Plant Potatoes


the 500 year flood

most that read this blog are in Nashville, so they know just how terrible it is here. I do not feel like I’m being overly dramatic when I say that. Simply driving down the streets I live by, that were not the worst of the affected areas here, was heart breaking. everyone’s possessions are lining the road in piles as high as a car. I have not ventured out to the more damaged places, as people with children are not welcome, but I was out in Bellevue Monday getting my sister, nephew and their dog. I still cannot believe all this is happening. what shocked me even more was the inability of the national news to even notice.

I am not one to watch news much. mostly because I cannot stand the way the media portrays things – they stay focused far too long on things that are long over, simply for their “effect,” or leaving our the positive stories all together. I choose not to fill my mind with depressing stories, however I did stay glued, off and on, to the WSMV this weekend. watching our dear city go under water was like watching a horrible movie. It was so close. In all this, too, I was unable to reach my mother and sister consistently. It was heart-wrecking!

I could continue writing all about that which has already been written, but what would that do? I want to help. I want to help SO much, but I have two small children with me full time. I cannot head out to sandbag areas or even really clean up – as I cannot really bend down much to help. I can make a small monetary donation, but want to do more. I KNOW the mamas in this community want to help. this entry is not to inspire, but to BE INSPIRED. let’s ban together and help Nashville rebuild itself. how can we, as mamas and fellow Nashvillians that may not be able to do the more manual labor, help.

email me your suggestions and we can work together. I know this weekend was planned to be the Mother’s Day Peace Parade. What do I want for Mother’s Day? to be able to help restore our city – to build community and love – to flourish positive energy and healing, even if the national media never takes a second look!



in the light of earth day
April 20, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Potatoes For The Earth

thursday is earth day, therefore I seek to bring light to the respect ask of us each day and especially on earth day each year. when I first began in my search of ways I could be more conscious of the earth and in caring for what we have before us, I felt somewhat overwhelmed. there seem to be so many options when it comes to “taking care of the earth.” at first I felt paralyzed because I could not see how one small change could really make a difference. that’s when I realized all I had to do was simply start.

potato for today: this year for earth day, start something new that will help keep the earth safe or improve parts of the earth that need aid. the key is to simply start – no matter how small the act!

email me if you would like places to begin: michelle.w.andrade@gmail.com



happy season
December 15, 2009, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Potatoes For The Earth

This year we sought to have the most eco-friendly, socially-conscious holiday season when it comes to cards and gifts. We opted to send out digital cards, give the gift of donation, and teach our children more about giving than receiving. I wish we could help everyone without this holiday season, but I have realized that a huge part of all this revolves around my attitude!

Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Blessed Be!
May your spirits soar!!!

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Make The Choice
November 11, 2009, 7:26 am
Filed under: Potatoes For Kids, Potatoes For The Earth

vinegarA few years back we decided to go “chemical free” in our home. Although there are still a few things in the garage (you know, to go chemical free means you either have to use all that you had or dispose of it, and most of them need the toxic waste dump!), we pretty much live without chemicals of any kind in our daily life. Here is a short list of the products we use and their uses:

Vinegar – EVERYTHING: hardwood floors (with a little orange oil and olive oil), dusting, counters, toilets, toys, laundry, sinks, windows, mirrors
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds – laundry, kitchen and bathroom floors, stains
Ecover Stain Remover – laundry, stains
Carlie’s Soap – laundry (especially great with cloth diapers)
Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner – any hard surface that I may feel vinegar isn’t enough

And that’s about it! Really, having a clean home in an eco-friendly, chemical-free way is not difficult… it’s the actual cleaning and finding time to do it that can be overwhelming!

Potato for today: Next time it’s time to buy cleaning supplies, consider going chemical-free! (Vinegar is really the best!!!)



Get Them Involved
October 6, 2009, 7:10 am
Filed under: Potatoes For Kids, Potatoes For Others, Potatoes For The Earth

recycleYou may recycle, compost, use rain barrels, leave lights off, limit your flushing, open blinds for natural heat, plant trees, and use your resources to the best of your ability. That’s great. Whatever you are doing to preserve our Earth is great. Are your kids involved, too?

When we started recycling more consciously, composting and using rain barrels, for just a few examples, we got out daughter involved. She knows how to recycle in our house. She knows what goes in the compost. She loves watching the grubs. She uses the rain barrel water to water her crab apple tree she received from the Lawn and Garden Show 2007. She knows what we are doing around the house.

Potato for the day: Involve your kids in your family efforts to preserve the Earth.

Raising socially conscious and responsible children will bring up a generation loving the Earth. Our daughter sees litter and say, “Mama, that’s not good for the Earth.” Years of teaching leads to years of positive action on their part!



Grubs Are Our Friends
September 30, 2009, 7:32 am
Filed under: Potatoes For Kids, Potatoes For The Earth

Stir_Compost

If you have ever composted, you know that grubs, slugs (when it rains), and other little creatures come to grace your grounds with their presents (yes, I spelled that correctly). Compost is worm, grub, etc. poop! Who would have thought something like an excrement would be so desirable in your backyard.

We have been composting for almost two years now. We love it! Besides the occasional fruit fly that we find in the house because I have not taken out the compost in a few days, it has been relatively easy and our trash has dramatically reduced. Kids love it, too. Our daughter composts at school, too, which I love! If interesting in starting to compost, please read up on it. There are plenty of sights to get you started.

Benefits of Composting:
* It’s SO easy. You can just dig a whole in the backyard – just keep it covered or animals may come and eat it.
* It can be a family activity. If they can hold something in their hand, theoretically they can compost. Not sure if our four month old is quite ready.
* It is a daily, outdoor activity – no matter the weather.
* You are cutting down on trash going to landfills.
* You will have nutritious rich soil to use anywhere in your yard.
* It’s a great science lesson.
* It doesn’t take much to get started.

Potato for the day: Start a compost pile.

If you’re interested in hear more about our journey into composting, email me at plantpotatoes@gmail.com.



*NEW CATEGORY*
September 29, 2009, 6:54 am
Filed under: Potatoes For The Earth

earth

We have a new category… Potatoes For The Earth!

If you know some of my past writing experience, you know I love writing about saving the Earth! So here’s the latest… all Composting, Recycling, Water Conservation, and much more!