Backyard Garden Rules: Nature Favors Diversity

Confession: I’m a lazy gardener

I’ve always operated under the assumption that most people are too. Life is busy, of course, and there are lots of moving parts. I love my garden, and love eating the bounty that it creates. I just don’t have the time to care for it. So, I plant and hope for the best… Continue reading

Earth Day: Love Yourself- Love Your Mother


“The Earth has lost her equilibrium. The fact that we have lost connection with Earth’s natural rhythm is the cause of modern sickness…

We need to realize that the conditions that will help to restore the necessary balance don’t come from outside us; they come from inside us, from our own mindfulness, our own level of

Joel Salatin: Folks This Ain’t Normal

I just finished the latest book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World, by farmer/author/educator extraordinaire Joel Salatin.

This book is overflowing with the type of contemplative life wisdom you’d expect from a Buddhist monk.

Ponder this little gem:

Straw Bale Worm Composting

Worms are industrious, tireless workers. Did you know worms never sleep?

They eat our garbage and turn it into productive soil. Worms can be kept in a small bin with no odor in an apartment or small space.

It’s no wonder that Charles Darwin spent almost 40 years of his life learning from… Continue reading | 2 Comments

As Plants Migrate North, USDA Revisits Hardiness Zones

USDA Changes Plant Hardiness Zones

The USDA issued a new map of plant hardiness zones for 2012. Last updated in 1990, the map divides the United States, including Puerto Rico, into 13 separate zones-representing regions of minimum average winter temperatures. The map is divided into 10˚F zones.

Zone boundaries also shifted. Many… Continue reading

Food for Thought: A Brunch with Joel Salatin

Yesterday was the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo, a big celebration in Northern New Mexico, as you can imagine.

It was also the 350.org ‘s Connect the Dots event with actions going on worldwide like this one of firefighters in the Santa Fe Forest remembering the largest wildfire in New Mexico history that was connected to climate change.

My family and I spent our day… Continue reading

Biodiversity on a Fair Trade Coffee Farm in Costa Rica

On a recent visicoffee berriest to Monteverde, Costa Rica, I met Victor, a small coffee farmer and member of the  Coopesanta Elena. Made up of 75 small coffee producers, the cooperative members are committed to growing their crops in harmony with nature.

Victor’s farm is in fact teeming with biodiversity. From sloths hanging… Continue reading

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