Live the Good Life, Naturally

It’s the simple things that make the difference.
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March 19, 2012
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Growing your own herbs and vegetables provides a positive impact on the world.
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Everyone has the power to make a positive impact on the world around them, whether it’s choosing locally made products, making environmentally friendly home solutions or helping those in need. These actions can be beneficial to your family, your neighborhood and your community. It’s the simple things that make a difference.

Here are some simple tips on how you can live good, naturally, starting today.

Be a Local 

Buying food that is grown and produced nearby cuts down on the number of miles between the food and your plate. It also means supporting local farmers and agricultural businesses. There are several ways to find locally sourced food, including shopping at farmers markets for fresh produce, flowers, honey, breads and more. Eating at restaurants that source ingredients from local farms is another way. Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) – these are partnerships between community members and local growers – is yet another option. Through a CSA, you can buy what are essentially “shares” in the harvest each week. Pick up your goods from the farm or another pickup location, such as a grocery store, and enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The Natural Way 

Go green, literally, by growing your own herbs and vegetables. There’s no faster way to enhance your meal than by adding freshly chopped chives, parsley or mint to your plate. Plant a windowsill herb garden so you can snip and serve up a bit of green in every meal you create. 

Do Good for Your Neighborhood 

Food banks need nonperishable items throughout the year. Find a local food bank and see what will best fill its shelves. Other organizations take unwanted furniture, clothes and household goods, and many will even come pick them up from your home. There’s always a way to repurpose.

Volunteering is a great way to create good in your community, and you’ll feel great doing it. Look for volunteer opportunities that fit your abilities, passions and schedule. For example, if you enjoy gardening, get involved by planting and maintaining your local community garden. They always need help weeding and seeding.








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