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A Life Changing Trip to Israel

I recently returned from a life changing trip to Israel. I had never been to the Middle East before, and it moved me in so many ways. As an American, my sense of culture and place isn’t very deep rooted by comparison. My country is young compared to a place like Israel where traditions run deep. There were so many moments that ignited my senses and my soul and so […]

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How to Identify Trees by Their Leaves

Cheryn is back today, sharing an incredibly useful set of tips on how to identify tree leaves. This is my favorite time of year to look at the leaves, so it’s just in time. – Georgia The weather (finally) seems to be cooling off a little, marking the beginning of autumn. As you enjoy a walk with your dog or a meditative stroll in the crisp, cool air, you might […]

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How to Grind Meat at Home

Our contributor Anjuli is back with another amazing tutorial, this time on how to grind meat! It’s that time of year when the days are growing a little cooler and hunting season is kicking off. Before you end up overwhelmed with beautiful freshly harvested venison and other goodies, here is how you can get extra points for making the juiciest burgers and tastiest meatballs all year long – by learning how […]

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What To Do In Bangkok

I just returned from a long trip in Southeast Asia and have been enjoying sharing my adventures with you here and on social media little by little. Bangkok is a feast for the senses. The colors, the sounds, the smells are inspiring and full of possibility. Unlike the country excursions I went on in Chiang Mai, Bangkok is dense and intense and has everything you could want at your fingertips, […]

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How to Tell If These Tricky Fruits Are Ripe

Nothing is better than fresh, sweet, delicious fruit straight out of the fridge (mmm). But there are some “tricky” fruits that are hard to tell whether or not they are ripe enough, especially without having to cut them open. Here is the ultimate cheat sheet on how to tell if these fruits are ripe and ready to eat. Let us know if you have any of your own #modernpioneering hacks […]

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How to Trellis Your Raised Bed Garden

One of my FAVORITE things about my garden this year is how we trellised the raised bed gardens. Not only is it a great visual, it is very practical and easy to install. We’re going to talk about why trellis systems are a great idea and walk you through how to build one using an existing raised bed as a starting point. Here are a few reasons why you should […]

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How to Make Fruit Vases

One of my favorite things to do in summer is pick flowers and make bouquets. I sometimes find them growing wild in parking strips and random lots and really go to town. You don’t have to have a lot of land around you to make it work. You also don’t even need to have glass vases to put them in! In fact it’s far more fun to turn fruits or […]

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How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into an Irrigation Tool

We’ve talked about the advantages of container gardening, as well as ideas for fabulous and unlikely growing containers. But then of course there’s caring for container plants. I have been traveling a lot during these past few months, as many people do in the summer time. I also happen to have a lot of plants that need love while I’m away, and the hot months are when they need a […]

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“How to Save Seeds for the Future, Especially Heirlooms”

It’s that time of year, when fruits are being harvested, and I teach you how to save seeds for the future, especially heirlooms. This is especially important as more and more varieties are lost as we continually buy just the few varieties offered to us in the grocery store. In my first book “Food Heroes,” I told the story of a seed saver in Berea, Kentucky who was saving heirloom […]

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“Inside 137 Pillars Chiang Mai”

As many of you know, I just returned from exploring several countries in Southeast Asia and one of my favorite areas was the north of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai. The experience was made particularly special by my stay at 137 Pillars Chiang Mai, which many of you have asked me about since I chronicled the experience so thoroughly on my Instagram and Instagram stories. If you missed it, […]

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