Professional Skateboarder Teaches Sustainability

Sustainable Living
In late April, at the first of a series of planned sustainability events at California Whole Foods markets, professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist performed stunts for his audience of young skateboarders and taught them about organic food, renewable energy, and green living. Sponsored by the Action Sports Environmental Coalition (ASEC), the event also drew environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, and included skateboarding music blasting from solar-powered speakers.
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Mooooooom! Can we get some baby chicks?

Mooooooom! Can we get some baby chicks?

Chickens
Okay. So I moved to town. I sold out... through no real choice of my own (long story) I moved from out in the country with five acres and a large home to a small town. Yes, we are large enough to have a 'Wal-Mart' and we recently even got our own Lowe's store... wow. But Atwoods is still my favorite hardware/garden parts/camping stuff/ all around urban homestead place to shop. And they also happen to be the only place in town that sells baby chicks in the spring. My daughter and her high school friends tagged along while I was shopping (yes, clothing store, around the corner from where I was headed). But somehow they ended up with me at Atwoods. And I took these girls shopping with me…
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Tomato Container Gardens

Tomato Container Gardens

Container Gardening
Tomato container gardens are an alternative to a traditional tomato garden. Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, well in this case fruits, of people around the world. They can be used in so many ways, in a salad or to make a sauce for pasta and a myriad of other ways in your culinary pursuits. Sadly in some places tomatoes are being priced at three dollars per pound or more. Fortunately, everyone can grow their own tomatoes, even people that live in apartments. The answer is to grow a tomato container garden. You can grow them on a patio or balcony or in a bright sunny room in your home. The number one essential is sun. Tomatoes require a lot of light and will not thrive without out…
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Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Green lacewings — scientifically known as the Chrysoperla rufilabris — are aggressive aphid predators that have an appetite for other soft-bodied pests as well. Ric Bessin an Extension Entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture says, Green lacewings are an often under-appreciated group of beneficial insects. As with lady beetles, these natural enemies are important predators of many types of soft bodied insects and insect eggs. These insects are common in the spring summer and fall and their contribution to insect control is immense. The adult green lacewing is about 3/4 inch long, light green and has a delicate appearance with lacy wings. One unusual characteristic are its eyes, they look like two golden hemispheres. They are weak fliers and are commonly found near aphid colonies. The adults…
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