wool dryer ball
Sustainability

Make Your Own Reusable Wool Dryer Balls

When I first started to make my home sustainable, I decided to start with greening up the household products that I use most often. After taking care of laundry detergent and dish detergent, I decided to tackle dryer sheets. I’ve never liked dryer sheets. Besides all the chemicals and the waste, I’m way too cheap… Continue reading Make Your Own Reusable Wool Dryer Balls

seed swap
Sustainability

How to Host a Seed Swap

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the holidays are in the air! I'm not quite ready for Christmas carols and decking the hall, but I love the feeling of anticipation that comes from knowing everything will be sparkly and bright soon. I’m also looking forward to getting together with friends and family to celebrate… Continue reading How to Host a Seed Swap

Bti
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

Bti: An Easy, Natural Way to Stay Mosquito Free

Are you a mosquito magnet? I know I am. Since my Graduate Assistant position has me out and about during peak bug biting hours, I spend all summer itchy and covered in welts. I could use bug spray, but I don’t like the idea of DEET and the organic lotions don’t seem to work very… Continue reading Bti: An Easy, Natural Way to Stay Mosquito Free

citizen science
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

Citizen Science Projects for Gardeners and Farmers

As a gardener or hobby farmer, you probably don’t think of yourself as a scientist beyond monitoring your soil and watching trends in your fruits and veggies. Let me beg to differ, because I bet that you're more of scientist than you might think. As you spend time outside in your garden beds, do you… Continue reading Citizen Science Projects for Gardeners and Farmers

knit
DIY, Sustainability

Learn to Knit in a Weekend

There are plenty of fun and interesting skills to learn on the journey to become more self-sufficient and sustainable. Knitting is one of my personal favorites. I learned to knit many years ago at a conference. I remember looking through the program and noticing a knitting circle as part of the morning’s activities. While I… Continue reading Learn to Knit in a Weekend

landlord
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

I’ve lived in a lot of apartments. They were all tiny and a bit cramped, but I was determined to make them cozy. I filled them with books, coffee cups, and a house plant or two. They grew on me, and I came to love each one of them for being exactly what I needed… Continue reading How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

DIY
DIY, Sustainability

Five Amazing Places to Learn DIY Skills

When I first started to look at creating a more sustainable life for myself, it was easy to be overwhelmed. I wanted to do everything myself! There is so much to learn and so many skills to perfect! If you're like me and many other new sustainable DIY-ers, you might have grown up alongside a… Continue reading Five Amazing Places to Learn DIY Skills

farm market
Sustainability, Sustainable Food Tips

Why You Should Join A CSA

Why You Should Join A CSA (Even If You Already Have a Garden) What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. The first CSA began in the 1980’s with the idea of creating a system that would allow consumers to directly support local farms. The venture did so well that you can now find… Continue reading Why You Should Join A CSA