Fields Without Fences – Herb Spotlight

tulsiTulsi, Ocimum sanctum, often known as “holy basil”, is a plant that has been used in the ayurvedic system of medicine for thousands of years. For those who hold the plant sacred, it functions as a representation of the goddess Lakshmi and is considered to be an “elixir of life” promoting longevity.

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Sustainable Home Renovations Made Easy

Eco Spotlight

by Michelle Bense

environmental home storeSince 2009, the Environmental Home Store (EHS), in Doylestown, has worked hard to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. All of their products for kitchen and bath remodeling are environmentally friendly, with free design help and installation available.
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World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day Events

April 25

Sunset Yoga with ReflectionCelebrate with 80 other countries across the world. The goals of the day are to educate the world about the health benefits and use of the modalities in business and in healthcare, provide a global vision of cooperation for health and healing and to pay respects to the culture that brings us T’ai Chi and Qigong.

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Natural Home Decor and Gardening Supplies

Eco Spotlight

by Michelle Bense

ken hay fritz ege

    Ken Hay, Fritz Ege

At its shop in Peddler’s Village, Greenology Organic Living (GOL) is rebirthing sustainable, local retail business with a theme of natural, safe, green living products. The store sells natural home and garden decor, herb/vegetable seedlings, natural cleaning products, do-it-yourself pond kits, aquaponics materials, terrariums, local art and more.
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S.A.F.E. Launches Prevention and Empowerment Campaign

supportiveallianceAfter decades of treating victims and perpetrators of domestic and interpersonal violence and abuse in Bucks County, Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) is launching a prevention and empowerment campaign to share its expertise with a wider audience—men and women in organizations, sports teams and professional settings.
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Natural Awakenings Earns Top Franchise Business Award

Natural Awakenings logoNatural Awakenings has been ranked in the best 50 in its size class among 200 companies named in the Franchise Business Review’s 2015 Top Franchises Report. The healthy living magazine was one of five franchise companies cited as best-in-class in the advertising and sales category. To select the top franchises across industries and performance categories, the organization surveyed more than 28,500 franchisees.
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Summer Camp at River Valley Waldorf School for Ages 3 to 12

river valleyRiver Valley Waldorf School will offer summer camp programs at its Upper Black Eddy and Doylestown locations for campers from kindergarten through sixth grade. Consistent with the principles of Waldorf education, activities will stimulate imaginations, encourage social harmony and exercise both large and small motor skills.
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Personal and Family Retreats at Greenshire

greenshireGreenshire Arts Consortium, in Quakertown, is offering two spring retreat opportunities, Honoring the Mother/Daughter Connection and Break Through to the True You, both May 1 to 3. The retreats are a momentary time away from the challenges of life to allow participants to find meaning and guidance and to better understand themselves.
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Rent Chickens for Fresh Eggs in Your Own Backyard

hershberger chicken lendersHershberger Heritage Farm (HHF) is offering a backyard chicken rental service called Chicken Lenders—an opportunity to experience owning hens for fresh eggs daily. Participants can rent two or four chickens from between four to 30 weeks. HHF will provide expertise on chicken keeping and offer ongoing support throughout the process.
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Crystal Journeying through the Chakras

rainbows of healingValarie and Ian Haag of Rainbows of Healing, in Langhorne, will present Crystal Journeying through the Chakras, a seven-part series, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., beginning April 17 and continuing on the third Friday of each month through October 16, with the exception of June 12. This series is designed for those who wish to deepen their spiritual path through the practice of activating, opening and unblocking the chakras with the power of vibrational sound, while learning more about how to integrate crystals in healing.
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Letter from Publisher, April 2015

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”
~ Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

I have one area in my yard that gets sufficient sun for a proper garden and it was infested with termites a few years ago. The bugs ended up coming into my house and swarming, which put me off cultivating that particular plot.

So, following the dictates of my Earth-loving heart, each year since, I’ve been experimenting with different techniques and plants, with greater or lesser success. Adhering to Pollan’s perspective, I figure that with each attempt I’ve been nourishing and providing for myself without, in this case, cutting down trees simply to gain more sunlight. The satisfying solution that’s surfaced is a countertop aquaponics tank where microgreens flourish, currently being fertilized by a lone guppy plus a vertical indoor garden with eight pockets of succulents and a grow light.

In this month’s issue, we speak with Ken Hay and Fritz Ege, co-owners of Greenology Organic Living. Their new spring offerings for sustainable living include a way to grow herbs from hanging moss balls. I’ll be stopping in to discover and learn more.

Exploring the concept of employing nature as a tonic, prompted by Christine MacDonald’s feature article, “Nature’s Wisdom,” I visited Paxson Hill Farm, in New Hope. There I met with horticulturist, Bruce Gangawer. Several lambs on the property were just a few days old and my first-ever opportunity to experience the serenity of holding them was breathtaking and surreal. It brought the essence of nature’s vital renewal home to me once again. The rural property’s Whispering Bridge and Hobbit House provide other enticements.

This month, I invite you to explore more local farms, grow your own inspired garden and explore how you and your family can live more sustainably, in harmony with Mother Earth.

Love, grow and live well,

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