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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAM. WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. YOU CAN STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY

GREEN TIPIf you want to do one simple thing on Earth Day that will have a positive long-term impact on the planet, become a member of a food co-op.  

Treehuggers... in every sense of the word

Food co-op members live lightly on the planet every day.  Most food co-ops offer many items in bulk bins, so you can buy exactly as much as you need, reducing food waste.  Bulk buying also allows you to reuse your own storage containers.  This reduces the packaging cost to producers, creating a cost savings that can be passed on to members, and minimizes the amount of packing materials entering the waste stream.

Food co-ops feature food grown locally, which means less energy is spent getting the food from the field to your plate and means you are getting fresh food picked at the peak of ripeness.  They feature seasonal and local food from farmers using sustainable agriculture methods, which means the air, water and land surrounding our community is clean and healthy.  Though “local” has popped up in conventional grocery stores in recent years, retail food co-ops are leaps and bounds ahead of the pack. Where conventional grocers work with an average of 65 local farmers and food producers, food co-ops work with an average of 157. Likewise, locally sourced products make up an average of 20 percent of co-op sales compared to 6 percent at conventional stores.

Years after creating the market for organic foods, co-ops are still the place to find them. Of produce sales at food co-ops, 82 percent are organic, compared to 12 percent for conventional grocers. And, organics make up 48 percent of grocery sales in food co-ops, compared to just 2 percent in conventional stores.

If you only have time to do one thing to celebrate Earth Day, take two minutes and become a member of the Prairie Roots Food Co-opnew Prairie Roots Food Co-op.

  • In honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, the first 44 new members on April 22, 2014 will get a free burlap co-op tote bag
  • All new members in April will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards
  • You can sign up online at http://prairie-roots.coop/ or visit with Prairie Roots volunteers on Earth Day at MSUM’s Sustainable Lunch from 11 AM – 1 PM outside Hagen Hall
  • Or at the Fargo Theater before and after Adam Rome’s lecture about the history of Earth Day at 7:30 PM
  • Prairie Roots will also be hosting a reception at Ecce Art Gallery from 3 – 7:30 PM where you can take a whirl at grinding your own breakfast with our people-powered grain grinder, register to win a free gift bag full of products from Prairie Roots Online Market, and learn more about the new food co-op coming to our community.

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food.  The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public.  Their weekly online market provides over 250 local products from 15 area farmers.  Prairie Roots needs 200 more members to reach their initial membership target in July and stay on schedule to open a retail food co-op in 2015.  More information at http://prairie-roots.coop/.

Source: Kaye Kirsch from Prairie Root Food Cooperative

For information about what is happening for Earth Day and Earth Week all around the Fargo Moorhead area, visit Valley Earth Resource at http://valleyearthresource.org/.

Instead of a web pick of the week, this week My Green Side is having a GIVEAWAY.My Green Side Giveaway

One listener during the Simple Tips for Green Living radio segment (today only, April 22nd, 2014) on The Christopher Gabriel Program will be chosen at random to win a gift package with includes two Early Bird tickets to the upcoming Eco Chic’s Junk Market, a burlap Prairie Roots Food Co-op reusable bag and a sample pack of The Honey Bee Soap Company’s amazing soap.

The Christopher Gabriel Program is a live radio show that airs from 11am to 2pm (central) every Monday through Friday.

  • Listen online at http://www.wday.com/pages/AM970Radio. Click on “Click Here to Listen Live.”
  • Listen on your radio in Fargo Moorhead and the surrounding areas at AM 970 WDAY.
  • Listen via your WDAY radio app. Free for iPhone and Droid platforms at your App Store.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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Check out this awesome Earth Day infograph from http://www.kars4kids.org/.

Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program “Responsible vehicle recycling for future generations.

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Back in 2009, I interviewed Brandon McEachern for My Green Side. Brandon is one of the creative minds behind Broccoli City Fest 2013Broccoli City, a Los Angeles-based organic lifestyle brand that promotes positive thinking and living, particularly about the Green Movement.

Brandon’s latest endeavor is partnering Broccoli City with Dreaming Out Loud and Earth Day Network to host the Broccoli City Festival (#BCFest), “an Earth Day celebration that is a vehicle whose main objective is to bring awareness of about healthy living and sustainability to the urban community by highlighting brands that seek to reduce their impact and to celebrate Mother Earth through music, the Universal connector.”

