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Foraging for Fiddlehead Ferns

by guest blogger Tim Mountz. As a farmer I revel in spring, with its quick weather changes, cracking buds, chorus of flowers, and dramatic transformation of landscape. In spring we farmers return to the fields to till the soil, but we also return to the woods to forage.

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How Nature Films Can Save the World

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe. Once you actually hear insect footsteps, watch bees clean themselves in much the same way as your cat does, and appreciate the sensuality of snail mating, you may find a little more compassion in your heart for these wonderful creatures. In the end, our lives and struggles really aren’t all that different from those of bugs. We all want to survive and thrive.

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The Search for the Perfect Gardening Apron

I’m still searching for the best gardening apron, and I have a very specific, particular list of design must-haves. I’ll share it with you in the hopes that one of you out there knows where it is and can help me find it.

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The iPotty Generation

by guest blogger Renee James. I discovered a strange piece of technology the other day: the potty training app. We didn’t use technology when I had kids and no one can convince me we need it now. Maybe you’re not surprised there’s an app for potty training. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. The new millennium is well under way, after all. And how does anyone, including a toddler, do anything without visiting the app store these days?

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It’s Spring! Make Stress a Stranger

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. April is Stress Awareness Month—although it’s safe to say most of us are aware of stress every single day. The question of how best to manage stress remains. While some people choose prescription medication or self-medication (drugs and alcohol), others opt for more natural approaches: acupuncture, massage, talk therapy, or exercise. But new research points to an even better stress reliever…

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11 Reasons Why Gardening Is the Perfect Metaphor for Life

Gardening isn’t just a physical job, it’s also one where I happen to talk to myself a lot, and the talk I was giving myself on my first day back in the garden this year was about the fact that gardening seems to me to be the perfect metaphor for all of life. Here are eleven reasons why.

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Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD. Allergies can be a sign of a poorly functioning immune system or even digestive problems. So, there’s actually no such thing as “just an allergy.” Every system of the body is interconnected, and allergic flare-ups indicate an inflammatory imbalance somewhere that needs to be addressed.

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The Earth Is Us

All the wonder
The magic
The diversity
The joy we take in the Earth’s beauty
Is a reflection of our best selves

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