Hard to Go Green

31 08 2009

I’m not usually a trendy person.  The whole idea of “going green” would have been laughable to me a few years ago.  I’m still not very good at it.  Convenience and cost are still more important to me.  I was laughing yesterday when J and I pulled our groceries out of her SUV.  We always bring reusable shopping bags to the store….so we’re good that way.  The funny thing about the whole scene was J was carrying the reusable shopping bags and I was carrying a case of bottled water.  They kind of cancelled each other out. 

A few days ago, I was reading Forest Street KitchenImagineAnnie has a long, detailed post about the struggles of trying to live green for someone who really wants to.  I, on the other hand, am selfish. 

Times are tough.  I haven’t had a full time job since moving to Michigan, but J and I still do pretty well for ourselves.  We’re smart shoppers and unfortunately, that means not buying local, organic food from farmer’s markets.  I feel bad about it, but I don’t feel bad about saving the money.

I would encourage you all to check out the post “It’s Not Easy, Being Green.”   It’s a very interesting, well thought out post about how hard it is to actually live a green lifestyle.

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Learn To Can Your Own Salsa

31 08 2009

I’ve tried making my own salsa a few times and it’s never come out very good.  Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but this workshop being put on by The Garden Project sounds like a good idea.  From a Greater Lansing Food Bank press release…

Learn How to Can Your Own Salsa 

August 31, 2009—The Garden Project, a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, welcomes you to learn how to make and can your own homemade salsa at our hands-on SalsaFest workshop. Topics covered include proper preparation and an overview of the canning process. Space is limited—call The Garden Project at (517) 887-4660 to sign up. SalsaFest 2009 is this Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Garden Project Resource Center. Call for more info.

 





Michigan’s Blueberry Crop May Be In Danger

31 08 2009

This sucks.  Michigan produces more blueberries than any other state by quite a large margin.  Story via Mlive.com

The bloom could be off Michigan’s $124 million per year blueberry industry after two destructive viruses infected bushes in three locations.

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So far, there’s no sign of the diseases spread beyond those three spots, but the Michigan Department of Agriculture says the risk to the state’s 19,000 acres of blueberries remains.

Michigan is the nation’s No. 1 producer of blueberries, with 110 million pounds harvested last year. New Jersey was second at 42 million pounds. Nationwide, production totaled 407 million pounds.

Hopefully it didn’t spread.