Here’s the info:

Broccoli City Organic Lifestyle Presents the First-Ever Broccoli City Fest 2013

On Sunday, April 21, 2013, Broccoli City Organic Lifestyle, along with Earth Day Network, Sierra Club, Dreaming Out Loud, District Department of the Environment, Green for All and Sweat Everyday, will host the first-ever Broccoli City Fest 2013 (BC Fest). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an estimated 23.5 million Americans, living in urban communities experience physical and economic barriers to accessing fresh, healthy and affordable produce and food options. The BC Fest will help increase awareness about these issues and provide information and access to solutions.

As the inaugural urban Earth Day celebration taking place at the DC Fairgrounds, BC Fest promises to become the premiere annual event showcasing cool, sustainable lifestyle choices for residents of the Washington, D.C. metro area. This fun-filled event, hosted by Va$htie and Rock Creek Social Club, will feature:

  • Live performances by locally and nationally recognized Hip Hop, EDM, Alternative Bands, including headliners Big Krit, JMSN, and Tittsworth
  • Nutritional food demonstrations and vendors, including DC’s top healthy food trucks
  • Group Yoga and Fitness instruction (Hip Hop, Vinyasa, Power and Restorative Yoga)
  • Oversized games including Twister, Jenga, Checkers, etc.
  • Nutrition and environmental education provided by local organizations
  • Onsite acupuncture and massage wellness center
  • Pop-up marketplace with environmentally conscious vendors and shops
  • Live art from notable street artists
  • Sneaker recycling center by Suite Nation
  • Craft Beer & Spirits available, featuring USDA organic juices for adults 21+

Ideally located across from Nationals Stadium and Navy Yard Metro, DC Fairground is an innovative, open-air, mixed-use entertainment destination, which will also house Broccoli City Park, an area welcoming guests to lounge on grass and benches.

BC Fest will commence from noon to 8 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets will grant access to all areas of the festival and can be purchased in advance at a discounted price for a limited time only.

For more information, please visit www.BCfestival.com.

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Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1220pm (central) every Tuesday at WDAY.com or, if you’re in North Dakota or western Minnesota, listen on your radio at AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: April 22nd, Earth Day, is fast approaching. This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day and include your new green habits all year long.

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, brought together millions of people from all walks of life who were concerned about the environment and they wanted our government to pay attention. The idea was the inspiration of a Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson.

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”  ~Gaylord Nelson

For more on the origins of Earth Day, read “Earth Day: How It All Began.”

Some ways you could celebrate Earth Day this year:

  • Plant a tree in your yard. Make it a fun family activity for Earth Day. Not only will it look beautiful in your yard but planting trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants and animals. Or plant two trees… National Arbor Day is April 27th.
  • Start composting. For more information, read Green Tip – Composting 101. Locally, the City of Fargo has a wonderful compost bin you can purchase at a reasonable cost. For more information call 701-241-1449.
  • Start recycling. Find out what you can recycle though your local recycling program. Here’s an excellent article about recycling and how to get started: Project Recycling by Amanda Peterson. To quote Amanda, “It’s all about being aware of what you consume and finding ways to minimize the waste left behind”.
  • Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization, school or church, remember to contact the organization before you start planting. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.
  • Go on a nature hike. Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
  • Clean up litter around your neighborhood, at a local park or school. Litter detracts from the beauty of nature and can be dangerous to people and animals.
  • Cook a special Earth Day meal using whole, organic and non-processed foods. Invite friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal.
  • Attend an Earth Day event. Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids. Pick a place close to you, events can be seen at www.earthday.org.

Local events in the Fargo Moorhead area:

Mindful Living Gathering on Thursday, April 19th from 6pm to 730pm. In honor of Earth Week, Carrie Brusven, a business and home eco-consultant in Fargo, and Laura Caroon, Frozen Music Studios Photography and Midwest Junk, will host a workshop design to teach you more about environmental health and toxins. The workshop will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Moorhead.

Prairie Roots Food Co-op is fast becoming a reality. The Board of Directors and Volunteers of Prairie Roots Food Cooperative are hosting a Founding Membership Drive on Friday, April 20th, 7:00 PM at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave SW, Moorhead, MN. There are only a few (FREE) tickets left so hurry over to http://prairie-roots-co-op.eventbrite.com/ and reserve one for yourself. This is your chance to learn more about the co-op, meet their Board of Directors and become a Founding Member of Prairie Roots Food Cooperative! They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prairieroots/events. Prairie Roots will also be at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead on Saturday April 21 from 12 – 4. Stop by if you want to hear more or become a member.

