You've probably seen the cover of the June issue of O Magazine: Oprah is knee-deep in kale with her health guru Bob Greene. They're sporting matching gingham shirts, cargo pants and thousand-watt smiles at their new vegetable farm in Maui, Hawaii. Now, we love Oprah. And we obviously love food gardens. And we love that Oprah is building buzz for the grow-your-own movement. But even though Oprah's cover article has lyrical moments (like when Oprah describes working as a child with her grandmother in the Mississippi vegetable garden that fed their family) and some laugh-out-loud moments (like when she dubs her giant fuschia radishes "baboon-butt radishes"), it also has some glaring blind spots. The story, and Oprah's Hawaiian-farm endeavor more broadly, reflects a narrow view of local homegrown foods, and at times lacks both the pragmatism and the vision that Oprah is known and loved for. So, here are 7 pieces of advice we have for the ultimate advice-giver. -By Jeanne Nolan and AmandaRead More »from The One Thing Oprah Isn’t an Expert in (and 7 Pieces of Advice We Would Give Her)
- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
- One Green Planet | Green – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
The global market for coffee and tea is forecasted to reach 10.57 million tons (23.3 billion pounds) by 2015. Both producers and consumers have an opportunity to minimize their impact on the environment. From the way the plants are grown, processed, packaged and shipped to they way they are prepared and consumed, we all can make a difference, one coffee bean or tea leaf at a time. Here are the essential products you will need to green your daily beverages.Read More »from Ultimate Guide to Eco and Fair-Trade Coffee and Tea Essentials (with Recipes!)
1. Fair Trade Coffees
The best thing you can do to green your morning cup of joe is purchase fair trade coffee, preferably organic and shade-grown. Not only are you looking out for the environment, you are also ensuring that farmers are safe from harmful pesticides and get a fair price for their product. Here are the 9 Best Fair Trade Coffees. While you are at it, read this article that discusses all things coffee and includes some deliciously healthy coffee-based recipes for all you coffee lovers!
2. Fair Trade Teas
- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
As a lady with a notoriously epic black thumb when it comes to houseplants, lately I've been on a mission to rectify my reputation and add a little green around our home. And you know the best thing about plants? The pretty planters! That being said, some of them can be pretty pricey, so I love the idea of jazzing up inexpensive terra cotta planters to make them something really special without dropping loads of dough. Anyone want to join me in conquering the houseplant woes? Click through for 7 DIY planters!
-By Cyd Converse
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- Babble.com | Green – Wed, Jun 19, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
greenThere is a lot of talk about the safety of the various chemicals we are using for our daily cleaning tasks, but the good news is you can get your house just as sparkly clean and fresh smelling with green options! No need for the store-bought chemical cleaners. Here are 5 alternatives for a naturally clean home! Bonus: they're also less-expensive that the traditional cleaners.
1. Glass/Window Cleaner
Vinegar is a great alternative to the pricier glass cleaners that contain chemicals. With a clean, lint-free cloth add some vinegar and wipe away handprints and other grime from your windows. The vinegar will remove tough messes and leave a streak-free shine. You can also add the vinegar to a spray bottle and coat the glass to remove the residue on extra dirty windows.
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2. Tile Shower/Floor Cleaner
If you have tile walls or floors, grout can get messy. You don't need a bleach-based or harsh chemical cleaner toRead More »from No More Chemicals! 5 Green Options for a Clean House
- Lover.ly | Green – Tue, Jun 18, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
By Rachel Wilkerson, Lover.ly
The summer solstice on June 21 is also known as the magical "midsummer." We're celebrating the longest day of the year with a round-up of idyllic summer weddings that are downright dreamy. With lush green florals and dance floors lit by the moon, these weddings are ethereal and beautiful. Even though William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is the source of the quote, "The course of true love never did run smooth," these weddings make true love look easy a can be.
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By Rachel Wilkerson, Lover.ly
When it comes to your wedding flowers, you can skip the fussy bouquets and create a down-home look with sunflowers instead. Bright and cheery sunflowers are a fun way to do your wedding flowers; you can skip other flowers entirely, or combine them with other blooms to create a colorful bouquet. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate this sunny flower into your wedding.
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- Babble.com | Green – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
grow foodFirst off, let's dispense with the myth of the "green thumb," and shed concerns that growing food requires lots of free time and special skillz. Sure, there are people who have keener instincts for plants than others, but really anyone, anywhere can grow their own food - even Amanda, who works full-time, has two small kids, and can barely keep a fern alive. Only three weeks ago, Amanda planted a vegetable garden following Jeanne's crazy-simple growing guidelines.Read More »from How to Grow Your Groceries: The Rookie Guide to Farming at Home
Jeanne isn't a by-the-book type, she's a get-down-in-the-dirt-and-learn-by-doing type, and after 26 years of experience growing food in hundreds of farms and food gardens, she's boiled down the magic and mystery of edible gardening to the barest essentials. We'll roll out our Rookie Guide in three posts-this one on planning your food garden, then planting, then tending-with five simple steps to success in each. The guidelines will apply whether you're growing on a rooftop, in the ground or in containers or pots. Without
- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:22 PM EDT
I'm in the mood for summer, so I've been planting left and right at my house. I've particularly been on the prowl for some trendy outdoor planters - and I thought I'd share my favorite projects I found with you. Check out these 7 ideas to get your creative juices flowing, and jump-start your summer greenery!
By Jennifer Hadifield
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, May 30, 2013 2:16 PM EDT
By the year 2050, nearly 80 percent of the world's population is expected to live in cities. In the face of climate change and rising energy prices, it makes more and more sense to grow food in and around cities; Why schlep fruits and vegetables thousands of miles across the country or import them from abroad when you can grow them closer to home? But as urban populations swell, there's increasing pressure to grow more food in less space.Read More »from I Have Seen the Future, and it is Green: 5 Benefits of Urban Farming
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Enter the innovative trend in urban farming.
Urban farming has been building globally for decades. Today, urban farms provide more than half of Beijing's vegetable supply, and this local produce costs less than what's trucked in from afar. Vancouver, Canada doles out low-cost leases for community food gardens on 284 plots of city-owned land. In Havana, Cuba, more than 70 percent of the produce is local and organic. In Sweden, developers are planning to build a 177-foot skyscraper
- Babble.com | Green – Wed, May 29, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
We told you in our welcome post that health is just one of the many diverse benefits of homegrown food. There are real nutrition advantages, to be sure; organic produce has been shown to be richer in nutrients than conventional fruits and vegetables. But growing at home can also save you money and shrink your carbon footprint. It can empower your kids by fostering a strong work ethic. It can connect them to the natural world and serve as a kind of antidote to the electronic media they're plugged into so much of the time - actually helping them focus and perform better academically. Working in soil may also be the cheapest and safest anti-depressant known to man because it actually has a neuro-chemical effect on the brain similar to Prozac. (The only side effect: exposure to fresh air.) Oh, and it tastes vastly better - fresher and more flavor-rich - to eat sun-ripened food rather than the grocery store produce that's chemically ripened in warehouses. Here are 7 fact-studded,Read More »from Soil is the New Prozac ... And 6 More Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food
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