Watch as these kids show what makes organic farming the choice for the future in a surprising twist on a classic children’s song. Join the New MacDonald movement at NewMacDonald.com
After 9 years of production, the Beehive Design Collective’s fantastically intricate and inspiring hand-illustrated mega-poster is ready for the print house! This hand-illustrated mega poster is titled Mesoamérica Resiste. It is the long-awaited final graphic in an epic trilogy about globalization in the Americas. Now that the illustration is complete, they need our support to be able to share this ambitious project far and wide. To support them, take a look at their website found [here] or their Kickstarter Campaign [here]. You can also watch their Kickstarter video below. Continue reading
By: Natural Mommy Founder, Siobhan Bonisteel
“As a deep ecologist, I really believe the Earth belongs to itself.” Catherine Tammaro
We dig a hole, we plant a seed, we water it and watch it grow. As it grows, we pull out the weeds crowding the tiny plant so it can photosynthesize and get nutrients from the soil. When it bears its bounty we eat it, the taste is unlike anything in a store. It is truly a magical and delicious event. Somehow it seems unreal. It feels like a miracle. Continue reading
Autoimmune, the Cause and the Cure by mother-daughter team, Annesse Brockley & Kristin Urdiales is a book that highlights illnesses caused by a lack of nutrients in the food we eat.
This book is a story about a quest for wellness in one family and is built on Brockley’s personal healing and research which highlights that we need nutrients and enzymes to create and maintain health. Brockley and Urdiales explain that we get these from our foods, but sadly much of today’s food is lacking in nutrients and enzymes. Brockley’s need to become healthy pushed her entire family to radically change their relationship with food. This book is the accumulation of their intensive research and personal experience.
Based in Spearfish, South Dakota, the writers own approximately 30 acres where they are committed to creating a place where they can live, work and thrive. Their farm has vegetable gardens, raspberry bushes, apple trees, chickens, llamas, cool well water and clean, fresh air. They never use commercial fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, because they have learned that what we put in the soil makes its way directly back into our bodies. Continue reading
This is our favourite Pickled Beet Recipe. Submitted to naturalmommy from mom, Su Edwards. You’ll love ’em too since they are sweet and retain that earthy beet flavour.
You Will Need:
Vinegar (white or apple cider)
Sugar (white is generally what people use, but we suggest the organic sugar cane)
Pot, Ladle, Tongs, Knife Continue reading
By NaturalMommy Founder, Siobhan Bonisteel
“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” The Lorax by Dr. Suess
I have always been in a sort of awe of trees. They seem like they know something, yet they are still and silent. There is something ancient and wise about them. They help us to be calm and feel connected to our natural surroundings. I often notice my young son and his friends looking up at a tree blowing in the breeze, just mesmerized. They all seem to possess an innate attraction to trees, even as infants.
I recently read a piece by Nicole Dufraine published on thegreenstudent.ca. The piece is titled The Human-Tree Connection and explores data that illustrates how the loss of a significant amount of trees drastically affected those who lived near them, so much so that the data collected suggests that, “the loss of trees across 15 states in the study area contributed to an additional 6113 deaths related to respiratory illness and 15,080 deaths related to cardiovascular diseases…loss of trees resulted in increased mortality rates among local residents suffering from cardiovascular and lower respiratory system diseases across the United States.” Continue reading
Getting the Best Start
Dr. Carrie Mitchell, ND
Our future mental, physical and emotional health is greatly influenced by the foundations we lay in early childhood. Teaching our children the principles of health through a nutritious diet, fun and exciting exercise, and optimizing growth and development with supplementation, promises the best start. Toddlers and early childhood is a great time to instill the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and allows for seamless transition into lifelong health and happiness. Making fun and easy changes in our diet and lifestyle can have powerful effects in mental, physical and emotional health in the entire family unit. Continue reading
Submitted by Catherine Bedson from Farmhouse Home.
Have you ever made jelly from fresh fruit rather than a packet? It tastes like jellied fruit and has a fresh, fruity flavour. I made some with fresh blackberries and it tasted so good. My husband who’s a jelly fan, found some packets in the cupboard the other day and asked if I could make it. Instead I made this fresh blackberry jelly and he commented twice how nice it was. Serve with yogurt, ice cream or both! Continue reading
Excerpt From the: Peaceful Birth Workbook by Elizabeth MacKay.
Everyone knows that becoming a parent means that our lifestyle will entirely change, but many mothers and fathers to be don’t realize that they can take steps to prepare for this new life. We’re not talking about stocking up on diapers and taking mat-leave—we’re talking about preparing both mentally and emotionally for a new phase in life.
Preparing for change can also prevent postpartum depression, which has been shown to be caused by a feeling of being overwhelmed by the birth, not having enough help and a sense of isolation. Continue reading
Community gardens are single pieces of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens are a wonderful way to save money, garden in a community and connect with the earth – especially if you live in an urban center with limited space or sun to grow your own fruits and veggies.
Community gardens can be a great way to meet people and to learn new tips from others about growing food. Community gardens are especially good for beginners because you can learn how to garden without the purchasing of land. There is also lots of support from other community gardeners and often times people share extra seeds or food they have grown. Continue reading