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Home Secure-A-Tree: Compost for the Earth & Your Health

Composting is good for your health and good for the Earth

By Erica Fernandez It’s no secret the world has a finite number of resources left on the Earth. The World Wildlife Fund estimates we will need two earth-sized planets by the year 2050. It might be a bit too dramatic a forecast, but there is a need for the world to consider more than convenience and instant gratification when planning, shopping and commuting. Although the buzz and efforts surrounding carbon offsetting has been growing, Bloomberg reports that the UN’s compliance deadline to cut and offset emissions still has not been met. The Environmental Protection Agency reports over 1,300 sites on the National Priorities List, places too toxic for inhabitation, and the devastation caused by greenhouse gases needs no introduction. It …

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Organic Pest Control Solutions: How Chickens Make Gardening Easy

Chickens are a tool for organic pest control

If your garden has an infestation of slugs, grasshoppers or other pests, chickens may be the (natural) solution to your problems.

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Organic Gardening: Kid Tested, Mother (Nature) Approved

Now is the time to get the garden ready for spring!

Guest Post by Tiffany Graham Fall is settling in and winter will soon follow with its chilly days and snowfall, so gardening isn’t this first thing on your mind. After winter travels, Holiday parties, and Christmas gifts, those new roses you’re wanting to put in are on the back burner for now. Keeping the kids occupied during winter break, like any time off, is a tough task. Plan ahead for the spring and get them involved in greenthumbing their way to a colorful garden. Adding these gorgeous flowers to any garden will bring pleasure while watching them grow and mature into brightness during the spring and summer months. African Daisy Want an extra splash of sunlight? Then planting African Daisies …

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It’s 10 PM, Do You Know Where Your Herbs Come From?

The flower of St. John's Wort

It is no longer very hard to find many forms of alternative medicine in the most progressive cities of America. There are some small towns where you will easily find a dozen acupuncturists within a few blocks of each other; spaced evenly between the massage therapists, yoga studios and a few apothecaries. One apothecary may have bulk herbs and the other may have a cozy atmosphere and gift items such as bath salts and home-made incense. In the beginning, this trend was rather charming and offered a lot of options for those of us who are seeking to heal our bodies and minds in alternative ways. We were sick of the excessive pills and willy-nilly use of antibiotics, sick of …

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Stomaching the Dangers of Non-Organic Crops

It's not just about the nutrition that is in organic food, but about the chemicals that is in non-organic food

Guest post by Becca Ozard There are many reasons to eat organic or locally grown crops; however some people don’t know about the many dangers of consuming non-organic crops. Pesticides are one of the main dangers of non-organic crops. These harmful chemicals used to ward off bugs can have serious long-term effects on one’s health. Some issues can be as harmful as respiratory problems, some Cancers and in some cases can lead to bleeding gums. Non-Organic crops are also lacking in vitamins and minerals. They have lower levels of a person’s daily dose of nutrients, such as Vitamins A, B, and C. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce gum inflammation, promote healing, and reduce the effects of bleeding gums and …

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Soy and Organic Insulation

Guest post by Taylor Dardan The popularity in all things “green” has certainly risen throughout the past decade. With people often concentrating on making decisions that involve outdoor air quality, some of the best ways to have an impact is within the home. A larger undertaking than just switching out a few household products, switching to soy and other organic insulation is a great way to improve the sustainability of the home, cut down on utility costs, and cut down on indoor toxins. The long-term utility costs and benefits are among the major reasons organic insulation is becoming so popular, aside from just the benefit of helping to save the environment. Soy insulation may be a little more expensive than …

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Organic Food – What Does It Mean?

What does "organic" really mean?

Guest post by Gloria Vester “There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food.” — Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001] “Just as there may be a time lag between [pollution] emissions and exposure, there may also be a time lag between exposure and [human or ecological] damages.” — US EPA, “Unfinished Business: A Comparative Assessment of Environmental Problems” In my quest to rid my body of chemicals, and thereby illness, I am confounded to find that the majority of people I talk to have a very warped understanding of what organic really means. I am amazed …

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Green Gift Giving Guide

‘Tis the season to give and receive. It is a time to express our love and appreciation for family, friends, and colleagues. But many are also looking for gifts that give a little bit back to the Earth and express a concern for a lighter footprint. So without further ado, here is Hippie Magazine’s recommended resource for green, organic, and fair trade gift selections for everyone on your list: It can be tough to find holiday gifts that the special “hippie” in your life will appreciate, or maybe the hippie inside you would like to find gifts for your friends and families which give back to the world. In either case, a new North American marketplace called Ethical Ocean has put …

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Biodynamic Farming at DeLoach Vineyards in Northern California

DeLoach Vineyards is cultivating an intimate relationship with the land. The small-lot winemaker maintains 17 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley and a 1-acre garden. And while both are certified organic, it is their biodynamic certification that makes them exceptional. Indeed, guided by a holistic approach based on biodynamic farming principles, DeLoach vintners make organic farming alone look like a half measure. The farmers at DeLoach tend to their vineyards and garden as if they were a closed system. They seek at every turn to drastically limit if not altogether eliminate external inputs. Rather than a cycle of dependence based on the importation of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, through biodynamic farming practices they create a self-contained oasis of …

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EarthTalk: Keeping Wildlife Out of Compost

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: My husband and I want to start a garden this year. I really want to make compost from leftover food scraps and yard materials. He says it will attract unwanted animals, and refuses to agree to it. Is he right? If so, how do we deal with that issue in a green-friendly, non-lethal way? – Carmen Veurink, Grand Rapids, MI It’s true that outdoor compost piles and bins can be a draw for wildlife—be it bears, rats, raccoons, skunks, opossums or some other creatures of the night—but there are ways to minimize the attraction. For one, make sure everyone in …

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