sustainability

Ban the Bag

Last week in Rhode Island, a bill was introduced to the House of Representatives that would ban plastic checkout bags statewide.  Environment Rhode Island has been working tirelessly to educate our state about the issue and encourage passage of the bill. Tonight I attended a letter-writing party and submitted the following letter to the editor to […] Read more…

Roots Farm

A few years ago, some good friends of ours moved back home from the West coast and started an organic farm. Until then, they had both been trained and employed as engineers and both had acquired advance degrees. I’m sure they got a few odd looks from both friends and family when they announced their […] Read more…

Shelburne Farms, VT

I’m not going to say much about Shelburne Farms, except GO THERE NOW. Actually, most of the property is closed November through April, but MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR NOW. I had heard that Shelburne Farms was awesome, I knew it was a large working farm with lots of great educational programs. But nothing could […] Read more…

Aquidneck Land Trust Trolley Tour

The Aquidneck Land Trust was founded in 1990, and since then, has become one of the largest and most active land trust organizations in Rhode Island. Throughout summer, they host trolley tours to showcase their gorgeous preserved properties and also discuss their varied conservation strategies. Our first stop was to a Newport Vineyards property, located […] Read more…

In My Garden June 29, 2013

It’s been almost a month since my last garden update, and things have certainly changed! The sugar snap peas are  pretty much done, and the kale and broccoli are growing taller and fuller. I am so grateful that despite being overcrowded, we did get some poppies after all. [I need to start using this lettuce!] […] Read more…

Friday Flowers: Floret

Floret is a flower farm and design studio located in the Skagit Valley of Washington state. The farm is run by Erin Benzakein and her family  and is certified organic. She runs trials of each variety before they grow them at a larger scale, and publishes her findings in her monthly column in Growing for […] Read more…

Friday Flowers: Studio Choo

Studio Choo is a Bay Area based floral studio owned by two best friends, Althea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo.  They use locally-grown flowers as often as possible, and their arrangements are always fresh and seasonally-inspired. In addition to designing flowers for weddings, the team wrote an adventurous floral and gardening column for the blog, Design*Sponge, titled, “We Like […] Read more…

Friday Flowers: Saipua

Note: I was originally going to post about several floral designers, but it would’ve been a ridiculously long post! Since “April showers bring May flowers”  – let’s switch up the Friday Explorer’s Club feature to be all about flowers this month. I got really into flowers when I started planning my wedding back in 2008. […] Read more…

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