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Great Nutrition Starts On Your Plate June 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.
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Want to feel better, look better, and be healthier?

Start by tossing out the out-dated and confusing Food Pyramid.

Then, fill 75% of your plate  with fresh Fruits, vibrant Veggies, and gorgeous Grains.

To learn more, visit Agrigirl’s Blog and read Tammy’s post:

Tumbling the Pyramid.

Want a few more resources?

Choose My Plate ~ USDA site offers  information on healthy foods to place on your plate, plus help in planning nutritious and delicious menus.

* Eat Well Guide ~ a free online directory of over 12,000 farms, grocery stores, and restaurants that offer local, fresh, and sustainable food in the U.S. and Canada.

* SlowFood USA ~ a national non-profit that believes everyone has the right to good, clean, and fair food.  With over 225 chapters nationwide, Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.  It seeks to transform our food and farming system through the power of everyday people.

* Food Routes ~ a national non-profit dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food . . . the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables.

* Local Harvest ~ a free nationwide directory of small farms, farmers’ markets and other local food sources in the US.

Related posts:  A Month of Meatless Meals * Spinach Rice * 7 Reasons We Prefer To Dine In

Create A Backyard Habitat For Wildlife June 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Sustainable Living.
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Help Ranger Rick by creating a wildlife habitat in your backyard for birds, squirrels, butterflies, chipmunks, and his other Woodland Friends.

It’s a FUN for kids of all ages:

All you need to do is provide the things animals need most: food, water, cover and places to raise their young.

It’s that easy!

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Here’s a few extra tips for attracting beneficial wildlife to your yard:

Lizards and salamanders: A simple brush pile in a corner of your yard can be a great way to attract both of these groups of animals.

Salamanders are amphibians and will hide under logs at the base, while lizards, being reptiles, will use the surface to sun themselves.

Bats: Bats are great at helping to control pesky insects like mosquitoes.

Consider planting night-blooming plants such as evening primroses, yuccas, phlox, sacred datura or evening snow to attract moths, a favorite food of bats.

Woodpeckers: Attract woodpeckers by leaving that dead tree in your yard instead of removing it.

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Woodpeckers are drawn to the insects that live in it, and can excavate the soft wood to make a nest.

Or, mount a woodpecker nesting box 8-20’ high on a tree trunk.

Toads: A single adult toad can eat 10,000 insect pests over the course of an average summer.  Welcome these helpful amphibians to your yard by providing a “toad abode.”

You can purchase an abode, or simply turn a ceramic pot half-over in a shady spot.

Creating your Certified Wildlife Habitat™ is a great way to get the whole family outdoors and working together for wildlife!

To Get Started . . . visit National Wildlife Federation. Be sure to tell them Ranger Rick sent ya!