Here’s an article I found over at Beauty Just 4 You on growing herbs indoors. Why buy ’em when you can grow ’em right?
GardenGuides has a good overview of container and indoor gardening.
Here are some tips and tricks from Home and Garden and then there is www.tipsonindoorgardening.com.
Standup Gardens has lots of good ideas and info (although they are most interested in gaining your business.)
WVU.edu has some great info about herbs.
A great post over at Wild Green Yonder called City Farming Because It’s Fair.
City Farming is where it’s at AND it seems to be a hugely growing field. The Chinese are pushing for it, Indians and Africans and Italians have been doing it forever. America is a few years behind, but in places like New York and California, the idea is catching on. Love it, love it, love it.
Gardensimply.comis a great little site I found with tips for plants and shubs, composting, vermicomposting, pest management and How To DIY’s. There’s also a “Reading Room” with recommendations such as Simply in Season which I bought for Chris for her birthday and it’s wonderful.
It is a great resource for living and eating within the seasons. Pumpkins and squash in fall, potatoes, legumes and starches in winter, etc.
I love cooking and experimenting with food. This book offers some delicious options, like Pumpkin Bisque.
Six reasons to eat simply in season:
1. Freshness – Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually harvested the same day as they are purchased. Produce from across the country can’t be that fresh.
2. Taste – Produce picked and eaten at the height of freshness has more flavor. Taste the difference.
3. Nutrition – Fresh, fully ripe produce contains more nutrients than food that is past its peak of freshness or was harvested before it ripened fully.
4. Variety – Farmers selling locally are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high yields, and shelf life. Often they raise and sell wonderful unusual varieties you will never find on supermarket shelves.
5. Environment – The environmental impacts of growing and shipping produce, sometimes halfway around the world, are enormous.
6. Local Health – Buying seasonal produce from your farmers’ market or from neighborhood farms supports your local economy, increasing the local quality of life for everyone
Someone left this post as a comment on my page and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone! (thank you to “heather” who posted the comment.)
Veggie Fuel Powers Organic Chip Company’s Expansion
Declining oil reserves, global warming, national security, clean air, and reducing your carbon footprint are issues that concern anyone who pays attention to current events.
Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, a local organic California Tortilla Chip Company, which was innovative in the design of their chip, the unique flavor of their chip, and also in their giving back to ocean conservation is now setting the trend in distributing their product by using “Veggie Fuel” to deliver Whale Tails Tortilla Chips across our Golden State. Signing new distribution deals with Sunridge Farms / Falcon Trading in Parajo California and West Coast Distribution in Berkeley California, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips will now reach all Californians in Earth Friendly vehicles.
SunRidge Farms’ parent company, Falcon Trading Company ,in July 2006, converted its fleet of 17 delivery trucks to this practical and available alternative fuel. “Making the switch to cleaner-burning veggie fuel is in keeping with our commitment to conservation and sustainable solutions. The conversion will lead to a significant change in our trucks’ emissions. Clearly, it was the right thing to do,” states company spokesperson Mary Quillin. SunRidge Farms began growing its business locally in 1977 and now will provide Whale Tails Tortilla Chips along with other bulk and packaged organic and natural snack mixes, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, grains, and confectioneries to retail stores across California. The SunRidge product line can be found in most grocery and natural food stores.
West Coast Distribution in Berkeley California is also excited to add Whale Tails Tortilla Chips to their Bay Area distribution. Lucas Moen, owner West Coast Distribution, said “Whale Tails Tortilla Chips are the corn chips with a conscience and I am glad to be distributing their product. I remember how excited Ric was when I told him I was using veggie fuel to make my deliveries.” West Coast Distribution, a small owner-operated natural organic foods distributor based in Berkeley , CA , sells and distributes, in addition to Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, Claravale Farm raw milk products, Shalhoob Meat Company Beef Jerky and Guarabee Tonics. West Coast Distribution’s mission is to serve as a reliable, conscientious distributor of responsibly produced goods.
Ric Kraszewski, Co Founder Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, said, “The positive impact of delivering our chips this way will be pretty substantial. Sunridge Farms and West Coast Distribution trucks are not exactly Honda Accords, they consume a lot of fuel,”” Ric added “We had such a demand for our organic, kosher, non gmo, and no trans fat tortilla chips that it would have been easy to just settle for traditional distribution methods. However the old established way is not always the best way.” Terry Kraszewski, Ric’s wife and business partner, said “We did not compromise on our packaging or our ingredients so I told Ric let’s not compromise on the delivery of our chips.” Rick Grant VP of Marketing Whale Tails Tortilla Chips agreed in saying that “what most excites us about veggie fuel is that it simultaneously reduces air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. We wanted to address air quality in the neighborhoods we deliver to. It also could change the entire playing field in American energy policy by reducing the need to develop oil and gas fields in Alaska or in other environmentally sensitive areas around the world. We hope other snack food distribution companies will also consider making the change.”
Research has shown that veggie fuel eliminates particulates and aromatic (smells). Additionally veggie fuel can be produced locally to consume the thousands of gallons of grease used daily by local restaurants and food processors. Veggie fuel is a form of diesel fuel made from vegetable oil. It is both a very old and a relatively new solution When Rudolph Diesel unveiled his “diesel” engine at the 1900 World Exposition in Paris he fueled it with peanut oil. Diesel engines were designed for the express purpose of burning vegetable oil not petroleum fuels! Filtered veggie oil is still the most earth friendly and cost effective fuel source.
