Keeping It Real in the Market for Christmas Trees


by Rusty Pritchard Does the prospect of choosing a Christmas tree fill you with the same environmental angst that you get when confronted with “paper or plastic”? or “cloth or disposable diapers”? Those are actually two very hard … [Read more...]

Deep Down Things: Down-Home Environmentalism

By Kendra Langdon Juskus This is the first year I won't be traveling to upstate New York to my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. My grandmother passed away last year, and as I reflect on her life this holiday season, I'm re-posting these … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: Curing the Black Friday Blues

Nov. 27: Buy Nothing Day

Thanksgiving has a relatively simple premise. It’s a holiday known for family time, rest, and warm, hearty (and largely local) food. It’s also refreshingly unmarketable. Although you can now send Thanksgiving cards and place giant inflatable … [Read more...]

Book Release: Go Green, Save Green


Tyndale Publishing House has released a new book, Go Green, $ave Green, by Blessed Earth's program director Nancy Sleeth, just in time for Earth Day. The book answers a common question Sleeth and her family hear while touring the country to speak … [Read more...]

Gardening with American Beauties


Gardening is about trial and error. For many years most of my trials ended in errors. I planted good plants in bad places, or bad plants in good places, or did everything wrong at once. Lately, we've had much more success, and we've been using fewer … [Read more...]

Clean Clothes, Clear Conscience

Awkwardly stringing a clothesline between a maple tree, the corner of the garage, and the basketball hoop, this year I finally declared independence from the clothes dryer. In our summer's move from inner-city D.C. to the Chicago suburbs, visions of … [Read more...]