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DIY Kombucha

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The probiotic drink known as Kombucha has taken off among the health conscious within recent years. This fermented tea contains a variety of helpful bacteria that support digestion, and it also boosts the immune system as it contains enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols that are beneficial to any lifestyle. Kombucha is made from [...]

DIY Fermented Foods: Healthy Sauerkraut

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I love sauerkraut, and for a while now I’ve been eating and enjoying my own homemade version of this simple yet very powerful ferment. Sauerkraut has a whole range of benefits for anybody looking to optimize their health. As a side dish alongside any meal, it’s crunchy and delightfully tangy, and can be made with a range of different flavors. [...]

What is Vegan Organic Gardening?

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In the northern hemisphere a new gardening season is upon us! Right now thoughts of seeds, soil and the potential for fresh fruit and veggies may be dancing through your head. But as you prepare your garden plot for this season, or contemplate creating a garden for the first time, perhaps it is also the [...]

Creative Ecology 102

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As promised, here is another example of what you can do using recycled materials. This is our bunny rabbit Poof who we rescued eight years ago. He is now a close part of the Gentle World family and lives on our large outdoor deck. He has the run of our large (30' x 30') deck [...]

6 Gardening Tips for Hot Weather

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These gardening tips will help your plants survive the summer months, any time you’re facing a drought or a long spell of hot weather. Like our other vegan garden tips, they are simple, straightforward and easy to put into practice. Helping your plants thrive is often a case of proper planning, placement and soil fertility.  [...]

Creative Ecology 101: The Stroller-Barrow

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You may be curious about the interesting contraption featured in this photograph. Sky, another long time member of Gentle World, has a passion for re-using (up-cycling) materials that he finds at the transfer station or that have been gifted to our organization. This is a magical way to give secondhand items a chance for a new [...]

Easy Healthy Guide to Sprouting

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Sprouts are a potent source of antioxidants and are alkalizing to the body. Both of these effects are essential for protecting against disease and strengthening the immune system.

Seven Delicious Home-Made Breads

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Whenever the scent of bread baking emanates from our community kitchen, it reminds me that whole-grain breads are one of the most comforting pleasures of life...

Nettles: Health Tonic and Veganic Fertilizer

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As a child, I remember fearing the prickles of these wild and rampant weeds. Little did I know that the sting of this plant was protecting a delicious green vegetable, a healing herb and a wonderful vegan-organic fertilizer.

The Wonder of Worms

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Growing up in the city, I thought worms were inert, mindless, slimy creatures simply providing an obstacle to jump over after a good rain. As I started down the path of veganic growing, worms became one of my favorite creatures in the garden. Now I know what any good gardener or farmer knows; worms are wonderful.

Netted Enclosures

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For some crops, such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, it's a good idea to use netted enclosures to protect them from insects. These nets can be used to protect any garden plants, especially when they are young and vulnerable. It's possible to use recycled water pipe to form the hoops, so if you can track down [...]

Better-than-Beef Meatless Meat

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Seitan or Wheat-Meat (made from wheat gluten flour) is one of the best meat substitutes for flavor absorption as well as texture. High in protein and low in fat, seitan (when properly prepared) will win over the meat-oholics in your life, from kids to grown-ups.