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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 »

Got Extra Produce? Sonoma and Marin County Gleaners

Farm To Pantry. FTP gleans wherever there is healthy, fresh produce to be harvested in Sonoma County.  You may also drop produce off in Healdsburg, Forestville, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Click here for details. How does it work? Volunteers receive an email from us when there is an opportunity in their area, typically once a week for two to three hours. There is no obligation except to RSVP and to let us know as soon as possible if plans change.… Read More »

Event: Waste Less Food Meet-Up, 5/14/14

Forty Percent of US Food Wasted! $165 Billion Annually; $2,275 Per Family. A 15% reduction in losses in the food supply could feed 25 million Americans annually. – NRDC 2012. Join us for the next Zero Waste Sonoma County (ZWSC) Waste Less Food  Meet-up,  Wednesday, May 14, 6-8pm at the Share Exchange in Santa Rosa. Panelists include: Jude Frates, Sustainability Consultant, Oliver’s Market and Community Market, Tim Page, FEED Sonoma, Annie Sherman, Sonoma County Green Business Program and former Whole… 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 »

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It Movie Review and Much More

The film  Bag It changed my life and watching it will change yours. It takes the plastic issue to another level – even for those of us who have studied it in depth. A well made and funny documentary, it starts with personal bag use it and evolves into a very thorough discussion of the impact of all plastics – in nature, in our lives, in our bodies and in our children’s bodies. At least 50 experts are interviewed. In… Read More »

Laguna Environmental Center Open House

Saturday, July 14th 10am-3pm AND Thursday, July 19th 4-8pm Stone Farm, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd.) Santa Rosa CA 95401 Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a self-guided nature walk or a guide-led tour. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop and art exhibit in Great Blue… Read More »

Got Seeds? Want Seeds?

The West County Community Seed Exchange is a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds. All gardeners with or with out seeds to share are welcome. We hope that many gardeners will commit to grow out and donate back to the seed bank. The West County Seed Bank and Seed Garden is housed at the St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sebastopol and is open to the public monthly for… Read More »

Nominations Please! Sonoma County Environmental Awards 2012

The Sonoma County Conservation Council (SCCC): Here is a chance to pay homage to the Sonoma County environmentalists and environmental programs whose work you most respect. Being nominated is an honor as well as an opportunity for a specific group or issue to receive broader attention. Last year 15 nominations were submitted. Awards were bestowed on John Herrick of the Milo Baker Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society, Jessica Jones of Students for Sustainable Communities and the Conservation Corps North… Read More »