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The Long Walk

The Long Walk

Talk is cheap.  Walking the walk is much harder.  Brad Morton has been walking the walk on solar energy as long as anybody in the state.  In fact, Morton Solar is one of the three oldest solar energy companies in Indiana and has completed more projects than any other in the state.  Brad grew up in Indiana coal country and witnessed firsthand the health and environmental consequences of coal.  He later went on to obtain degrees in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and also holds master electrician licenses in three states.  With all of these degrees and certifications, it would…
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Home Arts

Home Arts

Climate solutions come in all sizes from colossal wind and solar installations to a house on the corner of a quiet street in North Manchester where Foy Spicer, her husband, Jim, and 2 year old daughter, June, are making it work. “I am convinced that the best food is home grown and that nourishing eats can be enjoyed on a tiny budget” says Foy.  It probably helps that Foy is an educated horticulturist but far beyond the  degree is her dedication to a simple, healthy, and affordable lifestyle. It all starts with a plan.  The family dining table becomes a…
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Hawkins Family Farm and Hope CSA

Hawkins Family Farm and Hope CSA

Just a few miles SE of North Manchester in Wabash County is a 99 acre family farm that combines three major features of climate readiness: Food Security, Green Jobs and Cohesive Community. Jeff and Kathy Hawkins and their son, Zachary, are the principal farmers.  Zach has just returned to his farm roots after exploring the wider world.  With the help of occasional volunteers and clergy interns, the Hawkins family grows lots of veggies “naturally” without chemicals or artificial fertilizers while raising free-range beef, pork, chickens and turkeys in an interdependent circle of soil nurture and nutritious food.  Beyond providing for…
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Rural Converse church harnesses wind to generate electricity

Richland Chapel Location:  5048 N 900 W 27 Converse, IN 46919-9380 Daniel R. Gangler (view original posting ) CONVERSE, Ind. – When the wind blows hard across the open spaces of central Indiana, roof shingles fly, backyard sheds blow into nearby fields and in the winter months, water pipes freeze and burst open.“We ought to make use of that wind,” thought George Kilmer. He’s a member of Richland Chapel United Methodist Church northeast of Converse, Ind., in the middle of the state where the land is flat and the wind blows constantly. The dream of harnessing that wind to drive an…
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Lone Balsam Farm, A Homestead Climate Solution

Lone Balsam Farm, A Homestead Climate Solution

Alongside a beautiful country road in Howard County, Rod and Janet Glover have turned 1.7 acres into a permaculture heaven surrounded by a canopy of grand old-growth trees.  It has taken time and persistent effort but with their “just go ahead and do it” philosophy of life they have achieved a remarkable demonstration of living lightly on the land and in sync with the wisdom of nature. The half acre organic, raised bed garden provides food for the table and for the animals (rabbits, turkeys and chickens) which in turn provide fertilizer for the garden.  Bee hives provide honey for…
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