Habitats

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Choosing Food with Less Pesticides:  The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen If you choose 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG’s Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the volume of pesticide you consume daily by 92 percent, according to EWG calculations. You’ll also eat fewer types of pesticides. Picking 5 servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day. If you choose 5 servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.

If you are like me and can’t keep straight what is on which list, here’s a handy guide you can download PDF of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen and keep it handy!

 

Dirty Dozen -Buy these organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

 

 Clean 15 -Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

Note:  Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.

 

2012 Best Planing Dates for Seeds

See this useful seed planting guide specifically tailored to this area (zip code 60302) from the Farmers Almanac

 

 

2012 Oak Park Farmers’ Market Reopens May 19th:

The Market is open the second to last Saturday of May through October. Market hours are 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is located at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.  For more information:   http://www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket/

 

Community Gardens:

Root-Riot Madison 838 W. Madison. Oak Park, IL : Located almost on the northwest corner of Madison and Grove in Oak Park, this site will have approximately 47 4′ x 8′ plots, and 3 4×4 beds for children, available for one growing season rental. As this lot is being loaned to us for the year, we can’t guarantee the lot for more than a year, but we can hope that we will have it for multiple growing seasons.

 

Root-Riot:  Harambee! – 500 N. Waller. Chicago, IL

Located at the corner or Race and Waller in Chicago, this lot is ajoined by The Chicago Fire Department, St. Martins Episcopal Church, St. John Church and Fredrick Douglas Academy.This lot has been leased for 3 years.

For more information about Root Riot Community Gardens http://rootriot.wordpress.com/

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):

Membership in a CSA is the practice of paying for a seasonal share of a local farm’s harvest. Participating members receive a weekly box of assorted fruits and/or vegetables – whatever is fresh from the farm that week.  For more information and a list of local farms that offer this service:  http://thevillagegreener.com/home/food/csas

 

Organic & Local Food Delivery:

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks offers year-round home delivery in the Chicago area of local and organic produce, meat, dairy and eggs. You can order online anytime to choose the specific items you want, or opt for a Fresh Picks Box that is automatically delivered to your door weekly or bi-weekly.   For more information:  www.freshpicks.com/cms/

 

Web Resources:

Blogs & Resources from local folks who are ensuring Local Healthy Food into their own lives and sharing their experiences with others:

http://squashblossomblog.com/ – The Squash Blossoms organized in 2009 after a six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability. We talked about  the dream of raising our own vegetables and thereby having some control over what happens to the food we put in our mouths. Six of us decided to make it happen and soon found available land behind a friend’s cafe. Our structure is looser than most community gardens. We share our plot of land instead of staking out separate beds. And together we agree on what to plant and how to design the garden.

http://vodpod.com/lowcarbonhome/lowcarbonhome – This is a video blog by one of the co-founders of the Root-Riot Urban Garden Network.  It includes videos such as “Chicken Coop Chronicles” and “Sustainability:  Garden Raised Food.”

 

Backyard and Urban Gardening:

www.root-riot.com (click on resources section)

www.victoryseeds.org resource for heirloom garden seeds

www.panna.org Pesticide Action Network promotes the elimination of dangerous pesticides and offers solutions that protect people and the environment

 

Sustainable Eating

www.100milediet.org seasonal food charts for your state

www.eatlocalchallenge.com offers resources and encouragement for people trying to eat local

www.informedeating.org encourages a diet based on whole, unprocessed, local, organically grown plant foods; contains useful FAQ page about food politics and eating well

www.eatwellguide.com online source of sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy; enter your zip code to find healthful, humane and eco-friendly products from farms, stores, restaurants in your area

www.eatwild.com lists local suppliers for grass-fed meat and dairy products

www.leopold.iastate.edu Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes

www.localharvest.com helps you connect with local farmers, CSAs, and farmers’ markets

www.slowfood.com

www.sustainabletable.org offers a variety of resources on local, sustainable, and community based food

www.foodnews.org shoppers guide to pesticides in their food supply

 

Transportation

icon-food2.jpg

Choosing Food with Less Pesticides:  The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen If you choose 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG’s Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the volume of pesticide you consume daily by 92 percent, according to EWG calculations. You’ll also eat fewer types of pesticides. Picking 5 servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day. If you choose 5 servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.

