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Cultivating Children’s Green Fingers Is Easy – Developing Gardening Skills In EYFS

Cultivating Children’s Green Fingers Is Easy – Developing Gardening Skills In EYFS | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Outdoor learning is a key part of the early years curriculum, and that includes encouraging children to grow green fingers. Gardening, as opposed to simply playing outdoors, has many benefits, including the development of fine and gross motor skills, understanding of mathematics and science, patience and responsibility, and plenty of opportunity for open-ended questions. Don’t delay The best time of the year to plan what you want to do with the outdoors is during the autumn and winter. Use these less clement seasons to clear areas and see exactly what space you have, and to install any hard landscaping you may need such as raised beds or new paths. The outside space should be usable whatever the weather, so chances are you will need to work out where you need to create shelter and shade, and what needs to be underfoot. Mobile storage is an easy way to utilise whichever area is most appropriate. Have a look at the current permanent features such as trees, fences, hedges, canopies and buildings. Can you use them? Do they need repairing or replacing? Would you be better off without them and is removing them feasible? If you just need a good tidy up, power wash and replant but simply don’t have the time, see if you can get a working party of parents and helpers from the community together – the promise of tea and cake can go a long way! When the audit is done it’s time to let your imagination run wild. There is no reason why the broad-brush planning that goes on inside your setting cannot be extended outdoors too. Experience has shown me that any topic, theme or learning objective can be adapted and enhanced by taking it outside (courgette leaves make amazing hiding places for dinosaurs!). The tricky part, especially for those less green-fingered, is making gardening part of that adventure, so here is a list of things to consider. Tackle as many or as few as you feel comfortable with to add an extra dimension to your setting. Planting edibles These are pretty self-explanatory but you need to plan ahead. If your setting is a preschool that will be closed for the long summer holidays, it’s best not to plant crops such as strawberries, cucumbers or tomatoes that are harvested then. Instead choose potatoes or other roots or brassicas that will keep until autumn, or lettuces and radishes that are quick to mature and can be picked in June. It is also worth noting that if you plan to garden in containers, somebody needs to water them during the holidays. Growing sunflowers Great for learning about growth and decay as well as mathematics, sunflowers start as a small seed and finish up as a towering stem with a big flower whose seeds will feed the birds in the winter. If you plan to grow the tallest ones they will benefit from being grown next to a (sunny) fence, so that they can be tied in and supported. It is also nice to put them near to a climbing frame so little ones can follow the flower heads as they get taller. Decorating trees Try creating a topic tree – this can be a real, small one or simply a group of artificial branches; the point is that it can be decorated with absolutely anything. Again, take your indoor planning outside and use the craft table to make trinkets that tie in with your current learning objectives. Obvious themes are Christmas or the seasons, but everything from minibeasts to jungle animals works well. Painting pebbles Take literacy, numeracy and art outside by painting pebbles with children’s names, numerals, spots, shapes, minibeasts or simply a rainbow of colours. Large plant pots or saucers are great for sorting them too. Sensory stimulation A sensory theme to a garden is a good starting place when you are planning your space as it means you will get a bit of everything. You may want to start by concentrating on just one of the senses and add more as the garden develops, or go for all of them in a sensory corner. Bright colours from flowers or ornaments can sit beside aromatic herbs such as thyme, rosemary, mint and lavender. The latter are robust and hardy, will not mind being bruised and will complement seasonal fruit and vegetables. Mix in some different textures, some spiky tufty plants, soft wavy grasses and polished pebbles. Sound can come from tall, swishy-swashy bamboo or, if you are lucky, a bubble fountain or other feature with no standing water. Attracting wildlife While worms, bugs and spiders are not everyone’s cup of tea they are all part of a garden and it is well worth keeping an area relatively undisturbed with logs and piles of leaves in it to see what moves in. At the setting I work in we are fortunate to have access to a woodland area which the children love to explore, turning over logs to see what lies beneath. We also keep bird feeders topped up and can watch the visitors (birds and squirrels) from inside whatever the weather. Demonstrating change Summer is a time for instant gardening – planting a few tubs with bright annuals are a welcome boost, but things like spring bulbs need to be planted in autumn so planning is essential. Again, this is something that every child can easily get involved with and it is a useful way to demonstrate ‘change over time’ as once they get going growth is rapid. Finally, accept that you cannot be precious about anything in your garden! You can’t involve children in the creation of elements of their environment and then expect them not to touch or interact with it. Give them the opportunity to learn, explore and nurture in a way that complements what they do indoors and you will have a happy setting! ARE YOU READY? Four tips to ensure you’re prepared to garden successfully. • Think about investing in a set of overtrousers and jackets so that you can access all parts of the garden whatever the weather. Gardening gloves can be cumbersome but they are useful for those children for whom dirty hands are a barrier to learning. • Don’t forget to include some kind of seating area; children struggle to observe change in the environment unless they stop still for long enough, and everybody loves a den! • Look out for poisonous or irritant plants; a quick internet search will give you a lot of information about what to avoid. • Little is constant in a garden, it evolves as plants grow and decay with the seasons. It is useful to keep a perpetual diary to make a note of what has been particularly successful or not, ideas for next year and to remind yourself to do seasonal tasks. Samantha Tennant is a nursery assistant at a village preschool in Cheshire. 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Our House: Remarkable Communal Effort for LEED Certified Green Housing in Canada

