A cup of tea with ginger and lemon

It all started with a cup of tea…

I discover Fair Labor Verification, life can be very surprising when we go with the flow. Upon waking, after I have my warm water, honey and lemon (doing a 30 day challenge), I like to have a tea or coffee. I have worked on my diversity of choice, and not getting into an addictive habit […]

Rita Hogan on Fleas and Ticks - Dog

8 non-toxic and natural ways to keep your dog free of fleas and ticks

Looking ahead towards the upcoming flea season makes me start to have phantom itching episodes. Spring, Summer and Fall are ripe with enemy troops. To successfully win the war, you must start planning now. You don’t want to have to resort to using toxic pesticide pills and spot treatments. Yuck. Garlic as a chemical weapon. […]

A great community garden on a rooftop in Nashville

Julie Berbiglia takes us to the rooftop of the McKendree United Methodist Church that hosts a community garden featuring deep raised beds, large planters and rain barrels. It also functions as the play area for the day-care kids, who really enjoy it, as you can see in the video. And part of the food grown is even used for the homeless.
Quite a great project worth watching.

ulie Berbiglia is another local light in Nashville’s greening movement. A certified master gardener and the host of Volunteer Gardener on NPT-Channel 8, Berbiglia has been the organic coordinator of Scarritt-Bennett Center’s demonstration garden for six years. She has been involved in advocacy all of her professional life, initially as an administrative assistant for the ACLU.

“You’re working on the big causes,” Berbiglia says. “But you see systems change so slowly. So when I got to the point where I thought, ‘Things are so bad. There’s got to be another way to save the world,’ I already had an interest in gardening, and I found my way over to Scarritt. It was a perfect fit.”

Source: Nashville Scene – Read the whole article

Jeff Poppen, TheBarefootFarmer

Understanding plants and growth

Biochemistry by jeffpoppen, barefootfarmer.org I recently attended an advanced course in biochemistry. You may not want to read any further. On the other hand, if everything in the world can be reduced to a few unreducible elements, let’s try to learn a little about them. N, P, and K are the primary elements farmers fertilize […]

Zero Waste, what does it actually mean?

While having a quick breakfast this past Saturday at Whole Foods Market, I noticed a poster on the wall I hadn’t seen before. It said: Zero Waste Initiative Green And below that it said: What is Zero Waste? I realized I had a very different concept of Zero Waste than the EPA. Here is how […]

Water: Reuse&Refill ecogal Campaign

We are exposing our bodies to harmful toxins on a regular basis with the use of plastic bottles. Spread the culture of reusable/refillable containers, starting with water bottles. Reusable water bottles save money, protect health from plastic toxins and reduce environmental pollution. ecogal promotes the participation of individuals, local authorities, companies, non-profit organizations and associations […]

Jeff Poppen, TheBarefootFarmer

My aha moment: discovering life in Winter

I went up to visit my friend Jeff Poppen, better known as ‘The Barefoot Farmer’ at his farm. I wanted to make bread with him and ask him about the soil; what’s happening with it now, that it’s winter. It was a lovely evening. We caught up with one another, our conversations turn deep pretty […]