All Posts Tagged With: "organic"

Skyline Drive: Shenandoah Valley

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Driving along the Blue Ridge Mountains can be an excellent day trip with a breath taking view of the Shenandoah Valley . There’s loads of camping and hiking too!. The perfect weekend get away. Skyland Resort and other lodges have made considerable effort in implementing green practices through PlanetEVERgreen , the official environmental “greening” program of ARAMARK. Thirty rooms at Big Meadows Lodge were renovated utilizing all beetle-kill lumber. No new growth harvest trees were used. Other efforts have been providing local food in the dinning rooms, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, offering products made with recycled materials in their gift shops, and reducing waste by recycling and converting to products with less packaging.

Maryland Online Farmers Market

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Maryland Online Farmers Market

is where you can buy, sell and trade locally grown food. Their website has a list of members that are able to post what they’re selling and how to connect. You’ll be able to find everything from eggs to okra.

One Straw Farm

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One Straw Farm is the largest organic vegetable farm in Maryland and has been in operation since 1985. Located in White Hall of I-83 and a pit stop away from Heathcote Community in Freeland. The farm supplies families, restaurants and wholesalers with a seasonal collection of certified organic produce. You can receive produce individually through a member fee or visit over 30 different markets, grocers and restaurants in the Baltimore area including Mill Valley Garden Center and the Waverly Farmers Market. The farm has 750 members all of which are within a 50 mile radius. Their website has a helpful harvest chart which lists when and what produce will be available. There’s a great article in Baltimore Eats, November 2008 Vol 3-#11, about how Drew and Joan Norman got One Straw started.

Beyond Pesticides

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Beyond Pesticides was formed in 1981 (formerly the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) as a nonprofit membership organization to help keep local, state, and national pesticide policy responsive to public health and environmental concerns. With the overarching goal of leading the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides, the organization seeks to effect change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information on safer alternatives. Their website features daily news, various fact sheets, and information on a number of issues, as well as membership.

“Tool Box for Sustainable Living City”

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It’s the title of a new book by Rhizome Collective members Stacy Pettigrew and Scott Kellogg. I was fortunate to hear Scott speak last night about this excellent city living users guide to a more holistic life. The talk began as I sat on a couch watching the sun go down though the brilliantly lit stain glass windows of the St. John’s church.

The book, as Scott describes highlights proactive uses for basic humans needs; how to pasteurize your own water because who needs all that added chorine from the water treatment plant. There are plants that can be easily grown in your small cement padded backyard, for example duckweed that has, as Scott mentions has, “more protein and nutrients then some meats.” After the talk Red Emma’s hosted a reception complete with yummy vegetarian bean and corn dishes!

Mill Valley Center and Farmers Market

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Located right next to the Route 83 exit with Baltimores emphamis crocodile mural, the Mill Valley Center offers only locally grown produce from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area and garden supplies sourced from the U.S. You can also find fair-trade coffee, plants from local nurseries in addition to a host of other environmentally conscious small businesses.

Eco-Green Living

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Eco-Green Living , located on NW Church Street in Washington, D.C., is an ideal stop for anyone looking to be a bit more green-minded in their home or personal purchases, offering a wide range of products from bamboo flooring to organic bedding to fair trade chocolate. They feature products from multiple lines of green vendors, like natural light systems from Solatube , tankless and solar water heaters from Rheem , and body products from Perfect Organics .