Sunday, September 13, 2009

Shiny Happy Links

The mood amongst green folk has not been all that positive of late. Van Jones was hung out to dry and his green cape couldn't save him. The Climate Change bill is in danger of being bogged down by the "watermelon hypothesis". Huh you say? Fox News say that bill is "green on the outside but communist red to the core." Um, yeah, okay. Totally see that . . . if I am being paid by the oil and gas industries. But whatever! You can't keep a green woman down.

Turns out you can't keep a green superhero down either - or so reports Grist when it enumerates the 5 reasons why the green movement is better off with Van Jones out of the White House.

But that's just the tip of the melting ice berg when it comes to happy thoughts around the Web lately.

Turns out the Great Recession itself has a "Silver Lining": according to Frugal Dad consumer debt is down and down in a big way. Why? People are spending less, wasting less, making do more.

The new frugality doesn't stop there though. People are growing their own food like never before and, per Not Dabbling in Normal, you can save more money than you think with home grown produce. Indeed, fresh fruits and veggies are so valuable some companies are now offering them as part of the benefits package.

Want to grow your own too? Don't forget to entice the pollinators into your garden. Check out this super handy Pollinator Index, via Greening Families, to find out what to plant for the bees and butterflies in your neck of the woods.

There's more happy garden news though. There's hope, real hope, from the Obama administration. According to Grist, it has nothing to do with health care or the climate bill. Nope. It has everything to do with Michelle Obama's vegetable garden . . . and her drive to rebuild our food system. She's so serious about changing the way we eat that there is even talk of a farmers' market at the White House. (Follow these folks on Twitter to learn more about said farmers' market). Michael Pollan likes that kind of talk. Indeed, he thinks that the "American way of eating has become the elephant in the room in the debate over health care. " If you've not read Pollan's new op-ed over at the NY Times, Big Food vs. Big Insurance is plenty interesting - even if Pollan is "soooooo last year's slow foodie."

All this talk of growing our own is making me yearn for a way to spread the word. Oh, I don't know. Something colorful, a little retro and uber cool. Yup, these new American propaganda posters are just the ticket!

Oh yeah. Did I mention that I'm getting chickens?


ruchi said...

Chickens!! Awesome.

JAM said...

I think you will love having the chickens. We have 5, and have had them for 2 years now. I have done a lot of accounting for costs, and also have a bunch of tips for raising them on the cheap - feel free to email me if you have questions, or if you post on the chickens (which of course you will!) I can comment if you'd like. Fall is a great time to get chicks since they don't lay as well over the winter anyway, so you can use the less good laying time to get them up to 20 weeks and then they'll start in the spring. How fun! And great for the kids - it's a nice low-level responsibility type thing - they need to be fed and watered, and scraps brought out and eggs brought in, but nothing has to happen immediately like with a dog!

Farmer's Daughter said...

Love that poster! I may need to borrow it.

Ed's planning a chicken coop for the spring, right around when baby comes. Maybe his or her first Easter will include some newborn chicks!

Until then, my in-laws' heritage breen turkeys have begun to lay eggs here and there, so we'll enjoy those until the turkeys reach their destiny on the Thanksgiving table.

Thank you for an enlightening post. I always try to go for the happy, not the doom and gloom! :)

Beany said...

Yay for chickens!

jimmycrackedcorn said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love your post.

Steph @ Greening Families said...

Thanks for the mention!

We keep considering chickens but have a family of feral cats we TNRed living near by so I don't think that is a possibility currently.

Daisy said...

I'm sure chickens are against our zoning regs. A rooster made the headlines last year for disturbing the peace. I'll just have to keep buying my eggs from someone who lives a little farther from downtown!

Green Fundraising Ideas said...

Someday...after I get caught up with being a Mom and running a business, I dream of becoming a gardener. Just enough to feed me and my family....someday. Great post - just reading it makes me feel relaxed!


Green Bean said...

Ruchi and Beany: I know!! Big smiles here. :)

Jam: I'd totally love your tips for raising them on the cheap! Could you email me at greenbeandreams(AT)gmail(DOT)com or maybe you could do a guest post here on that topic? Glad to hear that it is okay to get them in fall. I was feeling like it was too late in the season but all the stars finally aligned. Please advice away!

Abbie: Glad you liked the post! A girl can only take so much bad news, really!

JimmyCrackedCorn: Thank you!

Steph: I totally get it. I've been debating the chicken thing for two years now. We'll have to see how things go. Just had raccoons dig up the yard last night so we want to make sure it's really predator proof.

Daisy: Oh that is a bummer! You might check. I think Backyard Chickens lists zoning requirements. We live in a super dense fringe of San Francisco and, just last year, our city decided to allow chicken keeping - thanks to a 4th grader in 4H who lobbied the city council.

Jeanne: Thanks for the comment. I totally hear you. My kids are now a little older and I feel like I can handle it but it is all about taking steps that make life enjoyable and now just a mad rush.

kale for sale said...

I love these Sunday posts with all the links! Especially the article about Van Jones at Grist. Many thanks for that one. And congrats on the chickens!

Donna said...

How did I miss this one?!! That's so great that you're going to get chickens. I can't wait to hear how it goes.


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