No fancy pumps or flood tables required!

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If you’ve ever tried sprouting an avocado pit in a glass of water or appreciated the beauty of water lilies in a pond, you’ve seen the magic of hydroponics in action. Hydroponics is rapidly gaining popularity as an alternative growing method that works wonders, particularly in food and herb production. But despite the technical-sounding name, hydroponics is a sustainable (and manageable) form of gardening, no matter what your experience level is.

The basic components of any hydroponics system are water, nutrients, and air (typically circulated via a water pump or bubbler). Of course…

I wasn’t traumatized into becoming a vegetarian. But I was truly worried about the health of our planet.

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I grew up on a small cattle ranch in southern Arizona. In 2015, when veganism had just started to become “trendy”, I decided to give up meat.

I wasn’t traumatized into becoming a vegetarian — I’m the daughter of a third-generation cattle rancher, and I’m very proud of my family’s ranching background. But I was starting to notice a disparity between the way my family and other ranches raised our cows, and where these cows ultimately ended up.

I had watched my…

I didn’t metamorphose into Gwyneth Paltrow, but it did cure my writer’s block.

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At the end of July, I decided to embark on my first cleanse. I blame five months of quarantine eating and exercising — I was eating way more sugar and carbs than I was used to, running the equivalent of 2.5 marathons every week, and generally feeling awful. At any other time in my life, I would’ve been vehemently opposed to the idea of a cleanse. But lately, I was becoming desperate.

Let’s get this straight right off the bat: In general, I am opposed to cleanses…

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In the last three weeks, I have scrolled through countless lists of ways to stay occupied while being cooped up inside, and even more posts about the latest TikTok video a celebrity posted. It’s not that I don’t have anything better to do — the junk drawer in my brain labeled “Things I will do when I have time” reached full capacity somewhere between making my own kombucha and finally uploading those photos from my family vacation to a hard drive so my phone will stop telling me I’m out of storage.

Instead, I found myself mindlessly diving deeper and…

“Take a deep breath, and feel your hips sinking into the floor. Now curl your toes under and press each one into the ground, stretching up to the ceiling.” Amy Orchard guides a class through a hip-opening sequence while in the background, a man chanting “Om” hums through the speakers of her phone. This is yoga.

In a nondescript Hindu temple in downtown Tucson, Arizona, Parixit Modi meditates in front of a statue of a sacred Hindu deity. This is yoga.

Tanja Bungardt-Price prescribes some gentle stretches, pranayama breathing practices, and chakra-related color therapy to a client who is experiencing…

In a one-horse town just north of the Mexican border where African-Americans make up less than one percent of the population, Arleen Kennedy stands out in more ways than one. She’s bold, confident, and not afraid of change — even if that change is packing up and moving 2,300 miles across the country.

Despite being thousands of miles from home, Kennedy is a southern belle at heart. She’s refined (yet animated), courteous and kind (she gives hugs, not handshakes) and loves sweet tea, even if she’s had to sweeten it herself since she moved out west.

“I consider myself to…

Hannah Dahl

Freelancer from Arizona, USA. I write about health and wellness, agriculture, science, travel, and lifestyle.

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