From Soil to Gut: Growing a Dirty, Healthy Life

by Craig Shelton and Donald Joergens

Our environment, health and future are in a tailspin. Our loss of balance with Mother Nature has resulted in a rapidly warming world where soils and foods are contaminated with poisons and depleted in life-bestowing nutrients and gut-strengthening, good dirt. Our bodies, weakened by poorly grown, nutritionally drained foods, are subject to more debilitating illnesses as we outpace our current “disease care” system. Continue reading

APRIL 2014: GREEN LIVING, Table of Contents

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Share the Seed: Community Seed Swap

Thank you for your interest in our first Community Seed Swap on Saturday, May 3, 9-11am at Doylestown Fresh!

Come to our Community Seed Exchange  Share the Seed May14-page-001

According to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast by Marie Iannotti, May is a great month to plant sweet potatoes, beans, broccoli raab, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melon, okra, pumpkin, rutabaga, and squash.

Bring your well-labeled seeds with growing instructions as well as empty containers to bring home your newly acquired seeds. Informal, easy-going get-together. Swap, Learn and Share! Contests and prizes.

Learn from experts on these topics:
9:15-9:40 How does your garden grow?
9:45-10:10 Composting 101
10:15-10:40 Gardening and CSAs
10:45-11:00 Bees, what’s the Buzz about?

Please do not bring:
1. seed you’ve collected from hybrid plants, as it won’t grow true to type.
2. If the seeds are older than 2-4 years old, they may not be viable. Some seeds (onions, leeks, parsnips, celery, spinach, salsify) are only good for a year unless stored especially well.
3. And of course, please do not bring any GMO seed.

No seed? No problem! Come, learn, and go home with some seeds to sow.

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Free Talk on the Yoga of Gardening

Naime Jezzeny, co-owner of DIG Yoga, will give a free, one-hour talk entitled “The Yoga of Gardening: Go Native this Spring!” at 11:45 a.m., April 12. With his talk, Jezzeny will combine his knowledge of landscape design and horticulture with his experience teaching yoga for over 15 years.

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Milkweed for Monarchs

by Mary Ellen Noonan

Every year monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles to overwinter in Mexico, returning to the United States each spring. Since the discovery of their overwintering location deep in the Mexican forests in the 1970’s, scientists have been studying and counting their numbers. This year, however, their numbers are frightening low.

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