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I'm an urban planner and am interested in sustainability in all facets of my life.

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Obamas to Plant Vegetable Garden at the White House

From the First Lady:

“A real delicious heirloom tomato is one of the sweetest things that you’ll ever eat,” she said. “And my children know the difference, and that’s how I’ve been able to get them to try different things.

This is neat stuff.

Check out the whole article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/dining/20garden.html?_r=1&ref=dining

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 9:10am

Report: Illicit urban chicken movement growing in US

The Worldwatch Institute reports that a growing number of US city-dwellers are raising their own chickens, often in defiance of local ordinances.



Citing unsanctioned henhouses in Denver, Boston, and other cities, Worldwatch’s Ben Block notes that an “underground ‘urban chicken’ movement has swept across the United States in recent years,” flouting authorities’ concerns about noise, odors, and public health.



But in some cities, such as Ann Arbor, Mich., Ft. Collins, Colo.,… Continue

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

Simple, Homemade Solar Cookers

http://www.freewebs.com/sunnycooker/funpanelcookergallery.htm

A friend is making one for me. He says the site says to use a 2 or 3 liter black pot with a clear glass lid. He found a suitable pot at Fry's for about 8 bucks. I'll let you know whether I have success with it.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 2:16am

Fed up with mass-produced food, more young urbanites decide to hit the dirt

From Indiana.........Most city dwellers view gardening as a quaint, if labor-intensive, hobby. Food cultivation is an honorable profession best left to big business and a few stubborn family farmers. But rising fuel and food costs, as well as increasing concerns about food safety and quality, have made the idea of growing your own grub as appealing as just-picked Indiana sweet corn.

http://www.indy.com/posts/11251#

Posted on September 6, 2008 at 8:06am

Baby Steps - Time to Start Composting

I went to the dump (ok, to be PC, the landfill) at 27th Avenue & Lower Buckeye Road and picked up a compost container. For $5 you can go pick up one or more former garbage bins. They're the size of the recycle/blue containers, the bottoms have been sawn off and holes have been drilled into the sides. It fit in the back of my Suburban just fine. I've got an old ice cream container with lid in the kitchen, collecting food waste. A fresh bag of grass clippings is baking in a black bag in the… Continue

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 11:45am — 4 Comments

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