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47 Sustainable Living Communities


From Ocean Societies to Climate Refugee Islands


More:   Eco   Clusters   Design   Architecture   World   Art & Design  


With a great consciousness for the wellness of our planet, plans for sustainable living communities are being developed more rapidly than ever. This cluster examines some of these eco-friendly homes and sustainable living communities. You’ll notice a great focus on ocean societies within these innovations as more architects are realizing the development potential for this underutilized real estate space.


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Lavender Plants and Their Uses




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Lavender Plants and Their Uses

From the Garden to the Kitchen, in Aromatherapy and in Crafts


Lavender plants are so versatile. Lavender buds, flowers, leaves and stems have multiple uses.



Lavender is an attractive plant that bursts into a profusion of beautiful purple-colored blooms. The flowers give off a strong, pleasing aroma when crushed. When dried, lavender retains both its color and scent, which has made it a favorite in centuries past and in modern times.


Lavender plants make a nice addition to the home garden. Low growing varieties form attractive borders; larger plants are used for wonderful, aromatic hedging. Lavender attracts butterflies, too, making it an all-round favorite with gardeners.


Lavender has definitely made a comeback. Lavender farms offer an assortment of lavender products; lavender festivals introduce people to lavender's uses in the home and on the health front. Trendy restaurants use lavender flowers to enhance the look and taste of popular dishes.


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Cooking with Lavender


English lavender has a sweet, exotic flavor and is the variety used most often for cooking.


  • Lavender flowers make an eye-catching addition to salads


  • Lavender butter or lavender sugar can be spread on toast


  • Lavender honey hints of days gone by


  • Lavender jelly makes a pleasing topper for bagels


  • Lavender cookies and lavender ice cream are favorites


  • Lavender vinegar is a nice change to the menu


  • Lavender can be used along with other savory herbs, such as rosemary or basil


Lavender Tea


Soothing lavender tea is a favorite for both its flavor and its healing, stress-relieving properties.


Lavender Aromatherapy


  • Lavender essential oil is used for a number of health conditions: to soothe the skin, for digestion, for headaches and insomnia, for nervousness and anxiety, for depressive feelings, and for stress relief.


  • Soothing lavender essential oil can be added to water and used as an aromatic mist for areas where you spend many hours.


  • Energy practitioners use lavender misting to clear negative energy and clean auras. A lavender spray mister containing lavender essential oil can be used to spritz skin and hair.


Lavender Oil


Oil is extracted from lavender plants and is used for perfume. Lavender oil can be added to bath water for a pleasing aroma. A few drops of the oil can be added to your pillow, to help with a restful night’s sleep.


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Lavender Toiletries


Lavender is a natural antiseptic cleanser.


  • Lavender soaps are a natural way to clean and heal the skin


  • Lavender shampoo is popular


  • Lavender is used in hand lotions, bath oils, and bath salts


Lavender Uses Around the Home


  • Lavender stems can be dried and tossed into the fireplace for a scented reminder of summer, during cold months.


  • Dried lavender flowers can be hung in closets to counteract musty smells


  • Lavender bags or sachets (containing lavender buds and lavender essential oil) can be added to the dryer to give clothes a wonderful scent.


  • Lavender furniture polishes and air fresheners clean and refresh the home


  • Scented lavender candles add light, fragrance, and ambience


Lavender Crafts


  • Lavender can be made into potpourri


  • Lavender can be woven around/into wreaths


  • Lavender can be added to floral arrangements


  • Lavender brooms make eye-catching wall decorations


Common Types of Lavender


English lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is a good all-round plant with multiple uses.


French lavender (Lavandula Dentata) is used mainly for decorative purposes.


Spanish lavender (Lavandula Stoechus) is suitable for garden use.


Lavender is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the senses. Lavender plants offer nature’s bounty in an attractive, aromatic package.


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Free Range vs Pastured

Free Range vs. Pastured: Chicken and Eggs


Thursday, March 05, 2009 11:59 AM


By Cheryl Long


Tags: pastured, grass-fed, free-range, chicken, eggs


"Free range" refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and meat for consumers, and healthier, humane conditions for the birds. Some producers abuse this term and label their eggs as “free range” when in fact all they have done is open a door to allow their chickens to range in an outdoor area of bare dirt or concrete, with no pasture in sight. 


