Greener Perspectives Articles

7 Reasons for a New Nature Movement

Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, by word and example, that any movement—any culture— will fail if it cannot paint a picture of a world that people will want to go to. As others have said, his speech was not called “I Have a Nightmare.” For decades...

Also labeled: Author Richard Louv, Issue #32

Beyond Sustainability: The Regenerative Promise of Biodynamics

Standing under the news-making conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the night sky this past February, I realize, once again, the frogs are early. So were the tiny, native blossoms covering the hillside under my feet. These traditional heralds of...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #34

Building a Backyard Food Factory

Our backyard food factory.” That’s how our family refers to our small backyard vegetable garden. From just 500 square feet (a 20- by 25-foot patch), we enjoy a wealth of fresh vegetables for up to eight months of the year. Working in the garden is...

Also labeled: Author Greg Seaman, Issue #29

Can You be a Radical Homemaker With an Unsupportive Partner?

What happens when one member of a couple wants to live a new kind of life— but the other doesn’t?“But you have Bob.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that refrain about my husband since I first began promoting the ideals of radical...

Chemical Cookware: A Chemical used in Nonstick Cookware Continues to Prove its Toxicity

More evidence is mounting in the ongoing debate over perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In a study conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, there appears to be a correlation between PFOA and low birth weight in newborns. In...

Don't Should On Us

In class last week I had my Penn State students read a horrifying article on tree death in America, and then polled them on their gut response. The four choices I offered were:

Elevate Your Harvest: How to Build Raised Garden Beds and Get the Most from Your Garden

I am a big fan of using raised beds for gardening. My family has built and used them in the past, and each time we do I feel like we get better and better at it. I like using raised beds for a number of reasons, but the two that top that list are...

Also labeled: Author Lisa DeNardo, Issue #36

Fence Rows and Gut Health: A Macro Look at Microflora

The similarities between diverse ecologies never cease to amaze me. One area of life may seem to be totally unrelated to the next, but upon reflection, we notice that an extremely simple truth connects the two. Observing and understanding the...

Also labeled: Author Edwin Shank, Issue #31

Greening Our Children’s Lunches

When I was in grade school, we had pretty basic lunches. A piece of fruit, some sliced veggies and a sandwich, wrapped in waxed paper. I was so excited when plastic came into play, since my sandwich would no longer fall apart or be stale by noon....

Grow Your Best Fall Garden: Expert Advice for What, When and How to Plant in the Fall Gardening Season

Right now, before you forget, put a rubber band around your wrist to remind you of one gardening task that cannot be postponed: Planting seeds for your fall garden. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of...