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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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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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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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Dandy’s Green Cleaning

Location:  3012 Wimberg Avenue, Evansville (Vanderburgh County) 47720 A chemical-free cleaning service for a healthier home environment. Dandy’s uses all homemade and eco-friendly, non-toxic products. Contact Information: Tasha Long, owner: 812-424-3021 or EMAIL  

Natural Building Group

Location: Bloomington ECO Center 323 S. Walnut St. Bloomington,  Indiana 47401   The Natural Building Group explores and exchanges information on natural building techniques like the Straw Bale House. They take a different view on creating buildings and structures that use natural materials and techniques, which offers a more sustainable way to construct and create buildings. Contact Information: [email protected] (812)332-8796 http://www.simplycsl.org/nat.html