“Children of the Corn” Beware!

Beware of the (GGM) Green Giant Monsanto, and GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)

Here is an excerpt from a must read!

” Ultimately, there are better, healthier ways to make cheaper food. Until then the best thing we can do is to demand further investigations and buy organic products whenever practical.
And if you can’t afford to buy organic, O’Brien recommends, “A great first step, given how pervasive these ingredients are in processed foods that often use these ingredients to extend shelf life, is to reduce your exposure to processed foods and stick with pronounceable ingredients and foods that your grandmother would have served her kids.”

Meanwhile, let’s endeavor to make Monsanto a household name. But not in a good way.

http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/02/04/monsanto-the-evil-corporation-in-your-refrigerator/?icid=main|main|dl6|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.walletpop.com%2Fblog%2F2010%2F02%2F04%2Fmonsanto-the-evil-corporation-in-your-refrigerator%2F

READ YOUR LABELS,  research you food products, and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMS!!

Valentine’s Day goes Fair Trade and Organic!

 

Great sources for Fair Trade and/or organic flowers!  Remember buying beautiful flowers, not neccesarily roses, for this special day is what is appreciated!

In this excerpt  you can find sites to help you get that perfect eco-friendly gift ~

What You Need To Know About Red Roses For Valentine’s Day

by ashleynorth (RSS feed) Feb 5th 2010

Sweetheart roses win for aesthetic alongside a higher possibility of being appropriately domesticated. Look for the 25-stem bunches, which likely come from California. 20 stem bunches hail from Holland, which is better than the Latin American or African varieties (considering the possible issues of unfair wages and over-processed/pesticide-ridden outcomes). Sweetheart roses are a miniature form derived from another US-based rose, the Hybrid Tea Rose, noted for its fragrance.

 In general, heirloomroses.com is a great source for the appropriate and recession-friendly bloom(s) of choosing (around $15 per bush rather than close to $50 for a dozen red roses).

 Within a holiday that promises love and devotion, wouldn’t it be rather ironic that said symbols of such be garnered under unsavory, and even, exploitative conditions? This year, avoid the conventional routes of flower-buying, heed the advice from flower experts to elongate the cut-stem life, and consider a full plant over a few cut stem.In the spirit of love, consider from whom you are truly purchasing. Here are some reliable online sources, to start ::

www.veriflora.com
www.organicbouquet.com
www.localharvest.org

In addition, here are some ecologically-considered labels that are worthy of attention:
Veriflora Certified, Fair Trade Certified, Transitional, Florverde, EcoCert, Rain Forest Alliance, Fair Labor Practices, FlorEcuador

To view full article :http://www.luxist.com/2010/02/05/what-to-you-need-to-know-about-red-roses/?icid=main|main|dl6|link7|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.luxist.com%2F2010%2F02%2F05%2Fwhat-to-you-need-to-know-about-red-roses%2F   Contributed via Seed.com 

Eating Organic

Find organic farms in your neighborhood (also includes info on local restaurants buying and serving organically grown dishes):

For organic produce (fruits, vegetables and herbs) to grow or buy – www.localharvest.org

For organically grow meats to buy – www.eatwild.com

Great information for fingding your hometown farming community!

Victory Gardening

Join the “world” of gardening…

http://www.worldfoodgarden.org

Great tips for gardening -small or large!

Send Organic Flowers!

Photo by digiyesica’s photostream  on Flickr

Sharing Good News…

Very good website to share with you!

Its called Good News Now, all good news, all the time! What a concept!

http://www.gnn.com/article/fair-trade-palm-fronds/413097

Enjoy your Spring, may it put a spring in your step…Happy Easter!

Organic Container Gardening (for the Not so Green Thumb)…

 Organic Container Gardening (for the Not so Green Thumb)…

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Deciding to save some money on  a few vegetables  and herbs I purchase on a regular basis, I at first contemplated a green house (way too expensive!).  Then eyeing my next door neighbors fenced in garden, I came up with an elaborate scheme by which I could convince her that community gardening was the way to go.  Finally realizing I did not want to be responsible for somebodies vegetables all summer, I resigned myself to container gardening.

One problem, the occasional deer, bunnies and the very friendly squirrel.  How to have my new, first attempt at serious gardening be a success without being eaten up before it actually gets washed and to my table?

Last summer, my then 5 year old and I planted carrot and some other mystery veggie (squash I think).  Well, the carrots took FOREVER! Even I got impatient, and the poor kid had to wait until September (though I think we waited too long) to pull the stubs from the pots. So now I will try other more friendly veggies and I have come up with a great place to put them.

First I was going to build an upright tiered shelf,  too time consuming – need to start my garden!  Deciding that keeping the pots on the ground is best, the warmth from the ground will help the roots system expand.  Now what to do about the fauna… I am putting my container garden in a corner area with lots of sun, and make a “fence” out of wire so the little darlings can’t get to my greens. 

There are  various sites that have raised garden bed planters. (Too many to list)  This looks interesting, if you are looking to have only a few large veggies, or more smaller veggies.  You can always put a flat chicken wire over the top or build a “hood” for it fauna is a problem for you too.  Mine will have many nice pots that I usually used only for flowers.  Remeber that you can plant flowers in between the herbs and veggies to make your garden eye candy with taste!

Planning on planting: Parsley, Basil, Butter Lettuce, Snap Peas, Seedless Cucumbers, Tomatoes (cherry maybe), yellow paprika, and zucchini squash.  This list may get narrowed down or expanded depending on my area and availability.  Got to be flexible…good luck to you!

MOST IMPORTANT- make sure your container will be big enough for your plant once it is full grown!

http://www.helpgrowyoursoup.com/growing.aspx  Tips to growing tomatoes from Campbell’s – please go to their site and click to donate tomatoes seeds to volunteer communities helping feed the poor!

http://www.communitygarden.org/learn/starting-a-community-garden.php  How to start a community garden info!

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