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Food….Grows In The Ground! Local Gardens Rock!

Local Gardens Rock! It’s just not always clear to 3rd graders why they rock. It’s always funny to me when I talk with younger students about food and where it comes from.

Some kids are shocked to learn that apples are grown just 10 miles from the city, and that watermelons can be grown right in the heart of NYC. Local Gardens Rock! Instead of supporting food that has traveled 1500 mi to get to your plate, support your local farm, buy locally at the farmers market.

The video below reminds us how prolific even the scraps of our food-waste can be, as the gardener harvest over a pound of potatoes from the left-over skins. When I showed this to a group of 3rd grade students they were shocked to learn that their french fries came “from the ground”…. it’s amazing.

Our planet is so generous, and with such little effort we can return at least a portion of our food system to a localized one where we grow some of our food at home in a local garden, ie: right out your door. It’s a beautiful thing to do! Much easier to grab the herbs for your salad from within 2o ft of the table, and they taste so much better! Check out our Photo Stream for some inspiration

 

Meditative Thoughts for Autumn

“It is true that spring is fair, and it is a fine capacity of the human soul to perceive the beauty of the spring, the growing, sprouting, burgeoning life. But to be able to perceive also when the leaves fade and take on their fall coloring, when the animals creep away — to be able to feel how in the sensible which is dying away, the gleaming, shining, soul-spiritu

al element arises — to be able to perceive how with the yellowing of the leaves there is a descent of the springing and sprouting life, but how the sensible becomes yellow in order that the spiritual can live in the yellowing as such — to be able to perceive how in the falling of the leaves the ascent of the spirit takes place, how the spiritual is the counter-manifestation of the fading sense-perceptible; this should as a perceptive feeling for the spirit — ensoul the human being in autumn! Then he would prepare himself in the right way precisely for the new year.”by Rudolf Steiner

Source: The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth, Lecture 3

Question: Do we need to understand dying in order to truly live? Is an awareness of the death of nature, the loss of the leaves, the decomposing of their “body”, only to nurture and feed the soil and provide new life again, is this understanding the thing that is lacking from a majority of our culture? Is this very thing behind the “Black Friday” mentality of shopping, the cause of some of our problems within our precious ecosystems? We cannot consume only, we must give back, one way or another no matter gained or lost, so limitless consumption and growth cannot be supported. It’s not politics, it’s mathematics.
As they say on SNL’s Coffe Talk (Tawk), Talk amongst yourselves (but leave a comment here).

Indoor Worm Bins & Easy Composting

 

On average, each American throws out 30 pounds of wasted food every month! The New York Times created a great visual to show consumers how much food this amounts to for a family of four. If you’re like me, you feel guilty and ashamed to have wasted both money and good food when it goes bad before you’ve eaten it… so you can make a compost worm bin aka vermicomposting to help both your conscience and your trash heap.

Apartment dwellers, I know you’re about to close the page- but keep reading! This easy to make and store worm bin does not smell at all, can be stored under your sink in a 5 gallon bin (lid necessary!) and my 3rd grade nephew can build it (so you can too…).  If you’re slightly hesitant to build your own compost bin (with or without worms) here’s a great YouTube video to get you started, you can skip a minute or so until he really gets going.

Side note: I swear your worms will not escape out of the bin to attack you in your sleep unless they’re starving, dehydrated or drowning… so make sure you feed them (your gross old/moldy food) and make sure the bin is moist but not a swimming pool.

If you’re going to go vanilla-style with your bin, just add fruit and vegetable peels, leftover or molding veggies, grains (bread, rice etc), coffee grounds, tea bags, etc…. if you want to experiment with what your worms can digest, try a small amount of meat, dairy or slightly greasy foods, but do it slowly with small portions.

You can order worms online, go to a fishing/bait store or probably dig around in a nearby park if you’re feeling so adventurous. For deciding how many worms you’ll need, about one pound of worms can take care of a 1/2 pound of food scraps daily! Now imagine eating half your body weight- those worms are working hard to compost your discarded food!

***Now let’s time-travel a few weeks into the future *whoosh!* Okay, now you have a bunch of great vermicompost and you can choose to add it to your indoor potted plants, outdoor garden, donate it, sell it on Craigslist, eBay or Etsy (seriously, it’ll go quickly…)

Happy composting!