In a world where words like “sustainability” and “green” are becoming increasingly common in public discourse, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by unfamiliar jargon, confusing tax credits, and the expense and effort that is seemingly required to make your home more “environmentally friendly.” For owners of old and historic homes, the task feels virtually impossible, as advocates for replacement windows, new construction, and even many environmental certification groups want us to believe that our old homes are hopelessly inefficient and outdated in an increasingly sustainable world.
Nancy Oakley shares her thoughts on a particularly wonderful Oklahoma! evening...
I learned to eat my leafy greens later in life. I was in my early 20s before I started incorporating spinach into my meals on a regular basis. It was even more recently before other leafy greens began popping up in my recipes. Leafy greens are not only versatile and delicious, they are packed full of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, iron and calcium. Additionally, leafy greens are full of fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, K, D, and E. To get the most benefit from these vitamins, you should eat a bit of healthy fat with your leafy greens, like avocado, olive or grapeseed oil, nuts, or nut butters.
If you happened to live in the Triangle this past weekend, the place to be was at The Handmade Market in Downtown Raleigh. This juried event showcased more than 50 of the best independent designers, crafters, and artisans from North Carolina and beyond...and yours truly was one of the participating artists. I was very excited to participate in this show because it is a fabulous place to find the very best in unique, handmade designs, and it is a great opportunity to meet other designers like myself that might not live in our area.
Thank you for joining us in our Earth Day series. Our final blogger today is Landscape Architect Jeff Allen.
Each year on Earth Day I stop and do two things: call my mother (it’s her birthday), and take a look at my lifestyle to see what else I can change in order to reduce my overall impact on the planet. We’ve all heard the usual exhortations (recycle, turn off lights, carpool) so much that they seem the norm rather than the exception, which is the point. It can be difficult to figure out what else you can do to lead a more Earth-friendly life. Today I want to offer some advice on how to “green” one of the most used rooms in your house — your kitchen. These tips will not only save you money, but will help cut back on waste and energy use, a win-win for everyone.
“Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970” –Wikipedia
Beaufort was our featured city for the March/April issue of SavorNC. Each spring the town rolls out the welcome mat for the Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. This year’s event takes place April 27th through May 1st. Here are the many reasons why the trip is worth the drive, as written by the folks at North Carolina’s Crystal Coast:
Thanks for joining me on my maiden voyage with SavorNC. Here, we’ll chit chat and swap stories about food and travel in North Carolina. Let’s get stated…
North Carolina is blessed by — and blanketed in — accomplished artists. Today, Christine Dryden shares a profile of painter and instructor Angela Dewar Nesbit, whose upcoming Greensboro show and workshop are sure to inspire.