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December 2009 Blog Posts (6)

Urban farming in Detroit

Good article in today's Seattle Times... abandoned industrial and other land in Detroit returning to agricultural uses.

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"Hundreds of backyard gardens and scores of community gardens have blossomed in Detroit, helping to feed students in at least 40 schools and hundreds of families.



"Yet it is the size and scope of Hantz Farms that make the project unique. Although company officials declined to pinpoint how many acres they might use, they have been quoted… Continue

Added by David Atcheson on December 28, 2009 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

Many 'THANKS" to Sustainable NE Seattle members for their lasagna feed

Kudos to all who participated in preparing, greeting and serving at the Maple Leaf Shelter in Meadowbrook this past Dec 22/Tues evening. The genuine kindness and giving truly speaks to the holiday season of giving. The coed shelter at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church has been in operation since 1996 and serves 20 residents in the evening year-round. The newly formed community nonprofit, Meadowbrook Community CARE is a partnership between community and church members and now is the liasion for most of… Continue

Added by Terry Vogel on December 23, 2009 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments

Urban Greenhouses Aim to Help Cities Combat Climate Change



With its massive glass dome, the Plantagon Greenhouse wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi movie. And if all goes smoothly, one may soon crop up in a city near you. In these days of global warming, its creators argue, it's not a question of if it will become reality but, rather, when.



Urban Greenhouses Aim to Help Cities Combat Climate… Continue

Added by Leo Brodie on December 9, 2009 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Why Local Solutions to Climate Change are So Important

Many people are looking forward to the Copenhagen talks as an opportunity to finally make some progress on climate change, even if only a little. Unfortunately, solutions on a global scale are fraught with complexity.



Here are two articles that reinforce for us how important it is for us, as individuals and as a community, to think locally. There's nothing wrong with lobbying for governments and corporations to change their way. But at the end of the day, it's up to us to reduce our… Continue

Added by Leo Brodie on December 5, 2009 at 2:34pm — No Comments

One family’s daring experiment: Christmas without all the stuff.



If Christmas is about presents, then in 2007, my little family and I had no Christmas. I mean, we had the caroling and the uncle playing the piano and the cousins running around with my three-year-old, Isabella, and the grandfather coaxing her to sit on his lap and the good food.



We had, in other words, an amazingly good time.…



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Added by Leo Brodie on December 1, 2009 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

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