by Tracy Rohland

September is National Organic Harvest Month and we at Down to Earth want to celebrate with you! Below are a few easy ideas to help you incorporate more organic foods into your life and have fun doing it:

  1. Start your day off with a special organic breakfast. You could make organic whole grain blueberry pancakes with organic butter and organic maple syrup (see recipe at the bottom). Serve organic fruit and yogurt on the side with organic juice or tea. Share it with a friend!
  2. Wash off the dirt AND the chemicals! Shower with soaps and shampoos made with organic ingredients. Dry off with an organic cotton towel.
  3. Make a plan to start an organic garden on your own or with a friend. It doesn’t have to be huge – a few pots of tomatoes on the porch are a good start! If you have a small area of land you can use, even better. Research some plants that are easy to care for and grow well in your area. You’ll have your own organic veggies in no time!
  4. Building healthy soil is an important part of organic farming. A great way to guarantee rich, organic soil is to start composting! Save your compostable remains and make your own compost pile or donate it to someone else’s.
  5. Go to your local Down to Earth store to support your local organic farmers and buy local organic produce.
  6. Give your kids the best nutrition with organic back-to-school lunches such as organic fruit, organic crackers and cheese, organic chips, organic fruit leather, or organic peanut butter jelly sandwiches.
  7. Experience the coziness of organic cotton by buying some 100% organic cotton clothing, or get organic baby clothes for your or a loved one’s baby! According to the Pesticide Action Network, conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture.
  8. Prepare a delicious vegetarian meal that's as close to 100% organic as possible. Invite friends and family to share and help cook. It could be an organic picnic, pizza party, or pasta feed. DTE’s website has lots of recipe ideas - www.downtoearth.org.
  9. Treat yourself and your family to some organic goodies: Share a dessert of organic brownies or organic apple pie topped with organic vanilla ice cream. Leave some organic cookies and candies in the candy jar.
  10. When bedtime comes, sip a cup of organic chamomile tea, then slip under your organic cotton sheets!

There are many ways to gradually incorporate organic food and clothing into your life. National Organic Harvest Month is a good excuse for starting some regular habits that are good for your body and good for the earth at the same time. Down to Earth has a huge variety of organic products and can help you in your goals to live a more organic lifestyle.