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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Saving Honeybees


image1A while ago I wrote about the return of the western bumblebee and the efforts one could take to create a more welcome environment for bumblebees to thrive. As it turns out, the problem with bee scarcity may extend to more than just those under the prefix of bumble. As reported by Time Magazine, honeybees, otherwise known as pollinators of apples, watermelons, cucumbers, and more, are dying in numbers these days due to the harms of pesticides. Continue reading

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Strawberry Mood Boost


Hands Holding a Seedling and SoilImagine opening your medicine cabinet and finding a pile of dirt sitting peacefully next to your advil, hair gel, shaving cream, what have you. Now imagine that you find this to be completely normal, and you even take a pinch of it in your fingers and rub it on your arm at the start of every day. It seems doubtful that this will become a regular routine across the globe, but did you know that soil has a neuro-chemical effect on the brain similar to Prozac? I certainly didn’t. Apparently, soil contains a bacteria that activates brain cells into producing the brain chemical serotonin, a mood booster also stimulated by antidepressants. If you were thinking about breaking into gardening and/or food growing this summer, consider this some extra motivation. And if I might focus in on one delicious option, let’s talk strawberries. Continue reading