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SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: Stewardship Made Easy


Here we are, April 11th,  sandwiched between Earth Hour and Earth Day, happy that there are so many local ways for us to be better stewards of our planet, and more involved with where we live.

 
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HOG WILD.  Well, not really wild, but wildish, as wild as it gets in suburban Metro South.   Weir River Farm is part of the Trustees of the Reservations, and benefits from their support.  But really, it's the intensely committed, and super-savvy group of young agro-entrepreneurs at Weir River that make it rock. 

Find sustainable food system workshops for adults,  thoughtful activities and camps for kids, a flourshing CSA {community supported agriculture} program, humane husbandry of heirloom pigs and cattle, model chicken keeping, incredibly productive acreage under organic farming, and even a 4-H program- Weir River is a powerhouse.   

Go here> to find out all the ways you can make Weir River a part of your life.  You'll be better for it.

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HALT THE MAIL.  You hate dealing with junk mail and catalogs anyway, dragging it all to recycling every week.  Stop them at the source, go online and opt out.  It really works! 

Go to CatalogChoice.org here> and sign up to stop the madness. 

MailStop Mobile - Download this app to stop junk mail, oh happy day.

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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Do you know the NSRWA? You should. Adventure camps, fly-fishing, paddling, environmental protection, habitat education, yoga at the river's edge...when it comes to enjoying and preserving the rivers of Metro South, this group has got it all going on.

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is a non-profit grassroots environmental organization created by a handful of river-lovers bound together by an intense devotion to the natural beauty of the area and a strong commitment to protect and preserve.  Don your boots and gloves and go:

Join in the 25th Annual River Clean Up Day
Saturday April 28th from 10 am to 12 noon
Then dry out celebrate at a cookout at the Driftway Conservation Area in Scituate at noon.  Here> for more

 

{Visit The Paint Exchange here> to read about these North Scituate entrepreneurs who take old latex paint, keep it out of the landfill, and re-mix it into fabulous colors for your interiors.  }
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APPS FOR GOODYes, we're app-happy.  They make our lives easier and more interesting {hello!  how much time do you sepnd on Draw Something when you're in the school  pick-up loop?}

Here are 7 earth-friendly apps for iPhone or Android from Jake Swenson in the Staples Sustainability group.  Download and start doing good:

iRecycle- find the nearest location to recycle almost anything
GoodGuide - rates all kinds of products on their earth-friendly quotient.
Light Bulb Finder - recommends energy efficient lighting while your calculating cost/energy savings.
GoDriveGreen - track your car trips - how dirty is your drive?
Onestopgreen - allows for quick energy audit, plus solar, wind and water harvesting potential for your home.
Seafood Watch - helps you select sustainable seafood.
Locavore - find local food options.

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HAPPY HOARDERS. The Hingham Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring, preserving and maintaining exceptional landscapes and natural areas in Hingham for the public.  They're the ones keeping those untouched areas untouched...and sans McMansions. Learn more here>


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SUPPORT. If you've ever kayaked the Weir River Estuary, you know the reason the Weir River Watershed Association was formed.   The nonprofit is committed to promoting awareness and stewardship of the waterway by monitoring the Watershed's condition, maintaining water quality and environment, and educating the community.   How can you help?  Join them in the:

Visit weirriver.org fordetails.

 

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DELIVERED.
It's been uber-agro-chic for sometime to farm one's own produce, raise one's own chickens, and now keep one's own bees.  In fact, Cape Cod has several renown B schools {that's bee school, not in this case, Harvard} that have graduated many a backyard beekeeper.  Betty has her own dreams of a bucolic Vermont farm...

Want the farmstead dream delivered?  Williams Sonoma has just launched "Agrarian" where you can find mobile chicken coops, bee hives, seeds, cheesemaking kits, canning supplies, and raised garden bed kits all under one {digital} roof.

Bust out the gingham apron Ma.  Our farmer ancestors would shake their collective seed-cap wearing heads to see it...

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MEAT. Firing up the grill seems an unlikely way to care, but follow our thinking here. Brown Boar farm is committed to raising happy & hormone free heirloom pigs and cattle in a humane and environmentally friendly way.

Choose from roasts, sausages, and steaks, all butchered to order and flash frozen for transport. Pick them up at Holly Hill. Good and Good for you. Here> for more.


Betty Tip: Now go here> to find a man-happy handful of BBQ recipes from Local Pete Dickason.

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THE ORIGINAL. A hidden gem, Holly Hill is tucked surprisingly {which makes it even more charming} between graceful homes on Jerusalem Road in Cohasset. Committed to both organic farming and education, Holly Hill hosts workshops, camps, and the most sought after organic plant sale in Eastern MA.
Go here> for more.

Want a hint of the goings-on coming-up?
-Growing Flowers for Dried Wreaths & Arrangements workshop Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to noon
-April Vacation kids programming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday April 17-19 from 10 am to noon
-Raising Backyard Chickens workshop April 21st from 10 am to noon
-Sketching Nature with Clare Walker Leslie Saturday April 28 from 10 am to noon