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Cleaning out the Dirty Dozen on National Organic Week

Posted by Roch Boisvert on September 24, 2015 - 12:25pm
NEAT, South Peace

Have you ever wondered how a product gets the organic label? To be labelled organic, domestic and imported items must meet all Canadian food regulations as well as additional organic standards and inspections. Organic food is grown without pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics. Artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives and many other aids and ingredients in processed foods are also forbidden in organic foods.

For those deciding whether to eat organic fruits and vegetables, two lists published by the U.S.-based Environmental Working Group; Clean 15 and...

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Bring Your Own...

Posted by Tammy Hrab on September 11, 2015 - 12:46pm

50 Shades of Green #40

written by Shana Labatch

There is a practice of bringing dishes and cutlery to food events that First Nations have been practicing for millennia. When we attend a modern balhats (potlatch) for example, many people carry a bag with dishes and then place them back in the bag in a plastic bag and wash them at home. This way eliminates the need for disposable cups, plates, utensils, etc.

A grocery store reusable bag can be used as well as a very reasonable set of dishes from the thrift store. Mismatched...

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NEAT Presents: Pro-D Days

Posted by Susan McGarvey on September 2, 2015 - 1:55pm
North Peace, NEAT

It’s that time again, back to school time!  Now I know you just let out a huge sigh of relief…possibly even a giggle of joy…at the thought of your kiddo back in school.  I know I am certainly looking forward to it, back to school in our house means back to routine, back to activities, back to normal bedtimes, back to actually having a little me time in the evenings after my monsters have gone to bed!  And yes, I realize that in about a month when running around shoving dinner down throats and the “mom-and-dad-mobile” taxi services is...

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Drop the Lunchtime Waste

Posted by Susan McGarvey on September 2, 2015 - 12:27pm

50 Shades of Green #39

written by Susan McGarvey

It’s that time of year again, folks!  The time when you hear cheers from parents all over town, it’s Back To School time!  Woot!  I don’t know about you, but I am actually looking forward to it all this year, the homework, the chaos, the get-my-kid-off-the-couch-and-away-from-Minecraft-and-back-to-school time.  It’s been a great summer, and our family has had many adventures (I hope yours has too!), but sometimes routine is necessary (for my...

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Wash Laundry in Cold

Posted by Tammy Hrab on August 20, 2015 - 6:50pm

Fifty Shades of Green #38

written by Tammy Hrab

This week’s challenge is to start (if you haven’t already) washing your laundry in cold water.  I know you have heard about this, but I want to share with you a few reasons why it is a good idea and you should give it a try.

The number one reason to use cold water to do your laundry is the energy savings.  According to the Alliance to Save Energy, 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is to heat the water.  The Sierra Clubs estimates that by...

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Plant an Herb Garden

Posted by Tammy Hrab on August 14, 2015 - 11:55am

50 Shades of Green #37

by Shana Labatch


Are you thinking about starting an herb garden? We, at NEAT, think that's a great idea! It adds a fresh boost to water and meals, as well as providing some greenery in your outdoor space. You can even bring your plantings inside for the winter season to enjoy them all year long.

When I asked what herbs people are favouring lately, they responded with such yummy sounding plants as: Mojito Mint, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Thyme, chives and Cilantro. Some...

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Growing Organic Kids

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on August 11, 2015 - 4:52pm

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for the American Community Gardening Association, and I talked about growing organic residents, in partnership with the Fort St John Community Garden. 

Over the past three years, NEAT has been working hard to develop programming that engages residents around food. What topic is more important to people that live in a community with one road in and one road out, especially when it's covered in snow much of the year....

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Summer Fun in FSJ

Posted by Tammy Hrab on August 7, 2015 - 12:46pm
North Peace, NEAT

written by our Summer Student, Alana Green

Every Wednesday and Friday this summer, there has been tons of NEAT fun for kids at the Community Garden. Children of all ages have been enjoying crafts, games, and story time while playing with other children of all ages.  We make crafts and toys using items you can find around your house, or perhaps in your recycle bin. Some of the fun things we have made so far are: wind socks, hand print masks, air gliders, and ball in a cup along with musical instruments. We have played with parachutes, tossed bean bags, thrown...

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Adopt a Sidewalk

Posted by Tammy Hrab on August 6, 2015 - 1:26pm

50 Shades of Green #36

written by Domini Mannoly


The sun is out and the outdoors is calling!!

It’s that time of year where everyone is looking for reasons to be outdoors enjoying the weather and the yards, parks, and sidewalks around their neighborhoods.  It’s also the time of year where forgotten trash and other debris can litter the yards.

Isn’t this an eyesore!?  Doesn’t it just feel disappointing when you have your tribe of children with you...

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50 Shades of Green- Week #35

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on July 29, 2015 - 9:46am

Grocery shopping is one of those tasks that needs to happen.  Avoid it as long as you can, but eventually the cupboards are bare and you need to seek out the grocery store and fill your fridge.  Most busy families find that planning out your meals for the week can greatly decrease the stress of grocery shopping… but what about the stress on the planet?  Every year, thousands upon thousands of plastic bags hit the landfills and take more than a 1000 years to decompose.  If you think of how many bags the average shopping trip collects, the number is astounding...