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Green Moms Carnival – Food Preservation

Welcome to the July Green Moms Carnival! I’m so excited to be hosting the carnival especially with Food Preservation as the topic because I think that food is one of the first ways that many moms choose to “go green,” by opting to eat seasonally and locally.  Once you’ve found your farmers you can learn to save money and enjoy that produce year-round by buying in bulk and preserving it.   Please take the time to visit each post!

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Food Preservation Basics

Tiffany from Nature Moms Blog gives a nice summary of different types of food preservation, along with some tips for getting started in her post Bringing Food Preservation Back to Our Kitchens.

Katy of Non-Toxic Kids (and my Moms Clean Air Force teammate) shares 3 Ways to Preserve the Summer Bounty.  Berry picking is a great way to teach your children where their food comes from and get some great pictures of ruby stained faces.  Katy also suggests pesto (yum!) and baked goods as ways to preserve.

Laura of Pug in the Kitchen shares tips for preserving food with little ones underfoot in her post Preservation: Pickles, Jelly and Sanity.  I’ve found that my canning has dropped way off (as in, come to a dead stop) since I had Joshua because big pots of boiling and a baby who wouldn’t let me put him down were not a combination I wanted last summer. 

Michelle of Green Bean Chronicles writes about canning, freezing, dehydrating, fermenting and not preserving in her post There is More Than One Way To Skin A… at The Green Phone Booth.

Canning

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There are so many different ways to preserve food, but many people think of canning first.  I have loved seeing the resurgence of canning in the past few years.  It’s hip to can! Can you believe it? 

Deanna of Crunchy Chicken, one of my long-time favorite blogs, contributed some fantastic canning recipes.  Just the titles make my mouth water!

Lisa from Condo Blues and Lazy Budget Chef writes about her first canning experience in I Canned Jam and Nobody Died.  There are so many people who are afraid of canning, but once they try it they realize how easy it can be! It’s blueberry jam, by the way.

Mary Clare from In Women We Trust totals up the return on a $20 seed investment in her post Can Yourself – Grow Money, Grow Friends.  You’ll be shocked!

Anna from Green Talk shows us how she has worked on Greening the Tomato Sauce Process.  There are great pictures to walk you through the steps of using a tomato press.

Linda of Citizen Green shares her tried and true recipe for marinara sauce in her post Use Your Garden Tomatoes in this Sauce.  It’s versatile and can be canned or frozen.

For those of us with a pressure canner and nerves of steel, Jena from Married to the Farm tells us about Pressure Canning Green Beans.  Don’t be scared!

I want to also share a few of my own favorite canning recipes from here at Farmer’s Daughter:

Freezing

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Lisa from Condo Blues and Lazy Budget Chef shares step-by-step tips on How to Freeze Fresh Tomatoes, for those of us who are a little too scared of the pressure canner.

Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares various ways to make organic strawberries from the local farmer’s market last and finds making freezer jam is even sweeter with her kids and a little reggae on the side in her post We’re Jamming.

Anna from Green Talk walks through the steps of Cooking Pumpkin and Squash for Easy Winter Storage.  She reminds us not to forget the seeds!

Karen from Best of Mother Earth explains that while she doesn’t do a lot of preserving, she does cook from scratch and makes sure not to waste the leftovers in her post How Do You Preserve Food?

Emily from Live Renewed shares a step-by-step tutorial for freezing fruit, along with a neat tip for pitting cherries, in her post Preserving Summer’s Bounty – Freezing Berries.

Lori of Groovy Green Livin shares how to find, freeze and thaw blueberries, as well as their health benefits in Preserve Summer: How To Freeze Blueberries.

Diane from Big Green Purse Blog shares a step-by-step tutorial on how to freeze tomato sauce in her post Make Your Own Delicious, Organic Tomato Sauce. Here’s How.

I love to freeze sweet corn for use in soups, stews and cornbread throughout the year. 

Drying/Dehydrating

Deanna of Crunchy Chicken shares Drying Herbs for Idiots.

Beth of My Plastic-free Life shows us how to make dried apple slices and fruit leather in her post Dry Summer Produce to Keep Through Winter Plastic Free

Mama Bear runs through a pro/con list of dehydrating in her post Kitchen Adventure: Drying Strawberries.   She outlines how to use the oven to dehydrate food.

Cold Storage

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Jena from Married to the Farm shows us how to store carrots throughout the winter in her post How to Store Carrots, and Save them for Seed

Dairy

Deanna of Crunchy Chicken shares:

Marci of Down on the Farm has two grass-fed Jersey milk cows and is in my opinion an expert cheesemaker! Check out her how-to’s:

Do you know what kefir is? I didn’t until I read the following two submissions. Now I want to try some! I have one question, how do you pronounce “kefir”?

