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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

A new challenge: Reducing food waste, nationwide

Americans waste more than 30 percent of all food purchased, either throwing out uneaten leftovers, letting food spoil before getting around to eating it, or tossing perfectly good food because it’s past the “best used by” date.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

A new hose, and a new worry

The cheap hoses came with an interesting warning label, noting that they contain chemicals the state of California deems capable of causing birth defects and cancer.
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Looking for ways to avoid back-to-school shopping

We always start at the thrift stores, looking for jeans, pants and shirts acceptable to teen tastes.
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Using ingenuity, luck to thwart fox

Last week, the last of Pearl’s babies learned to climb into the hemlock, which is a nighttime safe house for the outside chickens.
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Crickets, acorns — do they know what winter will bring?

Nature doesn't have to forecast winter. It comes on its own.
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

Too busy to be a good steward?

I’ve been busy lately doing things I tell myself I should never do, and not doing the things I should be doing.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Watching the sky for weather, or just to enjoy the show

The old ox glowed red in the morning light, white that night under a full moon.
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trying to take vacation wherever I am

If it's summer, it's summer vacation, right?
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Garden overproducing? Consider donating

If you’re a gardener, you know some plants insist on overproducing. Think about donating some of the extra. Especially if you’ve got an overproducing zucchini plant.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Free-range, cage-free: What do the labels mean?

Turns out some of them don't mean anything.

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