Planting organic seeds is a requirement for organic farmers certified under the National Organic Program (the United States’ organic program). However it might come as a surprise to learn that if certain organic crop seeds are not available for a farmer to buy, they are allowed to plant non-organic seed. It’s important to note that … More Organic Seed Production
What is it? Regenerative agriculture is a new proposed agriculture standard from the Rodale Institute. Essentially it takes the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and expands on it. This new standard includes areas that are unfortunately not a part of the NOP, such as “social fairness” (i.e. farmworker rights). A farmer that meets all program … More Regenerative Agriculture – a new farming standard?
Nutritional Content: The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables has been decreasing over time. Generally speaking the vegetables of today, are not as healthy as those from a decade ago. Sugar content in plants is rising, and protein content is falling due to increased carbon dioxide levels, according to Dr. Irakli Loladze in Politico’s article … More Is organic food more nutritious?
Setting up a clotheslines in your backyard is a simple way to save some energy and money. Every time you do a load of laundry, you have an opportunity to let the power of the wind and sun dry your clothes. Take advantage of the last few weeks of nice weather this fall and get … More Save energy and money: clotheslines
What is Rainwater Harvesting? Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater by “capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use”, says the Colorado State Extension. Generally rainwater is collected from a residential roof and stored in a container (barrel or plastic tank) of some kind. Water can also be collected from concrete … More Harvesting water to harvest more plants
We’ve all heard about organic food, but what about organic clothes? I don’t eat cotton, so why should I care if the stuff that goes into my clothing is organic? What does organic clothing even mean? Well we can begin by looking at conventional (non-organic) and genetically modified cotton production, compared to organic cotton. Just … More What’s the deal with Organic Clothes?
While Earth Day was officially last month, Earth Day is every day for me. I’m always evaluating my life for ways to live more sustainably. Whether it be diet, mode of transportation, or other consumption habits, there’s always room for improvement somewhere. I took this Carbon Footprint Quiz to see how my lifestyle choices stack up compared … More What’s your footprint?
Between film festivals and office film screenings, I’ve seen my fair share of food films lately. In case you’re looking for a little inspiration, or simply to be more informed, I’ve written up my thoughts on two food centric films. Food Chains This is a 2014 film by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, … More Food films for thought
As part of Alumni weekend at UCSC, the University’s onsite farm was offering volunteer led tours around the grounds. The farm’s landscape is breathtaking. Home to a plethora of wildlife and plant species (both edible and inedible), the land truly embodies biodiversity in every sense. The interns working the farm learn about the relationship between … More Fava Bean Olive Spread
Possibly the best thing about Fall is the hiking. Recently I visited Sleepy Hallow New York, and explored some parks and trails in the areas. My first stop was the Kingsland Point County Park to visit the quaint lighthouse pictured below. Then it was off to Philipsburg Manor. Followed by a hike along the Old Croton … More Sweet Frothy Hot Chocolate and Hiking Adventures