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Q2 2021 GreenFriends North America Newsletter
Welcome to the Q2 2021 GreenFriends newsletter!

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This edition includes an excerpt from Amma’s 2021 Vishu message, water conservation tips from San Ramon, tips on eco-friendly cleaning, gardening resources, an inspiring look at Saukhyam Reusable Pads and a fascinating examination of the services whales provide to our environment.

Spring brings renewed hope and inspiration and even a light at the end of the COVID tunnel. Nature provides a perfect example of resiliency while giving us everything we need. Amma says:

Nature is an open book. She is an inexhaustible treasure trove of knowledge. However, her knowledge cannot be imbibed with the mere intellect. For this, the heart is also needed. Only then will that knowledge become complete.

GreenFriends strives to communicate the importance of treating Nature with respect and gratitude. We invite each of you Green Friends to share your ideas and experiences with your own gardening efforts as well as experiences with nature.

Please send your stories, comments and feedback to info@greenfriendsna.org

Amma's 2021 Vishu Message

Doube rainbow at MA Center San Ramon, CA
Vishu is a festival specific to Kerala and coincides with harvest season in south India. It symbolizes the age-old bond with Nature. This is an excerpt from Amma’s Vishu message on April 14, 2021.

Read what Amma has to say about Vishu...


Water is Sacred
In Support of Prairies and Pollinators
Amma is always reminding us that each drop of water is precious; not a single drop is to be wasted. The teams that manage the GreenFriends Farm horticultural activities have been researching and implementing water conservation methods.

Read about the water-conservation efforts from the GreenFriends Farm in San Ramon…


Saukhyam Resusable Pads

Saukhyam padd
Did you know that of the many plastic products that endanger our ecosystems, single-use women’s pads rank among those that take the longest time to decompose? Saukhyam pads are handmade with the use of eco-friendly components, such as colorful cloth pieces and absorbent banana fibers from the trees in India.

Read a heartfelt message from a member of the Saukhyam reusable pads team in Amritapuri...


Eco-Friendly Cleaning

Eco-friendly cleaning tips
Greenfriends North America recently received a request that made us think: How can we clean in an eco-friendly way in and around the home? We’ve compiled some initial ideas.

Read a compilation of ideas about Eco-Friendly Cleaning...


Gardening with Youth

Deeksha pets the soil
Amma is encouraging us to be outdoors, absorb some sun daily, get active physically, and plant vegetable gardens and trees. Gardening requires lots of healthy bending and stretching of every muscle and tendon. It’s Gardener’s Yoga: Bend, Stretch, Pull that weed, Plant that seed!

Read how kids helped with gardening projects in Oklahoma and MA Center Dallas...


Gardening Resources

MA Center Washington DC garden
Amma has asked her children many times to plant vegetables and she herself has her own rooftop garden. Fortunately, there are many ways to plant gardens - in your yard, in containers on your balcony or patio, in a community garden, or in window boxes. You can even grow sprouts in your kitchen.

Read some Amma-inspired resources for both beginner and more experienced gardeners…


Whale Economics

Whale economics
In 2017, when Ralph Chami, a financial economist and Assistant Director at the International Monetary Fund, went out on a research boat in Baja, Mexico to enjoy and learn about whales, he became aware of all the services whales provide which we depend on for our survival.

Read this win-win nature-based solution to the climate crisis…


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