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Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc #1
sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) on carpets furniture, pet bedding, baseboard, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible ( this can be left behind furniture etc, hours, days weeks months) vacuum up any in areas where you walk or sit after fleas are gone. Safe for kids & animals. so safe we feed it to our animals & we take it daily.
Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc #2
Sprinkle Borax on carpets furniture, baseboards, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible & Vacuum up
Pet accidents
Straight warmed vinegar, cover with folded towel & let sit
Or use a mixture of white vinegar, peroxide & eucalyptus oil, cover with folded towel & let sit.
Or make a paste of baking soda, peroxide with eucalyptus essential oil, cover with folded towel & let sit then vacuum up once dry.
To repel spiders
Spray bottle with 10 drops of liquid soap & 10 to 20 drops peppermint essential oil, spray spiders & spray areas where the hang out.

I am NOT a doctor. This page is for education only, and is NOT intended to be medical advice. Always talk with your health practitioner before taking any herbs or supplements.
Natural and Frugal

Natural Cleaning Solutions from National Geographic Green Living
The most economical way to give your home an eco-friendly cleaning is with natural do-it-yourself cleaning solutions you make with gentle, everyday household products. Chemical-laden cleaners create toxic fumes and may promote growth of bacteria resistant to antibacterial drugs(see References 1). Look no further than under the sink or in the pantry for these multitasking, economical, nontoxic ingredients that work alone or in combination to effectively give dirt the boot from every room.

The slightly acidic nature of white vinegar makes it effective at dissolving grease, soap scum and lime deposits from smooth surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Because it’s so gentle, vinegar is also safe to use on hardwood floors. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar with water in a bucket or spray bottle and use it to clean everything from windows and mirrors to toilets and floors. Use undiluted vinegar to tackle tougher cleaning jobs. (See References 3)

Baking Soda
Baking soda not only deodorizes, but also acts as a green cleaning and brightening abrasive that rivals traditional powdered cleansers. Sprinkle hard surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen with baking soda and rub into a paste with a wet cloth, then rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth. To remove stains or clean the inside of a messy oven, allow the paste to set for several minutes before rinsing; to boost the abrasive action for tougher cleaning jobs, add kosher salt to the paste. Sprinkle baking soda onto carpets and vacuum to freshen fibers. (See References 2)

Lemon Juice
Lemon juice cuts grease, kills mold and mildew and leaves a streak-free shine on hard surfaces of all kinds. Combine lemon juice with other pantry staples such as vinegar or olive oil to make cleaning products that work harder, and to leave a fresh, natural scent behind when the job is done. (See References 6 )

Sodium Borate
Available in the laundry detergent aisle, sodium borate, or borax, has a long history as a nontoxic powdered laundry booster, but it’s also effective in homemade cleaning products to disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces, cookware and floors (see References 4). Remove stains from laundry before washing by rubbing a paste of dishwasher detergent and sodium borate into the fabric and rinsing (see References 1).

Hydrogen Peroxide
The bubbling action of hydrogen peroxide does wonders in lifting stubborn gunk on surfaces, but also works to fizz away perspiration stains on white fabrics. Keep a spray bottle filled with a peroxide and water mixture near the washing machine; spritz spots and rinse with clean water before starting a load. If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide in the house, or need to safely remove stains from colored fabrics, try club soda or diluted vinegar instead. (See References 5)

Olive Oil
Blend 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle, mist onto a soft cloth and polish wood furniture the natural way. Polishing with olive oil moisturizes wood and imparts a lovely shine; lemon juice cleans the surface and leaves behind a fresh scent that beats out aerosol wood dusting sprays in the green department.

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Order today for pickup Tuesday from 4-5:15PM at Clemson Montessori School. Tuesday 4-6 pm AT Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery or Wed 8-8 at Whole Foods Market Greenvile. SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS OR TEXT 864-353-6096

DEPOSITS: PLEASE KEEP YOUR ACCOUNTS AT ZERO; NOT MORE, NOT LESS, AS WE ARE BALANCING OUR BOOKS. If you owe us, please reconcile, or if we owe you, please speak up.
Would you like a “say” in how the Upstate Locally Grown family should grow? Do you have suggestions, comments, questions? We always welcome comments, but if you would like to be on an online discussion which will influence the way we go, please copy Donna for your seat on the forum. ( (See below for related information)

