Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Meatless Mondays

I saw this fact and was totally amazed!

It takes 18 years for one corn cob to decompose in a landfill, but only a couple of months in a compost pile!

 We often think about plastics and styrofoam in landfills but who knew corn would take that long to decompose. To help lessen the strain on our landfills consider creating a compost pile in your backyard or get a green bin from your local garbage man if you don’t have one already. The backyard compost pile is a great activity for the whole family—once it turns to soil, kids can help plant a garden. You can actually save hundreds of dollars a year by growing your own veggies.

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Are you eating vitamin depleted veggies?

Emagazine.com  features an “Earth Talk” column which answers questions about the environment. A Sustainable LIFE will occasionally share some of these Q&A’s with you.

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left.  Is that true? 

—Esther G., Newark, NJ

It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it—especially compared to some of the other less healthy foods you likely also eat—but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.

What can be done? The key to healthier produce is healthier soil. Alternating fields between growing seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step. Also, foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing methods is good for the soil, the produce and its consumers. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.

UT’s Davis warns that just because fruits and vegetables aren’t as healthy as they used to be doesn’t mean we should avoid them. “Vegetables are extraordinarily rich in nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals,” he reported. “They are still there, and vegetables and fruits are our best sources for these.”

View the response in its entirety @ Emagazine.com

What is a CSA?

A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) is where consumers buy a “subscription” from a local farmer just as you would a newspaper or magazine. For your weekly subscription, you receive a share of fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables, eggs and or meats throughout the growing season.

This relationship supports the farmers by ensuring that their crops will be purchased and helps consumers by providing a product that is fresh, nutritious and locally grown. While grocery stores don’t have seasons, by participating in a CSA you are guaranteed to have foods that are in season and have retained more of their nutritional value.

mixed veggies

The CSA program at Life University (LIFE) was recently featured in Atlanta Magazine. One of the few CSA’s on Atlanta area campuses, our CSA program is a joint venture between Split Cedar Farm  in Henry County and the LIFE Community.

For more information on LIFE’s CSA contact seedsoflife@life.edu

 Sources: Illinois Farm Direct, Local Harvest

Photo Source: University of Maryland

The Way we Eat…from an 11 year old

Check out 11 year old Birke Baer talking about our current food system. What if everyone was this informed?????

Wordless Wednesday

Improve Indoor Air Quality with Houseplants

Indoor houseplants act as a natural air filter, cleaning the air and removing harmful pollutants from the air.

NASA conducted a study in which plants were tested for their ability to create oxygen and filter toxins. The intent of the study was to find the best plants to filter air in the space station. The study produced a list of the plants they found  filtered the air the best and recommended having 15-18 “good-sized” plants in a 1,800 square foot home.

 

The following plants made the top of the list:

English Ivy

Spider Plant

Devil’s Ivy

 Peace Lily  

Chinese Evergreen

Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm

Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Heartleaf philodendron

Selloum philodendron

Elephant ear philodendron

Red-edged dracaena

Cornstalk dracaena

Janet Craig dracaena

Warneck dracaena

Weeping Fig

Gerbera Daisy

Rubber plant

When choosing a houseplant remember to choose a plant that matches the growing conditions of your home. For example, you wouldn’t want a plant that requires full sunlight in a shady corner.  Do you have houseplants for their air filtering potential or for the ambiance it adds to a space?

Source: apartmenttherapy.com, treehugger.com