What is the one thing that every first time gardener should remember? Sustainability expert and master gardener Celeste Longacre is here to tell us! Celeste is joining us for part three of our interview series on learning to grow your own food at home. In this segment we cover the benefits of community gardening, what to look for when purchasing seeds and how to preserve food to last all year. Can't you almost taste the delicious, fresh homegrown veggies just thinking about it? Enter Celeste...Read More
If you are looking to add more fermented foods to your diet, then it may be time to give switchel a try. This simple colonial farmer's drink is made with tangy apple cider vinegar, warming ginger, fresh lemon and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. Switchel packs a punch of beneficial enzymes, detoxifiers and anti-inflammatory compounds, all in one sweet and refreshing gulp. Best of all this DIY fermented beverage can be mixed up at home and savored within minutes.
Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!
When it comes to anxiety some people just don’t quite understand it, and I get that. As an anxiety sufferer myself I can see that it could be challenging for those who have never experienced it to grasp what it is like. However, the stigmas that surround anxiety discredit it and make those who experience it think they should be able to control it on their own. That is why I am here, to debunk four of those silly anxiety myths so that we can all move on and work towards finding solutions that actually work!Read More
Master gardener and sustainability expert Celeste Longacre joins us for part two of our interview series on learning to grow your own food at home. In this segment we discuss gardening methods to fit every living situation, how to prepare soil for planting, and effective all-natural pesticides. We hope it inspires you to step outside, savor the sunshine, and get your hands in the dirt! Enter Celeste...Read More
When you say the phrase “healthy foods” many people think that this means bland, boring and dry. Unfortunately, they are correct in far too many cases. Many nutritionally-aware folks shy away from sauces and condiments because the varieties lining store shelves are loaded with unwanted ingredients from food dyes to unhealthy vegetable oils to high fructose corn syrup. If you've every browsed the grocery store in search of a high quality condiment, you may understand what I'm talking about: even a simple ketchup can be difficult to find. That's why I want to share this recipe for one of my favorite DIY condiments: Spiced Ketchup. This can be made at home in minutes with simple, healthy, real food ingredients.
Have you ever taken a stroll down the skin care aisle of a pharmacy or health food store? The shelves are stocked with bottles of all shapes, colors and sizes; all stamped with a promise to deliver soft, youthful skin to purchasers. But how do you know what the right solution is for you? And can you actually be confident that the skin care products you purchase contain safe ingredients? Skin care can certainly be overwhelming. That's why I am sharing this interview with Mira Herman, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Herbalist and founder/formulator at Rosemira. Rosemira is a skin care company dedicated to providing artisanal, handcrafted, organic skin solutions. Mira recently sat down to answer some questions about navigating skincare, specifically in the winter months. Read on for some very good advice.Read More
I recently had the chance to connect with gardening and sustainability expert Celeste Longacre before the ground thaws and she is called to spend long days outdoors on her farm. Celeste is an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over 35 years. She is the author of the book Celeste's Garden Delights: Discover the Many Ways a Garden Can Nurture You and has also been the astrologer for “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” for the past twenty years. Celeste is an inspiring champion of the local food movement and we are so excited to have her on the blog! She will be joining us for a three part interview series that covers tips, techniques and ideas for growing your own food at home. Enter Celeste...Read More
Mountain Spring Water. We immediately think of pristine, vibrant and life-giving water. Crystal clear water flowing from the highest mountain peaks filling our streams, rivers and lakes with healthy water, full of key nutrients and perfectly pH balanced to hydrate our bodies the way nature intended. If only all of us could find a local source of clean, natural spring water for our daily needs. Not only is water necessary for the growth and sustainability of our farms, pastures and gardens, properly hydrating our bodies with pure water is key to achieving optimum health and wellness.Read More
Have you ever tasted a perfectly-browned, flaky pie crust made with lard? Have you enjoyed the slightly crisp and wildly flavorful goodness of fresh veggies sauteed in pig fat? Have you dared to slather a creamy, delicious spoonful on a slice of sourdough bread? If you answered no to any of these questions, you are missing out. Lard (rendered pig fat, that is) was once a staple in the traditional kitchen and with good reason: this delectable fat not only tastes divine, it can be healthy for you too.Read More
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The Governor of Michigan recently declared a state of emergency in Flint, MI because of high lead levels in the city’s drinking water. This situation is concerning for a number of reasons. Unfortunately for city residents, the city’s water troubles began back in April of 2014 after officials decided to change Flint’s water source from the Detroit system, which draws water from Lake Huron, to the Flint River. Within days, residents began noticing the water’s cloudy appearance and foul odor. Over the next year parents became increasingly concerned that their children were consuming water containing dangerous amounts of lead. Their fears were confirmed last September when a study released by Hurley Medical Center in Flint found that the proportion of infants and children with above average levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled since the city switched its water source. The state’s own testing produced similar findings to the Hurley study.Read More
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