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Regional Gleaning Resources

CropMobster Community Exchange, www.cropmobster.com, links communities and individuals in-need with local farmers, producers and food purveyors who need a hand or have excess food to sell or donate. Based in Sebastopol and currently focused on four Bay Area Counties – Sonoma, Marin, Alameda and San Francisco, listings include Deals, Donations, Gleanings, Wanted, Free, Events, Trade, Land and CrowdFund. Bay Area Food Banks, www.bayareahunger.org. A collaboration of seven local food banks – including the Redwood Food Bank, serving northern California counties.… Read More »

Wear No Evil

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH YOUR WARDROBE Book by Greta Eagan, Running Press, 2014, Reviewed by Joyce C., Hutchinson Public Library, July 2014 Have you ever wondered, “How can I inherently do good while looking good?” Wear No Evil has the answer, and is the timely handbook for navigating both fashion and ethics. It is the style guide with sustainability built in that we’ve all been waiting for. As a consumer, you regain your power with every purchase to… Read More »

What Is A Green Burial?

Clipped from The Green Burial Council (GBC) Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims such as the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. … The Council doesn’t think any end-of-life ritual, form of disposition, or mode of post-mortem preparation is “wrong.” We only want to ensure that services and products are available to people who… Read More »

Green Burial Resources

Green funerals and burials have fewer environmental impacts then regular  funerals and burials. This refers to a number of options: funeral activities and transportation, embalming, donation to science, cremation or ground burial, container – none, shroud, casket or urn of natural materials, concrete use in grave, grave marker choice… RESOURCES – These are simply resources not endorsements Home Funerals Final Passages, http://www.finalpassages.org/, based in Sebastopol, great resources and training for Green and Loving Family-Directed Home Funerals Home Funeral Directory, http://homefuneraldirectory.com/ Green… Read More »

Think Green This Valentine’s Day

A Snip from Michael Bloch, GreenLivingTips.com. For interesting  V-Day facts, please read the entire article. If Valentines Day is an important day for you or the one you love; then you can also show a bit of extra love for the environment by carefully considering what you buy. Here’s some ideas: – Cards made from recycled or tree-free paper (this will be indicated on the card) – Consider sending an e-card instead using one of the many quality services around. -… Read More »

Sierra Nevada Brewing Receives First Zero Waste Platinum Certification

U.S. ZERO WASTE BUSINESS COUNCIL PRESENTS SIERRA NEVADA BREWING COMPANY WITH FIRST ZERO WASTE PLATINUM CERTIFICATION The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) announced today that it’s awarding Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with the platinum zero waste certification plaque for its achievement in successfully diverting 99.8 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. This is the first platinum certification that the USZWBC has given and the highest level possible. USZWBC audited the Zero Waste diversion processes at… Read More »

Event: Laguna Fest 2012

Laguna Fest 2012 Saturday, July 14th – 11am to 11pm Presented by Laguna Farm and Sonoma County Herb Exchange Laguna Farm, 1764 Cooper Rd., Sebastopol, Directions from 116/Cotati or Santa Rosa Reskilling & Homesteading Classes, Demos & Workshops Fiber Arts, Clothing Swap, Upcycling, Dying with Nature, Felting, Knitting, Sewing Tracking & Aquatics, Mushroom Cultivation, Herbalism 101, Composting Fermented Food Making, Cheese Making. Cider Making, Biodynamics, Reclaiming Cannabis No-Permit Legal Outbuildings and Structures, Beekeeping & Bee Gardens, Composting, Beer Making, Pressure Cooking &… Read More »

Spring at OAEC – Plant Sale and Events

Spring Biodiversity Plant Sale and Tours Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, 9 am-5pm, Tours: Saturday – 2pm, Sunday – 10am and 2pm Hundreds of open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties – all California Certified Organic – many started from our own seed collection. All have been trialed, tasted, and savored for years in our demonstration gardens and kitchen. This sale features early Spring crops such as lettuces and greens, peas, brassicas, chards, onions… Read more Summer Biodiversity Plant Sale May 5 & 6… Read More »

Real Meals Delivered!

Need quality meals delivered to your door? My neighbor Louise is somewhat limited in her mobility and no longer likes to cook. For years she has tried numerous meal delivery services. Ruthy’s Real Meals is her favorite by a long shot. She says the food is delicious, well prepared and just the right amount for her needs. Based in Rohnert Park, Ruthy’s specializes in high quality handmade meals with local and organic ingredients. Ruth, a seasoned chef, and her staff… Read More »

Disposable Reading Pleasures, Part I

Paper makes up 17.3% of California’s and 16.3% of Sonoma County’s discard stream. Much of it is single use reading materials – newspapers, magazines and books. We all take this mountain of short-term gratification for granted – but it doesn’t have to be so… mountainous. With a little effort we all can substantially reduce the impact of our reading pleasure – without reading less! Obviously the more readers per copy benefits the environment – but not the publishing industry. If… Read More »