Our House: Remarkable Communal Effort for LEED Certified Green Housing in Canada | Sustainism | Scoop.it

Ces maisons jumelées d’Ormstown, en Montérégie, ont une histoire hors norme. Tout récemment certifiées LEED® Platine, elles sont le résultat de l’implication d’une communauté entière pour une cause généreuse.


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Call this LEED certified duplex a Green collaboration of forces, build for sustainable living in a community ready for the future. 
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SolarCity announces plan to give "green" Airbnb hosts $1000

SolarCity announces plan to give "green" Airbnb hosts $1000 | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Airbnb hosts can receive a $1,000 incentive if they install SolarCity panels on their homes.
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As a "green" Airbnb host, albeit, or —although without solar panels— this is music to my ears. Won't do much good until next spring or summer though.
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Build Your Wooden Home With French Brikawood Kit

Build Your Wooden Home With French Brikawood Kit | Sustainism | Scoop.it
L'entreprise française Catharhome propose un nouveau modèle de briques en bois qui s'emboîtent les unes sur les autres. Leur nom : Brikawood. Fournies avec un kit, elles permettent de réaliser plus facilement des constructions passives sans utiliser de clous, de vis ou de colle, un peu à la manière d'un jeu de Légo géant.

Via NOVABUILD
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With the kit for 25,000 Euro you can build your own wooden house (postage and handling not included ;-))
 Will they whether the weather? 
If you wonder whether wood's sustainable building material, people in the Pacific Northwest have been doing it for centuries. Well, since they arrived in the mid 1800s that is. 
And these houses have double walls. I wonder whether they're just air insulated, or if builders would consider adding some insulting material in between?
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A former homeless man released the blueprints for an incredible off-grid $2,000 solar home for only $7

A former homeless man released the blueprints for an incredible off-grid $2,000 solar home for only $7 | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The home is 400 square feet with two floors and includes a bathroom, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and office.
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As incorrigible editor I have to note that the original heading on the Plaid Zebra site reads as though the blueprint will cost $2,000 which might not be too much for a good building plan, ask an architect how much s/he charges. Edited, you spot the bargain, seven bucks only.

 

Now that we've got that out of the way, the video about LaMar Alexander's lovely small home is a turn on.

Imagine friends of a feather building their small homes in a cluster, possibly around an existing house, or new structure  that could function as community center with shared facilities such as a library, a large kitchen with ovens to bake bread and cook communal meals, large  tables, a large screen viewing room, and of course organic gardens to supply healthful food. 

 

Instead of buying a village in France, create your own wherever a plot is available, already owned, or easy to buy. 

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"Free range" — a collection on Offset

"Free range" — a collection on Offset | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Offset offers authentic imagery by award-winning artists. All royalty-free.
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Is Free Range sustainable? Only if you make it so. 

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The Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge

The Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Launched Oct 2, 2014
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Check out the Resilience Challenge. We are all in it together.

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I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like

I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like | Sustainism | Scoop.it
My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada. I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a
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My husband and I generate very little garbage, all kitchen scraps go in the city's yard waste (not creating our own compost right now, we ad to the city's compost heap for parks & gardens city wide), but we still put out cardboard boxes and some plastic wrap and meat, fish and chicken trays.

