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...

Greening the Fox Valley: Greenways promotes the trails


By Will Stahl Along the roads you see them, ribbons of asphalt that in the afternoons and on weekends stream with self-powered people walking, running, biking, skateboarding and rollerblading. Some are in wheelchairs or pushing strollers. These trails, as they are called, are becoming so common, it’s easy to forget they are a new feature of our urban landscapes. Twenty ... Read More »

I’m just getting old!


By Dr. Steve Hansen   “Doc, I feel like I’m getting old!”   I hear that a lot. And it’s often true … we do feel old when our joints ache. We feel old when our body hurts when the weather changes. We feel old when we can’t turn our heads or other parts of our body just feel stiff. ... Read More »

A New Day for Monte Alverno: The landmark religious retreat becomes a center for environmental education


By Will Stahl Tucked away at the end of Ballard Road on Appleton’s east side is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Fox Valley. Built of rough-cut limestone, Monte Alverno stands majestically on a bluff overlooking the river amid park-like grounds, flanked by small stands of woods. For eighty years the Capuchin order of the Catholic Church operated ... Read More »

Become a Master Naturalist Volunteer


Fascinated by nature and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist. Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer training will be held May 19-23 at Schmeeckle Reserve at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. It will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with some evening activities, and will include training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship. ... Read More »

Saving Your Own Little Piece of the Earth


By Will Stahl Environmental issues appear to come in macro and micro versions. The macro issues are the ones that everyone has heard of: global warming, ocean over-fishing and dead zones,  antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threaten world-wide pandemic. The micro issues are the invasive species taking over your local green space, the discharge of chemical pollutants from a nearby industry and ... Read More »

Going Native with the Wild Ones


By Will Stahl In the beginning here was prairie, or technically “savannah,” a prairie dotted with tough burr oak trees, evolved to survive the fires that swept across the land. When the white settlers arrived from the East, that’s what they found across most of southern Wisconsin. It’s almost all gone now, replaced by housing surrounded by turf grass, roofs ... Read More »

Optimize your immune system and beat disease


By Dr. Steve Hansen The field of neuro-immunology has well established the connection between a healthy nerve system and normal immune function. Chiropractic adjustments boost your ability to fight off colds and flus by unlocking your spine, clearing nerve tension and unleashing your immune potential. Doesn’t it make sense to keep your immune system working its best so you can ... Read More »

Big Farms, Big Problems


By Will Stahl Over the nearly twenty-five years I have lived in Wisconsin, I have seen Lake Winnebago and the Fox River grow increasingly unpleasant. As the summer progresses algae forms and begins to collect in great cheesy mats wherever the wind pushes it, and then it rots and stinks. It seems to happen earlier every year. Now the lake ... Read More »

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