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Letter From the Publisher

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“Traditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare.” – John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden

Spring is in the air and this month we have two special features perfect for the season. The first is about ecological landscaping and it discusses alternatives to the traditional lawn, which you’ll learn isn’t ecologically sound and is usually underutilized for the expense incurred and the environmental impacts created.

We’re so enslaved (one might even say brainwashed) to the ideal of a plush, green, manicured lawn here in the U.S. But I’ve always dreamed of converting our lawn (which is neither plush nor green) to an edible garden (too bad crab grass doesn’t taste good to me.) Ela and I have tried it in small areas of our lawn and we have amazing chives, mint, oregano and raspberry plants to show for the efforts. But when I’ve tried to cultivate produce like tomatoes, sugar snap peas, squash, cucumbers and others, it’s too much management and things run wild on us. We need help!

As I was reading the feature this month about eco landscapers, I realized that what we need are neighborhood “farmscapers” going from house to house tending and harvesting. It would be the perfect marriage. The farmers would get free land to grow on and the homeowners would get a share of the fresh produce. The farmer would sell the rest through CSA or market to support their business. Maybe this already exists, but I haven’t heard of it yet. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you know of anybody doing this in Connecticut.

Our second special feature this month is on medical massage and providers around Greater Hartford. Medical massage is described as special massage services that support clients with medical conditions, undergoing disease treatments like chemo or those recovering from surgery. Even pre-natal massage would be grouped in as a specialty.

If you or someone you know could benefit from medical massage, check out this month’s Healing Ways to learn more about medical massage therapies and who in Greater Hartford to contact.

This month we are also featuring one of Connecticut’s own natural health treasures. For almost a decade, Dr. Lauren Young has been providing natural health care to Greater Hartford. Over the past few years, she has been expanding and broadening the quality of care provided at her Collaborative Natural Health Partners in Manchester. Learn more in this month’s Community Spotlight and stop in to visit the newly remodeled and expanded facility.

Naturally Yours,

Shawn

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