For Whale Tails Tortilla Chips using veggie fuel means more than just an alternative to traditional methods of distribution. It’s part of their business lifestyle, as a socially responsible company. Ric concluded “Our goal to reduce our carbon footprint, by using a natural resource like veggie fuel to deliver our gourmet tortilla chips, will help reduce pollution in our environment, minimize our effect on global warming and help pass a clean, healthy earth on to the next generation We want to thank Sunridge Farms / Falcon Trading and West Coast Distribution for the courage and commitment to make the switch and hope that more will follow in their foot steps.”
For more information on Whale Tails Tortilla Chips visit: http://www.whaletailschips.com
For more information on Sunridge Farms / Facon Trading visit :www.sunridgefarms.com
For more information on West Coast Distribution visit :www.freshorganicgourmet.com
To learn more about veggie fuels contact the National Biodiesel Board at http://www.biodiesel.org or call (800) 841-5849
Anyone interested in supporting the move toward biodiesel fuel options is encouraged to contact the Biodiesel Alliance http://www.biodiesel.org/aboutnbb/alliance/
The Capital District Community Garden offers plots to area residents in order to offer them the opportunity to grow their own organic food. I have to pleasure to serve as an intern with them next semester and I am so excited to begin!
If there is one in your area, check out their site, or better yet stop in. You would be shocked how little time and energy it takes and how rewarding it is!
If there isn’t one in your town, who better to start one than you?
There are some websites with helpful information here, here and here.
The first thing that needs to be done is the simplest. We need to stop saying “I” and start saying “we.” If every single person started shifting their conciousness to that mentality, then the major controversy would be over with and we could start working on the solutions. This does not mean that we need to stray away from our “capitalist ideals;” to the contrary!
The truth is, everyone thinks that shifting the economy to business and industry that is green means we lose profit. This is a complete fallacy. To provide a better product(healthy and sustainable), made with better materials(organic, natural),through workers who get paid a liveable wage ($10 or more), means the whole country wins.
This idea can be transferred to politics as well. During a normal debate, the candidates shy away from issues such as social security, health care and sustainability because the solutions COST MONEY. Duh! But the solutions, such as in the case of global warming, also make money.
The real solutions to these problems, involve moving the middle-class back into America, creating jobs such as industry of natural and sustainable products, recycling and reuse of already produced materials, and construction and retrofitting of existing buildings to fit the need for better energy use.
It may seem a bit daunting to look at these problems on a large scale, but really the answers are astoundingly simple and accessible for everyone. If we want the human race to exist in a hundred years, then these problems need to be addressed and we can address them in really progressive and beneficial ways.
Food: less than 200 miles is a reasonable distance in which to grow and sustain our food. Better yet, grow a few yourself. If you neighbor grows potatoes and you grow tomatoes, you will both have plenty extra to share. It’s better for you, more delicious and better for the enviroment. All you need is a bucket and some dirt.
Find a farmers market or a co-op. Your town doesn’t have one? Start one!
Transportation: Public access to every single destination in the country is an absolute necessity.
Shelter: reuse reuse reuse: All the materials we could ever need have already been harvested. We need to recycle building materials, not dump
Shopping: Demand that the products you buy come from a good place, as mentioned above:liveable wage, made in US with recycled or sustainable materials.
The most recent statistics show that even the richest in the country have reduced their consumption of goods dramatically over the last 5 years. Everyone knows we don’t need all that crap.
Disposal: ANYTHING reusable goes on craigslist,the local farmers market, the local found materials shed, or the local distribution center. All biodegradable materials go in compost, not the dump. Compost means it goes back in the ground where it belongs.
Water: The most important factor essential to life. It’s pretty simple, don’t waste it. Don’t flush if you don’t have to, don’t shower longer than you have to, don’t leave shit running.
Find people who are interested, and work on a living machine or similar water remediation project.
These are just the beginning. There are hundreds of other ways to engage with eco-friendly living, engage with your community and most importantly, IMPROVE YOUR STANDARD OF LIVING.
If you care about this stuff, which you must if you’ve gotten this far, tell a friend and start small.
Ever heard of it? Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade, volunteer run,sustainability friendly store, located all over the US and Canada. My favorite section is the “traveler’s find,” which offers really distinct and beatiful products. Check it out!
Here’s something on my wishlist:
Made of bamboo, which I’ve mentioned is a miracle plant and completely renewable/sustainable.
If you are like me and live in a dorm, if you have an apartment and no access to land, or if you are just too busy to get out and get your hands dirty, container gardening is great way to save some dough, have access to organic and FREE veggies and a good way to spruce up your living environment.
I just found a great site aptly called Container Gardening, which offers tips and tricks for optimum fruiting and soil health.
Tomatoes are an easy, relatively robust, and of course delicious veggie that works pretty well indoors.
Check out the site for a full list of plants and tips for them.
When I went to New Orleans to help rebuild for the second time, I was plagued with a series of questions about the feasability of what we were doing. Was it worth rebuilding with the same materials that were used before, with the threat of another flood imminent? Was it smart to use the same materials that were responsible for the mold-flu epidemic?
Of course the answer was “no” but it didn’t seem to me that anyone else was asking those questions. But it turns out I was wrong.
On the second trip, we met with an amazing Professor from Tulane University (whom if you scroll back in this blog you can find out more about) who told us about the ways his students and fellow faculty were overcoming those obstacles. Surprisingly, the biggest answer was simple: bamboo.
It is a completely sustainable plant with a growth rate of approximately 1 meter a day, in good conditions. Bamboo shoots are edible, and delicious (I’ve heard) source of potassium, but most importantly,when used as a building material, bamboo is an extremely hard wood with high resistance to mold. Many companies are offering bamboo hard wood flooring furniture recently, but the benefits far outweight the trendiness.