Thus you need to confirm if your eggs or chicken comes from "true" or "pastured" or "grass-fed" free-range conditions. Also, some producers choose a modified system that involves keeping birds safe from predators by confining them in pens or inside electric fencing, and moving the pens frequently onto fresh pastures. Thus, pastured birds may be true free-range or penned, but either system is correctly referred to as “pastured.” And either system is a better choice than products that come from industrial factory farm conditions.


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Natural Denture Cleaners

Natural Denture Cleaners


By H.C. Hisel, eHow Contributor


Natural denture cleaners aren't only more healthy, they're also much cheaper. These natural cleaners can be made with common household products. Stains and germs can be removed easily. Not to mention you can whiten your dentures safely without risking the deterioration of your dentures' outward appearance.


Lemon Juice


1.    Cleaning your dentures with lemon juice is effective. Lemon has a great bleaching power that allows your false teeth to look brand new. Allow your dentures to sit in a mixture of half warm water and half lemon juice. It's perfectly safe to use lemon juice on your dentures as long as you don't allow them to sit in the lemon solution exceeding half an hour, as lemon is harsh.




2.    Vinegar helps disinfect your dentures of all germs that build up through your daily activity. Make sure to use white distilled vinegar to receive the best results. Mix a cup of warm water with 1 tsp. of vinegar. You can let your dentures sit in this solution for half an hour to give them a good cleaning or overnight as you sleep. Don't forget to thoroughly rinse your dentures before wearing them again to avoid unpleasant taste.


Baking Soda


3.    Baking soda is known for its odor control as well as its power to loosen stubborn debris. Mix 2 tsp. of baking soda into a cup or bowl of warm water. Stir the mixture until it fully dissolves. Soak your dentures within the baking soda solution for 30 to 45 minutes. If your dentures are really dirty and still don't seem to be clean enough you can use a toothbrush to work the baking soda into the stains. This will effectively remove debris and whiten your teeth.


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Tips to Improve Your Mental Health - Every Day!

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Tips to Improve Your Mental Health - Every Day!


Try the following tips to help plan a week that will leave you feeling good, inside and out. If you are receiving treatment for a mental health problem, these tips can help you manage your illness and support your treatment and recovery.




Relax. Try meditating, taking a walk in a natural setting, or reaching out spiritually through prayer. Quiet reflection, alone or in the company of others, can improve your state of mind, strengthen your sense of self and community, and give time away from a hectic schedule to collect your thoughts and reenergize for the week ahead.




Make a plan. Decide what tasks you need to complete for the week and make a plan for when and how to do them. If you are overscheduled, decide what can wait a week or two. If you don't have much on your schedule, plan some activities you'll look forward to.




Surround yourself with supportive people. Make plans with family members and friends, or seek out activities at which you can meet new people, such as a club, class, or support gorup. Reconnect with someone you have lost touch with and create new memories.




Take care of your body. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals, avoid cigarettes, drink alcohol only in moderation, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise regularly.




Give of yourself. Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need-and it's a great way to meet new people who share your interest and compassion.




Broaden your horizons. Create a change of pace or expand your interests. Explore a new hobby, plant a garden, plan a road trip, try a new restaurant, take dance lessons, or learn to play an instrument or speak another language.




Value yourself. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Take stock of the qualities you like about yourself, your accomplishments and abilities. Take some time every day to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.




How To Grow Zucchini

Zuccini, it is the easiest vegetation to grow, it grows with very little attention and stores for later use, for up to 6 months.

How To Grow Zucchini By W Jackson

Zucchini is part of the squash and pumpkin family. Zucchini is a very abundant producer and you will probably need no more than two or three plants in your garden. Zucchini does not keep well, so it is best enjoyed during the summer months.

 Zucchini is probably one of the more talked about vegetables due to its ability to cross breed with pumpkin and squash. These mutations are used in the late summer and early fall as decorations. Seeds from these curious cross breeds can be saved and planted next year.

 Are you eager to learn about growing your own healthy, organic food? It's environmentally conscious and it saves money, too! We recommend: Organic Gardening for Beginners

 Let's get started! 

 1.    You should not set your zucchini plants in the garden until the temperature in your area is at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit.


·  Zucchini should be planted in a mound. You should prepare your garden soil so that it is approximately two feet in diameter. You can add well-rotted manure to the soil prior to building up the mound.


