Monday, September 12, 2011
My duties as a farmers market manager and as a part-time consultant for other markets, has made it impossible to devote the energy necessary to make Mama Goes Green the successful business it could be. So I have decided to sell the website and business. As it is right now, you could basically just switch over the passwords and start making money immediately. The greatest part is all of the wonderful manufacturers and businesses I've poured the effort into making relationships with, will all be ready for you. No cold calling, or emailing, hoping they'll allow you to carry their products. I've spent hundreds and hundreds of hours writing descriptions and meta-tags, designing, tweeting, blogging, etc etc, and I just can't do it any more. The hardest work has been done...the launching. People recognize the name, and the business has the potential to really make some money. Email sara at mamagoesgreen dot com for more information. Thanks!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Eat Local & In Season
There are so many reasons why this is important. As far as eco-impact, when you eat locally you cut down on transport miles & fuel usage to get food from one place to the next. Also, small family farms are much more likely to use sustainable practices, preserving farmland and soil health. This keeps our air, water and food sources clean and healthy for all! To find local sources near you check out: Local Harvest
Commit to going Waste-Free
Most of us have a reusable water bottle...but do you still pack things in plastic baggies for to go lunches? How about use paper towels for cleaning or paper napkins for dinner? Choose one disposable product you can't imagine living without...and give the alternative 2 weeks. You'll wonder why you waited so long! Not to mention how nice it feels to completely skip the disposable aisle at the grocery stores!
Buy Less, Buy Used, Buy Quality
Before you buy something new ask yourself these questions: Do I have this item in another form already? If so, Do you need another, or is the one you currently have sufficient? If not, can you buy it used? If you can, check craigslist, consignment & thrift stores, or yard sales first. If you must buy a new item, buy quality that will last, instead of cheap items that are essentially disposable. Just asking yourself these simple questions will lead you to consume less, and buy more thoughfully.
There are so many things I could add to this list, but this is a good start. If you have another, would you please share?! I'd love to hear what commitments you are going to make or renew this Earth Day.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
photo courtesy of: Dalboz17
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Photo Credit: Michael Woodruff via flickr.com
This year, we've decided to turn our tree into a bird habitat/feeder. We have it outside, still in the base, anchored with some rocks inside. Tomorrow the kids and I will spend some quality time making pinecone feeders and stringing popcorn. Not only will this provide some winter shelter for the birds, but it will also give us a chance to do some bird watching. This will definately be part of our homeschool science lessons. Along this same vein, you could also take the branches and spread them out around your property as shelter for wildlife. Check with your local Department of Natural Resources to find out if they have a program for trees in place. Many municipalities use the trees in soil and erosion prevention programs, and also in lakes and rivers as fish sanctuaries.
Besides wildlife habitat and mulching, recycled Christmas trees also provide: energy, heat, and even vaccine ingredients. Keep it out of the landfill, and check out what programs are available to you by visiting Earth911.com.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I can never roast my pastured chickens right....I usually end up making them too dry. Pastured meat is a different kind of bird because there is more muscle, and less fat, making cooking times different from what you may be used to with a conventional chicken. So finally, I decided to crockpot the bird.....and I am now in heaven. Not only does it make a juicy, delicious dinner, but the meat just falls off, and you can utilize every last shred of meat without too much work. After I remove the meat, I simply leave the bones and skin in the crockpot, add some filtered water & seasonings and turn the crockpot back on low overnight. It produces a delicious, and oh-so healthy for you, bone broth that will help stave off the flu and other winter viruses. Not too mention you just can't buy broth like that at the store! With the extra cost of pastured poultry, utilizing every jiblet is important to keep the relative cost down. Works for me, hope it will work for you!