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Trees and lengthy drought

The Edible Garden / Edythe Falconer / September 2018

Large trees shelter humans, understorey trees, shrubs, flower beds and vegetable gardens. Besides providing shelter, shade and privacy, trees are psychologically beneficial. And trees hold soil in place. In order to provide all of these benefits, a tree must take its own fair share of moisture and nutrition from the soil it grows in. In dry times they may compromise the welfare of other trees and plants within their growing space as they reach out for what they need. The root systems of large trees are vast.

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Tips on freezing the harvest

Mother Earth News / Carole Coates / 04 September 2018

It’s that time of year—the garden is bulging with fresh produce and you’re spending lots of time in a steaming kitchen preserving it all. I find freezing preferable to canning for a number of reasons.

For one, when it’s time to prepare a meal with my preserved garden goodness, frozen foods tend to be brighter, fresher, and all-around tastier.

And relatively speaking, it’s fast and easy.

Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tips to make freezing even easier. Use these freezing hacks to help the environment, too.

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World Food Day celebration

Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group / 29 August 2018

Come celebrate World Food Day at the South Stormont homestead of Bill and Karen Carriere, on Sunday, October 14, 11 am – 3 pm.

The free day is packed with activities for the whole family in this beautiful setting, focusing on sustainable food production, both locally and globally. People can take guided and self-guided tours of the property’s fruit and nut groves, winter greenhouse, young food forest as well as enjoy woodland ‘mirror’ walks. There will be demo stations on different methods of food preservation and cider pressing, hands-on harvesting of root vegetables, children’s nature and food activities, and much more. A highlight will be an illustrated talk by a specialist on world food issues from USC Canada along with displays of projects worldwide. There will also be refreshments using local ingredients (a fundraiser for the USC Canada).

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How to dry herbs

Mother Earth News / Tabitha Alterman / February/March 2013

Of all the various types of foods and ways to preserve them — freezing or canning fruits and vegetables, pickling, curing meat, making cheese and yogurt — dehydrating herbs is the easiest place to jump in. Most herbs contain so little moisture that your job is done soon after you’ve bought or harvested them.

Drying herbs is an economically savvy food preservation strategy, too, because fresh and dried herbs and teas demand high prices at the grocery store.

Your own dried herbs will taste better than store-bought because they’ll be newer and thus more pungent. If you grow your own herbs, you can also choose the tastiest varieties.

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How to make your home-based business greener

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy / 25 June 2018

Taking steps to make your business “greener” is a win/win. It can help your bottom line, improve your company’s image and promote a healthier planet. As the owner of a home-based business, you have an advantage over most companies: Your carbon footprint is already smaller thanks to cutting out a daily commute and the expense of heating, cooling and lighting an extra space. Use this head-start wisely and be sure to implement a “Green Policy,” even if you’re your only employee.

A Green Policy is a simple list of the things you do or plan to do in your office to achieve a more sustainable environment. Write it down and promote it on your website and in your company brochure to demonstrate to your clients and vendors the efforts you’re making. Here are some steps you can take and policies you can implement to make your home-based business a green one.

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Tips for success in germinating seeds in hot weather

Mother Earth News / Pam Dawling / 27 July 2018

In an earlier post I wrote general themes for starting seeds in hot weather. Here are some specific tricks.

Seed Storage

Viability and vigor of seeds deteriorates when they are stored in warm places, especially if containers are not airtight, and the air is humid. If you have crops you grow in spring and again for the fall, store those seeds in a cool place over the summer.

Chilling lettuce seed can help germination in hot weather. We make a practice of putting our spinach seed in double ziplock bags and putting it in the freezer for two weeks before we attempt late summer sowings. This can trick the seed into germinating better.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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