photo by Steve Tiwald
CSA subscribers pick up their weekly vegetable shares at the farm.
to the Green Earth Connections e-newsletter! Since 2002 the Green Earth
institute has been working to promote nutritional health and
environmental sustainability, and our objective for this newsletter is
to help people put those concepts into practice in their daily lives.
You will find announcements and news about our vegetable and education
programs, along with commentary and advice about issues of nutrition,
health, energy, and sustainability.
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Thank you for your ongoing participation and support.
—Steve Tiwald Founder and Executive Director
Enrollment Now Open for 2012 CSA
Earth Institute grows over 40 vegetable and herb crops at the farm.
These are marketed through a direct farm-to-consumer subscription
arrangement called “CSA”, short for community-supported agriculture.
Under this concept, consumers buy directly from the farmers, enabling
the consumers to know the people who grow their food and what methods
are used.... More
Water Infrastructure Project Near Completion by Steve Tiwald
September there was a new sight at the farm, something never before
seen on this patch of agricultural land—plumes of water, glorious arches
of life-supporting water, emanating from our new moveable sprayer,
spreading over crops in the south central field! This achievement
was a milestone.... More
photo by Steve Tiwald
A portable water reel is part of the new water infrastructure project.
photo by Kelly Joslin
Nature Rangers dig gardening.
Introducing Our New Director of Environmental Education
We are pleased to announce the
appointment of Amy Christiansen as new Director of Environmental
Education at the Green Earth Institute. Amy has a Bachelor’s
degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science, and is
currently pursuing a Master’s degree with the Global Field Program
through Miami University of Ohio... More
Nature on the Farm: 2011 Report by Amy Christiansen
of 2011 was full of fun and learning at the farm for the elementary
school-age summer campers in Nature Rangers, pre-schoolers and their
parents in Nature Buddies, teens and tweens in Green Scene, and the
multi-generations who participated in Families on the Farm... More
Energy Notes in the Transitions Era by Steve Carrow
We’re In Deep Gas Now
takes millions of gallons of water mixed with the fluids to complete a
fracking operation, usually drawn from nearby streams. There are
concerns that some water aquifers may be affected if the injection
operation is not properly done... More
Living Consciously on the Grid by Jan Wencel
drinking straws. Swap costumes. Use less printer ink. Shut off your car
engine while waiting. Warm your car as you drive. Refrain from and
carefully dispose of hazardous waste. CSA-member Vinod Seth &
founder Steve Tiwald shared these tips for this edition. Why not
consider incorporating a few of the ideas into your life?... More
photo by Adrianne O'Neal
Jimmy drinks his greens.
Let's Talk Nutrition by Philipa Norman
Nutrition for a Healthy Immune System
can naturally support our immune system with a plant-based, low fat
diet (that includes enough good fats!). Plant foods support a
healthy immune system by stimulating immune cells to grow and to
function optimally, to regulate the immune response, and to protect
healthy tissue from damage... More
Healthy Eating with Mrs. O by Adrianne O'Neal
Please Eat Your Peas
my own mother usually did, I am trying to focus on a big picture view
of veggies; that nurturing their appreciation of nature and food will
eventually evolve into a wider palate. I have continued the family
tradition of gardening, which is an opportunity to live one or two steps
lighter on the planet and draw my children into the exciting world of
Book Commentary by Steve Tiwald
The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm
Terra Brockman, a talented friend I met back in 2002, was one
of the significant influences behind my starting the Green Earth
Institute. It was late summer that year and I was wrestling with
questions about becoming an organic farmer. Should I make the plunge?...