D.I.Y. Fridays – 10 Ways You Can Help the Bees and Pollinators

by Nicole Wines Honeybees and other pollinators need our help. We humans have moved (forced) honeybee and pollinator species around and between continents, contaminated their food sources, and been a huge cause of stress on their health and environment. Raíces … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Starting Seeds in Recycled Produce Containers

by Nicole Wines Recycling, upcycling, repurposing…whatever you want to call it, we are always looking for ways to reuse materials that would normally be thrown away to help keep our impact on the waste stream low.  Although I’m not personally … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Calendula Infused Oil

by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. is a simple step-by-step tutorial on making your own calendula infused oil.  We grow calendula in all of the Raíces EcoCulture garden plots so the blooms are always in abundance. We only remove flowers … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade, All-Natural Eggshell Fertilizer

by Nicole Wines At Raíces EcoCulture, we try to stay conscious about reducing the waste stream.  Whenever possible, we find second uses for materials that would otherwise be looked at as “garbage”.  We upcycle and repurpose as much as we … Continue reading

Raíces Seed Sale Fundraiser 2015

GROW YOUR OWN Raíces EcoCulture is gearing up for the gardening season.  For the first time this year, we are running a seed sale fundraiser as well as our annual seedling sale fundraiser.  Seedling sale info will be going up … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade Incense with Upcycled Orange Peels

by Nicole Wines NOTE: I learned this simple D.I.Y. from my co-director Francisco and his family, and I am sharing it with you.  Please pass it along, by sharing this post and simple instructions, and making this homemade incense to … Continue reading

Film Review: Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds

by Nicole Wines OPEN SESAME – THE STORY OF SEEDS “What makes a seed grow?… …You need sunshine, you need water, you need love.” ~Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds This inspiring documentary film by M. Sean Kaminsky follows … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade, All-Natural Laundry Detergent

by Nicole Wines Homemade laundry detergent is simple and quick to make. D.I.Y. laundry detergent uses the same basic ingredients as any of the eco-friendly and all-natural detergent powders that you can buy in health food stores and some grocery … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade Chocolate Bark

by Nicole Wines This is a great go-to dessert recipe for a potluck because if it doesn’t all get eaten (it probably will), it’s easy for the host to save and has a longer shelf life than many other deserts.  … Continue reading

Help Raíces Eco-Culture Spread our Roots – Nominate us for a Seed Donation

We can’t believe it’s seed time already!  Catalogs have been arriving in the mail; we are planning out our spring and summer gardens and the annual nominations for donations from the Hudson Valley Seed Library have begun.  We are looking … Continue reading