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Why Do Netherlanders Bike So Much More than North Americans?

by: EJ on 07/26/2017

People from the Netherlands ride their bikes 40 times more than North Americans.  Why is that?

Well, let's get this out of the way, right away, the Netherlands are flat.  But besides that....Peter Kalmus, author of the Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution has some additional reasons.

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Walking the Straighforward Path

by: EJ on 07/25/2017

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus is now off press. Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. He lives in Altadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, with his wife and two children on 1/10th the fossil fuels of the American …

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Winterizing Ponds and Water Features

by: Sara on 07/12/2017

It may be the middle of summer but winter sneaks up fast, and knowing how to care for your pond in those cold winter months is essential. Today's post is from Robert Pavlis, author of Building Natural Ponds: Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals. It was originally posted on Robert's blog Garden Fundementals.

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Worms At Work Now Off Press #homegrowncitylife

by: EJ on 07/07/2017

The third book in our Urban Homesteading Hacks series #homegrowncitylife is now available.  Worms at Work: Harnessing the Awesome Power of Worms with Vermiculture and Vermicomposting by Crystal Stevens tells you everything you need to know about keeping worms  - your wiggly garden helpers.  

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The Advantages of Light Straw Clay

by: Sara on 07/06/2017

Today’s blog is from the just released book Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Step-by-Step Guide by Lydia Doleman. It is the fourth book in our Sustainable Building Essentials Series.

Light straw clay is an infill system of loose straw lightly coated in clay that is packed into forms to insulate and enclose a building. It is not load …

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