Gerard van Steyn
  • Lafayette, CA
  • United States
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Weeds and Bees

Several years ago, when we first moved into a house in the area, we planned to become fully organic and plant fruit trees, grape vines and a vegetable garden. I bought several books on organic fruit…Continue

Started Oct 2, 2018

Fairtrade and Organic: For Health and the Environment

When you see Fairtrade certified products in stores, do you wonder what this means and if you should buy the product?…Continue

Started Jul 25, 2018

Reducing Plastic and Other Ways to Make a Difference!
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Okay, so we now know that plastics are suboptimal, at best. They contain toxics, are not easily recyclable, do not degrade and are an increasing pollutant in our waters and soils.Now the good news.…Continue

Tags: environment, health, water, energy, clean

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison Clary Jul 31, 2018.

 

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Trees - For Healthy Fruit, Shade and the Environment

Trees are the most productive plants on earth. One average-sized fruit tree produces over 250 pounds of fruit per year. Did you get that? 250 pounds from one single tree!  Most fruit trees are also super easy to grow and don’t require much maintenance, or even water after they get established. So, if you want…See More
Oct 30, 2018
Gerard van Steyn posted a discussion

Weeds and Bees

Several years ago, when we first moved into a house in the area, we planned to become fully organic and plant fruit trees, grape vines and a vegetable garden. I bought several books on organic fruit tree growing. One central theme that jumped out of the pages was that, wait for this, weeds are not bad. Rather they are highly beneficial to trees and vines because they pull minerals from the soil and subsequently make these minerals available to trees. Fruit trees evolved and thrive along the…See More
Oct 2, 2018
Alison Clary replied to Gerard van Steyn's discussion Reducing Plastic and Other Ways to Make a Difference!
"Excellent article! Thank you."
Jul 31, 2018
Gerard van Steyn posted a discussion

Fairtrade and Organic: For Health and the Environment

When you see Fairtrade certified products in stores, do you wonder what this means and if you should buy the product?In general, when we buy Fairtrade products, we are helping support local farmers who are mainly located in developing countries. The companies that are making Fairtrade products typically pay higher…See More
Jul 25, 2018
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Jun 29, 2018
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Save Money and Save the Planet.. What Are You Waiting for?

Did you know that if you install a solar system, your cost of electricity from solar will be about one-half of the cost from your power company? And if you have a larger house with higher usage, solar cost can be one-third of what you are currently paying. Plus, your solar electricity costs will stay fixed, while electric utility rates keep going up each year.  So key takeaway: you will pay way less with solar.But, you say, you like paying those big electricity bills, and like that the rates…See More
Jun 2, 2018
Gerard van Steyn and Tina King Neuhausel are now friends
Apr 26, 2018
Gerard van Steyn is now a member of Sustainable Contra Costa Network
Jan 22, 2018

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