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Originally posted in Care 2 by Ronnie Citron-Fink

Gardening can be one of the most rewarding eco-hobbies. It provides healthy exercise with nourishing results.
Now grab your tools and your DIY (party) hat, and put that green thumb to work!

1. DIY Compost Bin
Start collecting kitchen scraps for composting. Skip the pressure-treated wood and opt for creating the compost bin using more sustainable option.

2. Start a Spa Garden
Whip up recipes for spa treatments from easy to grow herbs.

3. Garden Tote
Organize gardening tools is easy with this handy repurposed gardener’s bucket.

4. Seedling Cups
Make planting cups from newspaper. Why? Soy-based ink newspaper becomes biodegradable compost.

5. Repair a Leaky Hose
Hoses crack and leak. Save money and repair them yourself.

6. Build A Birdhouse
Do you love birds? Then build them some beautiful abodes.

7. Sharpen Garden Tools
There’s nothing worse that a dull tools. Sharpening will make your garden chores go faster!

8. Bring A Lawn Back to Life
Wake up and revitalize your dull winter lawn.

9. Build A Garden Edge With Wine Bottles
Like wine? A collection of colorful wine bottles provide the perfect material for upcycled border edge for your garden.

10. Build a Folding Plant Stand
If you start your plants from seed, why not keep those babies displayed on a stand.

Click on each project to read how-to. Enjoy!


Originally posted in Care 2 by Melissa Breyer

I’m the first to admit that the term “superfood” gets thrown around a lot in media and marketing, but that doesn’t mean we should turn our backs on the bursting-with-nourishment, lovely, potent, and delicious foods that fall under the moniker. Especially when these foods are known to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and, while we’re at it, put you in a better mood.

Although some people have run rampant with the term and have made a mint by promoting the “miraculous! fountain-of-youth! death-defying!” benefits of superfoods, I hope that there won’t be a backlash against good, old-fashioned, super nutrient-exuberant food. As I’ve said before, I’m a crusader for most edibles in their pure forms–and the majority of them are superfoods in my book. There are few whole foods from the plant world that don’t have some health-boosting element to brag about–so how to decide what to eat? That’s why I like to think about (and eat) superfoods by season. (…)

1. Artichokes
2. Asparagus
3. Avocado
4. Blueberries
5. Fava Beans
6. Fresh Figs
7. Leeks
8. Oregano and other fresh herbs
9. Spinach
10. Strawberries

Click on each to find what makes it a superfood and how to use it.

It’s hard to believe we are FINALLY in March and Spring is just around the corner. (Can you wait for warmer weather?) Though the Winter CSA continues thru May we are already getting some spring crops, like fingerlings. Read on for the complete list:

– Onions
– Carrots
– Potatoes
– Beets
– Fingerlings
– Celery root
– Shallots
– Value added: yogurt, dry beans, chicken or ground beef (ratio 4:1 chicken to beef)
– 1/2 Milk, from last month’s share

Also, there was a mistake last month when Mark—our driver—forgot to include the milk in our shares. So, Zaid is sending it again to make up for the missing item. Yay!

See you all mañana.

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