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Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community- Part 7

“Earthworms” are said to be a Gardener's Best Friend!

As a child I liked to play in the dirt and the mud. My Nana had a great patch of rich dirt that I could play in all day long, making mud pies. Of course, when playing in the dirt, I would come across the odd, squirmy worm. I never minded them too much. When I got older, my dad taught us kids to fish and bait our own poles with worms. So, I had a little experience with worms as a kid, but not so much as an adult. When we finally…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 18, 2014 at 8:51am — No Comments

Where and How to Recycle Just About Everything

Recycling has recently become one of the most popular sustainable habits, with individuals, private businesses, and governments implementing recycling programs across the globe. People and businesses may recycle their own…

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Added by Emma Sturgis on April 18, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community- Part 6

Learning To Ward Off Infection, Sickness, & Bugs With Medicinal Plants

Our dear friend, Lou Anne, has been an organic farmer for over 30 years. She came to our community 3 years ago to check us out and then she and her husband, Bob, came back a few months later to live and work at Osa Mountain Village. As soon as Lou Anne unpacked she dove in and took over our gardens. Thank goodness! We really needed her guidance, warmth, love & her…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 14, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community- Part 5

Learning to cook with fruits & veggies grown locally & in our gardens!

Being from California we were exposed to a large variety of different kinds of foods growing up as well as grocery stores which carried beautiful selections of fresh fruits and vegetables year round. However, there are many fruits and vegetables that grow here in Costa Rica that we had never even seen before. We are loving trying and experimenting with these different kinds of fruits…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 12, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community- Part 4

Raising Chickens In A Sustainable Community

Who knew there was so much to know and learn about keeping chickens? 

When we moved to Osa Mountain Village 3 years ago we had much to learn about sustainable living and the principles of permaculture. Another area of needed education was how we were going to feed ours and another growing…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 11, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community- Part 3

What is Permaculture?

To be honest, I had absolutely NO clue as to what permaculture was before moving to Costa Rica 3 years ago. Of course, I had heard the term used. I knew that our new eco community, Osa Mountain Village, was promoting that we would be using permaculture principles to grow our food, but I really had no idea what that meant or why it was so important. It really wasn't until one day I sat down with a friend…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community- Part 2

The Dilemma: Paper Or Cloth Napkins?

We have a growing eco community in Costa Rica. We started with just 10 of us or so and now we have over 35 people living full time in our community at the present time. Before we had our community restaurant, we had almost every pot luck, party, and celebration at our house. We had neighbours and many of the guests that came looking at real estate in…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 9, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Learning To Live Green In A Sustainable Community-Part #1

There is a lot to learn about living in a sustainable community. We moved to Costa Rica 3 years ago. It has been the adventure of a lifetime for our whole family. We left Southern California for a healthier, safer, greener, and more relaxed way of life. We knew there would be some adjustment time, a big learning curve, and some challenges, however what we couldn't have known was just how life changing this adventure would actually be and how much fun we…

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Added by Catherine Overturf on April 6, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

SAVE WILDLIFE NOW

Protect Elephants and Gorillas to Sustain Our Forests

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/392/887/669/protect-elephants-and-gorillas-to-sustain-our-forests/

Find Out Who Killed Three Bison in Yellowstone…

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Added by Ruth McD on March 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Be part of the travel2change sports challenge!

Nelson Mandela once said that

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.“

Millions of travelers around the globe share a passion for sports. They travel the world for their favorite sports - from skiing, surfing, cycling, hiking to diving trips, but many of these trips don’t benefit the places they visit.…

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Added by travel2 on March 18, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

SAVE THE ANIMALS NOW

Help Stop Western Australia’s Shark Cull Program…

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Added by Ruth McD on February 24, 2014 at 6:37pm — 7 Comments

PETITIONS FOR WILDLIFE

Save Rare Dolphins from Extinction…

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Added by Ruth McD on January 23, 2014 at 5:45pm — 5 Comments

WILDLIFE PETITIONS

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Added by Ruth McD on January 20, 2014 at 6:08pm — 7 Comments

Follow Through on New Year's Organization Goals

At midnight on Dec. 31st, millions of homeowners around the globe made a New Year’s vow to be more organized in 2014. Around mid-January, the task…

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Added by Maree on January 20, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Reality Check: The Impact of Your Smart Gadget to our Planet

Technological consumption nowadays is noticeably evolving at a rapid rate. A 2013 Gartner study projected 2.5 billion unit shipments of electronic devices by the end of the year. Modernization of our society is a good thing, as it brings innovative ways on how we communicate and fulfill our business needs. However, the massive growth in technology (mobile…

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Added by Sookie Lioncourt on January 9, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Four Tips for Building Your Own Greenhouse

Having access to your very own climate-controlled greenhouse comes with many benefits. From having access to fresh produce year-round to building up a garden chock-full of beautiful and rare plants, the benefits and uses of a greenhouse are different for everyone. If you're thinking about creating your own greenhouse, but you're wary of the construction phase, these four tips can give you a better idea of what the process might look like.

Choose a reasonable location and size

A…

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Added by Maree on December 19, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments

Alternative Energy May Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels

When you hear the term “renewable energy,” you may think of solar power, but there are many other ways we can use our own environment to power our…

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Added by Maree on December 19, 2013 at 7:13am — No Comments

WOLVES PETITIONS

STOP TAKING WOLVES OFF ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/619/419/549/stop-taking-wolves-off-endangered-species-act/


STOP DELISTING…

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Added by Ruth McD on November 22, 2013 at 8:01pm — 8 Comments

How To Save Energy During A Heat Wave

Summer often brings heat waves. If you use air conditioning in your home, you know that a heat wave can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. You may be paying more than you should, however. Many homes are not optimized for cooling and that could be hurting your bank account.

Annual Maintenance

It’s very important to keep your cooling unit in good condition. Have a professional check it regularly. Proper maintenance can save you up to 30% on your energy…

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Added by Michele on November 19, 2013 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Top Mistakes When Adding Solar Power to Your Home

In the age of increasing energy costs, solar power has exploded in popularity. When it was first available to households, the uptake was slow, but people see the point of solar power now that they have to pay more to heat, cool, and power their homes! Solar energy can even earn you money if you have an energy supplier who will pay you to generate solar power for the grid. There are many advantages to being less reliant on the local power company and having your own source of energy…

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Added by Michele on November 8, 2013 at 11:39pm — No Comments

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