If you are like me and can’t keep straight what is on which list, here’s a handy guide you can download PDF of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen and keep it handy!

 

Dirty Dozen -Buy these organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

 

 Clean 15 -Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

Note:  Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.

 

2012 Best Planing Dates for Seeds

See this useful seed planting guide specifically tailored to this area (zip code 60302) from the Farmers Almanac

 

 

2012 Oak Park Farmers’ Market Reopens May 19th:

The Market is open the second to last Saturday of May through October. Market hours are 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is located at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.  For more information:   http://www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket/

 

Community Gardens:

Root-Riot Madison 838 W. Madison. Oak Park, IL : Located almost on the northwest corner of Madison and Grove in Oak Park, this site will have approximately 47 4′ x 8′ plots, and 3 4×4 beds for children, available for one growing season rental. As this lot is being loaned to us for the year, we can’t guarantee the lot for more than a year, but we can hope that we will have it for multiple growing seasons.

 

Root-Riot:  Harambee! – 500 N. Waller. Chicago, IL

Located at the corner or Race and Waller in Chicago, this lot is ajoined by The Chicago Fire Department, St. Martins Episcopal Church, St. John Church and Fredrick Douglas Academy.This lot has been leased for 3 years.

For more information about Root Riot Community Gardens http://rootriot.wordpress.com/

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):

Membership in a CSA is the practice of paying for a seasonal share of a local farm’s harvest. Participating members receive a weekly box of assorted fruits and/or vegetables – whatever is fresh from the farm that week.  For more information and a list of local farms that offer this service:  http://thevillagegreener.com/home/food/csas

 

Organic & Local Food Delivery:

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks offers year-round home delivery in the Chicago area of local and organic produce, meat, dairy and eggs. You can order online anytime to choose the specific items you want, or opt for a Fresh Picks Box that is automatically delivered to your door weekly or bi-weekly.   For more information:  www.freshpicks.com/cms/

 

Web Resources:

Blogs & Resources from local folks who are ensuring Local Healthy Food into their own lives and sharing their experiences with others:

http://squashblossomblog.com/ – The Squash Blossoms organized in 2009 after a six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability. We talked about  the dream of raising our own vegetables and thereby having some control over what happens to the food we put in our mouths. Six of us decided to make it happen and soon found available land behind a friend’s cafe. Our structure is looser than most community gardens. We share our plot of land instead of staking out separate beds. And together we agree on what to plant and how to design the garden.

http://vodpod.com/lowcarbonhome/lowcarbonhome – This is a video blog by one of the co-founders of the Root-Riot Urban Garden Network.  It includes videos such as “Chicken Coop Chronicles” and “Sustainability:  Garden Raised Food.”

 

Backyard and Urban Gardening:

www.root-riot.com (click on resources section)

www.victoryseeds.org resource for heirloom garden seeds

www.panna.org Pesticide Action Network promotes the elimination of dangerous pesticides and offers solutions that protect people and the environment

 

Sustainable Eating

www.100milediet.org seasonal food charts for your state

www.eatlocalchallenge.com offers resources and encouragement for people trying to eat local

www.informedeating.org encourages a diet based on whole, unprocessed, local, organically grown plant foods; contains useful FAQ page about food politics and eating well

www.eatwellguide.com online source of sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy; enter your zip code to find healthful, humane and eco-friendly products from farms, stores, restaurants in your area

www.eatwild.com lists local suppliers for grass-fed meat and dairy products

www.leopold.iastate.edu Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes

www.localharvest.com helps you connect with local farmers, CSAs, and farmers’ markets

www.slowfood.com

www.sustainabletable.org offers a variety of resources on local, sustainable, and community based food

www.foodnews.org shoppers guide to pesticides in their food supply

 

Water

Village of Oak Park Water Conservation Plan

For a big picture look at water conservations in the Village of Oak Park see the Water Conservation Plan. The Village partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create the plan, which focuses on water use and water supply issues. The goal, officials say, is to increase water use efficiency and promote conservation. Please note that pages 34-39 include specific recommendations for residents and businesses.  For more information on the plan, call 708.358.5778 or e-mail sustainability@oak-park.us.

