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June 2009 Blog Posts (8)

Mapping fruit trees in Seattle

I happened across reference to City Fruit, a project to map the city's fruit trees. You might be interested.

See http://city-fruit.appspot.com

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Dave

Added by Dave Wall on June 26, 2009 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Good article on Transition Towns

This article just came out in Orion Magazine with lovely, even poetic descriptions of what the Transition movement is all about.



I like these lines:

In both the U.K. and the U.S., the shadow of the Depression years now looms uncomfortably close, encouraging an attitude of mending rather than buying new; tending one’s own garden; restoring the old. To mend, to tend, and to restore all… Continue

Added by Leo Brodie on June 26, 2009 at 12:05am — No Comments

Food, Inc



My family went to see the movie Food, Inc at the Egyptian. I highly recommend it, and I encourage you all to support the theater for showing a movie like this.



For those of us who follow food issues closely, it may not contain a lot of brand new information. Even so, seeing the images of the industrial food factories, especially the dreadful meat growers and packagers, reminds us of how important our support for local, sustainable… Continue

Added by Leo Brodie on June 24, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Greenwashing

I love that many businesses are noticing that consumers are preferring green products, and are revamping their products accordingly. But sadly, for many businesses, appearance matters more than fact.



My wife just noticed that the bottom of a plastic container we were about to throw out is labeled: "Nature Works PLA Compostable". I searched on the web, and learned that these are made from corn and are supposed to bio-degrade in a commercial hot-compost system in 14 days.…



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Added by Leo Brodie on June 19, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Solstice Edible Garden Tour (Photos)

On June 14, 2009, the Urban Farmer's group hosted their third Edible Garden Tour, this time featuring eight gardens plus a bonus viewing of baby goats.



Sue and John's garden was the first stop. It features fruit trees and berries, year round gardening, water catchments, worm bins, potato boxes (and other experiments in vertical gardening), crop rotations and what makes for a 'living soil,' including mulching and soil amendments.…



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Added by Leo Brodie on June 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

"Learn How to Build a Cob Oven In Your Backyard" at Meadowbrook Farmers Market

Muliti-week series, every Sunday, June 14 – July 5, noon – 2 pm

All ages; no cost



On Sunday, June 14th from 12-2:00 pm, the Meadowbrook Farmer's Market, will begin a multi-week series teaching people how to build and use their own traditional cob oven! A low-cost to no-cost project that can increase the year round use and enjoyment of your outside home environment.



This hands on education event will show you how to find most building materials for free and sometimes… Continue

Added by Natalie Steiner on June 12, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

City Light Comes to Sustainable NE Seattle

Sustainable Northeast Seattle, as a Transition Initiative, accepts responsibility for our community’s role in Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Economic Instability. These are the key functions that we wish to address as we transition towards a sustainable future lifestyle. Central to this discussion is Energy: what we use, how much we use, where it comes from, and at what cost, are all critical questions that we are asking. As citizens of the City of Seattle, we have been blessed by the foresight… Continue

Added by Keith Mastenbrook on June 2, 2009 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

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