In The Spotlight

March Against Monsanta 2014

North Floridians ‘March Against Monsanto’

Locals join worldwide protest, wanting to know what's in their food

The 2014 'March Against Monsanto' is Saturday, May 24.  North Floridians will gather at 11am in the same two locations as 2013:  Memorial Park in Riverside and the St. Johns Town Center.  Details here. Protestors say this event is "a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling … [Read More...]

nside a bamboo home at Green Village in Bali, Indonesia

Beautiful Bamboo Homes Of Bali

Exquisite, affordable, sustainable homes featuring bamboo

Bamboo - a fast-growing, all-natural, highly-sustainable building material - is featured with creativity, durability, affordability and WOW-ability in these Bali homes.  In case you missed this report on CBS Sunday Morning, watch it now.  You'll want one!  This Bali, Indonesia community is called … [Read More...]

Our Fertile Earth breaks ground at Edgewood Gardens

Jax’s First Public Permaculture Park

'Our Fertile Earth' Breaks Ground on Jacksonville's Westside

  Jacksonville is getting its first public permaculture food park. Our Fertile Earth broke ground on Saturday, June 1st at the Edgewood Gardens.  In partnership with Brent Reynolds, Director of the Florida Christian Center, local permaculture enthusiasts are turning a half-acre lot into … [Read More...]

spare-capacity

Food & Fuel Shortages Are Closer Than You Think!

Sustainable America's Campaign To Avert This Impending Crisis!

  Food and fuel consumption are inextricably linked. Production is nearing capacity, yet demand increases. Shortages are a real possibility in the near future. Yet few Americans realize how our economy, lifestyles and well-being will be affected. We take food and fuel for granted, even … [Read More...]

In The Community

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How to Choose a Massage Therapist

Tips on finding the best fit for your needs

I have a relative who worked as a massage therapist in a very small country town in rural Pennsylvania in which she was literally the sole practitioner in the entire area. While this may seem an enviable position, it posed a unique challenge:  Can all clients be completely satisfied with the same … [Read More...]

Hens In Jax supporters at City Hall

Jacksonville Legalizes Backyard Chickens

City Council Approves Limited Number of Hen Licenses

2014 Update: City Council approved a limited number of hen licenses on a trial basis.  Contact Hens In Jax for information on joining the local hen revolution! July 15: Bill Wanders Through City Hall A proposed bill that would legalize urban hens is working its way through Jacksonville City … [Read More...]

Our Fertile Earth breaks ground at Edgewood Gardens

Jax’s First Public Permaculture Park

'Our Fertile Earth' Breaks Ground on Jacksonville's Westside

  Jacksonville is getting its first public permaculture food park. Our Fertile Earth broke ground on Saturday, June 1st at the Edgewood Gardens.  In partnership with Brent Reynolds, Director of the Florida Christian Center, local permaculture enthusiasts are turning a half-acre lot into … [Read More...]

In The Yard

Last year's sweet potatoes are sprouting and ready to grow into this year's crop.

Growing Sweet Potatoes In Florida

The perfect crop for lazy gardeners like me!

  What's more effortless, rewarding, nutritious, delicious and fully sustainable than growing sweet potatoes in Florida? They’re easy to grow, thrive in our hot summers, require little water … [Read More...]

Permaculture Jax food forest

Harvest More & Garden Less With Permaculture Jax

Permaculture Delivers Easy, Organic, Sustainable Gardening

Would you like a beautiful, edible landscape that requires little effort year after year? Or a lush backyard paradise filled with organic food that requires minimal maintenance? Check out Permaculture … [Read More...]

Freshly harvested organic ginger

Growing Ginger and Turmeric

Super Easy To Grow Organically and Enjoy Year-Round

Growing ginger and turmeric is so easy in North Florida you'll never buy packaged, processed, powdered versions again. Really!  It's effortless and requires so little time to enjoy fresh, organic, … [Read More...]

Plant North Florida summer squash in both the spring and fall.Summer Squash & Blossom

Vegetable Planting Guide for North Florida

From The University of Florida's IFAS Extension Service

  When should you plant your favorite veggies for optimum growth in North Florida? Here's the definitive guide from the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Click here to search the IFAS … [Read More...]

In The Kitchen

An ideal medley of whatever veggies you're harvesting. Experiment to find your favorites.

Cooking With Winter Veggies & Whole Grains

Easy, Yummy Vegetarian Dishes For Fall And Winter

  Here are a few of my favorite winter recipes featuring goodies graciously abundant in my organic garden. I hope you're inspired to experiment with new types of winter greens, roots, … [Read More...]

Summer seasonings are food proceseed, then frozen to enjoy year-round.

Frozen Sofrito Cubes

How To Enjoy Your Favorite Seasonings Year-Round

I love seasoning with onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro fresh from my garden. But they're not always in season.  So, here's what I do to enjoy them year-round.  It also makes cooking extra quick … [Read More...]

Students at Brentwood Elementary are eager to taste the salad greens from their garden..

Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

The Secret? Help Them Grow Their Own Garden!

Many parents agonize over how to get their children to eat vegetables. We've all heard stories of the kindergartener who will eat anything, as long as it's white. How about the child who would rather … [Read More...]

Ivonka's happy, healthy, vegetarian children

Raising Vegetarian Children

How One Jacksonville Family Adapts In A Meat-Eating Society

  One day my children asked me if they could try chicken. They’ve been vegetarian all their lives.  I said “absolutely, try chicken.  But first we must go to a farm where you can … [Read More...]

In The Home

nside a bamboo home at Green Village in Bali, Indonesia

Beautiful Bamboo Homes Of Bali

Exquisite, affordable, sustainable homes featuring bamboo

Bamboo - a fast-growing, all-natural, highly-sustainable building material - is featured with creativity, durability, affordability and WOW-ability in these Bali homes.  In case you missed this report on CBS Sunday Morning, watch it now.  You'll want one!  This Bali, Indonesia community is called … [Read More...]

Dock To House

NE Florida’s Only LEED Platinum Green Home

Tour the energy efficient, hurricane proof, waterfront home that's 'Built Totally Green'

  Villa Paraiso is NE Florida's first and only sustainable, self-sufficient home achieving LEED Platinum status, the US Green Building Council's highest rating. LEED Platinum is so difficult to achieve, there are only 19 other homes in Florida and 1045 Platinum buildings … [Read More...]

rainwater collection tanks

Floridians Can Still Collect Rainwater

It's Illegal In Several States!

Diverting water in some Western states is illegal.  Utah, Colorado and Washington citizens are banned from collecting rainwater or at the very least have strong restrictions limiting free use of it. Recently a study was done in Douglas County, CO to determine how collection of rainwater affects … [Read More...]

Panels on Home Roof

Harnessing Free Florida Sunshine

One Jacksonville Homeowner's Experience With Solar Power

  Living in the Sunshine State, it makes sense to harness this free, abundant energy to lower our electric bills and reduce our carbon footprint. That's why I invested in four kinds of solar energy for my home several years ago.  Solar heats my water, my pool, helps heat/cool my house … [Read More...]