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Green Share

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on July 24, 2015 - 10:34am
North Peace, Campaign

We all know that we throw food out at an alarming rate but solving this problem, even in the fridges and gardens of the most well intentioned, is easier said than done. 

NEAT would like to help reduce waste and support a great cause to boot. Later in the summer we are hosting a Community Can which will create a donation to the food bank, which is making news these days with record demand.

If you have extra apples, berries, tomatoes or other produce, let us know. If you're out picking and want to pick an extra bucket for this initiative, that would be super too...

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50 Shades of Green- Week #34

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on July 22, 2015 - 1:32pm

Pickle Party

The older I get *gasp* the more I realize that new isn’t all that and a bag of chips! Remember your history teacher saying ‘we need to study history, in order to avoid repeating it’? Were they ever right!

Canning is one of those things making a comeback in a big way. Whether people want to preserve food they’ve grown in their garden or want to avoid additives in their food, canning is a great skill to have pre- or post- zombie apocalypse. Canning is a new-ish thing for me. I didn’t grow up canning with three generations of...

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50 Shades of Green #33

Posted by Tammy Hrab on July 16, 2015 - 3:19pm

Who Needs a Dryer!?!

Walking down the grocery aisle with all the laundry detergent and cleaning products makes people either run for the next aisle, or take a deep inhale. If you’re one of the latter, there is a cheaper, safer, greener, and better way to get that “Laundry Fresh” scent.

Hanging clothes to dry has numerous benefits: It uses less energy, saving you money. If you only run a dryer four times a week instead of every day, you can save almost $200/year, which reduces your carbon footprint. Dryers can use lots of power,...

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50 Shades of Green #32

Posted by Susan McGarvey on July 6, 2015 - 10:56am

Meatless Mondays

I know what you’re thinking.  I do.  You looked at the title and immediately began judging…Meatless Monday, Susan, have you lost your mind?  What does Meatless Monday have to do with the environment?  The answer isn’t short and sweet, but I do have an answer!  Put on your processing caps and hold on tight, we’ll work through this one together!

The facts:

• Eating one less hamburger a week is like taking your car off the road for 515 Kilometers or line drying your clothes...

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50 Shades of Green #31

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on June 16, 2015 - 11:08am

Water Conservation Gardening

Let me share with you one of my biggest pet peeves. I cannot – I mean CANNOT – stand it when I see people standing with a hose washing their driveway. This atrocious waste of water sends me from zero to a full rolling boil in two seconds flat.  I can’t help it. It just drives me nuts to see water wasted in such a casual fashion, especially in the ever increasing era of climate change.

In order to not be completely hypocritical, I ask myself what is one to do with a garden in the summer? I do not...

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50 Shades of Green #30

Posted by Tammy Hrab on June 3, 2015 - 10:40am

Try a Xeriscape Garden

Xeriscape is a drought tolerant landscaping method.  Don’t worry though; you won’t have to sacrifice beauty for this practical and efficient way of gardening. Xeriscape doesn’t necessarily mean no lawn, so evaluate your green space. You may find that your needy, time consuming lawn doesn’t really serve a purpose.  If that is the case, you have other options. My favorite is to introduce a species of plant that will naturalize in your lawn and in time, will take over giving you pretty blooms & great...

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50 Shades of Green #29

Posted by Tammy Hrab on May 25, 2015 - 5:14pm

Finding New Uses for Old Stuff

written by Jennifer Eichelberger

Spring is associated with many things: rain, flowering gardens, and long sunny days. For me, it's also associated with a bittersweet task: Spring cleaning. Not only is this a time for scrubbing those hard to reach areas that I've neglected for several months, but also for de-cluttering my home and ridding myself of unwanted items. But sometimes getting rid of things now only leads me to buying more later and I begin the process all over again.

My family and I recently...

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50 Shades of Green #28

Posted by Tammy Hrab on May 6, 2015 - 1:49pm

Anyone can Compost

In honour of Compost Awareness Week, we are going to challenge you to compost this week.  I hope to remove all of the barriers and arguments you have about composting.  So, let’s get started.

Let’s start with financial barriers.  Some say they can’t afford a composter.  Yes, there are some expensive options out there.  Just because they are available does not mean that they are the only option for composting.  You can build a composter for free.  All you need are...

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50 Shades of Green #27

Posted by Tammy Hrab on April 29, 2015 - 11:11am

Switch from Paper Bills to Electronic Billing

We have all seen the scene on a television show watching a character flip through the mail and say, “Bills, bills, bills.”  We may not say it out loud, but at some point, we have thought it in our own lives.  Each of those bills includes the envelope it was mailed in stuffed with the actual bill, an return envelope, and even flyers and promotional material.  That creates a lot of paper that needs to be recycled.

I look forward to the day that people flip through their email...

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50 Shades of Green #26

Posted by Roch Boisvert on April 16, 2015 - 12:46pm

Switch to Rechargeable Batteries


Did the batteries in the remote just quit?  When you make the switch, make sure you recycle them, rather than tossing them in the trash. Sending them to the landfill can possibly release mercury, lead and cadmium into our Eco-system, including our water system. It is also a good time to replace them with rechargeable ones. Investing in a good charger and set of rechargeable batteries can save money, and a few trips to the store. For the planet, it also saves our carbon footprint by reducing shipping,...