F/M Food Not Lawns has their first official meeting on April 22, 2012 from 3pm to 5pm at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo. Do not miss this opportunity to meet action oriented gardeners in our community, share ideas and knowledge and discuss possible future projects.

Here’s a wonderful video about the Food Not Lawns movement:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqcPM6k2b4g&feature=player_embedded

For more information, visit F/M Food Not Lawns at http://fmfoodnotlawns.blogspot.com.

Remember you don’t have to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, you can celebrate Earth Day each and every day of the year.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

Food Not Lawns

Food Not Lawns was founded in Eugene, Oregon in 1999 and today is a global community of gardeners working together to grow and share food, seeds and knowledge. Visit their site to discover how to participate.

 

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by Wendy Gabriel

I’m more than a little irritated by all the Earth Day consumerism going on. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day which was started as the first nationwide environmental protest. Peddling “green” and “eco” items at a reduced price during Earth Week is not the point of this day/week.

Meet the founder of Earth Day – Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson was a leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation and social injustice in the twentieth century.

As a Wisconsin senator, Nelson contributed to important liberal reforms but struggled for years to interest his colleagues in environmental protections. So he turned instead to the people, proposing April 22, 1970 as a day for Americans to speak out about the environmental crises they faced. Earth Day’s massive public support forced politicians to see the severity of the problems and the extent of public concern. The first Earth Day galvanized Congress into creating some of the most important U.S. environmental legislation. Gaylord Nelson earned environmentalism a lasting place in national politics.

An estimated 20 million Americans, young and old, gathered on April 22, 1970 to confront the ecological troubles in their cities, states, nation, and planet—and to demand action from themselves and from their elected officials.

Education was always at the heart of Gaylord Nelson’s work. He knew early on the success of environmental movement would depend not primarily on budgets or regulations, but on “a new awareness of the ecological bonds between man and his environment.”

In the years following the first Earth Day he strove to make its anniversary an annual celebration of ecological education in schools. Thousands of educators shared Nelson’s goal of bolstering environmental literacy. In 1970, the University of Wisconsin founded its Institute for Environmental Studies—today bearing Nelson’s name—and in 1985 the state legislature made Wisconsin the first state to require environmental education in its elementary and high schools.

Source: Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

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by Wendy Gabriel 

Earth Day is fast approaching. Do you know what you’ll be doing to mark Earth Day’s 40th year? How about a trip? I just found out about a really cool contest from a really cool guy name Nathan Winters. If you’re on Twitter run, don’t walk, to sign up for some great prizes including a chance to win a trip for two to the Earth Day Celebration in Washington, DC Saturday, April 24 – Monday, April 26th, 2010. If you’re not on Twitter, wouldn’t it be worth it to sign up? 

Here are the details from Create the Good:  

Tweet for a chance to Win!

Tweet about ways to Go Green for a chance to win a trip for two to the Earth Day Celebration in Washington, DC Saturday, April 24 – Monday, April 26th.  

Grand Prize

The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Earth Day on the National Mall Saturday, April 24th – Monday, April 26th 2010 including:

  • Round trip flights for winner + guest. Flight will arrive in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 24th and return on Monday, April 26th.
  • 2 Night Hotel Stay (1 Room, Double Occupancy).
  • Earth Day gift bag, courtesy of Earth Day Network including:
  • 2 tee shirts & 2 VIP passes to Earth Day events on Sunday, April 25th, 2010.
  • $25 Metro Card

Once confirmed, the winner will be announced publicly on Twitter and createthegood.org. The winner may also be asked to share his/her Earth Day experience (optional) for post sweepstakes promotion.  

How to Enter

  • Follow @createthegood.
  • Tweet to @createthegood. Include to the #gogreen hashtag and use the remaining characters to share inspiring stories about people who are making a positive impact on our environment, or ways to “go green” in 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days.
    • Submit as many tweets as you’d like throughout the sweepstakes period, but only one Sweepstakes entry per Twitter account will be submitted for the random drawing. Retweets are a valid means of entering the sweepstakes, providing that they meet all of the above eligibility criteria.
    • Please note: You cannot send direct messages to @createthegood as a sweepstakes entry. Direct messages will not be counted as valid entry into the sweepstakes.
    • You can find Sample Tweets at Create the Good.
To participate you must comply with the Official Rules. Go to Create the Good for all the information!

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