Our Choices Matter

Supporting local, conscientiously run farms helps promote good farming practices, fair wages and fair treatment for agricultural workers.

Peace from the Past

Stepping away from technology and engaging in activities like gardening or sewing can calm the mind.

Healthy Holidays

It's especially important that we pay attention to our psychological health during the holiday season.

Animal Farm

Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner sheds light on the question of whether animals are sentient beings (science says they are!), and shares her favorite articles from this issue.

Hydroponics in the Office, Post 2

The office hydroponics system has taken off and is producing food quite rapidly, prompting an investigation into the pros and cons of hydroponic vegetable growing versus conventional gardening.

Hydroponics in the Office, Post 1

In the first of this series, we test out a hydroponics growing kit by planting lettuce and herbs indoors under the lights of a Worm's Way hydroponics system.

5 Favorite Handmade Gift Shops

Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.

3 Bhakti Chai Holiday Recipes

Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.

5 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.

3 Great Pregnancy Skin Products

These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.

Update on Nursery Renovations

In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.

Better Beverage Containers

Don't overlook the health impacts of the container when shopping for healthier premade beverages.

Seeking Electric In-Floor Heat

Jessica is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.

Savory Vegetarian Dinner Pies

For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.

Future of Urban Gardening

The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.

3 Favorite Home Remodeling Blogs

These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.

3 Tips for Small-Space Gardening

If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.

A Plastic Safety Refresher Course

It can be hard to remember which types of plastic are most hazardous to our health. Use this simple guide to plastics as a refresher course, and keep toxic plastics out of your life.

Transformation Tuesday: Trash Turned Giftwrap

Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.

Weed & Water Wednesday: A Favorite Desert Garden

Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!

Transformation Tuesday: An Inexpensive Bedroom Upgrade

To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.

Meatless Monday Recipe: Yummy Veggie Meatloaf

Veggie meatloaf makes for a hearty, delicious entree or side dish perfect for vegetarians and vegans at Thanksgiving. Check out these three varieties: one features chickpeas, one lentils and one vegetarian meat substitute.

Meatless Monday Recipe: Thanksgiving Specialties

No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!

Feel-Good Friday: That's Not Honey, Honey

In more shocking news about the honey on U.S. store shelves, a Food Safety News study analyzes more than 60 jars of honey and finds that nearly all of them have been ultra-filtered to disguise their potentially tainted and toxic origins.

Feel-Good Friday: More Cures in Your Cupboard

Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.

Green Festival Seattle!

Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.