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Maria’s Five Favorites: Camp Out!

We’re on a camping kick here at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen! This is probably because of the horrible winter we had—we all want to spend as much time outside as possible while we can. So today I thought I’d share my favorite adventure gear to help inspire you to enjoy camping, too—the earth-friendly way, of […]

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6 Tips for a Greener Outdoor Adventure

by the Rodale’s team Aristole once said, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” We couldn’t agree more! And while there are tons of ways to enjoy the marvelousness of the great outdoors, few are quite like camping. Nothing compares to sitting by a campfire, hiking through mountains, or eating fish […]

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The “Joys” of Boarding

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I’m in Chicago, waiting to board my flight. The “depultures”* are circling, and the gate attendant is about to begin to “pre-board”(?) travelers deemed worthy to enter the aircraft before everyone else. Near the gate, a pole has a ridiculous sign at the top that shows two […]

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Be a Farm Hero?!

The other day I was walking to work and decided to cut through Madison Square Park because there’s often something interesting going on there, like an art installation or a festival. It was a beautiful, sunny spring day. And yes, there was something going on. From across the street it looked like there was some […]

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Fishing for Fun at Kamalame Cay

For spring break this year I wanted to find a nice place to go bonefishing that the whole family would enjoy. After all, it’s not every year a 7-year-old girl makes a New Year’s resolution to go to the Bahamas and catch a bonefish. The unanimous recommendation from the current and former editors of Garden […]

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10 Surprising Ways to Teach Kids to Love Nature

As the weather starts to improve, it’s the perfect time to get kids out and about and show them the joy of nature. It doesn’t have to be a structured thing—in fact, unstructured is almost always better when it comes to kids and nature. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here’s a list of […]

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Five Pictures of the Caribbean

Just because. Related Posts:14 Days of Summer, a Meditation: Day 12 Learning How to Take Care of YourselfSydney vs. Melbourne: It’s Like Chalk and Cheese

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The Magic of Esalen

I remember hearing about Esalen when I was little, usually mentioned by hippies and in the same sentence as the word “gestalt.” I associated that word—gestalt—with my sister bringing back new ideas from her days in Haight-Ashbury, ideas my mother then adopted, which eventually led to mysterious bouts of anger and tears, followed by a […]

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