The Old School
There are some things that you just aren’t going to wash very often, like your curtains, couch cushions, and probably even your favorite jeans. To spare the air, concoct a simple essential oil-infused linen spray, and spritz away until your definition of what “clean” smells like shifts permanently.
Store-bought deoderants contain aluminum and other harmful substances that find their way into your bloodstream. Try this recipe for natural homemade deodorant that uses baking soda with coconut oil and essential oil to create a effective and safe alternative.
Resist popping tabs this season and get familiar with the ultimate cola cure: soda syrups made from fresh fruits and herbs.
Springtime brings cleaning up from the winter, starting a new garden and finishing up home-school work.
Whole Foods has teamed up with Chef Ann Cooper to create The Lunch Box, an online resource that encourages schools to make meals healthy again.
Find recommendations from a teacher for books to introduce and teach counting to your kids. These books could be especially useful as home-school lessons.
The USGBC’s “50 for 50” green schools initiative aims to create a green schools caucus in every state legislature.
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
Robert Zwald talks about his days in a one room school house, learning with all eight grades at once. This is part four of eight in Robert Zwald's stories, as compiled by his daughter, Ruth.
Mayors from across the country have created an alliance to facilitate green buildings for K-12 schools.
Homeschool Moms for Moms is a safe place where moms are welcome to post photos of their children’s portfolios, work, crafts, artwork, and learning environments.
Three-hundred colleges and universities have been graded on their commitment to environmentalism. Did your alma mater make the Green Grade?
The Sierra Club’s top 100 greenest colleges and universities carve a clean energy future—students demand it.
ForestryDegree.net provides a searchable database for people interested in forestry.
For the first time, acclaimed Not So Big House author and architect brings quality-over-quality design to a residential development.
Send your children to school on foot or by bike on Oct. 9, 2013 to celebrate National Walk to School Day.
In wake of slow federal action, Boulder, Colorado, parents make a grassroots push for healthy, nutritious school lunches.
The Child Nutrition Act will improve school lunches. Readers share homemade school lunch ideas.
Sign up for classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and relive your childhood-camp experiences.
Parents and educators will find this new book helpful in education and efforts to reduce the harmful exhaust emissions children breathe on school buses.
Volunteers work to start the Sunset Hill Elementary School Garden in Lawrence, Kan.
Parents share stories about getting better food into school lunches.
A Danish study has found that concentration improves among students who bicycle or walk to school.
Celebrate harvest season by helping bring local food onto kid's lunch trays at schools across the country during Farm to School Month.
Goat School will be traveling to British Columbia and then to Ohio in September.
Walking to school promotes healthy living among young people.
The National Bike to School Day aims to promote safer routes to school, cleaner air and active transportation. Find out how to get involved in your community.
Walking School Buses make a big impact by improving health, building community and filling in where school budgets fall short.
Take a seat on this comfy sofa you made yourself using recycled car seats.
A hundred-year-old recipe for turning apple trimmings into vinegar yields mixed results, but lots of nostalgic fun.
According to the USDA, consumers can feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased claim and can make better informed purchasing decisions.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
Small northern Canadian company produces beautiful artisan glassware from recycled bottles and jars.
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
There are so many different “types” of goats! My last post was all about Angora goats and their fiber; this post will be about the meat aspect of goats. So what makes a goat a meat goat?
There is no “one size fits all” bunch of information that works every time in every location, every person, and for every goat.
"Garbage in, garbage out," is as true to goat nutrition as it is to the computer world and more folks should take heed!
Local farmers lease Amherst College land to provide for the school’s dining hall.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
An introduction to the North House Folk School.
California’s Kings Canyon school district recently debuted a new electric bus that will cut diesel emissions and help student health.
Shouldn't our kids' lunches be determined by nutritional value, not special interests?
First time farmers plan for the growing season and lambing.
School gardens play a vital role in our nations educational systems. Though the concept dates back to the 1800s, their role has gained popularity in the last 20 years, and for good reasons.
Tips on how to improve air quality while driving your kids to school.
Maine and Minnesota Goat Schools are over, and a great time was had by all; Janice Spaulding recaps the events and prepares for the next one is in Ohio in September.
Renovating a heritage log cabin DIY style isn't easy, but with some thought and attention to detail, it can be done - and cheaper than you might think.
Ditch unhealthy school lunches with a fresh lunch idea for kids: school gardens. Beyond putting fresh, healthy food in schools, cafeteria gardens are a great classroom tool and a big step towards more sustainable schools.
Chinese archaeologists have recently found the oldest solar device – a bronze concave mirror – capable of almost instantaneously making fire from sunlight.
There's nothing like an old cookbook filled with good recipes to warm your kitchen and your home!
Talking about Annie Upshure and the Catholic Workers Movement and how Peace Farms moved into Appalachia.
Survivalists and others who yearn for a better way of life, and a better world, would be best served by studying the successful tribal cultures and ways of the past. Based on an interview with Vine Deloria, author of "God is Red."
Hog butchering was a common farm chore done in the early winter. It provided much of the family's meat in the wintertime. It provides healthful food, exercise and a wonderful experience of community.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania homesteading mama Michelle shares a few strategies and suggestions for healthier school lunches.
A would-be farmer finds chills and perspective during a long winter on the farm.
I’ll let you in on a little secret; there is no PERFECT knife. Cutting tools are only as effective as the handler wielding them.
Schools and cities all around the U.S. are using abandoned rail corridors to encourage foot and bike transportation in their communities.
Goat School needs a class room, visit our Kickstarter project and enjoy our video of Goat School!
Traveling with Goat School on the Road, and learning all about newborn kid hoofs.
Kidding is quite a process! This blog covers the very first signs of impending birth.
No babies yet, so a few anecdotes about Angora kidding,labor
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
Milking is a fun and easy chore! Here are some hints on milking in an easy fashion.
Goat School is over for a few months, and now the routine will be a little more normal! Great questions were asked at Goat School and some of those answers are shared.
Autumn is very busy at Stony Knolls Farm between the Common Ground Fair and Fall Goat School!
Baby kids do not always present in the correct position when descending the birth canal. Learn about the different positions and how to handle them.
Be prepared for kidding season! Set up your kidding kit ahead of time. This information will help you have the right equipment at your fingertips.
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
Why raw milk? Why goat milk? Things to consider for good health and nutrition for you family. Also a trick to get stubborn kids to nurse from a bottle.
Getting ready for Goat School is always a daunting task, but once all of our new friends start arriving, we get excited! What a great time learning all about goats!
Spring clean up on the farm doesn't only include cleaning fallen branches, but cleaning up the goats too! Getting ready for kidding and making sure the goats are all set is our most important spring task.
Horns or no horns, that is the question! Why should you disbud your goats, or is it okay to leave the horns on? This post discusses both options with a link to a great article about horns and their beauty.
The kids have finally arrived, and we have plenty of photos of them!
The defeat of Congressman Jim Oberstar wasn't just a blow to Minnesota. It was a loss for everyone who bikes and walks.
The Sustainable Poultry Network and Western Piedmont Community College have combined forces to create the American School of Sustainable Poultry Husbandry, an intensive poultry workshop for anyone interested in poultry production, marketing, breeding, hatching, cooking, etc.
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!