Making maple syrup is the perfect activity to say “goodbye” to winter and welcome the muddy, messy of year that let’s us know that spring is here. This four-part series will cover what you need to know to get started making maple syrup. How it Works Maple syrup is concentrated from tree sap, which contains … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 1): Get Ready!
When it gets cold, I forget how to get dressed. As fall transitions to winter and the temperatures start to drop below freezing, I respond by piling on more and more layers (and eating more and more cookies, although that's not the point here...). This sounds warm and cozy, but it's problematic when I go … Continue reading Two Rules to Dress for Cold-Weather Running
When somebody asks you, "How are you doing?" which of these answers are you most likely to give? a) fine b) good c) busy d) crazy busy! If your answer included some form of busy, you are not alone. Here in the US, we pride ourselves on our productivity. It's good to be busy. We've developed … Continue reading Stressed out? Nature can fix that!
I really like this new campaign by the US Forest Service and Ad Council: Every neighborhood has a naturehood. I'm not sure that it's a brand-new idea—Canada has a naturehood program too, as do some individual communities—but it does have some great messaging about getting outside. https://youtu.be/zuNqLVOSnCs What's a naturehood? A naturehood is simply nearby nature: parks and other … Continue reading Find Your Naturehood
Pop quiz: What’s the most heavily irrigated crop in the US? If you deduced from the title of this post (because you’re smart like that) that it’s our collective lawns, then you’d be correct. A new study estimated that more than 40 million acres of land are some type of lawn. Yes, lawns are great for looking nice, … Continue reading Kill Your Lawn
We all hated jack pine in college. In forestry school, we spent an entire fall semester alternating our time between cool, moist hardwood forests and the hot, dusty jack pine plains. The hardwoods were comfortable to work in and a lot less likely to harbor nests of vicious hornets. It took me a long time … Continue reading Blueberry Mini-Adventure (and Muffins!)
Let’s face it: Sauerkraut has an image problem. At best, the fermented food elicits memories of an Oktoberfest side dish served alongside bratwurst, and probably only consumed after drinking a boot (or two) of beer. But this isn’t your grandmother’s sauerkraut anymore. New and improved kinds are popping up on everything from burgers to health … Continue reading Sauerkraut Gets a Makeover (And It’s Looking Better Than Ever)
These days, more and more people are discovering the joys of playing in the dirt—though grown-ups might prefer the term “gardening.” Food gardening is especially hot, with nearly 20 percent more households hopping on the food-growing train during the past five years. Renewed interest in gardening may be due in part to the local food … Continue reading Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know to Actually See Your Garden Grow