Your personal slice of green: What works for you?

Posted October 4th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Green, Uncategorized

We all do what we can, right? We pick our priorities and try to live in ways that align with them. Sometimes, though, it takes a while to find the strategies and practices that work for our family and that are environmentally responsible at the same time. What works for […]

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Growing green at school and in the community

Posted September 20th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Child, Food, Green, Parenting

In a day and age when parents have so many decisions to second-guess, how refreshing to attend an event that makes you glad you chose to live where you do! Last week’s Eat Grow Learn seminar in Arlington brought together some 50 Northern Virginia community members for a feel-good fest […]

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Back to the Backpack: It’s not Just What’s Inside)

Posted September 6th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Green, Health

I am a backpack slut. If I’m with the kids, chances are my fashion statement is circa 2007, and I privilege even and aligned shoulders over style. If I’m not wearing the baby on my back, that’s where her diaper bag goes. When I informed my husband that my son’s […]

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What’s in your school’s soap?

Posted August 30th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Green, Health, Parenting, Uncategorized

The list of optional kindergarten class school supplies in my school district includes hand soap and antibacterial wipes. Since the skin is the body’s largest organ, I am of the mind not to put anything on it that I wouldn’t want to eat. That includes artificial colors and perfumes. Soap […]

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Safe and waste-free school lunches

Posted August 23rd, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Food, Green, Parenting, Uncategorized

Anything that makes preparing lunch easier is a hit in our house. Two years ago, I discovered LunchBots stainless steel containers when I was shopping at (formerly A few weeks before my son began taking lunch to preschool, I bought two of the “Pico” LunchBots — small containers […]

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New Recalls Make Me Grateful to Eat Local

Posted August 16th, 2011 by Aimee in Food, Green, Health

On my commute into work the other day, I heard yet another report about food recalls due to salmonella, Listeria, insert scary-sounding word. It was another story in what seems to be regular “breaking” news these days. Eggs. Chicken. Turkey. I listened with interest, of course. How can a mom […]

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Mom to Feds: Put Money Toward Healthy Food

Posted August 9th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Food, Green, Health, Politics

Dear Federal Government (especially you food-loving folks in the USDA and FDA), Here’s an idea: How about you stop wasting taxpayer money on raiding small family farms and natural foods stores and instead buy some organic produce for kids who live in food deserts? I’m sure those kids Michelle Obama […]

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Visit a Farm This Summer

Posted July 27th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Food, Green, Uncategorized

My last hurrah with my son before my daughter was born last August was to visit Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia. The little guy had watched — and loved! — the farm’s documentary video with Joel Salatin talking about his sustainable farming practices. We were members of the Polyface Yum […]

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