·  Plant no more than four or five zucchini plants per mound. Space the plants six inches apart.


·  Water the mounds deeply at least once a week. You should try to avoid wetting the plant's leaves as this will encourage disease.


·  Once the plants have taken off, you should thin out the weak plants and leave no more than two plants per mound.


·  You can cultivate the soil around your zucchini plants to keep weeds at bay. Stakes allow your zucchini to grow off of the ground, and when your zucchini plants are tall enough, they should provide enough shade to the soil that weed seeds will not be able to grow.


·  Mulching between the mounds with hay is a good way to keep the fruits clean. It also will keep weeds from settling in and growing.


·  When growing zucchini, you should keep an eye out for Cucumber Beetles. This pest is spotted or striped. They like to feed on the plant's leaves and they can also spread disease from one plant to another. Another pest to watch out for is the Vine Borers. These bad guys can eat right through your vines. You can easily rid your garden of these pests by applying an insecticide.


·  Zucchinis are fast growers. You should pick them when they are about six inches long. If you pick zucchini when it is much larger, it can be tough. You can always leave two or three zucchinis to grow - just to see how large they will grow. However, you are advised to pick the small ones to eat.

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Tastes Like Heritage Chicken

Tastes Like Heritage Chicken


Tuesday, September 01, 2009 10:34 AM


By Troy Griepentrog


Tags: cooking, chicken, poultry


On April 17, 2009, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) and Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch hosted an event in Lindsborg, Kans., announcing the definition of heritage chicken. The event included tasting meat of four breeds of heritage chickens. The tasting was divided into a meal (including side dishes) for each season, because different breeds of chickens mature at different rates and the meat is better suited to different uses depending on the maturity of the bird at slaughter.


Here’s an overview of the menu. Some of the recipes are available on the recipe page of the Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch website.


Fall — New Hampshire Red
Fried Chicken
Chicken Osso Buco


Winter — Jersey Giant
Baked Chicken
Tropical Mole’ Chicken


Spring — Cornish (Indian Game)
Cottage Pie
Chicken Soup with Knaidlach


Summer — Plymouth Rock
Pressed Chicken
Chicken Salad


So what’s different about heritage chicken? Everything! The size and shape of the pieces of meat is remarkable; the drumsticks are nearly as long as that of a small turkey. The texture is firmer. It’s similar to tender beef — you can cut it with a fork, but you can’t mash it like industrially raised chicken.


By the way, cooking heritage chicken requires different methods to make it turn out right. In brief, you have to cook it more slowly, at lower temperatures and with more moisture.


It’s more flavorful, even to an untrained, dull palate (such as mine). The meat, regardless of which dish it was used in, tasted great. But the flavor of the broth was dramatic. I’ve tried to make chicken broth from industrial chicken without adding commercial bouillon, but it always ends up flat. The broth from the heritage chicken was wonderful, and I confirmed it was not “fixed up” with bouillon.

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How To Improve Your Appearance

How to Improve Your Appearance


originated by:Bicase, Nicole Willson, Jack Herrick, Anonymous (see all)


Follow a healthy regime of skin care. There are many ways to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. You do not need to purchase expensive products to get skin that is soft, smooth, and healthy. Keep your hair sparkling and healthy looking and purchase clothes that are up to date with colors to enhance your features.


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Did you know that 75% of Americans are actually dehydrated on a regular basis? Get into the habit of drinking more water. (The "8 Glasses of Water" thing isn't accurate. You can actually obtain at least 4-6 glasses of water from your food alone!). It's important to be hydrated in order to get clearer glowing skin, healthier hair, and also to feel healthier.



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Be hygenic. Wash your face every day and night using the correct skin cleanser for your skin type. Clean inside your ears, but don't press down the wax. Brush your teeth twice a day. Floss before bed at night, with a little tooth paste in your mouth to keep your gums healthy. Shower at least once daily to avoid body odor.


3.   3


Get enough sleep. Tiredness is not attractive. It is suggested that you should get about 9 hours sleep every night, however everyone needs different amounts.


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Do not get obsessed by these instructions and do not get disturbed if you are not able to adhere to them. Because everybody is a different person.


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If you are an adolescent [or younger] and involved in strenuous physical activities or sports, then you would require 8 to 9 hours of sleep. But as you grow older or the physical activities diminish, the requirement of sleep reduces. More over people of the same age and same occupation also differ in their sleep requirement.


