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Chickens are intelligent and curious, and, like most other animals, your hens need an interactive environment that provides opportunities for stimulation. Zoos and other captive animal care facilities use the term “environmental enrichment” for the many methods they use to provide mental and physical activities and challenges for animals in their care. We call it “chicken play.”

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From the easy-to-appreciate, fluffy, blond Buff Orpington, to the slightly bizarre, stilt-legged Malay and buzzard-like Naked Neck, there’s something to appreciate about all chicken breeds. Robert and Hannah Litt’s favorites for backyard chicken keeping are known for their utility, appearance, temperament, novelty, or a combination of those traits.

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Robert and Hannah Litt founded the Urban Farm Store in Portland, Oregon. They’ve been featured on Planet Green’s Renovation Nation, National Public Radio, and Oregon Public Broadcasting as respected chicken experts, and here, they describe their inspiration for the principles outlined in The New Rules of the Roost.

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You’ve probably seen some of the many articles being published on Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing. But this meditative practice isn’t just the latest trend in health and wellness—to understand the origins of forest bathing, we must understand how Japanese culture and the Japanese aesthetic support a unique relationship to nature. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, one of the leading experts in the field, shares a brief history from Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing.
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Simply put, shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. Learn more about the science behind and benefits of forest bathing with international expert and author of Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, Yoshifumi Miyazaki.

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Yoshifumi Miyazaki is one of the world’s leading experts on forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of connecting deeply with nature. Here, Miyazaki shares his journey from an inquisitive child to the renowned educator and researcher he is today.

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Perhaps because such a large part of the country is populated by forest, trees are particularly revered in Japan, and exemplify the relationship of “man in harmony with nature.”

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Not all of us have access to a natural forest where we can harness the benefits of forest bathing on a regular basis, so how can we use the wonderfully relaxing effects of nature to improve our health and wellbeing wherever we are?

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Lunch from the indoor garden.

It doesn’t take much to go from a casual home hobbyist to an indoor gardener. Here are some principles from horticulture expert Leslie F. Halleck to get you started:

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My window is bright enough, right? New indoor growers ask this hopeful question all too frequently, and it often leads to disappointment.

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