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I sleep well at night on my organic bed. 

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 


Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not just in the foods we eat, they are woven into the fabric of our lives. And as I strive to live an organic life, it includes not only what I eat but also where I sleep. 

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Most egg labels are intended to confuse you.


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


Which eggs do you buy?  With so many descriptors on the labels, you might be fooled into thinking you are buying clean, Non-GMO eggs when you purchase eggs with the following labels: all natural, farm fresh, no hormones, vegetarian diet, omega-3, cage-free, and free-range.

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Know where your meat comes from, Marble Creek Farmstead.


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


Marble Creek Farmstead is a small, sustainable family farm located in Sylacauga, Alabama. The owners Jesie and Matthew Lawrence named the farm after Sylacauga, the Marble City.


Marble Creek Farmstead grows fruits, vegetables, and flowers—all free from pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. And their forest, garden-style orchard is in the planning stages. Marble Creek Farmstead also has a line of all humanely raised, natural, pastured raised meats.  If you do not know the difference between family farms and factory farms, Goggle “factory farms,” or watch Food, Inc. documentary.

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Samuel Smith is Yorkshire’s oldest beer and USDA Organic.


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


Samuel Smith is among the few independent breweries remaining in England. They brew at The Old Brewery at Tadcaster, Yorkshire's oldest brewery founded in 1758 when its original well was sunk. The well is still used today for drawing brewing water from 85 feet underground. Traditional brewing methods have also been retained here including making its own copper, repairing its oak casks, and hand-weighing hops by the master hop blender.

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Do you know one heirloom from another?


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson



I am a tomato snob. I admit it. If I had to choose one fruit that I could have in season—all the time—it would be tomatoes. And it would be heirloom tomatoes of all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors.

If you are new to heirlooms, don’t expect them to all be round and red. Heirloom tomatoes do not have the genetic mutation that gives tomatoes a uniform red color. And unlike the seeds of hybridized plants, Heirloom seeds “breed true.” Both sides of an heirloom variety’s DNA are derived from a stable cultivar, whereas hybridized seeds combine different cultivars.

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