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Spoutwood Farm offers ‘A Fierce Green Fire’ showing

Clear your schedules for 7 p.m. July 25 and head to Spoutwood Farm for a free sneak peek at the documentary film “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.” The film, which covers grassroots...

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Growing up and learning to love what I have

I never thought I would love my parents’ backyard so much. Or that I would jealously covet my friend’s rocking chairs on her front porch. Or that I would head to the local park after work for a walk —...

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Use those cukes!

Sliced cucumbers and onion in the jars, ready for the brine. If you don’t know what to do with all the cucumbers from the garden, or if you bought a few at the farmer’s market, here is a quick easy...

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Hottest month in recorded history brings back green living ideas

Flickr photo by The National Guard It was all over the news yesterday: July 2012 was recorded as the warmest July on record. Not only that, but July broke the record books again, as the hottest...

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Grab a bike: It’s in style!

The bike as a fashion accessory — just a quite large one. Flickr photo by joshua_putnam. When I spent $300 on a bicycle in May, it wasn’t because everyone was doing it or it was a cool way to commute;...

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Give directly back to the community through swap sites, clubs

My moving boxes are taking over my apartment. Moving can be a hassle: All the knick-knacks, DVD collections, clothes and weird-shaped items that won’t fit in the box properly. I must have more than 30...

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Lessons from the garden at harvest time

A backyard garden teaches lots of valuable lessons. There are the obvious ones, such as: You can grow fresh vegetables and herbs in your own yard, and you can get exercise and fresh air doing it. You...

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Nothing is the next big thing

I’m not saying get rid of all you own, but the fad is to downsize. Just don’t give up your couch if you love it! Flickr photo by christopher.woo Ever since the economy took a nose-dive, people have...

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Learn the art of homesteading at the Horn Farm Center

Photo courtesy of the Horn Farm Center Learn to make a rocket stove, or how to build your own garden on Saturday at the Horn Farm Center’s Homesteading Education Day. Homesteading “is defined as...

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DIY: Benefits of making your own baby food

I’d rather serve my baby this… (Photo courtesy of Flickr user vintage_breda) …than this. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Seth W.) Everyone has an opinion about parenting best practices. “Cloth diapers...

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Turn Kleenex box into gift card holder and two gift tags

I love when I have those aha recycle moments, when I see a use for something I’m about to discard. Such was the case recently with this empty tissue box. What I ended up with was an “envelope” to...

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Green your Memorial Day weekend

Clyde Hilker holds a strong salute in the heat during the Memorial Day Service at Veterans Memorial Park in York in 2012. Hilker, of Spring Grove, is a WWII vet who served in the Army and is retired...

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Full disclosure — Chipotle labels GMOs

Photo courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill “No more GMOs!” Last week, hundreds marched in protest against Monsanto and its lobby to use GMOs. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a hot topic, and...

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Learn how to build a rain garden with MAEscapes

Photo courtesy of MAEscapes Have you considered creating a garden with Mid-Atlantic native plants or a rain garden, but don’t know where to start? The Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes Partnership, or...

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Container Garden Chronicles: I have a black thumb

This sungold tomato plant doesn’t want to live. Photo by Bethany Fehlinger This time of year, I see a lot of articles, blog posts and pictures of luscious gardens and thriving food plants. I also head...

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Tour native plant gardens in York

Veronica Chavez walks in her backyard garden on Wednesday. Chavez grows around 88 native plant species on her York property. Chavez says her garden is easy to maintain. Native plants take care of...

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Support group created for young breast cancer survivors

Consuelo Rabanales of Springettsbury Township, left, and Tara Garver of Dover talk during a support group for women younger than 45 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in October at the York...

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Girls’ dresses from The Bee are both practical and green

Eleanor Arthur, age 3, wears a Maisey dress by The Bee, available for $35 at Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St. in York. (Photos by Ashley May)It’s a dress that can be worn for playtime and...

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