Micaela of Mindful Momma‘s husband John shares how he makes homemade kefir in his guest post Kefir Madness.  Can I just say how cool it is that there’s a DAD joining the Green Moms Carnival?

Jen of Puddle Jumping shares her very low-maintenance kefir making system in her post Easy Homemade (Refrigerator) Kefir. I’ve gotta get me some of that kefir.

Baking in Bulk

Betsy from Eco-Novice shares her recipes for baking in bulk and freezing, which means she can have homemade food in a pinch!

Miscellaneous

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Deanna of Crunchy Chicken shares Homemade Rosolio and Candied Orange Peels.

Brenna of Almost All the Truth shows us how to reduce food waste and eat more of the green leafies with her post Getting Greens with Organic and Fresh Green Smoothies.

Phew! What a huge carnival! There were a grand total of 45 submissions! (Unless I counted wrong, my eyes are tired from all this typing!)  I want to send a special welcome to our new participants Marci, Zoie, Brenna and Jena.  Jena is a VERY new mom to her son Kent. Congrats Jena!

Thank you everyone for joining the Green Moms Carnival! Next month’s topic is Back To School and will be hosted by Micaela of Mindful Momma. The deadline is August 4 so get writing!

Please join in by sharing a link (or two, or a few) to your favorite food preservation post.

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Call for Participation!

Two big events this week:

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First, join @MomsCAF with special guests @FarmDaughter and @Non_Toxic_Kids for MCAF Twitter Chat: Finding Time for Activism on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST.  Prizes include three copes of The Family Table, a Beaba Feeding Set donated by The Soft Landing and a Diva Cup donated by Diva International!  Follow the hashtag #MCAF.  Register here.

Then, I’m hosting the July Green Moms Carnival with the topic of FOOD PRESERVATION!!! Recipes, reflections, tips and tutorials all welcome! Send me your post by Thursday 7/14 to be included! Carnival goes live here on Monday 7/18.

Two great groups of moms, but we welcome everyone to join in!

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APLS October Blog Carnival- Education

The topic for this month’s APLS Blog Carnival is Education.  I chose this topic because I tend to think of education as a part of daily life.  I am always learning, and I was interested to see where all the inspirational APLS bloggers get their understanding of sustainable living and how they share it with others.  I was so happy to read through the submissions and see everyone’s take on learning about sustainability.  Please take the time to read through them all, and I promise you’ll enjoy them!

Daphne, who blogs at Daphne’s Dandelions, takes a break from her usual topic of gardening to post about how she educates herself on sustainability in unexpected places, like Science Fiction conventions.  At home, she plays the role of the “Green Nag” in her family in order to make sure things are done as sustainably as possible.  She’ll also educate strangers, but only when asked.

Katie from A Green Fire writes about how she first learned about sustainable, frugal, green living from her family, and then as an adult out of the necessity to be frugal.  She also talks about how much she learns doing research to write her blog posts, and shares it with her family and readers.

Green Bean writes about educating others through her Victory Garden.  As she says, “Grab a shovel and start spreading the word!”

Laura, the Fearless Chef describes the importance of food in living the sustainable lifestyle: “The simplest, most effective way to teach people about sustainable food sources is to feed them.

As Beth at Fake Plastic Fish writes, “Sitting hour upon hour in front of the computer, I crave the ‘classroom’ of the natural world.  What are some ways to learn about what’s ‘real’?”  Read her post and see what she comes up with.

Robbie at Going Green Mama writes about life lessons she’s learned in the process of going green.  My favorite is “Grandma’s ways sometimes worked.”

Tina at crstn85 writes about her “education overload” and how she loves to share her environmental enthusiasm with others.

Healther at Simple-Green-Frugal describes her education as read, read, read, be fearless, and live the life.  Sharing her jams and inspiring others to get out and walk are a few examples of how Heather spreads the sustainable message.

Ruchi at Arduous Blog writes about her experiences continuing her education in London, and how she appreciates learning so much more now that she’s grown up.

Bobbi at To Live Local describes how she puts her love of words into actions, both in her community and in her own family.

Ruth, who blogs at Musings of an Everyday Woman and also happens to be my mom, writes about how our visit to the Island School changed her views on sustainability, and how she’s made changes since returning home.

Stephanie at Sunbeam Soapbox writes about the huge amount of information available and how we all need to work together to learn it, because it may just be too much for one person to do it all.

Joyce at Tall Grass Worship gives credit to all the green bloggers out there spreading the sustainability message, even though she may not agree with most of their political views.  She also acts as a sustainable role model.

Finally, if you want an Environmental Science teacher’s take on her own education in sustainable living and how she passes it on to her students and others, you can read my post here at Farmer’s Daughter.

