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Workwear for Women

Taylor Johnston, a horticulturist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum gardens, has developed a new utilitarian-but-stylish line of workwear just for women, “designed in the field + made in the U.S.A.”

“There are a handful of companies out there marketing work clothes for women,” says Taylor, “but too often, it seems that functionality and form are mutually exclusive. We set out to change that.” Using principles like, “just because you’re wearing work pants in the field, doesn’t mean they have to fit like a potato sack,” Taylor has designed jeans and tees that are “feminine without being bedazzled” for her company, Gamine: Honest Workwear for Women.


This innovative company releases just one product at a time, and their Slim Slouch Dungarees are already sold out, but they’re receiving a new shipment soon. Stay up-to-date with availability and upcoming products by signing up for e-mails on their website. Continue reading


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Halloween Across the U.S.

Looking for some frightening fun this Halloween? has published a list of things to see this spooky season. From theme parks to The Big Apple, you’ll find events like Guavaween, a Latin-themed Halloween celebration in Ybor City, Florida; creepy corn mazes; horrifying haunted houses; and more.


The Pumpkin King outside of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, by Imperpay via Wikimedia Commons

Or check out The Travel Channel’s “Best Halloween Attractions 2014.” Not for the faint-of heart, these attractions have been chosen by Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans and paranormal expert Jeff Belanger, and will give you shivers to last a lifetime … if you survive the thrills and chills. Continue reading


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bee surprise

While out in the garden snapping photos last week, our farm photographer, Karina, was startled by a bee.

But not just any bee …

Not the industrious honeybee, who’s busy gathering pollen for the long winter ahead …


Not the giant, fuzzy bumblebee who buzzed past her ear, sounding very much like a very large, very close remote-control helicopter …


Yes, this bee had the signature yellow-and-black stripes …


but his upper body was bright, shiny GREEN!



What the heck? Were her eyes playing tricks on her? Was Karina’s camera lens hooked up remotely to Photoshop? She quickly snapped a couple of photos, then buzzed on over to her computer to find out more about this shiny, green bee.

Turns out, our visitor was something called a Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon). They’re commonly called “sweat bees” because they resemble (and are kin to) other species of bees that are attracted to human sweat. But don’t worry, these little beauties are too refined to like your stinky sweat. There are about 40 species of Metallic Green Bees in both North and South America. And our guy was a guy—the females are usually metallic green all over, while the males have a yellow-and-black striped abdomen, like our guy did. There are two generations of Metallic Green Bees a year: one in the summer, which is almost all females, and one in the fall, which includes both females and males.


Photo by Dan Mullen via Flickr

These bees are ground-nesting, living alone instead of in a hive, although many can live in close proximity. Sometimes, a couple of dozen females share one entrance, but each one then builds its own little nest off the main corridor—a kind of Miss Lavinia’s Lodgings for Ladies, if you will. In this case, one of the ladies (Miss Lavinia?) guards the entrance and you can see her little green head sticking up slightly above the hole. Don’t mess with Miss Lavinia’s girls!

Keep an eye out for these gorgeous green buzzers … and their bright-blue cousins, Augochloropsis sumptuosa … simply sumptuous!


Photo by Bob Peterson via Wikimedia Commons

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