January 29, 2016 |
Think It's a Wonderful Life and Oliver! - with a reptilian twist. Or Saving Green Fruit Loop. That works, too. About a week ago, Sally Mabon, a Princeton mom and policy researcher, was washing some tatsoi, a kind of Asian spinach bought at a local health-food store, only to find an unexpected houseguest - a little lizard nestled in the leaves. Surprised, she called over daughter Faye Steingart, the family's resident kindergartner, to take a peek. Admittedly, the little creature wasn't looking good: brown, shriveled, limp from a couple of days in the family's refrigerator.
February 16, 2012
Pennypack Farm and Education Center in Horsham sponsors its third annual film series aimed at engaging neighbors in discussion about environmental issues. Each movie delves into a different aspect of sustainability with a focus on how small changes can make a big difference to the world. All screenings are at the nonprofit Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler 19002. Tickets are $10 each. 215-345-7855 or amblertheatre.org/pennypack Doors open at 6 p.m. for a community expo, highlighting local organizations.
August 29, 2010
10 for the Road 1. Cape May Food & Wine Festival. Cape May. Sept. 18-26. Winery tours and tasting, a five-course beer-tasting dinner, seminars, classes, and the People's Choice Chowder Contest. 609-884-5404; www.capemaymac.org/food_wine/index.html . 2. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Manheim. Weekends and Labor Day Monday through Oct. 31. The medieval festival features jesters, jugglers, jousts, a human chess match, and Good Queen Bess herself. 717-665-7021; www.parenfaire.
July 2, 2010 |
Starting a lavender farm was Patti Lyons' idea, though she describes it more as a vision that came to her in the car. Whatever its origins, the idea took hold - and for 10 years, it's flourished: Patti and her husband, George, now host about 10,000 visitors a year at their Peace Valley Lavender Farm outside Doylestown. Lavender farms and festivals are popping up all over the country, especially in the Pacific Northwest. It's the result of a growing web of interest - in fresh herbs and herbal remedies, homemade crafts, aromatherapy, and organic farming.
May 20, 2010 |
This small village on the Zouma River - inside the municipal boundaries of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province - is the site of a fascinating effort to fight one of China's biggest problems: the dangerous levels of pollution in its rivers and streams. "In the last 30 years, China's economic miracle has helped pull millions from poverty, but has put tremendous pressure on its ecosystems," said Ma Jun, whose 1999 book China's Water Crisis has been compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
May 20, 2010 |
ANLONG, China - This small village on the Zouma River - inside the municipal boundaries of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province - is the site of a fascinating effort to fight one of China's biggest problems: the dangerous levels of pollution in its rivers and streams. "In the last 30 years, China's economic miracle has helped pull millions from poverty, but has put tremendous pressure on its ecosystems," said Ma Jun, whose 1999 book China's Water Crisis has been compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring . "Sixty percent of our rivers are polluted," and "300 million rural residents have no clean drinking water.
February 17, 2009 |
Judy Wicks went to a diner for breakfast the other day. Reading the fine print, she set the menu down, appalled. "Bummer," Wicks said, sighing. "I can't eat the eggs. They're not cage-free. " It has been one month since Wicks sold the White Dog Cafe. For a historical change in an iconic city eatery, the handover went down with surprisingly little fanfare. No flags lowered to half-staff. No tearful loyal customers stopping by for one last plate of organic salad with goat cheese from a local farm and a burger made from humanely raised cattle.
October 5, 2002 |
When Susan and Sam Gish signed on as subscribers to an organic farm last spring, they had visions of receiving plump heirloom tomatoes, ruby-hued beets, and crisp green lettuces. The Gishes, who run a casting company in Old City, had had a rapturous experience years ago with community supported agriculture, or CSA. They expected the same bounty when they paid $570 for a share of this season's harvest from Vollmecke Orchards CSA. But because of a freak May frost followed by a summer of drought and heat, the weekly deliveries from the West Brandywine Township farm have been meager.
March 24, 2001 |
Foot-and-mouth disease does not affect human health. But the epidemic striking animals in Europe is unsettling stomachs in other ways: The sight of thousands of burning animal carcasses may be inspiring more people to eat vegetarian and stirring up interest in organic food. Already, nearly four million of Britain's 60 million people eat "veggie," according to the U.K.-based Vegetarian Society. In the last month, phone calls to the society's hotline have doubled, hits on its Web site are up 20 percent, and the demand for more vegetarian recipes is way up, press officer Su Taylor said.
July 5, 2000 |
You may have heard of a kind of super-organic farming called biodynamics. It's based on ideas developed in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), for a course given to a group of farmers near Breslau (which was then in the eastern part of Germany and is now Wroclaw in Poland). The course was developed in response to farmers' observations that soils had become depleted following the introduction of chemical fertilizers at the turn of the century. A basic ecological principle of biodynamics is to conceive of the farm as a unique organism.