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Walipinis: Grow Food Underground

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By Amanda Bancroft A walipini is an underground greenhouse that lets you grow food year-round. The name “walipini” comes from the Aymara Native American language and means “a place of warmth.” The idea was first developed in Bolivia, South America. Walipinis are currently promoted as a potential answer to difficult growing conditions due to drought,…

Native and Ever Green

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By Amanda Bancroft “Evergreen trees play a big role for wildlife in your backyard during winter, so it’s important to understand our native evergreens to promote the best habitat we can for native species.” Readers Ask: Are evergreen trees really native to Arkansas? People have different interpretations of the term “native”, but if it was…

Ice is Nice

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By Amanda Bancroft If your recent winter interactions with ice have been altogether negative, I empathize. It’s abundantly clear to most of us why ice storms, slick roads and slippery sidewalks are hazards that make us yearn for summer-like Olaf the snowman in Disney’s recent release, Frozen. But not as obvious are the ways we…

80,000 Hours to Give Well

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By Amanda Bancroft There’s a hot new movement of ripple-makers calling themselves “effective altruists” and gaining attention from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, TED, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. The Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article this month describing effective altruism as “dedicating a significant portion of your time or…