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Grow Your Own Heirloom Grains

by guest blogger Robyn Jasko. Beautiful to grow and easy to harvest grains: More and more gardeners are discovering just how easy it is to grow sustainable, GMO-free grains at home.

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The Only Real Way to End GMOs

The other day I was feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and defeated about the whole GMO thing. There is SO MUCH evidence that GMOs, and the chemicals that are used in concert with them (like Round up) are destroying our health and planet. But then it occurred to me. We have the solution!

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Why We Write Romance Novels

by guest blogger Maya Rodale. I’m currently at work on my eighth novel (!), and I’m finding that each book is more challenging than the last to write. But all the crazy events in the past few weeks reminded me why I stick with it. With each book, I put a little more happiness into the world.

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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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