Real Stories
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Community

    I grew up in the Great Basin, where California, Oregon, and Nevada might as well be the same place, on 318 acres of organic pastures that were seasonally filled with either munching dairy heifers or four feet of snow. On our “small” working pasture ranch in Oregon, my family grows organic grass for hay and to run organic cattle in the summer months. I grew up in the cowboy way of life. It’s still strange to describe my childhood and my lifestyle and then realize that it’s a concept that is completely foreign to most people. Many of them stare ...

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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , REAL Supporters


    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"  On Monday, January 21, 2013, our nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in honor of Dr. King Jr.’s legacy.  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the MLK Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. []  Going beyond providing community service on just one day out of the year, Dr. King Jr. calls us to continue to serve our neighbors and communities throughout the year. 


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  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Student Behavior , School Garden Installation , Educators , Community

    Saturday was my first “Big Dig” with REAL School Gardens.  Those are the days where we join our partners to create a learning garden at a low income school.  It was cold.  It was rainy. It was muddy.  And I loved it.


    As the new marketing and communications director, I was there to get a sense of how these community-powered events work.  I was also getting some fresh photos for the website.  To get these pictures, I asked one of our educators, Eric Vanderbeck (a.k.a. Mr. V), to do some of his hands-on lessons with 12 kids whose ...

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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Community , Family Activities

    It may be January, but we're ready to get growing! Check out these 5 projects to prep for springtime, in the garden or inside!

    1) If you're bundled up inside with no interest in venturing out to garden just yet, why not make yourself an indoor tabletop water garden? Helpful instructions and tips from Megan of radmegan: in words and pictures to get this project underway:


    2) Upcycle those broken tools in the shed and revamp them into a trellis for climbing vines:

     Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

    3) Do the dirty work of prepping your soil for spring. ...

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