 

Reading Lauren Singer's post made me remember how my parents and I "went back to nature" in 1963, and how we didn't even have garbage pick-up where we lived. My parents recycled pretty much everything, and my father made potions and lotions from ancient recipes.

 

Zero garbage sounds great, but I know I'd be lying if I claimed we could go without pick-up, but at least we've got a small garbage bin, that we don't even fill every week. And when we picked up our share of compost from the City, I knew chances were some of our own kitchen scraps were part of our batch or at least another citizen. 

 

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McLeod’s Community Garden : Bette Midler's Green Thumb Revitalizes Community Gardens

McLeod’s Community Garden : Bette Midler's Green Thumb Revitalizes Community Gardens | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Tour eight amazing public spaces transformed by the actress’s New York Restoration Project
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Another reason to love the Divine Ms. Bette Middler. I learned about her endeavors around the time that I was gardening at one of Seattle's community gardens or P-Patches, named after the farmer Picardo who donated his land to the city under the condition that people would get to grow vegetables and such for their own and the community's benefit.

 

Since growing vegetables without pesticides is practically impossible if your neighbors are using chemicals on their plot, gardening at the Seattle P-Patches would across the board be an organic endeavor. 

 

As a native Dutch speaker, who a long time ago was wed to a scientist specialized in organic chemistry, "organic" gardening seemed an unnecessary redundancy, how could you garden other than organically, I thought. Perhaps natural would be more to the point.

 

Natural gardening? What's that? 

 

Never mind. Take in what can happen when people take it upon them to clear wasteland and make it into a space with natural beauty, albeit cultured or cultivated. 

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Good looking' what you've got cookin'? Cooking up something good in the wild with #Jetboil?

Good looking' what you've got cookin'? Cooking up something good in the wild with #Jetboil? | Sustainism | Scoop.it

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Looking good, energy efficient, what else do you need? Ingredients and water of course, and SPLORE - adventures for people of all abilities. 

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Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) Scooters Unassuming rampant polluters on two wheels

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) Scooters Unassuming rampant polluters on two wheels | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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No, this is not good for the environment. Got it?

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The tech giant plans to buy--and then lease--thousands of solar panels to American homeowners
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Saw this on Twitter. Sometimes, make that often, the things you find on Twitter are interesting and worth spending time following the link to the site where the tweet originated. I would love to have solar panels on our roof. Economic, eco-friendly heat and electricity.

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Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun

Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun | Sustainism | Scoop.it
More than 40 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and left to find shelter in strange lands. Maybe they find a tarp, or a tent, but their quality of life almost always rema...
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Debating whether this article belongs under Sustainism or not. Got to appreciate the design. The collapsible shelter resembles a plant, a yurt, or a kind of fabric iglo; more than a tent in seems comparable to chosen "homes" of nomadic people. 

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Remote MSc Sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University

Remote MSc Sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Study at the Eden Project as part of a Masters course in Sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University, which starts in September each year.
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Protect the future from today's government!
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This Impeccably Designed $20,000 House Could Soon Be Yours

This Impeccably Designed $20,000 House Could Soon Be Yours | Sustainism | Scoop.it
For years, students at Auburn University's Rural Studio have been building cheap houses for impoverished locals. Now their designs are goin
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Little houses are in, but above all, they make having a home possible for people with a low budget. And for others a small home in the back lot may mean some extra income. 
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IIT Alumnus Uses Radical Technology to Develop Roads That Self-Repair

IIT Alumnus Uses Radical Technology to Develop Roads That Self-Repair | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Nemkumar Bhantia, a professor of civil engineering, has developed roads that are self-repairing, sustainable, long-lasting and cost-effective.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Dr. Nemkumar Bhantia's discovery is a gift to the (Third) World. I can't help but think immediately of Haiti and its lack of any kind of infrastructure, and how having dependable roads are crucial. 
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Off the Grid Ebook Order

Off the Grid Ebook Order | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Off-Grid Cabin and Tiny House Designs and Supplies: complete 355 Page Ebook plus 4 hours of video. Cabin Plans, Solar/Wind Power, Septic and Water Systems.
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LaMar Alexander's book is worth the seven bucks. Check out the video on the Plaid Zebra site (right next to this post on Scoop-it!) if you need more convincing. 