Changing with the times:As the very first market of our kind in South Carolina,Upstate Locally Grown online Farmer’s Market and its sister Markets, Clemson and Greenwood Locally Grown have been the leaders, the precedent setters, and the, uh, well, guinea pig for the markets which followed. The Upstate has gone through many changes and transitions in the nearly seven years of our existence, and all the Upstate has become so much “greener”. Many, Many different marketing opportunities have opened up for the 40 plus sustainable growers who have graced our website along the way. So, as times change, and needs change, We at USLG are ready to proceed into another phase. We need your help in order to do this. Upstate Locally Grown has always operated as a not-for profit, even though we haven’t applied for this status. What this means is that all of our efforts went toward promoting Upstate growers, and all proceeds went toward that goal. No-one has ever gotten a salary; thousands of donated hours were accrued towards getting you the freshest, purest, most healthy foods available anywhere. Many have told us that we did succeed in our goals of making the Upstate aware of the need to support the local foods movement in order to keep small farms and businesses growing.
Now we are moving up to applying for non-profit status. USLG would be, as always, dedicated to promoting local, sustainable foods, growers, and food systems, plus local small businesses. We plan to expand our horizons and become more education-oriented. If any of you have had experience in the field of non-profits, and would like to offer a little help, we are open to a helping hand in this.
We are also seeking interns and volunteers who would benefit from the experience of entering into a new era of local food systems.
Specifically, we are looking for people to contribute articles, distribute food, meet growers and interview them, and help with the web site and social media. We are willing to train you, and there will be some benefits. Please contact Donna at 864-353-6096.

We thank you for registering at Upstate Locally Grown and “Clemson Locally Grown:”
Please encourage your friends and co-workers to join us in the effort to make farm-to table food a regular part of our lives.

Upstate Locally Grown donates 3 percent of our order sales right off the top to Broken Wing Farm, a project to teach autistic boys the art of growing food.
Clemson Locally Grown Donates 3%of your sales to Clemson Montessori School.

Did you know, anyone who has a recipe or article published in the Harvest News is entitled to one added month of membership! Tell us about your garden, share your favorite eats with us, or even a book review. Please email your CLG content to Heidi.

Donna’s Corner

Heidi C Williams, Clemson Market Coordinator

We really appreciate all of you, as Upstate Locally Grown cannot work without a cooperative effort of all concerned. And thanks to Heidi C Williams, CLG coordinator, my encourager, who keeps me focused on the good that we are doing and why it is all worth it, even when things go haywire, as things tend to do sometimes.
Here is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and I am sure that it is of concern to many of you.
Did you know that 90% of our heirloom seeds are now gone? Why dies that matter? It is very important that these seeds, which were passed from generation-to-generation are preserved. You see, these seeds are from plants that have passed the test of time and endured; endured droughts, floods, pest invasions, and other natural disasters. These are seeds from plants that taste delicious, look great, grow well, and are sturdy. If we let these go by the wayside, we will be letting go of reliable seed stock and substituting weak and unnaturally structured plants. The Genetically modified seeds CANNOT reproduce.
What are GMO’s, you say? ‘From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia":
"A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ’living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”).

This article focuses on what organisms have been genetically engineered, and for what purposes." ~
“here”: is a link to a video where a darling child explains what GMS’s are so that even a child can understand. (Cute too!)
Why worry? GMO’s have been proven to adversely affect our health.
If you have time please: Watch the full-length documentary The World According to Monsanto
here is news about a new study showing how GMO’s negatively affect mouse blood.
“here” is a link to an article talking about CRIIGEN Study Links GM Maize and Roundup to Premature Death and Cancer Study Links GM Maize and Roundup to Premature Death and Cancer.
In this day and age of GMO vs. NON-GMO food, Going to the supermarket is a pretty confusing task to most. Use this category and colored coded shopping guide by Greenpeace to help make things a little easier.:
How To Avoid GMO Foods – Organic Shopping Guide Category & Color Coded Greenpeace GMO shopping Guide

here is where you can download a non-GMO shopping guide to take with you to the grocery store.

March Against Monsanto, a world-wide event happening on May 25
March Against Monsanto, Greenville

21 days
517 hours
31066 minutes
1863981 seconds
from the time this article was written. Here is the link to the countdown timer.

The Whole Reason

Jess O’Neal Bayne and husband are organizing the Greenville, SC portion of this upcoming world-wide event. The main event is happening May 25 in Greenville and _all around the world . It is called March Against Monsanto. This is a march and rally in response to the “Monsanto Protection Act,” recently signed by President Obama as a part of HR 933.
You can organize a rally un your town. View some of the world’s cities already participating.
If you are like me, and care about what you put into your body,(and I know you care) I encourage you to lend your support to this event.
“Be a Part Of The Change You Want to See”
Read Jess’s story about how caring what went into her children’s bodies got both Jess and her husband Aaron Bayne involved here
For more information, visit the Facebook site here.
the world-wide mission statement can be found here
Watch the full length documentary “The World According to Monsanto” here

Donna and Lenard, Heidi, and the whole gang of Market helpers.