The Rise of the Market Melon

David S. Shields Watermelons were extremely difficult to breed into market varieties with stable attributes. This is the story of how the initial market varieties were stabilized in the 19th century and descriptions of the ancestors of the American picnic (oblong shaped) watermelons familiar today. The problem? Their promiscuity in crossing with other melons and Read More …

Keep Your Cool with Ayurveda

By: Ashley Gayle Stuhr Ayurveda has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years. It is literally translated as “the science of life.” For those of you who are not familiar with this ancient form of healing, here is a quick tutorial. In Ayurveda. it is believed that the human body is composed of five Read More …

Saving Nature = Saving Ourselves

People often refer to “protecting the environment” or “saving our planet” as though nature is a fragile, old-fashioned, damsel-in-distress, dependent upon our efforts for its own survival. A thought-provoking series of videos argues otherwise. Nature Is Speaking is a campaign of eight videos, each narrated by a personified aspect of nature (the ocean, the rainforest, etc.), Read More …