Author: Jennifer Lance

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Propane: The "Dirty Little Secret" of Living Off the Grid

Living off the grid sounds romantic…no more bills from dirty energy companies, self-sufficiency, green power, etc.; however, there is one “dirty little secret” found in most alternative energy homes.  Without it, some off-gridders couldn’t cook, refrigerate, heat water, or dry clothes.  That dirty little secret is propane. Propane is a “by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining,”.  Due to […]

September 15th

Why You Need to Experience Nature to Be a True Conservationist

Going green is the latest fad.  Environmental conservation is at the heart of a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Whether you are motivated by health, environmental concerns or current trends, there’s a lot of advice out there to help you live a greener lifestyle.  Using your wallet to support ethical companies and products is effective; however, I […]

September 8th

FTC Green Guide & Marketing: Greenwashing or Truth in Advertising?

Green is a hot trend, and businesses try to capitalize on consumers’ concern for the environment by touting their products’ eco-friendly traits.  “Recyclable”, “natural”, “compostable”, “biodegradable”, “organic”…what do these terms mean?  Unfortunately for consumers, there are no standards or consensus about what green actually signifies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the governmental agency in […]

August 24th

Fresh or Frozen Vegetables and Fruits: Which One's Better?

As a gardner, I have certain assumptions about food. Fresh is always better; however,  I do freeze for winter.  Recently, a friend shared that frozen food was actually more flavorful and nutritious than fresh food available in the grocery store.  This threw me for a loop: I always thought “frozen fresh” was an oxymoron, but the […]

August 16th

Green Remodeling or No Remodeling: Which is more Eco-Friendly?

A friend of mine recently asked a green question.  She moved into an unfinished home and was very excited about using green materials.  We started to talk about insulation.  There is already exposed fiberglass insulation in her new home.  She wants to replace it with recycled denim insulation, which is what I have in part […]

July 22nd

How to Plant a Winter Garden (It’s Time!)

Although the heat of summer is on, it is time to plant your winter garden. Winter gardening is my favorite garden of all, as the cooler nights raise the sweetness of many cole and root crops.  Harvesting carrots out of the snow or having kale all winter long makes me feel like a master gardener […]

July 14th

Why the Klamath Dams Don’t Provide “Green” Energy

The Klamath River is sick, very sick. This once mighty river runs through the Cascade Mountain Range, from southern Oregon to northern California. In 2002, over 33,000 salmon died in a massive fish kill caused by dams on the river, as well as water diversions, agriculture, industrial pollution, mining, road building and poor forestry. In […]

February 12th