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30 04, 2018

A guide to Themed Gardening

April 30th, 2018|Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

By Katy Lydon, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery The most important thing to remember when starting a themed garden is to have fun with it! A themed garden may be centered around any number of things—from your favorite color or childhood story, to your favorite thing to eat. Once you have decided on [...]

26 04, 2018

How to take a soil test

April 26th, 2018|Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

by Allegheny County Conservation District *Wear gloves when taking a soil sample to protect against potential contamination. Step 1: Identify one area of interest at a time (yard, garden bed, playground, etc.). This area should not exceed 100 square feet (10’ by 10’). If it is larger, split it into separate areas. Step 2: Use [...]

18 04, 2018

Nutritional Support for the Childbearing Years

April 18th, 2018|Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

by Natalie Watson and Karen Crow, Steel City Midwives Many believe prenatal vitamins are the end-all of nutritional support for the childbearing years. Yes, a whole-food based vitamin with folate should be started even before pregnancy, if possible. However, vitamins are not the foundation of a pregnancy diet. The true building block of the [...]

28 02, 2018

Compost: A Gardener’s Indispensable Friend

February 28th, 2018|Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

By Nancy Martin, PA Resources Council Gardeners know that soil is the basic building block for a healthy, productive garden that yields nutritious food without worries of chemical contamination from pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and GMOs. Good garden soil is teeming with life - a living, breathing community of micro and macro organisms that are essential [...]

28 02, 2018

March/April Board Corner

February 28th, 2018|Board Updates, Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

Note: The board is now fully seated an no longer accepting applications for appointment. Members interested in serving on the board may run in the general election. Applications will be available beginning August 1, 2018. Interested in taking your involvement with the EEFC to the next level? Then now’s your chance! We are currently seeking [...]

28 02, 2018

Natural Egg Dyes

February 28th, 2018|Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

Here are some great plant-based dyes. Use them for seasonal egg dying and as inspiration for icing, decorating, or dying other items year-round. Items Needed: White eggs, egg carton, stock pan(s), water, white vinegar, slotted spoon and natural materials for dyeing. Optional: Tape, string, rubber bands, cheese cloth squares, natural beeswax crayons to create [...]

28 02, 2018

Turning transition into transformation.

February 28th, 2018|Featured in The Co-operator|0 Comments

By Erica Peiffer, Marketing & Member Services In the spirit of Cooperative Principle 5, Education, Training, and Information and Cooperative Principle 7, Concern for Community, I attended Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s 27th Annual Farming for the Future Conference. The four-day conference took place February 7-9 at Penn State University. The theme this [...]

31 12, 2017

Chickpea Buddha Bowl

December 31st, 2017|Featured in The Co-operator, Recipes|Comments Off on Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Chickpea Buddha Bowl 3 oz. red quinoa8 fl oz. vegetable broth1 avocado1 cup of lettuce greens15 oz can chickpeas5.5 oz brussel sprouts1 red bell pepper1 tsp. turmeric2 tsp. olive oilLemon wedgeFor the dressing:2 oz. tahini1 tbsp. maple syrup1 tsp. of minced garlic2 Tbsp. lemon juice5 tbsp. hot waterSalt and pepper to taste Preheat the oven [...]