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Get Ready for Maple Sugaring Season

Everything is better with maple syrup. At least, that’s what you’ll hear when you ask Vermonters. What better way to solidify your love for all things maple than to learn how to make it yourself? If you only have a couple of trees nearby — say in your backyard — author Michael Farrell has some simple advice…

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What We Need To Achieve

With the climate crisis closing in, we need to consider what we need to do to make permanent, sustainable change for the better. We need a list of specific and realistic goals, and we need to push that list on those in power. The result will not be immediate, but if we follow through, we…

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The Old Fashioned Way: Homemade Ginger Beer

Ginger is a spice perfect for any time of year. Its fragrance can perk up everything from chai tea to apple pie. This humble root can also add a gentle kick of heat to stir fries or soups. The natural yeasts in the root can also be used to kick start a bubbly ginger beer.…

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Regeneration: The Big Picture

Humans are impacting the environment at a rapid rate, and the Earth can’t keep up to reset the balance. In order to prevent irreversible damage, we must cut carbon emissions. The first step? Understanding the big picture. The following is an excerpt from Grassroots Rising by Ronnie Cummins. It has been adapted for the web.…

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More Than a Matter of Taste: The Science Behind Food Preferences

You might remember being a little kid and refusing to eat the broccoli that was put on your plate. But now you can’t get enough of the delicious green veggies. Why is it that your food preferences change over time? Why do you love some foods and despise others? What causes one person to love…

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How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms Indoors

Add oyster mushrooms to the list of food that can be grown indoors! This fungus can grow almost anywhere from a log to a straw. Plus, you can pick the size of your oyster mushrooms from a wide variety, both big and small. The following is an excerpt from Fresh Food from Small Spaces by…

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Gardening Tips from Eliot Coleman: How to Start Seedlings in a Cold Frame

Are you ready to get a jump-start on the gardening season? With a cold frame, you can get started now. A cold frame harnesses the sun’s heat before it’s warm enough to get unprotected seedlings growing outside. Essentially, it consists of a garden bed surrounded by an angled frame and covered with a pane of glass.…

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The Science of Hunger: Answering Hunger with Fastercise

Weight management isn’t the easiest thing to achieve—you have to find the right balance of eating right and exercising for your body. By working with your body’s biological mechanics, you can make your body work for you, not against you. The following is an excerpt from The Power of Fastercise by Denis Wilson. It has been adapted…

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Sprouted Amaranth Alegria Energy Bars

At this point in winter, if you haven’t already exhausted your cellar of root vegetables, then you’re probably exhausted with it. But just because the ground outside may still be frozen, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh greens. One simple and healthy way to breathe life back into your winter diet is sprouting your own…

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Must Have Tools for Successful Indoor Gardening

It’s Houseplant Appreciation day! The process of producing high-quality food inside requires time and attention, along with the proper tools and accessories. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive list of everything you need to grow greens indoors all winter long. The following is an excerpt from Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening by…

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