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By: Admin    November 25 2017 , 08:18 pm
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Category: Sustainability , Garden
Galactic Gardening Gets its StartA recent study investigates whether growing plants in space could significantly improve astronauts’ moods and help them with stress management. It would appear that gardening in space has helped some astronauts fight the blues already. An article from Geek.com interviewed astronaut Peggy Whitson:“It was surprising to me how great [six] soybean plants looked,” Peggy Whitson wrote in an email, describing her reaction to an agricultural experiment aboard the ISS in 2002. “I guess seeing something green for the first time in a month and a half had a real effect,” she continued. “From a psychological perspective, I think it’s interesting that the reaction was as dramatic as it was.”NASA has been taking this very seriously. They have been growing plants aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for years now. According to NASA’s website:"Gr...
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By: Admin    November 13 2017 , 04:41 pm
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Strong Oaks Woodshop – Front Royal, VirginiaMike Schmiedicke was a normal guy with a white-collar job for many years. Doing web programming and database development meant he sat at a desk and stared at a computer day in and day out. But when he came home, he went into his garage and he built things. “It was my therapy,” Mike said. “My wife and I had a deal. She would bring me a kids’ catalog with a learning tower or rocking horse in it and ask me to make it. Once I did, I could spend that money we saved on my collection of carpentry tools instead.”Back in 2001, starting a wood shop out of a hobby was nothing more than a hope and a dream – but the seeds of an idea had already begun. Mike came up with a plan to gradually transition from web development into woodworking full-time. In 2008, he started selling things on Etsy – he was actually one of the first furniture makers to ut...
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By: Admin    November 10 2017 , 10:07 am
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Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather around a tasty meal and consciously give thanks for the many blessings in life. But what is the central point of this heartwarming holiday? The meal. It is at the table where all the magic takes place. The art of eating has been celebrated for centuries and is known to build relationships and enhance life. Since gathering around the table cultivates a plethora of benefits, why not serve food in its purest form? Organic farmers have been working hard year-round to provide you with the very best.What is a Farm-to-Table Meal?There are many variations of enjoying a farm-to-table meal. Farm-to-table meals can be enjoyed at farm fresh food festivals, farmers markets, or at your own farm house. Even if you do not live on a farm, products can be purchased from a farmer and bro...
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By: Admin    November 01 2017 , 01:08 pm
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Bring Fresh Produce to Your Thanksgiving TableAutumn vegetables can easily be a part of your Thanksgiving festivities this fall. Your autumn garden or farmer’s market will have abundant fresh choices of produce to be creative with and incorporate into holiday meals. Examples of autumn produce include carrots, beets, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, radishes, scallions, and of course pumpkins. BeetsFiber and vitamin C-rich beets make a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish. This recipe from Allrecipes is simple and has a few ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. An even simpler variation of glazed beets is this recipe from Genius Kitchen – all you need are beets, a lemon, maple syrup, and margarine.RadishesRadishes are plentiful in vitamin C and numerous other vitamins and minerals as well as being low calorie. The radish can eas...
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By: Admin    November 01 2017 , 11:45 am
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What is Farm-to-Table?Uniting people and communities one fresh, locally-sourced meal at a time, the American farm-to-table restaurant movement deserves a closer look. Where did this movement begin? Are all farm-to-table models the same? What are you getting in return for your money (besides the tasty food!) at a local restaurant? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, read on to discover more about this important movement, and how supporting local eateries is good citizenship.One fact of life is that great food brings people together, and often helps foster a much larger sense of community. From wild grain gathering in 10,000 BC to the early formation of farming organizations in the 1800s, creating sustainable food has always been an active work in the USA. Farmers – especially in the Midwest – often created wholly sustainable land through their own efforts, growing diverse and hearty cro...
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