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Thirdly, waking up and sleeping at the same time may not fit in your schedule and justifiably so, if you have night shifts [security persons], traveling [corporate executives, marketing people], irregular working schedule [fire fighters, police, soldiers].


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Don't bite your nails, always do them evenly, and file or clip them. Biting nails also gets a lot of germs into your mouth. Keep your nails nice looking. Be patient and wait for them to grow. Buy a nail strengthener (topical) or take gelatin internally to toughen up your nails. Wearing acrylic nails can be beautiful, but when you take them off, your real nails aren't. Plus, it's hard to bring back the health depending on the type of body you have. If you're having a hard time stopping biting your nails mix lemon juice or tabasco sauce w/ your nail polish so when you bite them the harsh tastes will make you stop.


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Wash your hair every other day, because your hair has natural vitamins in it and you don't want to keep washing those out every day. But always make sure it looks clean and healthy, not greasy. If you play sports and need to shower everyday wear a shower cap some days.


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Make sure you wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Deodorant stops your sweat from smelling. Antiperspirant stops sweating altogether, so it is up to you what to choose. Antiperspirant stops the part of your shirt under your underarms from getting wet. However, antiperspirant contains aluminum, which can lead to breast cancer, so it's not a good idea to use it every day. You should use antiperspirant only for special occasions or find some that doesn't have this chemical.


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Always be confident. It's a very attractive feature in both females and males. Don't be cocky, just confident. It really does help.


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Wear things that compliment your body shape. If you aren't sure how to (it can be difficult), find a shopping buddy. Ask a friend for advice and tips, or get them to go shopping with you. Pick someone who looks great in their clothes (hopefully someone of similar body type as you).


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Exercise at least 3-5 times a week. You don't have to do a hard-core workout, just jog, do sit-ups, just things to get you in shape. A simple work-out would be to walk/jog/run for at least 10 minutes or longer. Try doing sit-ups, crunches, side crunches, and push-ups. This will work-out the main attractive features on your body.


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Stretch everyday because being flexible will help your body, which will make you feel confident.


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Wear lotion or anything to keep your skin ageless.


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Wear attractive perfume/body spray, but be careful not to apply too much. 1 - 3 sprays is sufficient. If you have a strong expensive perfume you may only need to spray once. Your perfume will last longer if you spray the back of your neck and/or your wrists. Don't spray your hair because the oils may cause it to smell different.


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Have good posture. Great posture makes you look confident and taller. Try not to lean to one side. Keep your back straight when sitting. It may be hard at first but you'll get use to it.


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Have good eye contact with people, don't look at the floor. But don't just stare.


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Be mindful of extra hair: for females check your upper lips and side burns and always your armpits. Males and females, keep your eyebrows, nose-hair, ear hair in check. Take a look around for stray hair on or around moles, check the back of your neck and upper back for stray hairs. Proper hair grooming should be practiced on the entire body. Trimming (in lieu of shaving) any long hairs that are below the neck is a good idea.


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For girls, if you have blotchy skin, zits, or undereye circles wear a little concealer or foundation. If you want to add some color to your look wear a lipgloss or colored eyeliner.


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Meat Lovers Can Now Grow Their Own Lamb

Meat Lovers Can Now "Grow Their Own Lamb"


by Tanya on  December 01, 2009 at 8:51 AM


Taking cue from growing vegetables for own consumption, a Brit farmer is offering a "Grow Your Own Lamb" service that allows meat lovers to see the animal being conceived, born, butchered and delivered to their door. Brett Varker from Rowhorne Farm in Exeter, Devon, charges customers 176 pounds to be "completely involved" in every stage of the lamb's life.

First they choose the parents of their lamb from six breeds of ewe and four breeds of ram.

The pair are then placed in a field and the buyer can watch them mate and return to witness the ewe giving birth.

And then they are allowed a monthly visit to see the lamb before it is slaughtered at six months old and delivered to their door.

"Many of us grow our own
vegetables but we're going a step further and helping people grow their own meat," the Daily Express quoted Brett, 48, as saying.

"Farming seems like a dark art to people these days, so we want to show them what is involved and how much we care for our animals.

"This is no petting zoo - it's about great quality meat," he added.



