Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ category

Happy Earth Day!

Posted April 22nd, 2015 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Rock’n the trash suit at the Sustainable Danville Earth Day Festival. The majority of all trash generated at schools comes from lunch. Remember, it only takes 10 seconds to wash a reusable container, but 1,000 years for a plastic sandwich bag to break down.

What the heck is Wrong with these pears?

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

My family eats mostly organic. We grow a lot of our own produce, and shop at natural food stores for the rest. The other day I was running late so I stopped at a big-name grocery store on the way home to pick up dinner and some fruit for the week. Pears are my favorite, […]

Happy Earth Day!

Posted April 22nd, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Water on our planet is finite. If you live in a dry area, please consider draught tolerant landscaping. Have a great Earth Day!

Edible Landscaping and Citrus

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Edible landscaping is one of my favorite topics in homesteading. In fact, much of my yard is edible. I have twenty-one fruit trees, twenty berry plants, and several citrus hedges. The trick with a citrus hedge is to pick the correct size trees and to prune them properly. Make sure to pick a dwarf tree […]

Patio Potatoes

Posted October 24th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Growing potatoes is one of the easiest homesteading projects you can accomplish. I prefer to grow them in containers because there are no critters to contend with, I can move them around when needed, and harvesting is a snap.

How To Decide Which Type of Apple Tree to Plant

Posted September 19th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

If you have the room, and the sun, then planting fruit trees is a wonderful way to reduce your grocery bill and stay green. You can find the actual “how-to’s” for planting fruit trees on most gardening blogs, but what you often won’t find is how to decide which variety of tree to plant. So […]

Just Ordered My Tesla

Posted July 31st, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (1).

I’ve needed a new car for two years now. My Toyota has nearly 170K miles on it. After much deliberation, I’ve finally ordered a Tesla. Since it will be powered by solar that puts me one step closer to getting off the grid. So excited!

Breaking The Plastic Sandwich Bag Habit

Posted June 27th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

This is a photo of the box of 125 plastic sandwich bags I bought in 2003. There are 17 left, which puts my single use disposable plastic bag rate at about 12 a year. I haven’t always been so good at reducing my waste though. Because, frankly, plastic bags are easy. Sometimes it seems as […]

Grow Your Own Scallions

Posted May 30th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I love onions! My favorite are green onions, or scallions, and they’re easy to grow. Next time you buy a bunch from the store, save the root end, and place them in a cup of water. Within 8 days you can reharvest them right from the glass. Or even better, place them in water for […]

reduce—reuse—recycle—REFUSE!

Posted April 18th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Never forget you always have the right to influence change. Vote with your dollars and refuse what you don’t believe in: -No GMOs (shop organic) -No BPA (no canned foods or plastic containers) -No Water Bottles (reusable is always better) -No Single Use Plastic Bags (bring your own) -No! -No! -No, thank you. Pollution is […]