Ever heard of a little something called the Appalachian Trail? The Appalachian Trail (or AT) is a federally designated and protected scenic hiking trail that zigs zag through the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Since its creation in the 1930s, hikers the world over have been daydreaming about the... Read more
Regardless of your age, being witness to the metamorphosis of a chubby crawling caterpillar into a stunning butterfly is never dull. In north Florida, we are in full swing of butterfly season and there is no better time than now to appoint yourself caterpillar foster... Read more
Spanish moss hung from towering cypress trees, dancing in the delicious breeze that whispered hints of a coming fall. A rope swing dangled above crystal clear blue waters, calling out to all those with enough moxie to grab a hold of one of its many knots. As my kiddo... Read more
By Crystal Wakoa
Do you love growing food? Do you appreciate the perfection, beauty, simplicity and magic of a seed? Are you appalled by the corporate takeover of seeds? Does it break your heart to know that in the last 100 years 94 percent of seed varieties have been lost forever? If so, you deserve to learn what it takes to become a seed saver.
Let’s say you’ve grown your best watermelon ever and you want to save the seeds for next year’s planting. You expect to grow watermelon identical to, and as delicious as the parent plant. A worthy endeavor, indeed, but one best... Read more
By Gretchen Hein
Ever arrive home at the end of a challenging day and wish the Fairy Kitchen Goddess had sneaked into the kitchen while you were away, leaving behind a yummy meal for you to enjoy? In many households the dinnertime “chef” works outside the home, and arrives home after a full day’s work to prepare a nutritious home cooked meal. It’s easy to allow the constraints of time, energy, and creativity to give way to fast food or boxed quick meals, both devoid of good nutrition and high in fats, salt and sugar. Crockpots and slow cooking offer more options and better choices.... Read more
By Bridget GuruBeant Welch, LMT
How do you raise a healthy eater? Start early and feed them real foods from the beginning. When your baby is ready to begin eating solids, replace processed, constipating, rice cereals with fresh avocado (great for the brain and heart), or banana or steamed carrots or zucchini. When possible, make your own baby food by steaming and mashing vegetables. Also, avoid those foods marketed for babies and toddlers that are processed cereal-like puffs in plastic canisters, which can set baby up for constipation and carbohydrate addiction (loving only... Read more
By Michele Hatton
The average individual uses about 70 gallons of water indoors per day—the average family, 350 gallons per day. Changing a few habits and investing in some low-tech devices can have dramatic effect on the burden we put on our wastewater treatment facility and septic tanks.
Let's talk toilets. The Florida Public Service Commission claims that 80 percent of water used indoors is in the bathroom... Read more
Looking for a low calorie, nutrient dense snack to keep in the cupboard or take on hiking adventures? Allow me to introduce you to my friend, kale chips. Holy cow, are these things delish, not to mention packed with things that do your body good. Kale chips are high in:... Read more
Above ground, you see no hint at the magical world that lies right below your feet at the Florida Caverns State Park. The area above is just your typical emerald colored Florida forest and rather unassuming. But what lies beneath is a real treasure. Chandeliers of limestone stalactites and soda straws hang from the cavern ceiling. Shimmering stalagmites jut up from the ground like petrified cypress knees. Elegant stone draperies look as if... Read more
There is something so incredibly alluring in a full moon crawling over the horizon on a summer’s eve. While many myths surround our little stellar neighbor flooding the night sky with light - babies being born, werewolves being spotted - one thing is for sure. Ain’t she a beaut? Recently, I got to experience this awe in a new way: while paddling along the Wakulla River with my family, sunset at my back, and the full moon beckoning me from the... Read more