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How to get your kids interested in gardening

I have been gardening with children for the past 6 years. My kids and whatever stray kids that have found their way into my yard, love feasting on the edible landscape that THEY have helped to grow. I think that children should be comfortable in their outdoor environment and it is of the highest importance that children learn to grow food; …

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8 reasons you need to get your kids gardening!

Aurora, our oldest, was born on Groundhog Day in 2008 and just like that charming rodent we look to for forecasting, we holed up inside for the rest of our brutally cold winter.   She was only 4 months old when gardening season started and was with me wherever I went. She would either lay on a blanket in the shade or next to …

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Why you need to grow a garden.

I have suffered from and have been diagnosed with several different types of mental disorders since my teen years. I am so blessed to say that with intensive therapy and at some points medication, I have been able to overcome a lot of those disorders. I’m not ‘cured’ by any means and still suffer from anxiety disorders as well as seasonal affective disorder, otherwise …

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Practicing creativity can make you happier and healthier.

Practicing creativity can make you happier and healthier. It’s true. Of course, you would expect that coming from the mouth of an artist. But it goes further than just the “art makes a person happy” trope. As far back as I can remember, I would feel this instinctually subconscious need to express myself creatively as a way of feeling better mentally and emotionally. I would start …

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Adorable hazelnut mice DIY

The cutest craft on the internet:   I was about 11 years old and it was a month before the holidays. My mom worked at a hospital that was putting on a Christmas craft sale and she asked if I would like to help make and sell something at the show. We decided to make Christmas tree ornaments. My first business: ‘Kids …

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How to be creative.(even if you don’t think you are)

As an artist, I hear on a pretty regular basis something that goes like this: “You’re so creative…I wish I could be creative.” I never know what to say.   To single me out as “creative”, as if it were a rare anomaly amongst humans, always shocks me because I believe that the desire to make and create is fundamentally human. It is intrinsic to …

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Naomi Pahl, Artist. An introduction.

I have been creative as long as I can remember. One of my first creative memories was when I was in grade one. I had to sculpt a person out of vegetables and toothpicks as a companion project for the children’s fable, ‘Stone Soup’. My vegetable sculpture was a success and I was called in front of the school assembly to show …