Food & Water Watch Resources

Take Back the Tap Guide to Safe Tap Water

Get the Facts on Bottled Water

Water Conservation:  Every Drop Counts

Water Use It Wisely

100 Ways to Save Water

Park District of Oak Park:

Park District of Oak Park Environmental Policy:   http://www.oakparkparks.com/AboutUs/Env%20Policy%20w%20IPM%204%2022%2010%20FINAL.pdf

Park District of Oak Park Integrated Pest Management policy. http://www.oakparkparks.com/AboutUs/IPM%20policy%20final%204%2010.pdf

Park District of Oak Park Green Initiatives:   http://www.oakparkparks.com/AboutUs/GoGreen.htm

Greening Advisory Committee made up of citizen volunteers

Other Resources:

OpenlandsConserving Nature for Life

Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

Get Information About:

  • Biking, Hiking & Paddling Trails
  • Trees, Gardens & Landscaping
  • School Programs
  • Classes & Volunteer Opportunities
  • Protecting Our Land & Water
  • Issues & Legislation
  • Farmland Protection

Beyond Pesticides Website:  www.beyondpesticides.org

Congregations

Congregations Share their Sustainability Initiatives & Resources at Interfaith Green Network Forum on 9/11/2012

Check out the slides from the presentations given by the following Congregations on their Sustainability Initiatives:

Congregations presenting were:

  • Ascension Catholic Church – Community Garden
  • Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church – Geothermal Heating and Cooling
  • Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church – Garden Ministry
  • First United Church of Oak Park – Professional Energy Audit
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Green Fair and Eco-Film Fest
  • Grace Lutheran Church and School – Waste Reduction / Recycling
  • St. Giles Family Mass – Community Makes Change Faster
  • Unity Temple – Policy Advocacy

Also see the article about the sustainability forum which was held on September 11, 2012.

Resources and Funding Sources for Congregations

as suggested by PlanItGreen to help reduce Energy, Waste and Water

Resources and Funding Sources for Energy

Energy Savers: Comprehensive website of resources around energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Illinois Clean Energy Foundation: Funding organization that provides grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Illinois.

IL Energy Efficiency Grants: Grants from the state of Illinois for energy efficiency projects.

IL Renewable Energy Grants: Grants from the state of Illinois for renewable energy projects.

Building Energy Codes Program: Department of Energy website with resources and information around building energy codes.

Cook County Energy Efficiency Program: Free energy audits, funding and loans for energy efficiency projects through Cook County.

ICLEI: Non-profit with a variety of tools and resources for local governments interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Resources and Funding Sources for Waste

Illinois Recycling Grants Program: State of Illinois funding for recycling projects.

Illinois Recycling Association: Membership association for recyclers in Illinois.

Building Materials Reuse Association: Non-profit with information and resources around building deconstruction.

Food Scrap Composting Revitalization & Advancement Program: State of Illinois funding for composting projects.

IL Zero Waste Schools Program: State funding opportunities for waste reduction in schools.

Resources and Funding Sources for Water

WaterSense: EPA program with information and resources about water efficiency.

Lawn Talk: Lawn care information for northern Illinois, including resources for outdoor water efficiency.

Alliance for Water Efficiency: Website with comprehensive information about water efficiency.

HarvestH20.com: Rainwater harvesting resources.

Gray Water Policy Center: Greywater harvesting and policy information resources.

IL DCEO Utility Rate Studies: Free technical assistance for utility rate studies for local units of government in Illinois.

EPA Watershed Funding Programs: EPA grant funding around watersheds.

American Water Works Association: A non-profit with a wide variety of resources around safe water, including free water audit software for water utilities.

 

Faith in Place

Faith in Place gives religious people the tools to become good stewards of the earth. We partner with religious congregations to promote clean energy & sustainable farming.

Since 1999, Faith in Place has partnered with over 600 congregations in Illinois—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Baha’i and Unitarian. We’re also part of the national Interfaith Power & Light campaign.

Our mission is to help people of faith understand that issues of ecology and economy—of care for Creation—are at the forefront of social justice. At Faith in Place we believe in housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. But even if we do all those things, and love our brothers and sisters with our whole heart, it will not matter if we neglect the ecological conditions of our beautiful and fragile planet.

