Trash to treasure

According to the EPA, Americans produce hundreds of millions of tons of garbage destined for landfills every year. In addition to buying minimally packed goods and recycling, reusing potential household waste is an effective way to reduce the volume of garbage heading for landfills. Bottle caps: Paint them red and black for cool outdoor checkers…

CSA in action: Monroe Organic Farms

Jacquie and Jerry Monroe regard themselves first as caretakers of their land. Monroe Organic Farms, the Weld County farmland that Monroe family has farmed for 73 years, is like a cherished family member as much as it’s their business. As a direct result of their stewardship of the land and their commitment to organic growing…

Think globally, eat locally

Being green doesn’t mean deprivation; in many ways making the effort to be greener yields rewards greater than the status quo can ever provide. Take peaches as a perfect example. An east coast peach needs to ripen in transit, so it’s picked hard and unripe, boxed and shipped 1,500 miles to your grocery store. You…

Climate Change Denial

It happens after a big snowfall. It happens when the weather turns especially cold. It happens when fewer or weaker hurricanes make landfall in a season. More Americans do it now than even two years ago[1], while most of the rest of world does it less. What is this strange phenomenon? It is Climate Change…

Clean green, $ave green

Almost without exception, homemade cleaners are less expensive, better for home and environmental health, and often more effective than prepared cleaners. For about $10, a complete inventory of natural cleaning supplies can make the house shine without the toxins, like bleach and ammonia, found in common cleaners. Apple Cider Vinegar: Gently and beautifully cleans hardwood…

Carrots: an end-of-harvest treasure

Despite a snowy October, there is still an abundance of our local fall harvest to enjoy. In the waning days of autumn, root vegetables fill bushel baskets across the state and some, like potatoes, will be harvested all year. According to the Colorado Crop Calendar, carrots are one of the roots that will continue to…