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New Year, new you? Merry, happy New Year, Adventurers! Hope everyone had a fabulous New Year’s Eve. Did you make any resolutions for 2018? Perhaps, after dotting, rubbing, dusting and brushing on the 15 or more personal care products women use daily (up to nine for men) for your big […]

#TOAWasteChallenge Part 4: Bathroom waste…no, not that kind!

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New meaning to “This tastes like Styrofoam” About a year and a half ago, a huge municipal truck pulled up to my neighbor’s house, tossed out four or five jumbo recycling bins and sped away. Only two people lived in that house at the time; you know you too would […]

#TOAWasteChallenge Part 3: Reduce packaging waste and Styrofoam use

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Let’s cut right to the chase, Adventurers, because it’s Stuff Season and we’re all way too busy to waste…anything, including time. There are travel plans to make, gift lists to write and holiday parties to host. And since, for the #TOAWasteChallenge, I promised this post would be about reducing or […]

#TOAWasteChallenge Part 2: Reduce single-use

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Hope all you Adventurers had a frightful Halloween! (And I mean that in the most positive way!) You know what’s even scarier than all the horror movies ever made put together? Waste. Now that Halloween’s over and Thanksgiving’s just a few days away, we are officially in the middle of […]

One simple mind hack to reduce waste

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As you know, we recently had another couple of hurricanes in the southern U.S. Or, as I like to think of them, reminders that we do not live separately from and unaffected by nature. Harvey and Irma were worse than the storms in 2016, but the mosquitoes that followed are […]

Hurricanes and the wisdom of reacting to a natural disaster ...

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This is a companion post to Hurricanes and the wisdom of reacting to a natural disaster with a man-made one, so if you haven’t read the beginning of that one, hop over there and then come back, fellow science geek. It’ll give some context for this post. Done? Okay, so […]

What’s in mosquito spray and how could it affect you? ...

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Greetings, Adventurers! As you know, we took the summer off from posting blogs, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been lounging at the beach! In fact, with policies, regulations and concerns changing or cropping up every. single. day. since last November, we’ve been over on Facebook and Twitter daily, keeping you […]

Summer’s over; VegeCooking is here!

Just a quick post to say thank you, again, to everyone who came to my talk and demonstration at GastroFest 2017: I know, the best part was my lovely assistant, Mr. TOA. I’m thinking he should provide the charm and comic relief at all my presentations. What do you say? […]

Contest Winner!

All you Adventurers know how much waste/trash bothers me. And humans, for some reason, are at their most wasteful when they’re partying. You may remember when fans created fields of trash after the Cubs won the World Series? In fact, the average festival-goer produces nearly twice the waste that same […]

Greening GastroFest 2017: Eco-feasting on March 18th in Hemming Park

Well, it’s happened again. Florida had a hurricane/tropical storm/bad hair day, depending on where you were. ‘Bye, Hermine. On the TOA homestead, the only casualty was a single pepper plant. But no matter how you fared, we all have storm cleanup to do, even if you live in an apartment. […]

Hurricane cleanup, mosquitoes and poisoning problems away

As in most of the U.S. right now, it’s about a billion degrees in Florida. The only sane thing to do is figure out how to survive without turning on the stove. Or grill. Or even lights. Plus, all that money spent on extra air conditioning has to come out […]

‘Tis the season: Save money and make gazpacho

To say that junk mail is a pet peeve of mine is way underselling it. People who leave their grocery carts all over the parking lot, loud-talking on cell phones in public, assault by cologne…all annoying, but junk mail comes to my home, unrequested and unwanted, and I have to […]

Direct mail hell

Happy Earth Day, Adventurers! Hope you’re out there in the sunshine, feeling the breeze on your face, appreciating all that Mother Nature does for us. I’ve been chained to a desk for…forever, so that’s exactly where I’m headed as soon as I make this big announcement! I’ve been chained to […]

An Earth Day announcement: Shiny new website with new resources ...

GastroFest March 19
It’s almost GastroFest time again, Adventurers! The annual celebration of the food and food culture of Northeast Florida will take place in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park and at surrounding venues on March 19 starting at 11 a.m. This year’s Fest has much to offer the locavore, the plant-based and the environmentally conscious. […]

Eating sustainably: Just one of many “green” topics at the ...

Happy New Year, Adventurers! Wow, 2016 sure is getting off to a great start. There was finally an agreement out of that big climate summit in Paris. Okay, so that was technically in December, but close enough! Besides, lots of exciting developments came out of that summit regarding food, agriculture […]

Veganuary: Starting the new year off right

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Baking cookies for the holidays? Making treats to give as gifts? Like toast? This is the post for you! A couple of years ago, we posted a nondairy alternative to butter, Futter, that doesn’t involve palm oil or nasty chemicals like some of the big-name nondairy margarines. It was cobbled […]

Vegan buttah redux:

How many Americans think, I mean really churn the noodle, about recycling? (Yes, I totally just made up that phrase, “churn the noodle.” It’s catchy, no?) Probably very few, because why would we? We finish the carton/can/bottle and throw it in the bin. Every week or every other week, we […]

Back away from the bin!