• The True Cost of that Pot of Gold

    On this St. Patricks Day a fitting way to go ‘green’ is to learn a bit about that magical stuff at the end of the Leprechaun’s rainbow.  Few gifts have greater meaning than a ring of gold—and in just about any form that shiny luxurious element has an irresistible appeal. 

  • Get Growing!

    Would you like to grow your own food but don’t know where to start? Don’t have any space? We have two words for you: Potatoes. Containers. All you need is a container or barrel, one or two organic potatoes (from the grocery store or co-op), and soil to get started.

  • Reuse, reuse, reuse

    Today’s post comes from one of Finley’s closest high school buds who also happens to be part of the family.  Morgan is posting from Oregon where she attends Oregon State. Anyone who has had a glass of water at the Broaddus’ house knows that their glasses are a collection of

  • Stop and Smell the Flowers

    In this photo Finley is stopping to smell the – local, in-season – flowers. What better way to spread happiness than flowers… but is your bouquet really a token of love? 78% of cut flowers in the US are flown thousands of miles from warm countries with lax environmental and

  • Plogging for the Planet

    I bet that Finley would be plogging if she could. The term “plog” is a combination of “jog” and the Swedish term “plocka upp” which means to pick up. Pick up (or “pluck up if you prefer) while you jog. Plog gives a name to something that Finley did routinely,

  • A Force of Nature—Happy Birthday, Finley

    It’s Finley’s Birthday today, and so we begin our ‘Birthday to Earth Day’ gift to her—daily posts of things each of us can do to make the planet a little greener. I like to muse that Finley left us a gift, or maybe more of a practical joke, to help

  • Wish Really Hard, and then Take Action—$50,000 in Grants Announced Today

    Wish Really Hard, and then Take Action—$50,000 in Grants Announced Today Thank you to all of you who have taken part in Finley’s birthday gift this year through reading and sharing—and in some cases contributing to—our Birthday to Earth Day motivational posts on Facebook and Finely’s Green Leap Forward website.

  • Whole World in Our Hands

    When it comes to fighting Climate Change, we as citizens need to become movers, shakers and Green Leapers! Here are some ways to put your beliefs into action. First off, we march. April 22nd is the March for Science “defending the vital public service role science plays”. Then on April

  • Keeping Germany Litter-Free

    Today’s Global Perspective Post is from Finely’s brother, Coleman, who is living in Germany.  Thank you Coleman! “An important and rather obvious part of keeping the environment clean is keeping it litter free. A particularly egregious type of litter is from materials that are otherwise reusable or recyclable e.g. plastic bottles

  • Good Wood

    Forests are the lungs of our planet but only 15% remain intact. This deforestation is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and is driven by unsustainable and often illegal logging. We can help stop the destruction by purchasing products that are Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC). FSC is the