Category Archives: Connecting with the Earth

In the garden with a Happy Caterpillar

Gardening is a wonderfully messy way for children to engage in an enlightening and healthy pastime. It is also one of the most important skills a child can obtain, period. As a family, it is a bonding and rewarding experience which starts with the excitement of choosing the plants from seed, then learning how to nurture and manage the ground as plants grow, and ending with a harvest of homegrown goodness which all can sit down to enjoy as a meal together.

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The wonder of the sunny little Dandelion

Some see a weed, and some see a wish.

What do you see when you see a beautiful yellow dandelion flower blowing in the breeze? If you had asked me this a year ago, I would have surely said a wish, but I also thought the dandelion plant was a weed and nothing of such importance. But, fast forward to now as I continue on with my nature studies, and boy was I wrong!

My little munchkin running through the dandelions

What some may consider a pesky weed, and thus claim open-war on by pulling up out of their garden from day-to-day, is actually a super food which is jam-packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help us live a healthier life. Dandelions have been eaten as a food, consumed as a drink, prescribed as a medicine, used as a dye and as an ingredient in apothecary products probably, since the beginning of time. Every part of the dandelion plant can be used for something! In actual fact, according to history books, the plant is believed to have lived on Planet Earth for around 30 million years.

The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia. It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs — Organic Facts

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Keeping it green with reusable sustainable glass straws

Glass Straws in fresh coconuts; perfection!

A few months back, I stumbled upon, another Eco Mummy’s blog on a posting about Glass Dharma Straws. The article started by highlighting the copious amount of straws that end up in landfills; and that was literally like a real shocker to me! I consider myself to be an advocate of the Earth, and do all I can to help preserve this beautiful Planet we call home. But WOW, I had just never thought of the damage plastic straws do.

To put that into perspective; it is estimated by environmental groups that close to 500 million, yes I said 500 million, straws are used just in the United States each day. Unfortunately, only some end up in landfills and others end up killing our precious animals, or rubbishing our Earth. The Ocean Conservancy has rated plastic straws as one of the Top 10 items of litter picked up in their annual global beach clean up day. Plastic Straws also are not biodegradable, so EVEN if they make it to the landfill, they are not going anywhere EVER. And, here was the kicker for me, plastic straws contain toxins right? I mean, another thing I should have already thought about, but just hadn’t. Of course they do; basically, plastic is just a bunch of boiled down run-of-the-mill chemicals, and research suggests that all plastics can leach chemicals if they’re scratched or heated and here we are, just sipping away.

Yes please, I will have some fresh organic kale juice with a chemical laden plastic straw, and it must be organic kale or I am not drinking it! Pesticides on my food NO WAY, but chemicals in my straw ALL GOOD! – Me in the past, at the local juice bar, completely oblivious and contradicting myself tenfold.

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Sepascot Home Farm – Rhinebeck

My family is very fortunate in that we live upstate NY in Dutchess County every weekend, and in the bustling city of Williamsburg during the week. We have been doing this for close to 6 years now.

Upstate, we live very close to Sepascot Home Farm and buy as much food as possible from them. The animals are treated kindly and are very well looked after. They are also out on open pastures and are only fed organic feed, other than what they find in their environment. My husband makes raw milk yoghurt from the dairy cows milk and we buy all of our eggs there too. We never buy eggs from a supermarket!

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