Edible Flowers from the Garden

  Nothing brightens up a salad or serves as a better garnish than edible flowers. Who can resist smiling when served a plate complete with the happy faces of some pansies or violas looking up at you? Many restaurants are taking advantage of this phenomenon and including chives, calendulas, clovers, nasturtiums and marigolds in their meals. If you want to truly astonish your guest at your next dinner party, it might be time to include some edible flowers in the menu.   There are actually quite a … [Read more...]

5 Container Gardening Tips to Successfully Grow Produce

  If your yard is not that big, container gardening is a good option! Container gardens can include flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even small trees and shrubs. Here are some tips to get you started on this year's container garden.   Assess Your Sunlight You need to take notes on how much area receives full sunlight and for how long each day. Some plants do better in shade than others. So, you need to know how much exposure your containers are going to receive before you start your seeds … [Read more...]

Neonicotonoids Found in Rivers Around the Great Lakes

  A recent study found controversial neonicotinoid insecticides in tributaries of the Great Lakes system. Neonicotinoids are the most heavily used insecticides on the planet-designed to attack the nervous systems of insects and protect crops from damage. They are also used by non-farmers in garden and landscaping sprays and products. Once thought to be relatively innocuous to wildlife higher up the food chain, scientists are increasingly reporting toxic effects. Neonicotinoids are … [Read more...]

New Report Exposes Deceptive Marketing in the $9 Billion-Dollar Snack Bar Industry

  A new report by the Cornucopia Institute exposes misleading marketing practices by food industry giants that market unhealthy snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. The report further exposes leading natural/organic brands for including cheap, conventional ingredients instead of creating nutritive products that qualify for the USDA organic label. The report, and an accompanying scorecard details how snack bar quality varies widely among brands, even among the many … [Read more...]