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Digital Media Marketing: Instagram for small business

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By Heidi Sheppard, Propel MarketingWith 200 million monthly active users, Instagram is a social marketing tool that shouldn’t be overlooked.Owned by social media giant Facebook, Instagram is a photo and video sharing application that allows users to interact by liking and commenting on posts of people or businesses they are following. In the past six months, the application gained 50 million new users. It’s safe to say that Instagram is now sitting […]

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How to Maximize New Product Results

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It is the desire of every business owner with their eye on meeting an unmet need in the market, or sustaining current/gaining additional market share or revenue to successfully launch their new product.  In most instances, there has been a considerable amount of resources (time, money, equipment) devoted to the design and development of […]

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URBAN FARMING – An Eco-Trend

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Picture courtesy of: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-housing-project-lot-turned-farm-article-1.1376459

Having a connection with the plant is important and people find a lot of reasons why.  Certainly, there are those who will do gardening for health reasons or just for the fun of it. Others simply want to grow their own food because they want them fresh and safe.

Urban gardening or farming has been around for some time now.  The “Hanging Garden” in the ancient city of Babylon is one fine example. People In the medieval time would create their plots around the edges of their town which many think is where “allotment gardening” has evolved. During World War II, fresh fruits and vegetables in this country were produced in the Victory Gardens.

Urban farming is an offshoot of organic farming which helped city dwellers and consumers with foods that are grown locally.  It improves the health by lessening the risk of obesity and heart disease of residents and at the same time keeping them safe.

With urban farming people (especially the children) get to appreciate how our foods are grown and where they come from. Just imagine having your own vegetable patch in your backyard and grown organically.  There’s nothing better than freshly picked veggies straight to your kitchen. If everyone has an access to food with good quality, nutritious and affordable, the problem of hunger and obesity in most of our states would be reduced or perhaps eliminated.

With the increasing demand for organic foods by local grocery stores and restaurants, urban farming is definitely the way to go. Do you know that farm produce is laden with chemical preservatives when transported over long distance?  Their nutritional value is lost so you really don’t get them fresh anymore. What is good about having locally grown food is how the local economy is stimulated.  Energy usage is reduced together with the cost associated with the packaging, storage and in transporting the goods. More significantly, the money spent on local farming stays only within the local economy.

Urban farming also provides a sense of community and pride to local residents. It adds greenery to cities attracting tourists and bring jobs to the underserved areas. Urban farming also helps reduce stress on the sewer system usually caused by storm water runoff. It is an ecological program that is giving rooftops and unused space a new purpose and meaning. Some city planners and architects are now incorporating urban farming in their designs like vertical farms and rooftop gardens. Soon, city dwellers will be seeing more birds, butterflies, bees and other insects again.

Try growing organic tomatoes in containers today! You’ll be surprised how easy it is! Enjoy!

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Is ROI the True Determinant of Success?

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ATwo different consulting experiences recently from different parts of the world reinforced a very important lesson that questioned conventional business wisdom.  In one experience, I was invited to remotely lecture to a graduate school class in Training and Development that is part of a “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Course – meaning that students can register and attend […]

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Is Your EAP A-OK?

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If a business owner or senior executive were to be awakened at 3am and asked, “what is the most important asset in your company?”  Or, if they were forced to respond to what differentiates their company from their competition, many times the answer would be, “our people.”  And yet, if asked, “what are you doing […]

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Step-up In Organic Gardening

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Most of the people now want to eat organic foods which had a decrease amount of pesticides used as well as to help in the protection of our environment from the overloading toxic chemicals. But the reality behind organic is that it could be a bit expensive. Cast your worries aside because there are ways to grow your delicious, freshly produced, while you are having fun and at the same time learning some methods that are important along the way which is also known to be the process of organic gardening.
If you don’t know how to start the whole process, you can absolutely hire someone to do it or you can absolutely step-up by handing it out with your own just by rolling off the sleeves and throw some effort. Think that you can start a small garden even with just a single plant or two. Don’t worry if things don’t work as you wish it could be because all starts from beginners until you become expert of such art of organic gardening.
When you will be using organic in gardening, it only means that you won’t be utilizing synthetic fertilizers for it can harm the environment as well as pesticides. There are many tools that can be used to booster your plants’ health and ward them from pests trying to get to them. It is more about gardening with an eco-friendly methods.
Let’s get started with the organic gardening you want. First, you have to prepare the soil where you will be planting. Make sure that the soil in the area is conditioned properly. A good healthy soil helps build up a strong productive type of plants. The second one, prepare a compost pit. We all know that all gardens benefit from compost and possibly you can make your own site for it. It can feed plants, helps with water conservation, cuts down the weeds there and it could help you clear out your landfills from a waste dump site yard look. Clean up a little for it can help much.  Spread the compost around plants, mix in a potting soil and use it to bolster the plants that were struggling. Another one, choose plants that can adjust to the area you preferred. Make sure those plants you selected can adjust to the spot in terms of light condition, moisture, soil quality and drainage area. Importantly, group the plants in bed for it can reduce weeds as well as water waste.
Organic gardening practices help nature!

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Nutritious Lemon Peels

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The peels of lemon amazingly contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than its juice! Yes! That’s the left overs you are just tossing directly to your trash cans calling it a waste.
The peels we wasted are an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate and beta carotene. Without thinking out, peels aids in improving bone health. Since they contain high amounts of vitamin C as well as calcium. Lemon peels shown aids in preventing osteoporosis due to high amount of calcium which is responsible in bone integrity. Also the peel is proven to aid in inflammatory polyarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The benefits of lemons as well as the juice are pretty a common topic. But if you are like most of the people around, you are probably squeezing the juice of lemon out and ignoring the peel by throwing it out into the trash cans. We know you do that!
Lemons have been utilized to prevent and treat cancer. Lemons are anti microbial and it wards off against those bacterial infections as well as fungi. When the peel is being consumed, they have shown to be an effective remedy in preventing various types of cancers which includes skin cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer that are typically common in women.
The peel also reduces levels of oxidative stress because it had bioflavonoids which are known to be very powerful in reducing the levels of oxidative stress you are feeling inside your body. This part of the fruit also aids in eliminating toxic elements in the body and it substantially removes carcinogenic elements that causes cancer.
Don’t forget that 3.5 oz of the peels contains 10.6 grams of fiber. Fiber helps in the natural digestion process leading to normal bowel movement.
How to eat the peel? A relevant question then. For you to eat the peel, place the peels in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then take them out from the freezer and grate them. Sprinkled them on your meals or even in your drinks. You can also grate the outside of the lemon without freezing and sprinkle the lemon peel into your meals or drinks or just bite it right away.
Wait! Try to collect those peels. Maybe you don’t know what the peel could do. Actually, the peels you are tossed into the trash contains even more nutrients, health benefits and vitamins than the juices you really loved to squeeze out.