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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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Ditzler Orchard

Ditzler Orchard in Rosedale (8902 S 625 W) sits on the top of a hill off a half-paved, half-white-rock road. The orchard reminds me of fond memories from my childhood. Growing up in New England, it was a fall tradition for my aunt and uncle to take me and my sisters apple picking. As a child, the trees seemed so tall. My aunt and uncle, six feet tall or greater, would hoist me up or put me on their shoulders. I would reach high up into the tree and grab apples and pass them down below to be put in…
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Greener Scenes Aquaponics

Greener Scenes Aquaponics

A ride at Disney World has put one Terre Haute father on a mission to secure our food supply here in the Wabash Valley, by using aquaponics. The Living with the Land ride at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., educates guests about the future of food production. The slow-moving ride caters to pre- and grade-schoolers, but Mat Pollom, 38, exited the ride wanting to know more. At the conclusion of his family’s Disney stay in 2007, he went back for more, this time backstage. Still, Mat had so much curiosity bursting through his brain he convinced his family to take…
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Garden on the Go® Brings Fresh Produce to At Risk Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Garden on the Go® Brings Fresh Produce to At Risk Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Garden on the Go® is a non-profit program that launched in May of 2011 from an Indiana University Health initiative to help combat obesity in the state of Indiana by providing at risk residents in Indianapolis communities the opportunity to have accessible and affordable access to purchase fresh, healthy foods. The Garden on the Go® mobile produce truck makes regular stops at four to five different locations a day, five days a week, stopping for approximately 45 minutes at each location. Anyone is welcome to shop at the Garden on the Go® pop-up produce markets, which include sites such as…
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When The Wind Stops Blowing

When The Wind Stops Blowing

Renewable energy generated from wind and solar sources does not produce CO2, so it does not  contribute to climate change.  But what happens when the wind stops blowing or the Sun is not shining?  Electric generating utilities can manage the predictable ups and downs from renewable energy sources, but rapid and unexpected changes cause major problems. Electricity grids require a continuous balance between energy supply and demand. Renewable generation, such as solar and wind is intermittent, and that is slowing their adoption into the grid systems. Altairnano Technologies, in Anderson, IN produces a battery based system to deal with the…
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