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Farmstand Facelift

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Farmstands in Southern Ontario range from eye catching abundance to others that are simply sunflower bunches waiting at the end of a driveway, a sign reading $5.00 resting against the buckets. Fruits, veggies and...

5 Learnings From the Good Shepherd P-Patch

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  It was around this time last year that I hopped on a plane to Seattle and had the fortune to visit the Good Shepherd P-Patch. More than one person insisted I couldn't miss it...

Swanton Berry Farm Store – The Fresh Side Up

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  It doesn't look like much from the outside but when you walk into the Swanton Berry Farm store it's a wonderful shock to the system. It's like a perfectly dreamy flashback full of berries,...

Green Gulch Flower Gardens

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It's easy to get busy. Between work, chores, groceries, children or simply opening mail there is often not much time left over. Especially when what you might need most is to maintain perspective and...

A Local Nursery: Shelburne Vermont

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  Just last week, I was driving down a country lane in Shelburne, Vermont when I found this little nursery -- tucked away from the road and otherwise understated except for the profusion of wreaths...

Forest Man | One Tree at a Time

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This is a film worth watching and a life worth following. Forest Man tells the story of Jadav Payeng and the 1,360 acre forest he planted on Majuli Island in Northeast India. The island,...

Flower Power: Carrizo Plain Super Bloom

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  Can you say flower power? We happened upon the Carrizo Plain not by chance. In fact, more than one person insisted we make the trip. Headlines¬†like "Serengeti of the West" and "Super of Super Blooms"...

Serendipitous Gardening

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The oddest thing happened. I was on a perfectly lovely trail run near the headlands when bits of partially eaten plants and plant parts began littering the path in front of me. Roots, fibers...

10 Benefits of Trees & More

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    I love the idea that trees and the value of trees can be quantified through scientific study. That trees are not only a carbon sink and vital to environmental health but also benefit human...

Fetid Surprise

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The leaves of Fetid Adder's Tongue, Scoliopus bigelovii, pop out like a beacon below the shaded cover of redwood forest canopy.  Just last week, I was strolling along the trails of Muir Woods, minding...
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