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We’ll Be Back in a Couple of Weeks!

We are going on VACATION! Redefining Eco will be back with all new posts in a couple of weeks, but until then – have a great summer!  We’ll be sure to bring back tons of new ideas and stories of our travels.  In the meantime – drop us a line and let us know how … Continue reading

Earth Spring Farm CSA

My co-workers and I received our very first box of fresh organic produce from Earth Spring Farm yesterday.  We signed up for a small share of veggies and a small box of fruit, and from June – October we will get a big helping of fresh fruits and veggies to divide among 6 very hungry … Continue reading

Spring Forward and Make a Change

Spring is the season for change.  We move our clocks forward an hour, and gain extra sunlight, warmth and new possibilities.  Why not use that extra hour to make a difference and volunteer? When you volunteer, you gain so much more than spending a day among new friends – you help make a positive impact … Continue reading

Everyday Conservation

The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others. ~ Theodore Roosevelt I’ve always thought of myself as a conservationist, but after reading Silent Spring, I am rethinking what that term means to me.  Up until now, I’ve happily tromped through … Continue reading

Reflecting on the American Vacation…

Last week I had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.  The type of day where my SmarTrip card didn’t work, the metro fare machines decided to only accept cash (and nothing smaller than a $20…) and the last train going in my direction slammed the doors shut in my face – with my purse … Continue reading

Book Review: A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold

“It is fortunate, perhaps, that no matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all of the salient facts about any of them.” First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac is a beloved book that describes the numerous daily changes in wildlife that take … Continue reading

The National Arboretum: DC’s Real-Life “Secret Garden”

On Sunday my husband and I visited the National Arboretum for the first time, and fell head over heels in love with the place.  We asked ourselves repeatedly, “Why haven’t we been here before?”  For an outdoorsy couple that spends our weekends hiking, gardening, and biking – we were astonished to find that there was … Continue reading

An Ode to Bicycles

“I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” … Continue reading

Gendering Nature and the Importance of Ecofeminism

I read a chance phrase in a new Agatha Christie novel this week that really got me thinking.  The character, an artist, responds to the assumption that he must love nature by saying ‘I prefer Nature to be put in her place.’ There are several things that interest me about this phrase. First, the automatic … Continue reading