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Here are some of my favorite sites, blogs, books, and other
destinations I hope you find interesting. If you have a unique 'place'
you think I should know about, or if one of these
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and Related Sites
Cold Climate Gardening Kathy Purdy provides you with the gardening information you need
to succeed in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 and colder...
Northern Gardening is a practical resource for all gardeners--especially those in a yes, cold climate! Hosted by Terry Yockey, a Minnesota Master Gardener with over 25 years of 'dirt-under-fingernails' experience working in his own zone 4 northern gardens.
Alaska Humus Alaska Humus is THE ultimate natural "compost". Tested by Soil
Foodweb, Inc., online ordering is welcome.
Organic Gardening Down Under
From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia comes this delightful, personal, heartfelt
site that covers compost, how to grow celery, humor and even fungus photos!
Avant Gardening--Creative Organic
Gardening Their "dirt" location is a collection of sustainable organic
gardens near El Morro National Monument, in New Mexico; their "web" location
is a fabulous collection of upcoming workshops, sustainable agriculture,
tips, links to encourage organic gardening to its fullest.
Don't Panic Eat Organic
An organic growers [searchable!] home page with an amazing number of helpful
links, news, tips, and updates on an international scale.
The O'Mama Report On-line
resource for women who want to make the best possible decisions about organic
agriculture and organic products. It is a community in which women share
their experience, ideas and inspiration. Hosted by the Organic Trade Association.
General Gardening Sites
The Gardening Launch Pad
Jim Parra, of Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas is the keeper of
the site. Thousands of links in dozens of categories.
Two Rainy Side Gardeners Named for
the rainy side of the Cascade Mountains, this wonderful site specializes
in gardening in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Described as "packed with
substance for active gardeners, and peppered with a bit of good humor.
GardenWeb One of the first garden
sites on the internet, you'll find forums, seed exchanges, articles, and
superb plant information.
Renee's Garden High-quality seeds
selected by gardeners, for gardeners.
The Gardener's Net Described as
a "gardening community," visitors are encouraged to ask questions, suggest
improvements or changes, contribute information, ideas, tidbits, humor,
etc. They offer a free, monthly Ezine with lots of gardening news, information,
tips, and happenings. It is light-hearted, yet informative.
On a Variety of Topics...
Sharon Lovejoy - author, illustrator,
lecturer Sharon is truly a joy. An award-winning author of many books,
including "Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children"
and "Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart." For the
past 8 years, she has written and illustrated a feature column as a Contributing
Editor for Country Living GARDENER magazine. Her work has also appeared
in Woman's Day, Family Life, The American Horticulturist, The Herb Companion,
Ranger Rick, and People, Places and Plants. Sharon is also the founder of
Heart's Ease Herb Shop & Gardens in Cambria, CA. She has lectured for over
20 years throughout the U.S. and is a tremendous inspiration wherever she
Cellar Homebrew Brewing and
Winemaking Supplies - Online ordering and printed catalog - 30 years experience
- Great customer service.
Stella Marrs greeting cards I first
saw her serious and seriously funny post cards in a health food store. You
MUST check out her environmental-theme cards.
Valuable tools for your
If you want your web site to rank higher in search engines and directory
listings, you need to target the right keywords...
here to discover the keywords that will skyrocket your website traffic --
AND to get your FREE top 500 keyword report!
Hope's Edge-The Next Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe
and Anna Lappe.
Many of you might remember Frances Moore Lappe's book, "Diet for a Small
Planet," which, for me and millions of others, forever changed my attitude
about food. Now, Frances has joined up with her daughter to write "Hope's
Edge--the Next Diet for a Small Planet." Called "a personal journey of discovery
on five continents, they explore the most puzzling questions of our time:
Why, as societies, do we create the very inequalities and devastation of
nature that, as individuals, we abhor? Are there paths we each can walk
that will, in practical ways, heal our lives and help the planet?" Bottom
line: The belief that there is a lack of food in this world is a lie. Everyone
should read this book. Government officials, politicians, lawyers, doctors,
mothers, uncles...you name it. This book will change your life. Then, if
you're inspired as much as I was, go to The
Small Planet Fund
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
by Martha Beck
This is an autobiographical tale of an academically oriented Harvard couple
who conceive a baby with Down's syndrome and decide to carry him to term.
The presence of the fetus that they each, privately, believe is a familiar
being named Adam is very strong. As Martha's terribly difficult pregnancy
progresses, odd coincidences and paranormal experiences begin to occur for
both Martha and John, though for months they don't share them with each
other. Martha's pregnancy and Adam (once born) become the catalyst for tremendous
life changes for the Becks. A beautiful and inspiring story.
Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul - 101 stories to sow seeds of love,
hope and laughter (co-authored by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen,
Cindy Buck, Marion Owen, Carol Sturgulewski, Pat Stone, and Cynthia Brian.
Yep, there's a whole lot of people involved in this inspirational book,
including yours truly (Mom would have been proud). It was on
the New York Times bestseller list for 3 months when it debuted in Feb. 2001. This is
a terrific book to keep on your nightstand or on the living room table.
It will make you laugh, cry, giggle, and smile. (To read stories from the
book, go to our "tips" page by clicking here).
"Gung Ho!" and "Raving Fans" Two great books by Ken Blanchard and
Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders, the chief solutions officer
"Nice guys don't finish last, " Sanders says. "They rule!"
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where Your Are to Where Your Want to Be, by Jack Canfield