sustainability

ASRI’s Environmental Education Center

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island (no affiliation with the National Audubon Society) was founded in 1897, and today the organization protects and manages 95,000 acres of land. Several years ago they built a little gem of an Environmental Education Center right in Bristol, RI. The Center has classroom and auditorium space, a great gift shop with lots of toys […] Read more…

#StyleStories15

I recently joined the Ethical Writers Coalition, and these ladies (and one gentlemen) have been hard at work creating an exciting media campaign to coincide with the upcoming New York Fashion Week. Style Stories is a project that celebrates and promotes sustainable fashion; items that are locally made, eco-friendly, vintage, fair trade, cruelty-free, or organic. Anyone who […] Read more…

Portrait of an Oyster Farmer

The Rhode Island oyster aquaculture industry has grown the past few years, with over 6 million oysters sold for consumption in 2013 (RI CRMC Annual Aquaculture Report). Although this sector is growing and local oysters are becoming more popular with consumers, many regulatory and financial barriers present themselves to beginning and current farmers. One of the great things […] Read more…

Slow Flowers

After years of drooling over images of gorgeous arrangements from my favorite florists Saipua, Floret, and Studio Choo, I started to learn about a growing community (pun intended) of florists, farmers, and flower lovers who are advocating for the production and use of locally grown flowers, often called the Slow Flower movement. Like the Slow Food movement, the Slow Flower movement champions […] Read more…

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

For years I have been wanting to visit Sleepy Hollow, New York around Halloween. When I started planning the trip I found so many other awesome things to do and see in that part of the Hudson River Valley.  I was thrilled to discover that the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture was just 5 minutes away from Sleepy Hollow, […] Read more…

Beehive Tour at Prescott Farm

Last weekend I attended a Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting at Prescott Farm in Middletown, RI. It was a hot Indian summer day but Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey was enthusiastic and animated in his heavy bee suit as he discussed the life history of honeybees. Aquidneck Honey cares for hives all over Aquidneck Island and […] Read more…

Fat Toad Farm

Funnily enough, the VT Cheese Council updated their map during our Vermont Cheese Trail Vacation. Since Fat Toad Farm technically doesn’t make cheese, they are no longer listed. But I am so glad we printed out the old version when we did, because it ended up being my favorite stop of the whole trip, and I wouldn’t […] Read more…

Vermont Cheese Trail

Thanks to some previously forgotten hotel rewards points, Jeff and I were able to go away last week for our 4th Anniversary and do something I’ve been meaning to do for years, the Vermont Cheese Trail ! The Vermont Cheese Trail Map was created by the Vermont Cheese Council, an entity dedicated to the production and advancement […] Read more…

Honey Tasting and Bee Lecture

Each year, the Bristol Land Conservation Trust, for which I am a volunteer hosts a lecture.  This year was all about the Honey Bee. Our board president, Raymon Payson met a beekeeper named Jon Nelson who has created a no-kill method of removing unwanted bees from people’s houses and landscapes. Besides being a more humane […] Read more…

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