Hudson Valley Seed Library Donation Update

Thank you to all of our family, friends, and supporters who nominated Raíces EcoCulture to receive our third annual donation of heirloom, organic and non-gmo seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library.

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D.I.Y. Fridays – Build Your Own Worm Bin

Building a worm bin is simple, a great starter do it yourself project for a homestead, whether rural or urban. Vermicomposting requires very little work to produce rich, natural fertilizer for your gardens and process your food waste. Check out how on our D.I.Y. Friday column.

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D.I.Y. Fridays – Preserving the Harvest: Homemade Salted Herbs

Follow these simple instructions to preserve herbs harvested fresh from your own garden or from your local farmers market.

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D.I.Y. Fridays – Nature Therapy: Get Outside!

by Nicole Wines Nature Therapy is one of the easiest ways to promote healing. This will probably be the simplest instruction set in our D.I.Y. Fridays series to date and it doesn’t cost anything!  Here goes: Slow down Take a … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Upcycling Tip: Removing Labels from Jars for Reuse

by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. Friday is just a quick tip for all of you who are conscious about reusing and repurposing materials, supplies and resources. There are countless uses for upcycled jars.  I use them to store and … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Planting and Saving Garlic

by Nicole Wines Every fall the Raíces EcoCulture crew plants our garlic.  We usually use “el día de los muertos” (Day of the Dead) as our marker and try to get it in on that day or soon after.  This … 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

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