Happy Full Snow Moon – A Picture Post to Welcome Spring

by Nicole Wines Today’s full moon started the last full moon cycle of winter. For Raíces EcoCulture, it marked the beginning of the time for welcoming spring. We have been busy preparing our seeds for planting, planning our gardens and … Continue reading

New Brunswick Community Garden Coalition Seed Swap

By Francisco G. Gómez Seeds, seed sowing workshop, bluegrass music, children’s garden painting and lots of veggie minded citizens came out today for the seed swap at the Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick. We set up our table right … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Building a Raised Garden Bed

by Nicole Wines One option for gardening and small-scale intensive farming is building raised garden beds. It’s not a difficult process, it’s fun to build and you can get creative with the size and shape of the beds. Some benefits … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Helping the Bees with our Plants and Gardens

There has been a lot of buzz about saving the bees lately. Beekeepers, environmental groups, farmers (who rely on the bees to pollinate up to 80% of their flowering crops), and even mainstream media outlets are all reporting a shocking decline in the bee population, especially honeybees, in North America and many regions of Europe. Here is a list of some plants that can be useful to both you and our pollinator friends in your gardens.

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D.I.Y. Fridays – D.I.Y. Video Inspiration

by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. Fridays post is a resource post. We are sharing three awesome, short videos about D.I.Y. lifestyle. These are just for a little inspiration, to show you the amazing things you can do with your … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Building a Cold Frame

by Nicole Wines It’s been a mild winter in central NJ.  The warm days have us already anticipating the beginning of our planting season, really just a few weeks away for the cool weather crops.  We just worked out our … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Adventures in Soapmaking

by Nicole Wines (NOTE: This is not an instructional article, this is about our own experience learning how to make soap with a teacher.  Making soap involves chemical processes and can be dangerous if not done properly.  Raíces recommends finding … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Raíces Roots Style

by Nicole Wines D.I.Y. stands for Do It Yourself.  Why D.I.Y.?  Very simply, doing things yourself is one way of taking control of your life.  By learning, making and producing things on your own, some things which you may use … Continue reading

The Eco-Logic of First Peoples

by Francisco G. Gómez A few days ago I attended a screening of “The Economics of Happiness” at the behest of a friend. The film, in a nut shell, addresses the “New” trend called Localization, which appears to be very … Continue reading

Messages from the Storm Front

There was no power, hot water or communication other than our cell phones, praise the powers that be for that. The night seemed to last forever, with the torrents of rain and wind gusts that at times wanted to tear … Continue reading