2/22/13 Volume XLVI, No. 8
What’s slimy and wiggly, can live by the hundreds in your home, and transform junk mail and food scraps into a rich fertilizer known as “black gold”?
Worms! Believe it or not, organic gardeners and farmers throughout this state we’re in are raising them for their amazing composting ability. “Vermiculture” is the practice of breeding and raising worms.
The worms used in vermi-composting aren’t your garden variety earthworms or . . .
2/15/13 Volume XLVI, No. 7
Are you eagerly waiting for spring? The first daffodils to bloom … chickadee song … snow drops and crocuses?
You’re not alone! Probably since the dawn of civilization, winter-weary folks have counted the days for green sprouts and blossoming flowers. Some of those folks kept detailed notes on what they saw and when.
Two especially avid record-keepers lived nearly a century apart in different regions of America: Henry David Thoreau, author of . . .
2/8/13 Volume XLVI, No. 6
Ever since the serpent tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, snakes have suffered from bad PR. Many folks flat-out hate and fear them. Even the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series came back as a snake!
In reality, however, most snakes are peaceful creatures who avoid human contact. It might come as a great surprise to many ardent hikers of New Jersey’s mountains and Pine Barrens that, at some point, they have certainly walked within a few feet of a shy venomous . . .
2/1/13 Volume XLVI, No. 5
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
New Jersey has numerous individuals and organizations more than worthy of recognition for hard work – and innovative ideas – to improve our environment. And, happily, the state has a great program to honor those with outstanding contributions.
Since 2000, the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards have shined a spotlight on . . .