Organic Seeds Warm Up the Season

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It’s been a beautiful winter weekend in the Delaware River Valley. Friday night’s light snowfall left a dusting of powder on bare branches, turning stark grey woods into delicate lace work. Seasonally cold, if only for a few days, the weather has been ideal for indoor activities like curling up with a good book…or paging through those organic seed catalogs that always seem to land in the mailbox just as the weather is at its coldest.

Good reading

Full of the brilliant colors and textures sorely missing from the winter landscape, seed catalogs can get us imagining ourselves as flawless gardeners, capable of cultivating the rarest flower or most esoteric vegetable. While reality will check those fantasies in a few months, for now, we can indulge them a bit by choosing from a wide variety of tiny packages. Read more

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Greening Your Cleaning

Eco-friendly household cleaning products

Eco-friendly household cleaning products

If you’re trying to stay on top of warnings about various household toxins, you may sometimes get a mild case of green exhaustion. It’s tempting to tune it all out for a while and bask in denial. But you know that’s not the healthiest choice for you, your family or the planet.

Another option is to think incremental and choose one small area of your life to tackle today — putting off all the others, Scarlett O’Hara-style, for another day. An easy place to start is with your household cleaning products. Read more

Greening the Lunchbox: Six Easy Steps

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Whether you’re packing school lunches or brown-bagging it to your job, the lunch box can be a Pandora’s box of environmental hazards.

Here are a few alternatives for making lunch more sustainable.

1. Reusable sandwich bags. If you or your kids eat sandwiches, you may want to consider this popular green alternative to plastic wrap or freezer bags. Of course, you can also use the bags to hold pretzels, carrots, cookies or any other dry food item you pack each day. Read more

Organic and local on the winter menu

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Local mixed greens with organic beets and goat cheese

If you live in the Delaware River Valley — or any place with four seasons — you know it’s more challenging to eat local and organic in the dead of January. Of course, if you’ve been industrious and built yourself a greenhouse or a few hoop houses, you can enjoy year-round produce local to your backyard. But for everyone else, a sustainable winter meal can take a bit of planning.

Doing the best you can

In late summer and early fall, the abundance of fresh, local and organic produce can make you feel like the proverbial kid in the candy store. The bounty of your garden, the variety at the farmers’ markets, the charm of tiny roadside stands where the produce is garden-grown and the purchase is made on the “honor system”… .  Before you know it, you’ve bought enough produce to feed an army. Read more