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Clean Out For Kids

By Christine A. Krahling Spring seems to be synonymous with cleaning whether it’s the neglected attic or basement that needs our attention or spare closets and toy boxes. It’s safe to say that almost everyone has a collection of clutter that they can easily live without. With shows like the Style Network’s “Clean House,” the nation is getting a chance to see what happens w... »

What Is A "Locavore" Anyway?

By Melanie Gold Understanding “Green” Lingo In the Lehigh Valley and across the country, increasing numbers of people are contending with food-related allergies, celiac disease and neurological disorders such as autism. And some are just trying to eat in a healthier fashion. Many people, driven by health experts’ suggestion that poor diet compromises genetics, ... »

Community Gardens

By Suzan French Sprouting Up Throughout The Valley Perhaps it is the rise in popularity of farmers’ markets and organic foods, the explosion of the green movement or a desire to reconnect with nature and the outdoors. Whatever the reason, a renewed interest in cultivating the land has sprouted, with community gardens popping up throughout the area. Educational, peace and u... »

Greening My Family

By Diane Gow McDilda A Slightly Exaggerated Tale of Eco-Desperation As I cleared the kitchen counter for the evening, tossing salad bits into the compost bucket and toting our cloth napkins to the laundry room, I noticed my middle school daughter’s lunch bag off in the corner. Its paisley fabric, once a mixture of bright blues, was worn from repetitive trips to the cafeter... »

Mother Earth

By Christine A. Krahling An Interview with Kerri Mullen, Founder, EcoMom Alliance of the Lehigh Valley Join us as we talk to EcoMom Alliance of the Lehigh Valley founder Kerri Mullen and see what these earth-friendly moms are doing to help our community keep its green sheen. What is the EcoMom Alliance? The EcoMom Alliance is an international non-profit organization of wom... »

To Your Health

By Sara Hodon Folks looking for health-conscious fare will find no shortage of options throughout the Lehigh Valley. The region boasts an impressive mix of vegetarian cafés, organic and natural food markets, and even a vegan bakery whose client roster includes several A-list celebrities. According to Greg Bowman, communications manager at The Rodale Institute in Kutztown, ... »

Lean, Green Driving Machines

By Maureen Sangiorgio How today’s “green” vehicles are helping to clean up the environment. When I was growing up in the 70s, I was deeply moved by the TV commercial featuring the American Indian Iron Eyes Cody shedding a tear over pollution. The voiceover proclaimed, “People start pollution; people can stop it.” I have been an amateur tree-hugging enviro... »

Bike Trails

By Susan Weaver There’s no better place to welcome spring than the seat of a bicycle. If you agree and you’re keen for new places to pedal, this roundup of Valley bike trails is for you. To add to my personal favorites, I talked with folks at area bike stores–Bikeline in Allentown and the new Cycle Fitters in Forks Township. So here’s a range of trails where you can ... »

Gourmet Gardens

By Mary Beth Schwartz Today’s kitchen gardens combine food preparation areas with the elements of structured design Having been through the snowstorms of 2010, our minds turn to thoughts of spring. Nothing says spring more than gardening. This year, more and more Lehigh Valley gardeners will decide to plant their own kitchen gardens—to save money, eat healthier vegetables,... »

Sustain This

By Melanie Gold When I was a girl growing up in Northampton County, farms were all around me. Some of my fondest memories are of pulling back husks on the season’s first sweet corn, tagging along with my grandfather to the dairy to buy raw milk in glass bottles, and my brother and I riding our bikes to the local butcher. He sold local meats, knew us by name, and gave us a ... »

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