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In U.K. "The Great Turning" - While Permaculture Now is active in Washington State

In U.K. "The Great Turning" - While Permaculture Now is active in Washington State | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Is permaculture about re-creating Eden or about changing the world in every way, even politically? Graham Burnet and Nicole Vosper make the case for a politically engaged, 'liberation permaculture'.
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Not just in the U.K.!
In Washington state dedicated farmers practice permaculture, and interns learn on the job at model farms.

Check out permaculturenow.com

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Challenge: Bring Your Own Shopping Bags - hetkanWel.nl

Challenge: Bring Your Own Shopping Bags - hetkanWel.nl | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Ik omarm ‘de groene lifestyle’. Dat moet ook, vind ik, als je al ruim zes jaar schrijft voor een groen en eerlijk weblog. Zo koop ik ecologische schoonmaakmiddelen en zijn de twee vleesloze dagen per week een feit in ons huishouden. Toch doe ik nog niet genoeg. Zo vergeet ik nog wel eens mijn laptop uit te zetten ‘s nachts en laat mijn vriend regelmatig zijn oplader in de stekkerdoos zitten. Onnodig. Maar het grootste punt van kritiek heeft te maken met mijn regelmatige gang naar de supermarkt.
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Okay, so you can't read the article, unless you use some kind of translator. But the drift of the story is: Stop polluting Mother Earth, invest in long lasting shopping bags and don't buy into the "take it easy" attitude. We're ruining our very own world, filling oceans with plastic crap, killing birds and other wildlife that swallows the products of our lazy lifestyle. 

 

I've got one old bag I've had since I was eighteen, and that dearies, was many summers ago. 

 

Challenge: Get a bag that lasts, and buy bulk when you can.

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The Simply Co. - 3 Ingredient Organic Laundry Detergent!

The Simply Co. - 3 Ingredient Organic Laundry Detergent! | Sustainism | Scoop.it
At The Simply Co. we make 3-Ingredient laundry detergent that is safe for your body, your home, and the planet!
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Naturally!

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Comfort and organic sustainability

Comfort and organic sustainability | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The need for a sustainable development began to grow and resources began to diminish in quantity and value.
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Chris Downs came to my attention thanks to my interest as a writer in his Kindle book on How to Grow Heirloom Tomatoes.


Note that I stopped growing tomatoes in 1989, after I became intolerant to them, both raw and cooked. Just a bite from the fruit I'd loved since childhood and my cheeks would swell with hives, turning bright red, like the culprit itself.

 

The only tomatoes I can eat since, come from a can, or a jar, but I'm glad I can still eat enjoy my tomato sauce based recipes.

 

To get back to Downs, he blogs for a magazine named Grit, subtitled: Rural American Know-How.

 

As the DutchessAbroad I'm all for passing on my Dutch Heritage Know-How, and having married a Texan, Grit and me seem like a good match. As we say in the Netherlands, you never know how a cow catches a rabbit. Who knows what will come next. 

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15 year old girl invents flashlight that needs no batteries - Meet Ann Makosinski

 

Inspired by friends that could not afford electricity, Ann created a battery-free flashlight that generates light from the heat of the human hand.

 

See more of her videos here

http://annventions.com/?page_id=8

 

 

 


Via Community Village Sites
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Wonderful video, the imagery shows more than the words alone. About the bright lights among us, who make life better.

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ThePlanetaryArchives - BlackHorseMedia - San Francisco's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:55 PM

You go, girl!

OK Google, credit where credit is due.

This is pretty cutting-edge.

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YES LORD YES

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Wonderful idea and accomplishment by this young lady. Bringing our ideas to fruition truly can change our world for the better!
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Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices

Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Being in the midst of nature, even separated by a window, can help your productivity and morale. These offices bridge the outside/inside divide.
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How does sustainability relate to nature? How does productivity relate to sustains? What is Green anyway?

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WaterLiberty.com - Ancient Water Purification System - Black Mica

WaterLiberty.com - Ancient Water Purification System - Black Mica | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Is your drinking water safe? Don't drink another glass of water until you read this and discover the ancient secret to purifying water and transfering your drinking water into a very potent healing properties
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Scary information you may not want to skip, a message that doesn't need watering down. 

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