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Water Independence: Catchment Systems

By Amanda Bancroft Water catchment, or rainwater harvesting, is not just for the vegetables. It’s also for drinking, cooking, cleaning, watering farm animals and even preventing urinary tract infections in

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Sun Tea and Solar Cookers

By Amanda Bancroft There’s nothing like letting the sun be your chef, free of charge! With the proper safety measures, making sun tea and cooking with solar energy can enhance

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Alternative Transportation Tips for Summer

Alternative transportation should instead be…

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Why EcoVillages?

By Amanda Bancroft Anyone can live in an eco village, except Elvis Presley (despite what witnesses may say). But that doesn’t mean everyone wants to. There are benefits and drawbacks

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Make Ripples by Recycling Odds & Ends

By Amanda Bancroft Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could feed hungry people with unwanted household junk? No, not by feeding them junk, of course! By recycling your odds &

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Birdfeeders 101

By Amanda Bancroft The chickadee in the picture eluded my camera for over two weeks until I finally caught it with its beak in the cookie jar. Our native and

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The “New Local”

By Amanda Bancroft People Making Ripples: John Remmers, of the Fayetteville-based Himalayan Village Fund, works on issues of education and water access. Their two projects include scholarships for Nepalese children

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The Wonderful World of Worms

People Making Ripples: Quinn Montana, author of Worship Your Food, loves red wigglers. She recently held an inter-generational workshop, pictured here, as part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville’s

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April Showers Bring May Aquaponics

By Amanda Bancroft Recycling water with fish and plants is pretty splashtastic; but is it feasible? There are some downsides, but practically speaking, sustainable water filtration systems are doable and

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Clueless in the Kitchen

“Brad Volz is an avid reader, photographer, and writer living sustainably by shopping locally and bringing his own bags to the Farmers’ Market. He also grows a backyard garden, among