Thanks so much for participating this month by contributing to the carnival or reading these wonderful posts!  Here’s to lifelong learning!

Don’t forget to check out the APLS Blog soon for the upcoming November Carnival topic.  The November APLS Carnival will be hosted by Eco ‘Burban Mom

The debate rages on over whether to change the “Affluent Persons Living Sustainably” acronym.  Do you think we should keep it or change it to one of the other names suggested? Head on over to the APLS Blog to cast your vote

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Environmental Education

This post is my contribution to the October APLS Blog Carnival, which will be hosted here at Farmer’s Daughter on October 15.

My education as an environmentalist began before I can even remember.  Growing up on my family’s farm in Connecticut, I learned the value of respecting our land, air and water, the wonderful options for local foods throughout the seasons, and a love of the outdoors and science.  My brothers, cousins and I would always giggle when people visiting the farm were ignorant of the natural world.  We’d whisper to each other: That’s a miniature horse, not a pony!  Christmas trees make sap, not nectar!  Of course we don’t have our own corn yet, it’s only June!  Although we were children, our everyday experiences made us wise about the natural world.

I followed my love of the natural world into college.  I knew I loved science, and decided to major in biology and become a teacher.  I focused mostly on animal anatomy and genetics, because I found these areas challenging and fascinating.  My most favorite class came in my senior year, and it’s a surprise to even me that I loved it so much.  Entomology.  That’s right: the study of insects.  Now, it wasn’t the subject matter that made it wonderful, it was the way we learned.  We’d spend at least a few hours each week outside, with nets, wandering around campus or other natural habitats, catching bugs.  I suddenly realized what my dad had told me all along: you can learn a lot more outside than you can in a classroom!

At 22 years old, I started teaching high school biology.  I was surprised about how little my students knew about the natural world, so I began to incorporate regular discussions about the environment, plants and animals into the curriculum.  My friend Sue, a teacher who has played the role of mentor and friend to me, introduced me to the AP Environmental Science course.  We shared a classroom, and I would find myself spending my preparation period sitting in her classroom listening and learning more about the environment.  Sue and I discuss environmental issues, and I see Sue as a role model for me in how she lives her life.  I’ve learned a lot about living sustainably from her, and a lot about teaching, too.  After two years teaching biology, I got the chance to teach AP Environmental Science, since there were enough classes for two teachers.  Sue continued mentoring me, helping me take on the challenging material and helping me develop lessons.  I read articles, books, searched the Internet, and had many discussions with many different people to learn about the environment.  As any teacher will tell you, the best way to learn is to teach.  I absolutely love teaching about the environment, and have since written and implemented a Botany course as well.

Now in my sixth year teaching, I have decided to go back to get a second MS degree in Environmental Education.  After my visit to the Island School, I decided to continue my education because I feel like there’s still a lot for me to learn.  I’m currently taking a course about political and legal issues in environmental education, and I feel like it couldn’t have come at a better time.  I know that a life-long learner is never finished with her education.

Since this month’s topic has to do with how I educate others as well as myself, I’m going to include a little bit about my teaching philosophy.  I think that a lot of folks were put off by the topic of educating others.  I want to clarify that education is not about forcing your own beliefs on someone else.  In the classroom, I try to give students the information that they need in order to make their own decisions about environmental issues.  I don’t preach about the negatives of petroleum.  We explore all of the issues associated with petroleum, from how it’s formed to the chemistry involved in burning it, from the economic to the political issues, from how it affects the planet to how it affects each student as an individual.  I never tell students what to believe, just like I never tell them who I’m voting for.  Instead, I’m a role model for my students, and encourage them to make their own decisions.

I try to do the same when I’m talking to my friends and family members.  I’m not judgemental, and I don’t preach to them.  I’ll explain why I make the choices I do, but I’m never disrespectful about their choices.  And I try to never get into arguments about the environment.  I like to listen to what others have to say, and discuss the issues with them, not fight about them.  I think that’s just my nature.

I know that many folks this month will be writing about how they educate their own children about the environment and sustainable living.  I really look forward to passing on my love of nature, the outdoors and the environment to my own children someday.  But I know I’ll always have students eager to get outdoors or into the greenhouse and learn about the environment.

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I’m Hosting the October APLS Blog Carnival!

Please stop by the APLS Blog to check out October’s topic: Education! 

How do you educate yourself about sustainable living? How do you pass that knowledge on to others? Do you educate your family members and friends? Are you a member of environmental organizations? Do you do volunteer work?

I’ve never hosted a blog carnival before, so I’m pretty excited about it! I hope to have a wonderful turnout.  Posts are due by October 10 and must be emailed to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’ll compile and post the carnival here on October 15!

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