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Pay it Forward on Earth Day

Pay it Forward on Earth Day

Our kids will be living on this planet long after we’re gone, so they should learn to care for it. Why not throw a party to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and use it to reinforce the importance of going green? Kids will have fun and make a difference in the environment with these Happy […]

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An Edible Education

An Edible Education

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As our food system faces challenges, I believe our greatest gift to our children is an “edible” education. In America today, it is more common for our food to come from across the world than from our own backyards. Agriculture took a wrong turn a few generations back, replacing biodiverse family farms with industrial corporate […]

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It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before Netflix, before cable and long before YouTube, there was a simple and coveted ritual of waiting for and watching special animated holiday TV shows. The annual airings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on primetime television were cause for celebration. Gathering to see the whole gang — Charlie […]

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Raising a Green Teen

Raising a Green Teen

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Teens are naturally oblivious to the resources around them. If the refrigerator is empty, their parents fill it. When the garbage cans get full, we bring them to the curb and they are taken away. At home, they have unlimited use of electricity and water. As our teens approach adulthood, now is the perfect time […]

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Green Birthday Celebrations

Green Birthday Celebrations

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You love your kids. You love your planet. Nothing can bring those two into conflict like the birthday party experience. When I find myself waffling over a parenting decision, I ask myself, “How will this impact my children long-term?” Often, it’s hard to be certain, but this I do know. The example I set in […]

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Going Deliciously With The Grain: <br /> Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill

Going Deliciously With The Grain:
Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to know exactly how Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, makes eating healthy seem delicious and exciting, but he does. Perhaps it’s his encyclopedic knowledge of grains and advanced state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques; or the amazing array of simple, unrefined whole-grain, low-cost quality products he offers; or maybe it’s the undeniable […]

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Making Connections

Making Connections

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Portlander Tara Carlson has a car; she’s simply stopped using it. “I’ve always used mass transit or cycled everywhere I went,” Tara said. “If the place I was headed was within 10 miles, I made myself bike or use mass transit.” Each day, Tara and her young twin sons can be spotted zipping along on […]

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Food Waste: Global Problem, Local Solution

Food Waste: Global Problem, Local Solution

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

As we begin a new year full of resolutions and intent, many goals often revolve around diets and food. Lending support to those objectives is the fact that action is also being taken by local leaders to improve food problems at a community level. Elephants Delicatessen is one such community icon, making a concerted effort […]

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Oregon Episcopal School Inspires Discovery

Oregon Episcopal School Inspires Discovery

| December 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

What child hasn’t peppered his or her parents with the word, “WHY?” It starts with one innocent question, which leads to another—and another, and another, until Mom or Dad says, “Because I said so.” At Portland’s Oregon Episcopal School (OES), that same inquisitiveness is answered with a challenge to kids to make discoveries for themselves, […]

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Sustainable Summer

Sustainable Summer

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Attention Earthlings: Summer is upon us, a great time to be kind to Mother Earth. Oftentimes, however, eco-friendly ideas don’t coincide with frugal lifestyles. In an effort to dovetail these two purposes, we offer 22 budget-friendly ways to go green this summer. Sign up for the “no solicitation” registry.
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