Interfaith Power & Light Campaign

 

Cool Congregations Calculator

Use our Cool Congregations Calculator to estimate your congregation’s carbon footprint. It offers a snapshot of your carbon footprint, allowing you to look at the best places to lower your footprint and become more energy smart. We break your carbon footprint down into four sub-components:

  • Energy use
  • Transportation.
  • Goods and services
  • Waste

Then we give credit for lands your congregation may manage in their natural state as carbon sinks and for any carbon offsets your congregation has purchased.  We provide your congregation’s total footprint in both pounds of carbon and in acres.

2011 Carbon Fast for Lent Find Carbon Fast pdf document here Follow your own Carbon Fast, or choose from this calendar of suggested daily actions. As you lay aside the calendar each day, do so with a prayer. From Washington Interfaith Power & Light (WAIPL)

 

Green Resources on Congregation Web Sites:

Check out resources on one another’s web sites form the sample sites below:

Good Shepherd Lutheran:

Oak Park Friends Meeting:

Oak Park Temple:

Euclid Avenue United Methodist:

First United Church of Oak Park:

 

 

Web of Creation

The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives. To that end, the information at this site will:

  • connect you with ideas, resources and strategies for doing eco-justice
  • inform, inspire, encourage, educate you about eco-justice
  • support you in your efforts to live, work and pray in ways that promote eco-justice

 

Household

Energy

Home Energy Savings Program

The Home Energy Savings Program is a joint program of Nicor Gas and ComEd, targeted to serve single family customers. The program offers a comprehensive Home Energy Assessment that evaluates opportunities for energy efficiency upgrades and provides financial incentives for completing those upgrades, all at a cost of only $99 (this can typically cost up to $500*).

Benefits include:

  • Instant rebates of 70% up to $1,750 to complete recommended energy efficiency improvements such as insulation and air sealing.
  • A customized Home Energy Savings report detailing ways to save up to 20%† on your energy usage.
  • Free installation of up to 10 CFL’s, high efficiency faucet aerators and shower heads, and hot water pipe wrap.
  • Installation of a programmable thermostat, if desired, at a discounted price of $22.62.

Saving energy is as easy as…

  1. Schedule your Home Energy Savings assessment by calling toll-free  877.821.9988 .
  2. Once your assessment is completed, review the Home Energy Savings report that provides you with customized energy efficiency improvements, estimated savings, a fixed price proposal for the qualifying energy efficiency improvements and eligible rebates.
  3. After signing your proposal, a program participating contractor will be assigned to install your qualified energy efficiency improvements. The contractor will bill you only for your portion of the cost, collecting the rest from Nicor Gas and ComEd.

Limited time offer!

For details see the Home Energy Saver Web Site.  Please note that the Home Energy Saver Program is being promoted through Energy Impact Illinois.  See related article.

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Energy conservation information online

Residents can calculate energy consumption with a personalized energy calculator at www.theenergybills.org, a web site sponsored by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), in partnership with the City of Chicago, City of Rockford, ComEd, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, Peoples Gas and The Northern Illinois Energy Project. The web site also offers tips on lowering energy bills, finding rebates for energy conservation efforts and locating contractors to replace broken or inefficient appliances and equipment. For more information, e-mail housing@oak-park.us.

Resources & Funding Sources for Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy

Energy Savers: Comprehensive website of resources around energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Illinois Clean Energy Foundation: Funding organization that provides grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Illinois.

IL Energy Efficiency Grants: Grants from the state of Illinois for energy efficiency projects.

IL Renewable Energy Grants: Grants from the state of Illinois for renewable energy projects.

Building Energy Codes Program: Department of Energy website with resources and information around building energy codes.

Cook County Energy Efficiency Program: Free energy audits and funding and loans for energy efficiency projects through Cook County.

