Thursday, April 17, 2008

Earth Day

EarthDay Network (not the same as has a great site for information for politics and national outreach programs.

For a calendar of events and celebrations of Earth Day in your area, go here! You might try putting in your state to get a large list of events.

Happy playing, everyone!

Local Nature Centers

In case you missed it, the National Environmental Education Week website has a page for Nature Centers according to your state or zipcode. (If you use zipcode, you will get only ones in that zipcode.)
A great way to see the state parks and centers that are available in your area!

Here's the link!

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

M of Stuffs About the Duffs pointed out that Barbara Kingsolver has a website for her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
I have not yet read the book, but look forward to the read!
Thanks for the head's up, M, and here's the direct link:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Buying Local

In honor of exploring local options, here is a link for you, a searchable directory of farms and markets - Local Harvest.

Hooray for farmer's market season coming soon!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Environment Education Week

It's National Environmental Education Week this week!

There is a registration page for your school - I listed one as "home", and then "the whole wide world" as it's official name if you'd like to play but don't want to register a school or homeschool, or if you'd like to see how we do as a group.

Today's (Monday) activity is calculating your carbon footprint.

It takes a few minutes, but might be worth it to go over it with your child, if he or she is interested.

Happy Exploring!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Welcome to Growing Naturally

The Growing Naturally project is for all of those who are interested in learning and growing according to their own nature, and living harmoniously with the Earth.


We would love to have you join us!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

List Members

List of Members:
(In Order of Appearance)

LadybugZen and her Boys at Collecting Leaves

MamaK's Family at Frog Creek

Tara and her Boys at Natural, Happy, and Free

M and the rest of her Duffs at Stuff About The Duffs

Sheri's Family at My So-Called Homeschool

MamaP, Dearest, and LilBug at My Total Perspective Vortex

Aubrey's Favorite Hooligans at Band of Hooligans

Julie and her Boys at Lerend Zonder School

Growing Peas solely so my children can pick and eat them at will! If Only

Evie and the Boys at The Road Less Traveled

Carri and Family at Three Plus Two

The Family that makes up the Canterbury Academy

The Family of Chez Nous in Maine

The Unprocessed Family at The Napping House

The Unprocessed Family's tales of farmlife, at It Blows Here

Cid and her Boys at The Lough Zoo

Laura and the Boys at Wistful Wanderlust

Laura at Life Dreamed

The Family at Homeschool Image

Kimba et al at Suburban Savage

Brianna and her Loves at Serendipity

The Family and Mom In Madison

Roots and Wings

Chubbas n Boop and their Bigs

The Faulkner Family and their Adventures in Living and Learning

the family at toteleeding

Kristie and her bunch at EarthSchooling and Waldorf Enrichment

Juno and the Honyaks at The Homefront Lines

The Family Residents at Mountain Pulse

The Lynch Family at Circle the World In Big

Nikki's Family shares A Satisfying Journey Toward Simplicity

Nikki's shares how The Learning Doesn't Stop

Jess at Sustainable Suburbia

Misti and Her Boys at Chez Smiffy

Anet's Family at Purple Squirrel

The Family at The Falcon's Nest

Three Girl PileUp

Wake Up, Start Learning

Julie, Queen of the Meadow

Lorilee and Hers at Live 'n Learn Now

The Family at A New Leaf

What's Happening on Five Green Acres

Livin' on a mountain is Holistic Mama

Carrot Queen and her Family at Silver Bells and Cockleshells

Desperately Seeking Simple

The Family at My Love For My Kids

Sara at Mama Craft

DarklyFey shares her world at Live From the Red Leather Couch

Theresa shares tales from Alaska at Lapaz Home Learning

The Mama and Hers at Heart Rockin' Family

Creating at Wisdom of the Moon

Learning Adventures

Spider and Butterfly

Mom's Sewing Vault

The Hold Clan

You're Not Lost, You're Here!

Journey into Unschooling

Living and Learning

Quick Now, Here, Now, Always...

