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Denise Thornton

TREE FELLING BEGINS!

Last summer (see my post Peeling Trees for our House) we selected the trees on our land that will be used to build our house, and Tuesday December 5, 20011, our construction foreman, Bryan Dalstrom started felling those trees so they can be prepped for construction, working with Kellen Anderson […]

A GREAT GIFT FOR GARDENERS

This year I did my required volunteer hours (and then some!) for the Madison Area Master Gardeners Association by co-editing its Wisconsin Garden Journal.  The efforts and expertise of many Master Gardener Volunteers were poured enthusiastically into this volume.  THIS BOOK WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR EVERY GARDENER IN […]

CRANBERRIES PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE

No matter where you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal this Thursday, your cranberries may well have been grown in Wisconsin.  We produce more cranberries here than any other state.  Cranberries were grown here before Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1830.  Your cranberries may have come from one of  13 commercial […]

THE EPA WANTS YOU

Lisa P. Jackson, Obama’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency spoke at UW-Madison campus this week, and I pedaled down to campus to hear her. Jackson’s visit to Madison could be considered something of a pilgrimage.  Her job and all the main environmental protection laws grew out of the Earth […]

TOURING ROOT CELLARS

To live sustainably, we have to learn how to use the sun’s energy in real time – the way people used to do it before we began to depend on the super-charged sun power of fossil fuels.  Some solutions are high tech like solar panels and some solutions are low […]

TRACKING TREES BY SATELLITE

We all know trees are essential to our survival. Trees produce oxygen.  The big oak in my backyard is producing enough oxygen for 10 people to breath. Trees clean the soil.  Phytoremediation –That’s a mouthful of sylables we depend on. Trees are carbon sinks, locking up carbon and keeping it […]