Blog: Green Renaissance

Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez of Masterworks Woodworking in San Jose, CA, salvage condemned city trees, then build beautiful bicycles out of them – so from “urban tree to wood bike”. The story of these bikes goes from the felling of a family’s guardian tree, through the woodworking process, and finally, the completion of art you can ride.

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SURFWISE follows the odyssey of 85-year-old, legendary surfer Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children—all of whom were home-schooled on the beaches of Southern California, Hawaii, Mexico and Israel; they surfed every day of their lives, and were forced to adhere to a strict diet and lifestyle by their passionate and demanding, health-conscious father.

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We have always collected mushrooms from forests, but we have never tried growing them ourselves. At the recent Be Inspired talk held in Cape Town, Gary ‘The Mushroom Guy’ explained how easy it is to grow your own Shiitake mushrooms at home, and more surprisingly, told us about how eating these mushrooms has had a positive impact on his health.

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It is counter intuitive to think that honey from hives in our cities is often cleaner than from hives situated around agricultural lands, but this is often the case as urban honey does not contain pesticides. We spent a morning with a passionate urban bee keeping couple, who shared their experiences with us, and inspired us to get involved in urban bee keeping.

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As Autumn begins in the Southern Hemisphere, it is easy to find chestnuts strewn along the side of the road. This reminds those of us, who are foragers, to get out there and hunt for food across our city. The Green Renaissance team spent two hours before work one morning, demonstrating how easy it is to gather and prepare some tasty chestnuts. Go out and try it yourself.

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Go Gather is a series of short films, aimed at inspiring people to source food sustainably from nature.

http://www.greenrenaissance.co.za/2012/12/18/go-gather-little-waterflowers

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Inspired by nature

Natural Pools are a healthy alternative to the average pool. Make the change. 

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Inspired by nature

Dale Steyn’s on-field fiery aggression is tempered by a quieter passion off the field. He offers nature a respect he tends to refuse batsmen. The African bushveld is his refuge, a place to escape the scatter flash of being the world’s number one ranked test bowler.

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