Five Orange Potatoes

April and Her Boys at Flow of Love

Backwoods Boogie Farm

Sensible Living

Whimsy Way: House of Learning and Play

Raising Little Shoots

A Shmeer of Blather

Our Suburban Homestead

What I'm Learning Now

Cage Free Monkeys

Mama Om

Cider and Faun

Mildred, Lola, Shirley & Me

Not Enough Acres Farm

Authentically Unique

A Homegrown Life

The Little Travelers

Wild as Weeds

Dark Side of the Broom

Three Dancing Pepitas and Us

Fletcher & Lola

Through the Eye of the Needle

Out of Clutter: A Photo Blog

Clutter to Shine

Mom and Kiddo

The Magic Onions

Travelling to Scotland

Homeschooling Outside the Lines

Necessary Room

Operation You

Pacific Northwest Nature for Families

Alpine Sanctum

Whatever Tickles Their Fancy

Sacred Heart of Jesus Homeschool Academy

Simply Playing - A Waldorf Life

Love's Nest

Earth Mama

Free Flowing Ways

Corridor Living

The Interrupted Gardener

Foursquare Schoolhouse

BabyBear: The Most Beautiful Little Miss

Roses Round the Door

Journey Wildly

Farmer's Daughter

Fanny Harville's Unschool Academy

Feel the Rhythm Inside

Bud of a Bud

Non-Local Learning

Betty's Bletherins

The Bergblog

Bella Terra

Growing Flowers

The Old Oak Tree

LittleBird by FuNkY MoMmY


Acorn Pies

Want a Miracle

Rosehips and Spiderwebs

Live Free in Harmony

The Brew Crew Adventure

Barefeet Farms

Peaceful Mama

Happy @ Home

Sugarboot and Weasel

Muddy Bare Feet

From the Capricorn's Garden

Waldorf Wishes and Internet Dreams

Free to Learn and Lovin It

The Dandelion Queen

We Are Here

The Loving Path


Pa Tur Med Barn / Hiking With Kids

Whither Will I Wander

Our One Sweet Family

Love Living Simply

Once Upon A Parent

Unearthing This Life

Motherhood Moments

Earthy Crunchy

Goose and Binky

Skipping Stones

Gypsy Forest

Puma Knits

Homegrown Naturally

Wonder in the Woods

The Seasonal Magpie


Forgive me if I get overzealous (read: obnoxious) at the beginning of this project - I'm just really excited about it.
I wanted to share with you a few of the things I've been thinking - plans, if you will.

I'm excited for us (and others) to be linked together. I personally would love to join Urban Homesteaders someday, but I am eons away from that. This group was a nice middle-ground --er, beginning ground, and I thought it would be nice for us to be able to look to eachother (all in one place) for tips and project ideas.
I wanted to share with you a few of the things I've been thinking - plans for the site, if you will.

I thought at first that I would just post a couple of info things, and leave the blog as it was, aside from updating the members, but now I've had a different thought.

I am quite certain that I'll be visiting all of the blogs in this list on a daily basis (since I do, anyway :) ) but I realize that not everyone else will, necessarily.

What I'd like to do I think is when someone writes a particularly great post (whether it be about unschooling/homeschooling, gardening, discoveries in nature, farming, playin' in the mud, whatever) is write a note here to draw attention to it.
For instance, Tara at Heartschooling has a blog about Sustainable Living. She posts new ideas every Sunday. (I'm waiting to hear if we can add it to the list - but no pressure, Tara!)
Make sure you visit so-and-so - she made yougurt yesterday, and tells how easy and delicious it was.
Or, :), Shelby the Goat had babies!!!
I'm half kidding about that, but you see what I mean.

So I think that I shall put in posts sometimes, after all.

I don't intend to use this for writing my own stories - I think my two (blogs) have me covered, but just little snippets of everyone else's stories and moments.
Or a mention of a great new find.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for how you would like to see things progress, feel free to speak up.

Thanks, everyone!

About the Growing Naturally Project

W e B e l i e v e :

In living some of life on the outside of doors.
In wanting to be a friend to the Earth.
That being a child who is familiar and fascinated with rocks, birds, mosses,
squirrels, tracks, lizards, bugs, rivers, seashells, frogs, ducks, or mud puddles is a
Grand Thing To Be.
In enjoying walks in the rain.
In snowshoeing on a mountainside.
In recycling, and teaching little ones to do so.
In servicing the Earth once in a while.
That magnifying glasses are important.
Perhaps that dirt under the fingernails is always appropriate.
In wild bird seed and hummingbird feeders.
In hummingbird and butterfly gardens in your backyard.
In leaving a couple of weeds in our gardens alone because the beneficial spiders
call them home.
In making wishes with dandelions.
In birdbaths.
In hanging laundry on the line.
That homemade cookies are best.
In collecting leaves in the fall, gathering colorful rocks out of stream beds in the summertime, putting dandelions in a budvase when they're offered to you, and catching snowflakes on your tongue.
In gardening in a way that is friendly to the earth .
That raspberries right off the canes are the tastiest.
In decorating for winter holidays with strands of cranberries, popcorn,
and orange slices for outdoor animal friends.
That books long to be read while lying blissfully in the shade of a favorite tree.
In going barefoot.
In experiencing the morning's first cuppa while sitting in the sun,
urging it to warm the earth and our selves.
We believe in painting outdoors.
In collecting acorns and pinecones.
In compost.
And earthworms.
In visits to the natural history museum.
And local farms.
In dirty feet and gingham dresses dangling from a tire swing.
In catching frogs -or trying to- and chasing lizards.
In gathering eggs and patting the nose of your favorite cow every morning... if you're lucky.
That it's important to know where the best fishin' is at any time of the year.
In open windows.
In freckles on noses.

We believe in any or all of these things.
We believe in living the best life --according to our own desires and nature.

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About List Members

This idea, Growing Naturally, and all it can entail,
can be a bit overwhelming.

The idea of this list is not to make people think that they have to live their lives
according to someone else's standards.
It is not about growing your own cotton
to make your own thread
to weave your own cloth
to make your own clothes.
(But you certainly can if you want to, and please let the rest of us know
exactly How You Did That, should you decide to do so!)

Growing Naturally is for everyone who wants to be more earth-conscious,
who believes in learning about things one finds interesting,
dreams of homesteading, farming, or even gardening,
loves (even the idea of) nature journaling,
enjoys playing in the creek with their babes,
and believes that living life under the sun
and rainclouds
and stars
is time well spent.
It is for everyone who wants to bring to the world the best part of their True Selves.

We make no requirements of our members,
except that you have a love and respect
for our Earth.

And that you believe that none of us ever stops growing.

Joining the List

To join in this endeavor, just choose the image you prefer and insert the html code into the sidebar of your blog, and leave a comment with your blog address to be added to the list.

(You do that by right-clicking in the box, choose select all, then right click again to copy, and paste it into your page elements.)

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