Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour is 8:30 tonight!

Tonight Saturday March 28th, you can vote Earth by switching off your lights for one hour - EARTH HOUR. We are turning off our breaker box at 8:30 tonight in support of Earth Hour. We will cast our vote for cleaner energy. I plan on a candle lit game of cribbage or maybe reading a book by the fire. Earth hour is an important opportunity for the future.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Local products from Robinhood Free Meetinghouse

I was excited to find another local product while looking in the freezer section local health food store. Robinhood Free Meetinghouse is now making it's biscuits in a local factory and stocking them in our markets.

Created by Chef Michael Gagne, Gagne Foods is a family-owned company located in coastal Bath, Maine which offers the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse Layered Cream Cheese Biscuits and Cinnamon Rolls. Products from Gagné Foods are now being offered by over 500 major markets and specialty food stores from coast to coast.

What inspired me the most, is that these yummy cream cheese biscuits are made in the area we are trying to move to. We are trying to return to our roots in Bath which is where the factory is. The restaurant is actually in Georgetown, and although it is on the far end of our search radius, how cool would it be to live in a town called Robinhood!?

Please keep an eye out for these products in a freezer section near you!

Support your local economy and join a CSA!

Last week, when I had a few minutes to myself, I stopped into the lovely Beth's Cafe for a bite to eat. I highly recommend a trip to Beth's to help support our local economy. But I am not alone in this recommendation, as she was recently in an article in the New York Times! While enjoying my yummy chicken salad on sour dough with cranberries, I saw on the wall a poster for a local farm called Alma Farm that offered Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

Community Supported Agriculture, aka CSA, is a great way to support your local farmers and growers. CSA is a group of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. More information about CSA can be found at Local Harvest.

I am very excited to peruse their CSA application and become a share holder. We are particularly interested in the meats we may be able to restock our freezer with.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Snowshoe anyone?

Get out and get active! Snowshoeing is one of my favorite forms of exercise and it is eco-friendly because it has zero impact. I found this website and am so excited about it!
Tubbs Trailnet