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EFTE-ARE is the nonprofit branch of the Eating for the Ecosystem tree. We are committed to learning how to make life changes–from really small to really big–that strengthen our ecosystems. Through educational experiences, community engagement, research, and online resources we provide opportunities for anyone to cultivate stronger people-plant relationships.



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Category: Local

Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

Have you heard about the latest insect invaders? They reproduce in very large numbers, and swarms can cover entire tree ...
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Category: How To

How to Recognize, Respect, and Reduce Poison Ivy

How to Recognize, Respect, and Reduce Poison Ivy

Did you know that humans are pretty much the only animals who get severe skin reactions from Poison Ivy? Many ...
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Turn Your Garden into a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Turn Your Garden into a Certified Wildlife Habitat

For those of you wanting to commit further to helping the ecosystem, consider certifying your garden as a haven for ...
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Meet the Mushrooms, Episode Two: Giant Puffballs

Meet the Mushrooms, Episode Two: Giant Puffballs

While lots of fungi are very small, in some cases too small to see, today’s spotlight mushroom is hard to ...
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Autumn Dos and Don'ts for Healthier Plants and Fewer Weeds Next Spring

Autumn Dos and Don’ts for Healthier Plants and Fewer Weeds Next Spring

Do Don’t Lawns Leave the leaves (after chopping up with leaf mulcher or lawn mower) Kick ‘em to the curb ...
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Meet the Mushrooms, Episode One: Chicken of the Woods

Meet the Mushrooms, Episode One: Chicken of the Woods

Ahh, autumn! The leaves crunching underfoot, the crisp and chilly morning air, the pumpkin-everything-everywhere, and—what’s that huge cluster of orange ...
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Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

Have you heard about the latest insect invaders? They reproduce in very large numbers, and swarms can cover entire tree ...
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How to have happy houseplants

How to have happy houseplants

Do you have a houseplant that seems unhappy? Trust your gut. If the plant looks like it's struggling, it probably ...
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Gardener's to do list for late spring

Gardener’s to do list for late spring

This post originally appeared in the Penn State Extension Master Gardener's blog. All vegetable gardeners want a successful harvest, and ...
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Attracting beneficial insects

Attracting beneficial insects

In order to see more butterflies in your garden and to ensure good (bee) pollination for your vegetables, plant natives ...
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I love composting

I love composting

I love composting. I mean I really love composting. Every part of the composting process makes me so deeply happy, ...
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Category: Ecosystem

Dark Night of the Soil: Restoring the Human-Humus Relationship

Dark Night of the Soil: Restoring the Human-Humus Relationship

"'Imagine a conference not on the Future of the Humanities in the Capitalist Restructuring University, but instead on the Power ...
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Category: Research

Nature & The Nervous System

Nature & The Nervous System

Nature is life, and nature is rhythm. Co-evolved and co-evolving with plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, weather, water, and all organic ...
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Category: Food

Meet the Mushrooms, Episode Two: Giant Puffballs

Meet the Mushrooms, Episode Two: Giant Puffballs

While lots of fungi are very small, in some cases too small to see, today’s ...
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Meet the Mushrooms, Episode One: Chicken of the Woods

Meet the Mushrooms, Episode One: Chicken of the Woods

Ahh, autumn! The leaves crunching underfoot, the crisp and chilly morning air, the pumpkin-everything-everywhere, and—what’s ...
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An Introduction to Invasivorism

An Introduction to Invasivorism

Omnivore, carnivore, herbivore, locavore, vegan, freegan, paleo, etc.—there are so many diets and lifestyles to ...
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Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

Have you heard about the latest insect invaders? They reproduce in very large numbers, and ...
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What we eat matters

What we eat matters

What we already know The majority of food available to us is heavily processed and ...
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Why "eating for the ecosystem"?

Why “eating for the ecosystem”?

I started Eating for the Ecosystem because I am determined to change what we grow ...
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Gardener's to do list for late spring

Gardener’s to do list for late spring

This post originally appeared in the Penn State Extension Master Gardener's blog. All vegetable gardeners ...
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I love composting

I love composting

I love composting. I mean I really love composting. Every part of the composting process ...
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Starting garden seeds indoors

Starting garden seeds indoors

It can be a challenge to find good information about what plants need and when ...
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What is a conscious consumer?

I’m guessing you’ve heard the phrase “vote with your dollars.” Every time you spend money ...
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