Leaf Foliage Lesson

Leaf Foliage Lesson
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz Autumn is a spectacular time of color in many areas, and the Appalachians are no exception.  From radiant reds to mustard yellow, the vibrant display of color is short-lived, earning leaf-peeping peak priority. What causes ...

4 Reasons to sprout

4 Reasons to sprout
1. Sprouting is Green! Seeds are low-cost and provide a steady supply of healthy, economical food. They also store long-term (3 – 5 years) when stored in a cool, dark place. Low tech.  The seeds are simple to grow because the growing process requires little water and sunlight. It does not require soil, highly developed fertilizers, ...

Seeking Silence? 1

Is silence music to your ears? The familiar clamor of leaf blowers, lawn mowers, barking dogs, vehicle exhaust pipes, buses, airplanes, car doors slamming, church bells, trains and sirens is characteristic of living in a dense population. Common sounds such as these largely go unnoticed because they are the basis of our daily environment. Regardless, ...

Walking in Circles 1

Walking in Circles
“The belief that people walk in circles when lost is mainly based on anecdotal evidence and has never been studied systematically in a real desert or forest.” (Current Biology, August 20th 2009) It is a common scenario: when we get lost in the wilderness, we wind up walking in circles.  Much to our dismay, at ...

The Christmas Tree Tradition

The Christmas Tree Tradition
Trees are harvested for a variety of practical purposes – lumber, furniture, paper, writing utensils, boats, signs, musical instruments, crates, boxes, cellophane, adhesive… Some of those uses are valuable and long-lasting, and others offer a nominal utility, such as the Christmas Tree. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, ...

Tips for a Lighter Footprint 2

Tips for a Lighter Footprint
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”— Gaylord Nelson If you are reading this, then chances are you already do quite a bit to help the environment. So, we hope you’ll find something that you may have not considered ...