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This Library is on a Roll!

This Library is on a Roll!

It started with a card table full of books, like these things often do. Just something to sell to raise some money for the Orleans Farmers Market, says Bob Turner. He and his wife Debbie have worked in non-profit for many years and when they realized the market needed some development support they donated their own books and got started. And the donations kept coming in, more used books, more interest in picking out books. So the idea for the mobile library was formed. A church in Louisville gave them a big boost with books leftover from their sale and they’ve…
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Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

(ed. Bluebird Flower Farm is formerly Petals @ the Market) We are learning that flying fresh flowers all around the globe isn’t good for our planet (or frequently our workers) and even flowers grown in hothouses can have a huge carbon footprint. Local flowers that are part of our landscape are a lovely way to brighten your table top sustainably. When we visited the farmer’s market in Orleans last month, we stopped by Bluebird Flower Farm’s stall. Owner Stephanie Todd told us about her idea to make the most of her summer break as a teacher to sell flowers from her…
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White’s Weaving: A new life for old denim

White’s Weaving:  A new life for old denim

Rows and rows of jeans line every used clothing store and donation center in Indiana. The blue jean has become the standard American uniform, in part due to it’s durability and versatility. The average American owns around 7 pairs of jeans and denim represents a $15.4 billion industry, according to The NPD Group/Consumer Tracking Service. In the US, we throw away 12.4 million tons of textiles and footwear every year by EPA estimates; that’s about 68 pounds per household. Only 1.3 million tons are recycled, as rags, paper, insulation, or even building materials. It is encouraging to see efforts to…
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The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead: History Teaches Sustainability Lessons

The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead:  History Teaches Sustainability Lessons

In 2004, Daisy Garton, a long-time resident of Bloomington, donated her property to Bloomington Restoration, Inc. The farmstead, now on the National Register of Historic Places, covers over 11 acres, has two homes, four farm outbuildings, and a thriving organic garden and orchard. In addition to offering volunteers opportunities to understand the needs and participate in the care of an organic garden and orchard, they may assist in the harvesting and processing of maple syrup from the farmstead’s trees. The Queen Anne House The main house, a farmhouse in the Queen Anne style, was built in 1892 and is now…
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Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc.

Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc.

Bloomington residents and businesses are going solar and Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc. is helping them meet their alternative energy goals.  The company has been operating since 2006, and its certifications include: NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners), MREA (Midwest Renewable Energy Association), and SEI (Solar Energy International).  In addition to designing and installing residential and commercial renewable energy systems, it also offers educational energy conservation programs. Solar Systems’ mission is to design and install renewable energy systems that are reliable, safe, high performance and pollution free. They strive to construct code-compliant systems that are safe and long…
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