Healthy Food

Aquaponics in the classroom and on the farm — an update

When Green Phoenix Farms was founded more than five years ago, it was with the dual goals of education and production. Its founder was an educator who used Aquaponics as a means to engage his high school math and science students. Along the way, he became an enthusiastic “urban farmer,” so much so that he left the classroom to teach other adults about this sustainable method of growing food and fish in a sustainable, symbiotic environment. Today, the firm is…

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Good Reads, Success Stories and Special Foods

By Lia Jonsson Although there is never a shortage (at least in my world) of interesting things to read, it seems that the last few weeks have brought even more than the usual number of “good reads” to my inbox; I also have a stack of “real” books awaiting my attention. This week, I’d like to pass on a few of the best: On Schools, Students and Teachers – and the Possibilities Many of us believe the old adage: “If…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better: The Season for Comfort Food

By Lia Jonsson It doesn’t matter where in the world you live: When the winds blow and the temperature dips, it’s time to stay indoors, sip warm drinks and eat comfort food. From one region to another and one culture to the next, the only differences are what, exactly, constitutes comfort food. I think many would agree that simple preparation, familiar ingredients, one-dish meals, and recipes that are as good reheated the next day as they are when originally consumed are…

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Eating Well, Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson The French actor-playwright Moliere is said to have said, “I live on good soup, not on fine words.” In that spirit I’m writing about soup – good soup – made with readily available, simple, hearty, nutritious components; great soups do not need fine ingredients. Soup can be made quickly of whatever is available; it is forgiving, and often the best results come from substitution and improvisation. Soup can be an entire meal, or it can start a…

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Eating Well – Feeling Better: August 1st

By Lia Jonsson   The Dog Days of Summer. Are they here? Are they about to end? Are they good, or evil? Should we care? Whether or not you know – or care – about the reasons that some 40 days in July and August have been called the “dog days” since ancient times (some say in honor of the dog star Sirius – others because it’s the hottest season with the least rainfall in the northern hemisphere), this is…

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