Organic Gardening

Locally sourced food

The Important Role Food Safety Plays in Locally Sourced Food

Organic vegetables depicting locally sourced food

Remember when Chipotle had that rash of food-borne-illness outbreaks a few years ago? A few hundred people were exposed to E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus that were traced to Chipotle restaurants in several stores all over the United States.

Since then, the brand that was known for its dedication to sourcing its food locally. It also is using the most natural products available has become more well-known for losing the trust of its clientele.

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Organic vegetables depicting Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture: What a CSA Can Do For You

Organic vegetables depicting Community Supported Agriculture

Do you have a favorite summer vegetable or garden-grown fruit that you just can’t wait to come in season each year?

I know I do. Tomatoes, strawberries, and watermelons are at the top of my list. Actually, they are all so much better when homegrown; sweeter, crunchier, with more depth of flavor.

There are times I’ve tasted my homegrown produce and thought I really didn’t know that vegetable was so delicious. Most of the time supermarket staples aren’t even close to tasting the same. It’s a shame, too. I think more of us would enjoy vegetables more if they had a chance to taste them in their fullness.

There is a way!

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Small vegetable garden

How to Create a Small Vegetable Garden With a Huge Impact

Tomatoes in small vegetable garden

The book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, is inspiring for anyone who has ever considered a vegetable garden.

Kingsolver recounts how she, her husband, and their two daughters moved from Arizona where growing your own food is much more difficult and uses up much precious water. The family settled in Virginia on a family property in order to grow their whole food supply.

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Carrageenan being harvested

Carrageenan Food Additive: What You Need to Know

Carrageenan being harvested

The first time I ever heard of carrageenan was when I was embarking on the Whole 30 for the first time. This is a diet – or more like a 30-day food challenge – designed to radically change your relationship to food and bring you back to a healthier place, physically.

It has become common to see pictures of people’s food on social media with a hashtag label for what Whole 30 day they are on as a mark of accomplishment. The challenge can get intense. You are not allowed to eat any grains, sugars or dairy.

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Surprising Uses of Vinegar: Detoxify Your Garden

Surprising Uses of Vinegar: Detoxify Your Garden and Your Home

Surprising Uses of Vinegar: Detoxify Your Garden

Are you concerned by how many chemicals you’re exposed to every day in your food, your environment, and cleaning supplies?

Maybe you’ve made a commitment to getting rid of pesticides and chemicals in your life – at least the ones you can control. Or maybe you’re not sure where to start. You know it would be better for the environment not to use bleach, but you’re not sure if anything else will get the job done.

In that case, let me tell you about the amazing uses of vinegar for your home and garden.

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How to grow organic garlic

Garlic: How to Grow Organic Garlic and Reap the Amazing Benefits

Organic garlic

The day my brother-in-law took a raw garlic clove, plopped it in his mouth, and chewed on it like it was a piece of gum, was the day my entire perspective on garlic changed.

While I knew garlic was good for you, I didn’t realize how good.

While we all know the amazing culinary addition that garlic has, we might be surprised by the medicinal properties. In fact, garlic has been used medicinally all over the world for thousands of years. Let’s take a look at garlic benefits and how to grow this amazing plant organically in your own home garden so that you can start planting today.

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How to grow organic cauliflower

Grow Robust Cauliflower At Home Organically with These 7 Tips

cauliflower
One of my family’s stable dinner dishes is roasted cauliflower. We cut a head of cauliflower in small pieces, lay the pieces on a baking dish, cover them with olive oil and salt, and bake or broil for 20 – 30 minutes. Out comes one of the most delicious meals. We devour the tasty vegetable like they were a bag of chips. Our children beg for more of this tasty white vegetable.

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Repel Mosquitoes

Amazingly Effective Ways to Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

Repel Mosquitoes

A few weeks ago, I was out with some friends when our conversation turned to the nasty presence of mosquitoes. A number of my friends felt trapped inside their own home during the warm and muggy months because they felt that the moment they walked outside, they were getting attached by swarms of mosquitoes. They felt that the only option they had was to hire a crew to come out and spray their yard full of expensive chemicals. They wanted effective and natural ways to repel mosquitoes. Perhaps you do, too.

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5 Organic Strategies to Help Control Weeds

WeedsAs a child, my mother would give me a brown paper grocery bag and have me fill it up to the top with weeds. It was part of our chores, and I remember feeling the tediousness of the effort back then.

As an adult, not much has changed. When it comes to weeding, we all know that if you have a garden or yard of any kind, that weeds are a natural part of the process. You might even find yourself spending way more time then you ever thought imaginable dealing with weeds.

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