Thank you for attending the 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair! We look forward to seeing you next year!

Do It Green! Minnesota offers green living education out in the community
Do It Green! Minnesota offers green living education out in the community
Ideas for eco tools from our youth
Ideas for eco tools from our youth
Do It Green! Minnesota hosts the annual Green Gifts Fair event
Do It Green! Minnesota hosts the annual Green Gifts Fair event
Board members helping the community to find resources
Board members helping the community to find resources
Green Gifts Fair visitors learn ways to reduce their energy use at home
Green Gifts Fair visitors learn ways to reduce their energy use at home
Learning how to sew a reusable shopping bag
Learning how to sew a reusable shopping bag
Learn more about our Seed Library program.
Learn more about our Seed Library program.

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The Benefits of Raw Foods

Alyson Ostenaa Owner, Ecopolitan restaurantI first heard about raw foods two years ago from a friend. He had attended dinner parties in Colorado that served entire meals of fresh, raw, vegan foods. He told me about delicious appetizers, entrees, sauces, salads and desserts prepared without cooking. The chef used blenders,...

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Natural Bug Repellent

It’s already the middle of summer and you know what that means! Outdoor fun can be hampered by annoying bugs. Commercial bugspray is often full of nasty chemicals such as deet, so many people are looking for more natural ways to repel bugs. Natural, homemade bug repellent recipes rely on different herbs and essential oils that have insect repelling properties. Here is a list that can be used individually or as a mixture in the repellent: Lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, cinnamon oil, thyme oil, tea tree oil, citronella oil, cloves, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, catnip oil, geranium oil, mint...

Taking Action On Climate Change

It's no secret that the political climate has changed in the United States. The new administration in Washington brings a lot of uncertainty about the future of the environment and climate change. It's easy to be overwhelmed by all this upheaval, and by all the different issues that need our attention. How can we take the lead to make sure the fight to save the planet doesn't get lost in the noise and chaos? Now is the time for us to face climate change head on. Now is the time for us to become empowered to have difficult conversations about...

Fighting the “Consumerism Brain”

Recently, our next door neighbor’s 15 year old garage door opener broke. They went to the store to buy a new one and discovered that garage door technology has changed a lot in the past decade. Openers now come Wi-Fi enabled. They also only come in one size – 3 buttons. The kids of the house, born and bred city children, could not understand the function of 3 buttons. “What are the other buttons for?” they asked. Well, they’re for houses with three garage stalls. “3 garage stalls?” they said. “What would you need 3 garage stalls for?” In many...

 

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