Category Archives: Green Choices

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    Hot Plants for 2016

    BY Rob Zimmer It may be the middle of winter, but for gardeners, this is the most exciting time of y...

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    Change the Food System with Grow Local

    BY Alex Fehrenbach The farmers who helped bring sustainable food production to the Fox Valley are gr...

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    Garden Dreams

    A Saturday with Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers Whether you are an experienced gardener, a...

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    Grow Local

    Before Grow Local farmed, it was merely an idea, a response to the predominant, yet ailing food syst...

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    Our Marvelous Elm Tree…

    BY Michael Mentzer The second Titan of the Dutch Gap in Fond du Lac is about to follow the smoky des...

Bats, Continued


By Will Stahl Last month I wrote about the first appearance in Wisconsin bats of “white-nose syndrome.” Most of you have probably heard about this disease, a highly contagious fungus that attacks bats as they winter over in their hibernacula––usually caves or mines––where ideally they remain in a state of torpor until spring when insect food again becomes available. The ... Read More »

Bats in the Spotlight


BY Will Stahl Bats and I go back a ways. The first one I ever saw washed up dead on the shore of the lake I lived on. No more than ten, I saw at once what it must be with its matted, furry body and translucent wings. It was creepy and fascinating all at once. In later years I ... Read More »

Can Meat Save the Planet?


BY Bonni Miller Will eating less meat save the planet? Or instead, can we actually reduce the effects of climate change by changing the way that we raise meat? This debate introduces us to at least one of the big ideas in sustainable agriculture. Last February, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) made history when it recommended to the U.S. ... Read More »

Aldo Leopold & the Wisconsin Idea


BY Michael Mentzer Change is in the air, in the angle of light, in our bones. We feel it more than we understand it. The feeling sends me to the bookcase to find “A Sand County Almanac” and the writings of acclaimed environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Somehow it warms my insides to hold the old tattered book with the cobalt cover, ... Read More »

The Wolf Wars Resume


BY Will Stahl In the past I have been hesitant to write about the Wisconsin wolf issue, obscured as it was by too much smoke and heat and not nearly enough light. Besides, the law seemed settled in place; we were having a wolf hunt no matter what I or anyone else might think. But a recent court decision relisting ... Read More »

The Ledge

Petrified snails estimated to be 3.5 million years old

By Michael Mentzer We have a photo from atop the Ledge nearly 40 years ago tucked away among hundreds of family snapshots that we’ve taken over the years. There were only three of us then – my wife Kathy, our newborn daughter Maureen and me, the designated photographer that day. For some reason — probably for the sheer beauty of ... Read More »

A Lawsuit with a Message


BY Will Stahl Last week two parallel news stories caught my attention. The more widely disseminated reported that 2014 was the warmest year globally since temperatures have been measured by instruments and recorded. In the United States, that means since 1880. The other story was of Governor Walker and his new attorney general Brad Schimel joining a lawsuit against the ... Read More »

The Transfer of Transit and Other Nefarious Ideas


BY Will Stahl A few weeks before the election I attended the statewide Sierra Club Autumn Assembly. One of the speaker’s topic was Wisconsin transportation issues. He mentioned the referendum on the proposed constitutional amendment, which would segregate the transportation budget from the general fund. It’s going to pass he told us: it sounds too reasonable to keep money from ... Read More »

Great Holiday Gifts for Gardening Enthusiasts


Shopping for gardeners this holiday season? You can make their season a bit brighter by shopping with their favorite hobby in mind. Here are a few ideas that will put a smile on the face of those green-thumbed family members and friends: Upgrade a hobby wardrobe with gear that’s not only stylish, but functional, too. If your gardener is still ... Read More »

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