Folks in the East Bay are busy and even though they want to eat organic
and local, may not have time to stop at a Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) farm or Farmers' Market for their weekly purchase of
fruits and vegetables. What's the solution? Direct delivery
of affordable CSA farm products to drop-off points in your neighborhood!… Continue
Added by Carol Rossi on June 3, 2010 at 9:38am —
Patrice Hanlon has a gardener's dream job: Garden Manager of The Gardens at Heather Farm
(GHF) in Walnut Creek. Before you swoon with envy, realize she is the only paid gardener on site with responsibility for 3.5 acres of developed land containing 24 demonstration gardens and learning sites.
That's a lot of digging, planting, and weeding! Of course Patrice has help: a large group of volunteers who propagate plants and work… Continue
Added by Carol Rossi on June 3, 2010 at 9:30am —
, the affiliate of Ecology Action
, has announced its 4th annual Edible Landscaping Tour
for Saturday, July 24th, 2010 from 11am - 4pm. Participants on the self-guided tour will visit ten beautiful gardens with edible, organic landscapes plus tour the Common… Continue
Added by Carol Rossi on June 3, 2010 at 9:30am —
Their name may be Mud, but East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)
has created a beautiful and informative reference for gardeners tending
their beds in the hills and flats of the East Bay's climate-diverse
communities. The book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region
should be the "bible" on the shelf of every gardener who wants a lush,
eye-pleasing garden without compromising his or her commitment… Continue
Added by Carol Rossi on June 2, 2010 at 3:36pm —
is a fantastic online resource for all things organic, not just for
East Bay folks, but for organic food fans across the country! The
Local Harvest virtual store offers 7,954 products
family farmers who focus on selling fresh organic products direct to
their local communities or via mail order to the far flung… Continue
Added by Carol Rossi on June 2, 2010 at 3:34pm —
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for people interested in "eating local
to buy fresh, seasonal food direct from a farmer in their area.
Typically the farmer sells a fixed number of "shares" to members of the
community who "subscribe" in the program. Shareholders are then
entitled to a box of fruit, vegetables, or other farm products each
week throughout the growing season. The boxes are picked up at the
farm so you… Continue
Added by Carol Rossi on June 2, 2010 at 3:33pm —
Think of aluminum foil on the underside of your roof. Yes, aluminum radiant barriers are the unsung hero of energy savings. In new homes or remodels you put it on the roof sheathing (underlayment) before the roofing material goes on. There are also ways to retrofit your existing roof. Here are some interesting facts first.
- Install as sheet or laminate to OSB decking (OSB is Oriented Strand Board-now used instead of plywood in many cases)
- Blocks 90%+ of roof deck radiant…
Added by Nelda H Braver on May 24, 2010 at 10:54am —
You can think of insulation is a warm and cozy jacket for your home. Why insulate your home? Of course it saves on your energy bill but how?
- It slows conductive heat
- It stops convective heat and currents in the air of your home
- It reduces radiant heat
- It reduces noise
- It must be perfectly installed. If not you have massive losses in its value.
So what kind of insulation is best and how "green" is it?
Here are a few things to… Continue
Added by Nelda H Braver on May 20, 2010 at 9:17am —
Why choose ORGANIC mattresses and bedding?… Continue
Added by daliya robson on May 10, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Formaldehyde and your lack of well being,… Continue
Added by daliya robson on May 10, 2010 at 1:51pm —
New Carpeting and dangerous chemical fumes.
Adhesives 4-PC (4-phenylcyclohexene) and many chemicals such as Styrene come from SB latex backing and create the fumes associated with regular new carpets. These… Continue
Added by daliya robson on May 10, 2010 at 1:45pm —
Sun -screen and other toxic chemicals
What's in sun tan lotions, sun-screen ,hair spray and other cosmetics used before coming to the swimming pool. There should be a debate if these chemicals should be allowed at all in our swimming water or in
the air we breathe. It would be a great consideration if we could have a
chemical free zone at the pool
PERFUMED PRODUCTS ARE AFFECTING… Continue
Added by daliya robson on May 10, 2010 at 1:42pm —
GREENING OUR COMMUNITY WOULD IMPROVE OUR ASHMA MIGRAINES FATIGUE AND ADDVerdana"">. REMINDERS OF HEALTH RISKS FROM FRAGRANCES
Consider checking your health symptoms and consider how you would be without these… Continue
Added by daliya robson on May 10, 2010 at 1:37pm —
Please share this information in schools and in kindergardents and at work as kids and parents are both less effectve while using toxic fragranced products in clothing and as personal cosmetics .
FRAGRANCE FREE CHEMICAL FREE FUME FREE DRYER SHEETS WOULD HELP US BREATHE…
Added by daliya robson on May 10, 2010 at 1:32pm —
San Ramon Valley High School has brought back to life an atrium in the administration building and has a plan to build a green house and gardens on the campus. We are in need of some hand tools. If you have some hand tools laying around that you are not using and are willing to donate them to the high school, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific tools we… Continue
Added by Andrew Gardner on May 7, 2010 at 1:11pm —
Everyone wants to "Go Solar". Before you go solar you need to seal up the leaks in your home and have healthy, controlled air coming into your home not leaking from a dusty attic or moist crawl space. Going solar without fixing the leaks is like having a hole in your gas tank and saying, "Oh I guess I will fill the gas tank with bio-fuel". You are still leaking gas.
Where is air leaking?
31% - Floors, walls and ceiling
15% - Ducts
14% - Fireplace
13% -… Continue
Added by Nelda H Braver on May 4, 2010 at 2:05pm —
The aphids and (their many relatives) are busy at this time of year, as our roses and other blossoms begin to emerge. This Thursday, I will release 5,000 lacewing larva – the babies are insect eating machines – and the lacewing is one of those amazing ‘good guys’ for our gardens (along with the Soldier bug, Lady bug, Predatory wasps...). We also must understand that aphids are food for these beneficial insects - so we DO NOT want to use… Continue
Added by Jae Koenig on April 21, 2010 at 12:06pm —
I nudged through a debris pile in my garden. It contained begonia rootballs that I had pulled from a site after the last hard frost. Observing the new leaves on what had appeared completely dead plant matter was another opportunity for learning - begonias are toughies. As I unearthed the begonias… Continue
Added by Jae Koenig on April 21, 2010 at 12:00pm —
As I am in charge of all things environmental for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, I found that one of the best ways to communicate was with a blog. Since I already host and maintain that system, I feel that a link from here will be better for me as I try to update that system with interesting news and information every day. I also maintain a forum within that blog specifically for programs and mechanisms to aid the school district with environmentally beneficial… Continue
Added by Brad Hunter on March 27, 2010 at 4:09pm —