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Food For Thought

Some of you may remember way back to grade school when “greenhouse” meant something entirely different to us. Like, Saran wrap stretched over the top of a bunch of Dixie cups. But, boy things sure have changed.

Now we’re talkin’ trash!

Recently I visited a real “green school” and wished I had this kind fun learning about the environment when I was a kid. Teacher Pauline Roberts of Birmingham Covington School says not only do the students recycle cans, chip packets and juice pouches, but have found a bunch of other creative ways to recycle. Like taking out of date library books and turning them into clocks by adding working parts to the front cover. And, after months of collecting plastic bottle caps for project “Flip Your Lid” – the bottle-cap mural is almost complete! June 6th the last cap gets put into place.

Through the nationwide “Green School Program” points are earned by either activities completed, various projects, recycling, and learnings. After a school reaches 10 points, it can earn a “Green School” status. 15 points gets “Emerald” and 20 or more gives the school an “Evergreen” status.

The students at Birmingham Covington School have earned an Evergreen status by doing things such things as preventing over 400 pairs of shoes entering landfills, and through the “Trash Free Friday” campaign, the kids calculated that a 8000 saved pounds was kept out of the landfill. Now we’re talkin’ trash!

Pauline says “They are beginning to realize that they are agents of change and that one kid can make a difference.”

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How Do You Like Them Apples

Ok. A show of hands who’s found a bug in their food – after taking a bite? Because of that, it’s been years since I’ve been able to stomach brussel sprouts. Luckily the worm was still in one piece.

How do you like them apples.

If you can get past the tomato worms and such, the stuff out of your own garden tastes so much better. But if you don’t have the time or space for that sort of thing – or don’t have a green thumb, your local farmers market is a great place to go for that fresh, home grown yumminess.

Organic fruits and vegetables may not look as pretty, but sure are full of flavor. When you purchase from your local farmers, you’ll know that you’re getting seasonal and tasty fruit and not mealy old apples like the ones from the chain supermarket – where you don’t know where they came from. Or know if they were picked pre-ripened, or if they’re sprayed with chemicals to keep them fresh, or how long they’ve been in transit.

In going to the farmers market not only do you support local growers sustain their business but also help ensure farms for our children in the future. If nothing else, it’s also a great place to get to know neighbors in your community.  So whenever you can, try to get locally grown produce. This way you know where it comes from – and that includes the worm.

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