If you have ever stopped over and checked out Lynn S' blog and site The New Home Maker, you know that she publishes a wealth of information about various subjects that effect you, your family, home and community. Just in case you haven't yet visited Lynn S, she has a post up about her apple tree, and it's unfortunate demise. In it she talks about two projects that she is involved in doing. City Riparian is a great urban project that I thought some of you might be interested in looking into. From their site "City Repair was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1996 by citizen activists who wanted a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. Born out of a successful grassroots neighborhood initiative that converted a residential street intersection into a neighborhood public square, City Repair began its work with the idea that localization (of culture, of economy, of decision-making) is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture." If your interested, you can look here to find out if they have a group in your area.
Green Mountain permaculture is a great resource to help your create the perfect balance in your food forest. They will teach you how to plant items that will be beneficial to each other. Natural pest control, natural weed control.
Here are some of my own links to help you along the way.
Do you know where to get the best organically grown food in your area, or where the farmer’s markets are? If not check out Local Harvest. Simply put your zip code in, and they will tell you what and where the farms/farmers market are. The USDA also has a national directory to help you find the farmers markets in your state.
Food News has a pocket guide to fruits and vegetables. Keep this list handy when you go shopping to help you avoid the worst pesticide offenders.
Need a co-op? Coop Directory Service: Find A Natural Food Coop Near You is another online resource to help you along your way.
On to the apples;
No apple update today. My father arrived yesterday, and I had little time to do much. Today is another story.
If you have any links that can help simplify the frugal or natural way of life, please share.