March EcoCulture Update: New Gardeners, Spring Planting and our Seed Library

A photo post by Nicole Wines (click photos to view larger version) HAPPY SPRING After a long winter, we are glad that it is starting to feel like spring at the very end of March.  We are ready to come … Continue reading

EcoCulture Spotlight: Local Youth EcoWarriors Release Composting Video

by Nicole Wines We were thrilled to come across this awesome composting video created by local teens from the New Brunswick 4-H Green Titans Club and wanted to share it with our readers and supporters.  Check it out to learn … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade Organic Adobo

by Nicole Wines Adobo is often used in Caribbean cooking, as well as many other Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cuisines. It is super simple to make your own adobo seco, or dry adobo spice mix. Why make it yourself … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade Granola

by Nicole Wines This is what I made for this week’s D.I.Y. Fridays, because granola is just so much more fun (and more tasty) when you make it yourself!  The measurements can be adjusted according to taste, I’m just giving … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade Sauerkraut and Other Fermented Foods

by Nicole Wines Homemade sauerkraut and other lacto-fermented foods are a great way to preserve fresh food from your garden, C.S.A. share or farmer’s market.  They are rich in natural probiotics, microbes and lactic acid to promote digestive health, nutrient … Continue reading

Harvesting Seeds – A Growing Collection

It’s harvest season and our friends and seed library members are busy harvesting and saving seed.  This statement and these photos were posted September 26 by Wendy Weiner (a.k.a. The Front Yard Farmer) of Transition Monmouth, a collaborator on the … Continue reading

Seed Saving Resource – Seed to Seed

by Nicole Wines There are so many gardening books out there, it’s easy to build a huge library of books with a lot of nice plant photos that you never really use.  But for each topic or area of gardening, … Continue reading

Seed Saving Instructions – Tomatoes

by Nicole Wines and Wendy Weiner As tomato season winds down, make sure to save some seeds from the fruits of your most beautiful, healthy tomato plants.  Planting the seeds you save from your own garden will ensure that the … Continue reading

Seed Saving Instructions – Beans

by Nicole Wines and Wendy Weiner Saving beans is super simple.  At the Raíces Eco-Culture plots we have picked over 5 pounds of dried beans this season, some for eating and some for saving to plant.  Wendy Weiner of Transition … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade, All-Natural Shampoo

First soap, now shampoo. For the Raíces Crew, nothing can compare to homemade body, skin and hair care products. The more we make for ourselves, D.I.Y. style, the more we want to learn how to make, continuing to eliminate the … Continue reading