Tenas Lake, Mt. Washington Wilderness, Oregon (Photo by Katie Grenier) If you’re lucky enough to live close to a Wilderness Area…or lucky enough to travel to and explore one…you can help protect these special areas by knowing and following a few stewardship principles:  Fill out a Wilderness permit.  On National Forests, the “Wilderness Self-Issue Permit” Read More →

Summer produce season is here!  Whether you’re a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member, grow your own food, and/or a weekly shopper at local Farmer Markets, you’ll have plenty of fresh produce to store. Three reusable food storage products have changed my life by greatly reducing my use of plastic bags and wrap.  I’ve written about Read More →

The perfect lawn…soft, lush, green…a pleasure to walk and sit on.  But that perfect green lawn takes a lot of water, fertilizer, and chemicals to maintain in that perfect state.  According to Environmental and Human Health, Inc., there are 30 million acres of lawn in the United States and an estimated 80 million pounds of Read More →

Hats off to Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida!  This small brewery developed edible six-pack rings to help protect marine life.  Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the beer brewing process, these six-pack rings are 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and edible to marine life yet still as resistant and efficient as the plastic packaging they Read More →

Hey gardeners, it’s planting time.  Another fork in the road, another ecofriendly decision — which path to take — should I buy organic or conventional seeds? Three reasons to buy organic seeds (thanks to High Mowing Organic Seeds and Johnny’s Selected Seeds): Avoid chemicals — Seed crops are heavy users of synthetic agricultural chemicals.  Plants raised Read More →