin and his wife Julia work a small farm near Watsonville, California. Each week they send out an online newsletter with info direct from the farm. This commentary originally appeared in farmletter #134 on June 21, 2002. Newsletter subscriber Joanna C. writes “…there was a commentary on KQED … Continue reading

Adventures in Community Supported Agriculture

Adventures in Community Supported Agriculture My interest in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA for short) started at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but it’s definitely worth a stop if you’re ever in town. Obviously, the exhibits are great (it is the Smithsonian, after … Continue reading

Time to Try Something New?

Time to Try Something New? I’ll be posting here regularly about community supported agriculture (CSA) and my own personal experiences with tasty, organic produce from my local CSA. Last week I was pretty excited to pick up my first bag of CSA goodies, and I have to say it did not disappoint. There was the … Continue reading

Beer Libations: Drink Green

Holiday Beer Libations: Drink Green If you partake in alcoholic beer beverages there is a high probability that you are unaware of the brands which actually produce less of a carbon footprint than others. This holiday season, as friends, family and business relations raise a glass to good cheer and good fortune, try something new … Continue reading

GMO: What is it? Can it be harmful?

GMO: What is it? Can it be harmful? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism used to produce biotech or GM foods. To genetically modify or engineer means to alter the genes of one species and/or remove and add them to another species. The purpose of genetic engineering is to create more durable, pest resistant, much … Continue reading

10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth

10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth Vegetarian living is continuing to gain momentum due to its many advantages both health wise and environmentally. Here 10 reasons why vegetarianism can save the planet as reported in 2010 in The Observer, a United Kingdom periodical. 1. Choking the Earth A cow produces about eighty pounds … Continue reading