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Bumble Bee Music

By Eric Lee-Mäder, April 15, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Eric Lee-Mäder

Bumble bee

Bumble bees play a middle-C musical note to shake pollen from tomato flowers. (Photo by Mace Vaughan)

One odd detail that always intrigues folks attending my pollinator conservation workshops is the fact that bumble bees create an audible middle-C musical note to shake the pollen out of certain flowers. They do this by clamping down on a flower with their jaws, and then vibrating their flight muscles up to 200 times per second. To see it and hear it on a summer afternoon in your garden is a small act of magic.

In the case of heirloom tomatoes and blueberries, two plants that do not freely release pollen from their flowers, this ...

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10 Easy (and Effective) Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, April 14, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Group of people holding a globe.Caring about our communities and the environment isn’t just our rallying cry on Earth Day, it’s one of our core values. So we’re continually working to decrease our impact on the planet. Over the years, our team members and customers have shared some great green-living tips, which have inspired changes in our stores, homes, offices and communities.

Many of our stores celebrate Earth Day with events and activities for the community. All our stores are different, so...

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The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture can Save the Planet

By John W. Roulac, April 13, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John W. Roulac

Farmer's hand holding healthy soil.

One critical and virtually unknown issue is still missing from today’s conversation about food, and it’s literally under our feet. It’s also a solution to climate change.

Through the past century, we’ve increased our rate of digging carbon-rich matter for fuel, disrupting the balance in the “carbon triad” by clearing rainforests, degrading farmland, and burning coal and oil. The three main carbon sinks are the atmosphere, the oceans, and the humus-sphere — the decaying organic material that’s essential to the Earth’s soil fertility.

If you take away one thing from this article, let it be this quote from esteemed soil scientist Dr....

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Why I Love Lemons

By Alana Sugar, April 13, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Lemon Marmalade

Lemon Marmalade

Next time life gives you lemons, go beyond lemonade with Sparkling Spring Punch or Rosé Lemon Sorbet. Or if you prefer, make a batch of Lemon-Caper Deviled Eggs or sauté your favorite veggies with a pat of Lemon, Garlic and Herb...

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Don’t Toss That! Part III: Kitchen Scraps for House and Body

By Alice K. Thompson, April 12, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alice K. Thompson

Lemon prep

Welcome to the third and final installment in my blog on minimizing food waste. (For the others in the series read: Resourceful Ways to Use More of Your Produce and Creative Uses for Everyday Food Scraps.) 

Making the most of groceries doesn’t have to stop with cooking. I’ve found some terrific ways to upcycle kitchen scraps for cleaning, skincare and more, and I think they’re pretty fun.

Remember, as with any new formula for cleaning around the house or for body care, always start by...

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