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Juice Fasting For Weight Loss and Health

Juice Fasting For Weight Loss and Health


The holidays can really pack on those pounds; this article offers good advice on a clean, wonderful fast, when done correctly with certified organic fruits and vegetables.  Please click here for the original article. 


Juice fasting has the surprising benefit of very rapid  weight loss. I know a man who entered a juice fast for health reasons and lost one pound a day for 28 days and to within five pounds of his target weight. This is a typical experience. You feel so much better about yourself as you see such dramatic results in an area that has been a constant battle for so many years of your life. You are encouraged to go farther and improve the way you dress and the way that you relate to people with a confidence that you haven’t had for a long time.


You may lose several pounds a day at the start of the program. As your body comes closer to your ideal weight, this process may slow down, averaging out to be about a pound of weight lost per day or more. Juice supplies calories. If you are not losing weight, you may reduce your calorie input by reducing the amount of high calorie vegetables that you are juicing such as carrots, or you may substitute water for some of the juice in your diet. Some advocate diluting your juice with water. Diluting can reduce the strong flavor of some juices that can be objectionable to some people. Weight loss is a function of your metabolism, so weight loss may slow down because you don’t have work so hard to carry around so much extra weight.


Health is more than diet. Don’t concentrate on losing pounds, which may be inconsistent as your body retains water in the fat cells for a short period. The body may periodically dump this water, keeping you up all night. Don’t be frustrated as this happens. It averages out. Instead of recording a daily weight loss on a chart, concentrate and think about other health issues. Staying physically and spiritually active will direct your energies in a more profitable direction. Remember, it took a long time to develop the problem and as your body, in its own time and way, accommodates the changes, you will realize the new energy that you have from the casting out of the stored toxins that your body stored in your fat cells. As with all healing, the joyful work of restoring a cleansed body takes its own time.


Some supplements are appropriate to use during this kind of weight loss program. However stimulating herbs can be very damaging to your body as it is excited by chemicals that are 20 times more powerful that a cup of coffee. The excess stimulation damages your body’s ability to fight disease and your nervous system undergoes heavy stress. Remember that you are changing your lifestyle, so diet and exercise are the elements that you can live with for the rest of your life. If you develop these life changing attitudes and practices, even when you are elderly, you can easily incorporate these healthy practices in your life.












Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?

Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?


Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?


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by Ireland-or-bust » Thu May 22, 2008 10:02 am


Hi all,

I'm hoping to get my chicken meat from my own supply.

Now, here are the questions...

1. I have Light Sussex and Dorkings, Are they fast enough growers?
They are certainly fat enough...

2. How long will a L.S. take to get to an eating weight?

3. How much food will it take to get it there?

I would like to get broilers, but they have to be bought and that to me is not sustainable at all.

I have all the gear/space etc i just need a bit of info from someone who has DONE IT already. I have an 80 egg incubator and barn space for 3 times that in hens.

I am getting a horrible feeling that the feed is going to cost more than the chicken in the super market. It doesn't matter that it's nicer.
The electric company doesn't accept niceness cheques.




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Homemade Fire Logs

The link to the actual proceedure is below.

Many houses in cold climates have wood fires to help warm up the home in winter, rather than just the gas heaters that you usually see in city living. Not only does it create a lovely ambient setting in your home, but it is also very effective at heating not just a room, but a whole house. However, it can be expensive to buy firewood and if you can't get it for free from the woods or on the roadside, you can make your own fire logs from newspapers.


Anaerobic Methane Digester Project

Excellent source for the beginer wanting to get involved in methane digester projects. The link to the website is posted below.

Anaerobic Digester Project

My Anaerobic Digester Project is going to be building: (a) A small-scale digester. (b) A medium-scale digester. My project will also include research on the workings of anaerobic digesters, the usage of anaerobic digesters and the possible future of anaerobic digesters that can be used at home.


What Is a Food CO-OP?

There are many different types of food co-ops. I have attached a link to a good source of explanation.

Just the first paragraph, for more please click the link.

A food co-op is a collectively owned grocery store. Most frequently, a food co-op focuses on making natural foods more affordable for co-op members, although other products may be carried as well. There are a number of different styles of food co-op, but all of them share common values of group management and decision making, social responsibility, and equality. Towns of all sizes have food co-ops ranging from very small to quite large, and it is usually easy to find a food co-op near you.


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