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Can Digging in the Dirt Make You Happy?

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I was thrilled to work on a story for Modern Farmer about the link between dirt and well-being. There’s some very interesting research looking at the benefits of microbes in the environment on human health. Here’s an excerpt:

The psychological benefit of nature has been well documented. When it comes to being happy or not, many studies show that psychiatric problems are more common in urban than in rural communities. That makes Lowry’s and Rook’s research interesting, as it gives us a better understanding of exactly why being outside, in a garden or on a farm, makes us feel good.

“People usually assume that the health benefits of exposure to green space are due to exercise. In fact two large studies now demonstrate that although exercise is definitely good for you, it does not explain the beneficial effect of green space,” says Rook. “Contact with microbial biodiversity is looking like the most probable explanation for the green space effect.”

Just like we’re becoming more and more aware of the benefits of foods with microbes (think: fermented foods with probiotics), being around a lot of different microbes from the earth and animals is good for us too. In other words, sterile environments that are too clean aren’t so great for you.

I was even more excited to see that the piece got picked up and discussed by the New York Times.

Now, on to finding a plot of land to get my hands dirty.

Image: jenny downing

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Written by Anna Brones

September 3, 2014 at 09:14

Wild City: Les Jardins du Ruisseau, Paris

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Les Jardins du Ruisseau by Anna Brones

All wildness is finer than tameness.

-John Muir

In an urban jungle I have been craving wild respite.

Trees.

Flowers.

Earth.

Growth.

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June 10, 2014 at 17:20

If Only I Had Room for a Garden…

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spring in paris

As the sun comes out (hello spring!) I only have one thing on my mind: I want a garden. A place to walk in barefoot. A place to plant seedlings. Grow tomatoes and green beans and cucumbers. A place to start a raspberry vine. Wild strawberries. A space to sit and drink a morning cup of coffee.

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March 21, 2014 at 17:21

Appreciating the Fact That Good Food is a Luxury

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“Making food makes you happy?”

I was on a walk with two friends and we had somehow arrived on the subject of food- a frequent occurrence in my everyday life. She was a bit surprised that food in general was on my list of things that made me feel good.

“Well, yeah.”

I thought about it for a second. “It’s a way to de-stress… if I have too much going on I feel good being in the kitchen and making something. It’s like a meditation.”

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A Garden Friendly Calendar

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It’s that time of year when people stock up on paper calendars, most likely in the hopes of keeping their year organized. But think of all the calendars that hundreds of thousands of stores will be selling in the next few weeks… that adds up to a lot of paper, and you can be sure that much of it isn’t recycled content.

Albeit beautiful, calendars are certainly on the “eco unlist,” which is why I’m digging these Bloomin’ Calendars. Made with seed paper, as each month ends, you can plant the page, keeping you organized and waste-free and your garden happy.

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December 28, 2009 at 10:25

Friday Photo: My childhood garden

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Taken in Vaughn, WA.

I went home for a couple of days this week and spent most of it sitting outside in the garden with a cup of coffee… glorious! There are a lot of foxgloves on my parents’ property and I always used to be intrigued by them as a child as they were so beautiful yet poisonous enough that I was afraid of touching them…

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July 18, 2008 at 08:24

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