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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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Chickens in the City

Chickens in the City

As Americans become more disconnected from the farm, we lose our understanding of where our food comes from. Eating locally and naturally has countless health benefits. To combat the growing epidemic, Champaign, Ill., is in the process of adopting an ordinance that will allow residents to have backyard chickens. Across the state line in Terre Haute, having chickens in an area, unless zoned agricultural, is illegal. “If a property owner has chickens in the city limits and the property is not properly zoned, the Building Inspection Department typically gives the owner a warning to remove the chickens within a certain…
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Where is your bag?

Where is your bag?

On my drive to and from work, or on a walk downtown, I can always find a plastic bag caught in something, whether it is a tree, shrub or being suppressed by landscaping mulch. The average person uses more than 500 plastic bags per year, yet only 11 percent of them are recycled. The City of Santa Barbara, Calif., has been aggressively fighting the use of plastic bags since 2007 by asking residents, “Where is your bag?” California resident Kathi King has been leading the charge in Santa Barbara in reducing single-use plastic bag consumption. The goal of the campaign…
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Local Grocery Stores Working to Reduce Plastic Footprint

Local Grocery Stores Working to Reduce Plastic Footprint

Since 2010, Baesler’s Market has been offering a 5 cent discount for each reusable bag a customer uses during a transaction. In an effort to attract more customers to take advantage of their incentive, the store has posted a sign at the entrance displaying the number of plastic bags they have diverted from landfills. “We are making an effort along with our customers to try and minimize our footprint and be more environmentally conscious,” Baesler’s Assistant Manager Casey Baesler said. When Baesler added up the data to get the inaugural number of 173,372, he was shocked at how high the number…
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Recipe For A Healthy Community

Recipe For A Healthy Community

By Maya Parson Photography By Peter Metzger Monroe Park Co-op in South Bend Volunteers at Our Lady of the Road (744 S. Main St., South Bend) – a drop-in center for the homeless and others down-on-their-luck – follow this “recipe” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, serving 100 to 150 guests fresh local food at each meal. Our Lady also houses a food cooperative, the Monroe Park Grocery Coop, selling everything from local organic greens and handmade nut butters to Amish eggs and baked goods at reduced cost – all part of building a healthier community, one hungry belly at a…
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