My Green, Organic, Carbon-free Lawn

When I first read Dr. Alan Greene’s Raising Baby Green, I found it strange that he devoted an entire chapter to gardening. What does gardening have to do with a baby? I wondered. Now I think my view of green parenting was a bit limited. Sure, we should reduce, reuse, and recycle, but it’s also important to avoid polluting the environment with chemicals–chemicals your baby will be exposed to if you plan to spend time in the yard this summer.

I’ve been a homeowner since 2004, and my organic lawn has always looked like something off the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. (Slight exaggeration.) How do I do it?

Living in the (Un)Greenest City in America

Joy extolled the virtues of Eugene, Oregon, in her “Living in America’s Greenest City” post.  One of our readers, Amy, commented that it’s hard to strive for greenness when your city doesn’t have a recycling program or other eco-friendly amenities.  I can relate!  I currently reside in ultra-green Portland, Oregon, but I haven’t always lived in such progressive places.  So what’s it like being a lone tree-hugger in the non-green parts of the United States?

When I first moved to Portland years ago, one thing I loved was how accessible everything was.  I worked in a retail shop two blocks from my apartment. The library, post office, grocery store, coffee shops, and anywhere else I wanted to go were just steps away. Where I grew up, everything was so spread out that driving was a necessity-and a way of life.  So for me, the worst thing about living in a non-green city is the dependence on cars.