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Monday, December 01, 2014

Getting Serious for the Holidays!

Hopefully, you didn't spend the weekend battling the bargain-crazy crowds! If you relaxed all weekend, you really need to start thinking about your holiday gift shopping starting. Today I'm going to offer some "earth-friendly" alternative ideas for gifts.

My favorite is to honor someone you love with the gift of a barnyard animal. Heifer Project offers the opportunity to share with others less fortunate than yourself and supplies the gift of animals. The recipient receives meat, milk, eggs, honey, etc., and income. The recipient family promises to share their gift with others.

Beatrice's Goat is a picture book by Page McBrier [JP MCB] that is based upon a Heifer Project gift to a family in Uganda. It demonstrates to children the value of such a gift.

Rather than purchase another costly electronic device for someone, why not consider a gift of food through a share in a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm. Your money will enable a farm to better plan for the coming year, help keep it in business, and, supply the recipient with fresh vegetables! Win-win! Look here for a CSA farm in NH. Information about CSAs over the border in MA, click here, then click on "Farm map," and choose "C.S.A." from the drop-down search at the top.

If you ever wondered how you would prepare some of the out-of-the-ordinary vegetables that may come along with a CSA share, we have Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables by John Peterson [641.651 PET], a pioneer in the community supported agriculture movement.

If you like getting your hands dirty, a gift of a container garden may be right up your alley. I found an Pinterest board that had me spell-bound for hours. This board will inspire you to visit a local nursery, purchase a few succulents, a bag of soil and start planting!

Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants by Debra Lee Baldwin [3M ebook] will help you bring your container garden ideas to fruition.

Next Monday, I'll share a few more ideas!

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