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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley

Greenpoint

A Daily Gazette community blog
Ideas on greener living

A new sprout and a special place to grow

I expect this new baby won’t be afraid of raw milk or scraped knees or snakes or spiders. He certainly won’t be afraid of getting dirty.

Hidden wild places, good for the soul

If you look, you can find slices of wilderness in the most urban of areas, or travel a bit to really wild places.

Foam packaging is problem with few solutions

Banning foam takeout containers one way to keep styrene out of fish diets. And our own.

It’s time for slow cooking, making most of energy

And as with all appliances, from slow cookers to standard ovens, using the smallest one appropriate to the job saves energy and money.

It’s time for slow cooking, making most of energy

Composting keeps cycle going for healthy, rich soil

Finding out that 2015 has been designated the International Year of Soil, at least by the Soil Science Society of America, is exciting to me.

Veggies pile up in house as we prepare for winter

The firewood is piling up outside the door like a prediction.

A new challenge: Reducing food waste, nationwide

Americans waste more than 30 percent of all food purchased, either throwing out uneaten leftovers, letting food spoil before getting around to eating it, or tossing perfectly good food because it’s past the “best used by” date.

A new hose, and a new worry

The cheap hoses came with an interesting warning label, noting that they contain chemicals the state of California deems capable of causing birth defects and cancer.

Looking for ways to avoid back-to-school shopping

We always start at the thrift stores, looking for jeans, pants and shirts acceptable to teen tastes.

Using ingenuity, luck to thwart fox

Last week, the last of Pearl’s babies learned to climb into the hemlock, which is a nighttime safe house for the outside chickens.

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