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Time to reTHink How Much Waste We Create

Time to reTHink How Much Waste We Create

This article appeared in the Tribune Star March 6, 2016 A new environmental organization has bloomed in Terre Haute: reTHink is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers education and support to local businesses, organizations and individuals with the goal to reduce the amount of trash hauled to the landfill. The organization is the brainchild of Shikha Bhattacharyya. “We don’t have mandatory recycling in Terre Haute. A lot of places do not recycle. There is a lot of food waste. There is no composting facility in town. Overall the amount of trash that we generate is huge, and we want to…
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City of Evansville Green Community of the Year

City of Evansville Green Community of the Year

In October, the City of Evansville was awarded the Green Community of the Year Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns for the second year in a row. Evansville received the Green Community Award in 2009 and Green Community of the Year – the top award – in 2011 and 2012. The award was based on Evansville’s answers to a 49-question survey. Not only did the city meet the minimum score required to be a Green Community, it also ranked highest among other communities its size. The survey addressed renewable energy, conservation, purchasing and recycling policies, brownfields redevelopment,…
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Family grows into life on the farm

Family grows into life on the farm

By Denny Simmons, Evansville Courier & Press ROCKPORT, Ind. — “I have a rooster named Bob, a hen named Lacy and a hen named Francis,” 11-year-old Maggie Shourds said between chores on her family’s farm. “One of our toms is named Tom and the other one’s named Frank. We name the ones that are our breeders. Because around here, animals that are named do not get eaten.” Glenn and Gail Shourds, Maggie’s parents, started Mulberry Creek CSA three years ago north of Rockport, Ind., in hopes of reintroducing heritage breeds to the area. “Our goal is to be sustainable,” Gail…
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Steckler GrassFed Organic Family Farm

Steckler GrassFed Organic Family Farm

By Katharine McKinney  Steckler Grassfed  is a certified organic farm located in Dale, Indiana. Their primary product is a raw milk cheese made from the milk from their 50 grass-fed Dutch Belted cows. They also raise pastured chickens, turkey, lamb, and pork. Like many organic farmers, Jerry and Marsha Steckler started out using the big agriculture model, growing crops to feed a herd of Holstein.  But after learning about Joel Salatin, a farmer specializing in sustainable, organic agriculture, the Stecklers felt a deep conviction to join in the movement and produce ethically raised animals in a natural environment. They switched their…
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Oaklyn Library Roof is a Prairie

Oaklyn Library Roof is a Prairie

Story and photo by: Aimee Blume EVANSVILLE — Hot evening sun spilled over a riot of wildflowers, insects droned and flocks of goldfinches nibbled on patches of seeding bee balm as librarian Pam Locker and Dr. Chris Hochwender of the University of Evansville walked the paths of the native prairie reconstruction at Oaklyn Branch Library on Oak Hill Road. Hochwender, who specializes in plant-herbivore interactions and teaches Environmental Science, Evolution and Ecology, and Ecology at the University of Evansville, was there to help identify native and invasive plants in the meadow. Master gardener Locker was taking note of species and varieties…
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