Just Act Natural Green Market~ Downtown Appleton

This Saturday, tomorrow, Just Act Natural will be hosting the Green Market as an addition to the Farmers Market. This will be going on from 8am-12:30pm.

There will be many environmental vendors available which include: information about composting, solar panels, organic lawn care and much more. Diane and J.c. from Just Act Natural will be there to help you get started with a green lifestyle.

I will be volunteering with Sustainable Fox Valley. Sustainable Fox Valley is a non-profit organization that encourages being able to satisfy present human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. I will be helping the children from the Fox River Academy with the “Wonder of Worms” activity. This will be a fun and educational opportunity for the children and their families of the FRA. Decorated rain barrels made by the students of the Fox River Academy will also be on display.

This is a wonderful addition to the Appleton Farmers market and is filled with such great content to help our communities continue to grow. I hope you enjoy the article written by J.c. of Just Act Natural by following the direct link below.


Just Act Natural Green Market

Seeds are Turning

Photos taken by Zach Chisholm

This is our second year digging our hands through our soil outside our home. We have very little space to work with. Regardless, we are seeing positive results in the making!

We sowed our soil and planted our seeds (some that are organic) in the second to last week of May. We have received plentiful amounts of rainwater to naturally hydrate our seeds for much of the summer. The sun has done most of the work, leaving Zach and I with little care to give. Often we take some glimpses to watch our garden produce magic before our eyes. We then try to capture as many photos as we can during this amazing process.

We began with our herb garden, which included: oregano, basil, cilantro, lavender, and chamomile. Many of the herbs took off and are flowering beautifully! The picture above shows our oregano looking full and healthy. We are sure to trim the flowers on our basil to encourage growth.

Our garden has been producing quite a vast amount of organic eggplant. This is our first year growing eggplant and the vegetable has grown significantly over the past 2 months. The jalapenos are close to its prime to be ready for picking. The tomatoes have been going through cycles of green to red. Our garden has been surprising us in many ways.

We had a few earwigs on our corn. They turned out to benefit our garden by being a natural “pest control.” The soil in our garden has been healthy without the use of chemical fertilizers.

Our bell peppers are beginning to transform from green to red and yellow. Our work in the soil is beginning to shine with results. This is an amazing process for our family to see. We can’t wait to bring our veggies and fruits into our kitchen!

 

 

Wisconsin Public Television

I’m big into the local food movement, and getting really connected to where we live via food.

via Wisconsin Public Television.

It’s amazing the variety of plants and herbs that can be found in our backyards. There is a helpful book named, “A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants.” The book contains numerous photos and detailed descriptions of the plant or herb you are researching. This can be beneficial to someone that is interested in wild plants and herbs that are grown in your community.

Welcome To Nature Reel

Hey everyone, welcome to our new site! Sarah and I came up with the idea to share interesting stories, links, and ideas that we find  on the internet that impact our communities near and far. Primarily we will be focused on positive content that centers around the environment, sustainability, and other words of activism. We may also post tips, tricks, and general geek wisdom that may be beneficial to your everyday life in this fast paced world of technology as the yin to the natural yang.

The site is in the beginning stages and will have a facelift in the near future as we continue to build on our ideas.