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Here is a quick round up of some of my favorite gardening books. You can find out more about each of them by clicking on the one you are interested in. I have personally read all of them and so many more but these are the books I own and refer to the most. "Carrots Love Tomatoes" and "Garden Primer" are the two I use most often. The others were really helpful when I was learning more about gardening. There are a few about cut flowers too. I like to grow flowers with my veggies as companions which you can learn more about in "Carrots Love Tomatoes".


If you are looking for inspiration "Gardenista" is the book that might give you some ideas for planning and planting a beautiful outdoor area. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" is the true story of Barbara Kingsolver and her family growing all of their own food for a year. It's my favorite motivation book!


Personally I think you should read them all and any other gardening books you can get your hands on. I used to go to the library and check them out by the stack, scan every book for anything I had questions about and keep notes. I've kept gardening notes since the very beginning and I still refer back to them when I am unsure about something. It's also helpful to keep notes to remember where and when you planted things so you can figure out what works for you and what doesn't.


Hope you find something you like!

XO, Meg






Over the last few weeks our family has been learning and unlearning, searching for resources that help us grow and change, having hard conversations, looking at ourselves and seeing so clearly that we have work to do. I have collected the resources here that have helped us, the petitions we have signed, and places we have or plan to donate to as soon as possible. We will be adding to this list over time as we continue to educate ourselves and do the work that we are committed to for the long haul. In an effort to amplify Black voices you can also look forward to upcoming posts highlighting the work of Black Designers, Gardeners, Makers and Artists. If you have resource suggestions please share them below. We are especially looking for resources for teenagers. Thanks!


XO, Meg



DONATE-


BLACK LIVES MATTER - CAMPAIGN ZERO - JUSTICE & EQUALITY FUND - BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE - ROCK THE VOTE - MINNESOTA FREEDOM FUND - NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND - THE BAIL PROJECT - THE CONSCIOUS KID - SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE - UNICORN RIOT



PETITIONS TO SIGN-


JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD - RUN WITH AHMAUD - THIS IS BREANNA TAYLOR



REGISTER TO VOTE


JUNE PRIMARY DATES-

9th- West Virginia, Georgia, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina

23th- New York, Kentucky, Virginia

30th- Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma



RESOURCES FOR ADULTS-


UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN- a video by Emmanuel Acho


I WANT TO BE AN ALLY BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO- a quick guide @gisellebuchanan


SYSTEMIC RACISM EXPLAINED- a video by @actdottv


HOW TO TALK TO YOUR FAMILY ABOUT RACISM- a quick guide @jenerous


WHITE FRAGILITY- book by Robin DiAngelo


HOW TO BE ANTI-RACIST- audible by Ibram X. Kendi


RAISING OUR HANDS - book by Jenna Arnold


THE COLOR OF LAW- book by Richard Rothstein


SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE- audible by Ijeoma Oluo


Find black-owned bookstores in your neighborhood to support.

MAHOGONY BOOKS & THE KEY BOOKSTORE are both black-owned and are currently shipping.



5 SERIES (for adults) TO WATCH ON NETFLIX-


EXPLAINED: THE RACIAL WEATH GAP - TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY -

WHEN THEY SEE US - 13TH - WHO KILLED MALCOM X


RESOURCES FOR KIDS-


ARE YOUR KIDS TOO YOUNG TO TALK ABOUT RACE -a quick reference for parents

from Pretty Good Blog


EMBRACE RACE - webinar for kids


BOOKS-

for little kids

DREAM BIG LITTLE ONE by Vashti Harrison

LITTLE LEADERS by Vashti Harrison

THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN by Michael Taylor

HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS by Kadir Nelson

ME I AM by Jack Prelutsky

MY HAIR IS A GARDEN by Cozbi A. Cabrera


for young readers

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba








Our skin is our largest organ and deserves good protection. Anything we spread on our skin seeps its way into our bloodstream affecting our organs, nervous system, hormones and so much more. Sunscreens can be awfully toxic so check out the EWG and ThinkDirty apps to rate yours. Remember to steer clear of anything with the word "fragrance" and glitter or shimmer, those are rarely a good thing in any of your products!


Here is a quick list of our go to sunscreens for the whole fam, all of them are rated a 1 or lower on the EWG's toxicity scale. Also worth noting- these brands are pretty clean in general but a few of them have some higher rated products so it's worth a look up if you stay on brand but change "flavors".


XO,

Meg



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