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Hydroponics For Hope

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This program was created to show the value of hydroponics in today’s age of growing. Hydroponic growing is growing plants without the use of traditional soil. It is a varied way to grow using many different types of mediums and systems. The main advantage of using this technique is it produces the highest level of nutrient enriched plants while conserving water. Many believe hydroponics is a new age of growing, even though it has existed for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient hanging gardens of Babylon and the great floating Mayan gardens. Changes made through time have helped advanced the science into this growing resource. It has been proven that hydroponically grown produce have up to 50% more vitamin content and up to 3 times more yield than conventional soil grown crops. With soil based gardening, the grower is at the mercy of soil quality, the wind and weather, insects, and soil born diseases. With hydroponics, the grower has much more control over their growing with more consistent results and a shorter growing period. In a world where clean water is becoming an endangered natural resource, this growing technique is necessary as it uses 1/30 of the amount of water that traditional soil growing uses. The water is recycled and every molecule is used to its maximum potential. This uses less fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides while also being a less expensive method of growing. In addition, one can grow hydroponically throughout the year as it is not dependent on seasons and in small spaces.

Communities Against Chemicals

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This program was created to educate the community about the toxic chemicals found in the personal hygiene and cleaning products we use everyday. These products are produced with no care for our health and safety and sold to us with deceiving labels and unknown ingredients. Communities Against Chemicals informs the public to the dangers of store bought products while teaching how to make their own natural, safe products. Homemade products have the additional benefit of being cheaper! Here are some facts about this self-poisoning:

Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976 under President Ford and it’s our nation’s main law aimed at regulating chemicals used in everyday products.

Americans assume that chemicals used to make products like toys and food containers sold in the U.S. are regulated and tested for safety — but they are not.

Products are considered safe until proven harmful- the law says the government has to prove actual harm in order to control or replace a dangerous chemical.

There are over 140,000 chemicals on the market and only 200 have ever been tested for safety. 20% of these chemicals are allowed by the EPA to keep their ingredients secret

In the early 1900s, before chlorine, pesticides, herbicides and the tens of thousands of other chemicals that we are exposed to were produced, the average person had a 1 in 50 chance of getting cancer.  Today, 1 in 3 can expect to get cancer in their lifetime; 1 out of every 2 men!

Recipes of Homemade All-natural Cleaning Products

Rinse Aid

Fill a glass container with the peel of one orange and two lemons. Add white vinegar to the top of the container. Let sit for 2 weeks. Add to dishwasher rinse aid compartment. Refill container with vinegar when needed.

All Purpose Cleaner

3 cups water

3 tablespoons baking soda

3 tablespoons white vinegar

20 drops of lemon essential oil

Pour all ingredients into a glass spray bottle and shake well. Spray on hard surfaces and wipe clean.

Liquid Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap

1 cup borax

1 cup of washing soda

Use a grater to shave the soap into a medium sized pot. Add 2 cups of water, turn heat to low, and mix until combined. Remove pot from heat and set aside. Pour borax and washing soda into a 5 gallon bucket and mix. Add soapy water from pat and mix quickly and thoroughly. Add enough water to fill 3/4 of the bucket and continue stirring. Allow mixture to set overnight. Use 1/2 cup for small loads or 1 cup for large loads.

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