ICLEI: Non-profit with a variety of tools and resources for local governments interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Other Useful Websites

www.energystar.gov Promotes energy efficient products and practices for home and business

www.cntenergy.org promotes urban sustainability

 

Top thirteen, plus two, Actions to Improve Energy Efficiency of a House

from the Oak Park Environment & Energy Advisory Commission

Check out the “Top thirteen, plus two, Actions to Improve Energy Efficiency of a House” — a great step-by-step guide for things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

Finding Local Healthy Food

icon-food2.jpg

Choosing Food with Less Pesticides:  The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen If you choose 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG’s Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the volume of pesticide you consume daily by 92 percent, according to EWG calculations. You’ll also eat fewer types of pesticides. Picking 5 servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day. If you choose 5 servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.

If you are like me and can’t keep straight what is on which list, here’s a handy guide you can download PDF of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen and keep it handy!

 

Dirty Dozen -Buy these organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

 

 Clean 15 -Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

Note:  Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.

 

2012 Best Planing Dates for Seeds

See this useful seed planting guide specifically tailored to this area (zip code 60302) from the Farmers Almanac

 

 

2012 Oak Park Farmers’ Market Reopens May 19th:

The Market is open the second to last Saturday of May through October. Market hours are 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is located at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.  For more information:   http://www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket/

 

Community Gardens:

Root-Riot Madison 838 W. Madison. Oak Park, IL : Located almost on the northwest corner of Madison and Grove in Oak Park, this site will have approximately 47 4′ x 8′ plots, and 3 4×4 beds for children, available for one growing season rental. As this lot is being loaned to us for the year, we can’t guarantee the lot for more than a year, but we can hope that we will have it for multiple growing seasons.

 

Root-Riot:  Harambee! – 500 N. Waller. Chicago, IL

Located at the corner or Race and Waller in Chicago, this lot is ajoined by The Chicago Fire Department, St. Martins Episcopal Church, St. John Church and Fredrick Douglas Academy.This lot has been leased for 3 years.

For more information about Root Riot Community Gardens http://rootriot.wordpress.com/

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):

Membership in a CSA is the practice of paying for a seasonal share of a local farm’s harvest. Participating members receive a weekly box of assorted fruits and/or vegetables – whatever is fresh from the farm that week.  For more information and a list of local farms that offer this service:  http://thevillagegreener.com/home/food/csas

 

Organic & Local Food Delivery:

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks offers year-round home delivery in the Chicago area of local and organic produce, meat, dairy and eggs. You can order online anytime to choose the specific items you want, or opt for a Fresh Picks Box that is automatically delivered to your door weekly or bi-weekly.   For more information:  www.freshpicks.com/cms/

 

Web Resources:

Blogs & Resources from local folks who are ensuring Local Healthy Food into their own lives and sharing their experiences with others:

http://squashblossomblog.com/ – The Squash Blossoms organized in 2009 after a six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability. We talked about  the dream of raising our own vegetables and thereby having some control over what happens to the food we put in our mouths. Six of us decided to make it happen and soon found available land behind a friend’s cafe. Our structure is looser than most community gardens. We share our plot of land instead of staking out separate beds. And together we agree on what to plant and how to design the garden.

http://vodpod.com/lowcarbonhome/lowcarbonhome – This is a video blog by one of the co-founders of the Root-Riot Urban Garden Network.  It includes videos such as “Chicken Coop Chronicles” and “Sustainability:  Garden Raised Food.”

 

Backyard and Urban Gardening:

www.root-riot.com (click on resources section)

www.victoryseeds.org resource for heirloom garden seeds

www.panna.org Pesticide Action Network promotes the elimination of dangerous pesticides and offers solutions that protect people and the environment

 

Sustainable Eating

www.100milediet.org seasonal food charts for your state

www.eatlocalchallenge.com offers resources and encouragement for people trying to eat local

www.informedeating.org encourages a diet based on whole, unprocessed, local, organically grown plant foods; contains useful FAQ page about food politics and eating well

www.eatwellguide.com online source of sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy; enter your zip code to find healthful, humane and eco-friendly products from farms, stores, restaurants in your area

www.eatwild.com lists local suppliers for grass-fed meat and dairy products

www.leopold.iastate.edu Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes

www.localharvest.com helps you connect with local farmers, CSAs, and farmers’ markets

www.slowfood.com

www.sustainabletable.org offers a variety of resources on local, sustainable, and community based food

www.foodnews.org shoppers guide to pesticides in their food supply