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Experiments in Soil and Hope

Experiments in Soil and Hope

-by Nicole Bauman Being a farmer is unpredictable in ordinary times, and only made worse by the erratic weather patterns brought on by global climate change. This spring, one that was colder and wetter than “usual” (whatever that means anymore!), I found myself drawn into what can seem like the unavoidable and existential worries of a farmer, concerned about the endless unknowns that are always outside the farmer’s control. When I rose one spring morning for my daily field walk, I was devastated to see that slugs had wreaked havoc on my tomatillo and tomato plants. Yet another “failure” in…
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Urban Farming in Gary Downtown-Emerson

Urban Farming in Gary Downtown-Emerson

Urban Farming Comes to Downtown-Emerson:  A collaboration of Growing Power, Progressive Community Church, F.A.I.T.H. CDC, the Legacy Foundation, and Gary Downtown-Emerson Spotlight. Working to serve the needs of people in the Gary Downtown-Emerson area experiencing poverty, blight and a lack of fresh, healthy food choices, the urban farming project is just one small part of the revitalization efforts, but it has a huge impact on quality of life. F.A.I.T.H. CDC is made up of members of Progressive Community Church, Agape Ministries, and Saint Monica and Saint Luke Catholic Church, as well as other organizations. Curtis Whittaker of Progressive Community Church…
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Will Notre Dame Answer “Pope’s Challenge for Global Warming?”

Will Notre Dame Answer “Pope’s Challenge for Global Warming?”

Letter to the Editor, by Garrett Blad In a letter to the editor on June 17, 2015, the day before Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change and human ecology, University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins wrote on “The pope’s challenge for global warming.” The letter attempts to calm the political rift that no doubt has been widened from the pope’s words on climate change while highlighting the imperative to act due to the impact on the world’s poor. As President Jenkins remarks, “The pope is out not to declare a side but to challenge the consciences of all…
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A Climate Journey to Paris

A Climate Journey to Paris

When most people plan a trip to Paris, they book a flight in anticipation of seeing the sights, visiting the Louvre, enjoying some pastries, relaxing in a café. Most people are not Garrett Blad. The recent graduate of Notre Dame is riding his BICYCLE. To Paris. With one big goal in mind. He and his friend Morgan are headed to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, this November, an event so important to the future of our planet that it merited a journey of this scale. When John Gibson and I sat down with Garrett this spring to ask…
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JAVIER’S BISTRO

“In Puerto Rico, everything is about love, and so it is with the art of making food. It’s about nurturing it.” So says Javier Mendez, of Javier’s Bistro in South Bend Indiana. His burgers are exceptional, as well as his varied menu, partly because he doesn’t believe in just tossing something in a pan to cook it. His burgers are rubbed with herbs and spices before cooking, and entrees are seasoned and balanced across the food groups. Puerto Rican flavors begin with fresh vegetables and spices, blended to impart that layered flavor that is much more satisfying than adding more…
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