New Hope Organic Garden Bounty, Mid-Summer

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Weeds, beetles, caterpillars, rabbits, groundhogs, excessive heat, downpours, miscalculations and a few failed crops… .

By this point in the summer, the average organic gardener may wonder (very briefly) if it’s really worth all the effort.

Couldn’t we just frequent the area’s wonderful farmers’ markets or head down the road to None Such, Manoff or Gravity Hill? Continue reading

Can your yard reverse global warming?

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It just might help…if you go 100% organic. Scientists at the Rodale Institute (and other researchers) have found compelling evidence that organic farming helps soil bury (“sequester”) the carbon dioxide (CO2) that contributes to global warming. The same principles should apply to organic gardening and lawn care. That means we all have the power to help address this enormous problem…right in our own backyards. Continue reading

Earth Day 2014 Resolutions

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Another Earth Day has come and gone, begging the question: What will we do differently in the coming year to live more harmoniously with Mother Earth?

Like New Year’s, Earth Day inspires many of us to aspire. Since its debut in 1970, the day has served as an annual reminder that we can each do something more to green our lifestyles. So, just as we kick off the new year with a new diet or self-improvement list, we may mentally commit ourselves each Earth Day to recycle more or plant some trees. Continue reading

The Big Recycle: Stockton School Rummage Sale Is March 15 – 16

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What: The Stockton Borough School’s Annual Rummage Sale

When: Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details: Saturday: Items are full price but the good stuff goes quickly! Sunday: Items are 1/2 price and the bag sale runs from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own bag!

Where: Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, Stockton, NJ (directions at http://drms-stockton.org/directions.html

Why: Proceeds benefit the students of a terrific school that also happens to be NJ’s smallest and oldest elementary school.

Donate Starting This Sunday

Donating to a worthy cause is a great way to recycle the many items that clutter our homes long after we’ve stopped using them. Donated items will be sold to the public at very affordable prices during the two-day sale. All unsold items will go to a variety of charitable organizations — so they won’t end up in landfill. Donations are tax-deductible. Volunteers at the mill will give you a form.

You can donate any of the following gently used items:

  • Clothing
  • Books (except textbooks, travel guides, catalogs and magazines)
  • Music (except videotapes)
  • Electronics (except televisions and computers)
  • Household items (except mattresses and stuffed furniture)
  • Linens
  • Jewelry
  • Toys

Drop off times: Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What Does a Resilient Community Look Like?

Residents of Solebury Township, PA, and many other Pennsylvania communities recently suffered through a multi-day power outage following a severe ice storm. Blown transformers and sub-stations caused power surges in homes, damaging heating systems, computers, televisions and appliances. People turned to wood-burning stoves for heat and visited their fire houses for WiFi and showers. And they waited, for days on end, for someone to let them know when life would return to normal. All this took place as many Southern states experienced unusual back-to-back snow and ice storms and California prepared for water rationing.

If events like these were rare, we could be excused for commenting on the crazy weather and then returning to our lives once power was restored. But we all know that extreme weather has become the norm. The Delaware River Valley has endured three lengthy power outages in as many years. And when we’re not experiencing violent weather here, we’re witnessing it on the news as yet another reporter says “Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power for days” following snow storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, mud slides and other biblical-size disasters.   Read more

Introducing the Doylestown Food Co-Op

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We recently checked out the Doylestown Food Co-Op, where we found a whole new way to think about local food…and popcorn (more on that in a minute). The co-op opened its doors earlier this month in a storefront at 29 West State Street, Doylestown, Pa. The official grand opening will take place on February 8. For details, check out http://www.doylestown.coop.org.

So, What Is a Co-Op?

A co-op is a business that’s owned and governed collectively by a group of people who are members. While most co-ops start as food businesses, some have eventually branched out, providing other services of value to the community. Like other co-ops, the Doylestown Food Co-Op offers the opportunity to become a member by purchasing equity shares of the grocery. In exchange, member-owners have a say in decisions about the business, receive discounts on some of their food purchases and enjoy a variety of other benefits. Read on

Fresh Reset for a New Year

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Yes, it’s been a while since the last Fresh post. A big thanks to all of you who have been asking “where are you?” and “when can we expect the next post”? Glad to know you are out there!  The answer to the first question is “still here!” To the second, “very soon.” Watch for a post featuring Doylestown, PA’s latest addition to the local food movement: the Doylestown Food Co-Op.

With the book version of the blog under way, Fresh will move to a monthly schedule throughout 2014. Please stay tuned. Less can sometimes be more.