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Jasper Indiana Garden Party 8-18-2012

I went to a great garden party in Jasper to celebrate the www.sustainableindiana2016.org day of garden parties.  We were hosted by Living Roots Ecovillage.

What I learned that day far exceeded my expectations and really made me realize that farming in Indiana is changing as we speak.  I also saw first hand what happens when a group of smart and motivated…


Added by Eric Stallsmith on August 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bloomington Garden Party 8-18-2012

I went to a garden party and met new friends

(a better post exists on this by Ann Kreilkamp, the person that hosted the party.  check it out here)

In Bloomington, The Center for Sustainability participated in…


Added by Eric Stallsmith on August 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Game on Grocery Store


After a year of belonging to the Indy Food Swap, I have come to understand the power of the fete.  Woman joined together to accomplish a goal and in this case a grocery basket goods to fill my weekend with joy.


I feel abundant when we gather, to share, participate and potluck into an afternoon of frivolity with a mission.  To fill the larder during the harvest.


My heart was inspired by the garden vegetable salsa and I am seeking the recipe for the Cup…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on August 19, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Day of the Lughna: Glamping

This is how it really turned out on Sunday, August 12, 2012


The Day of the Lughna is a celebration of the beginning of the harvest.  An ending to the time of lack and the beginning of abundance.  Today, we celebrate in the perfect weather in our great State of Indiana.


A mussie tussie was the first gift to my gal pals as I greeted each one of them with an organic nose gay upon their forearm.  The bouquet garne was filled with a scented geranium, hyssop and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on August 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Better Bones & Gardens!

The programming for the next Green Hour is a screening of the short film Better Bones and Gardens!

Tuesday August 21st - 7pm at Mundell & Associates - 110 S Downey Avenue, 46219

This month we'll continue our effort to provide a forum for everything 'Green' by screening the short film "Better Bones & Gardens."

Thanks to the planning…


Added by Jeff Echols on August 8, 2012 at 6:58am — No Comments

Snake skins

Its been awhile. I've been trying to keep alive what I have in my own eco space. This summer drought has really taught me how creation takes care of herself.

Some go into hibernation. Some dormancy. and some just die. Although its sad to see something you've cultured over the years die, you also realize that your not alone in this world. And you are not the center of it either. 

I was out in the back yard with my dog Max. it was our regular routine after supper, pee and poop.…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on July 24, 2012 at 7:20am — No Comments

Keeping Indianapolis Green and Beautiful

July Green Hour - Tuesday, July 24 - 6pm at Legend - 5614 E Washington Street, 46219

This month we'll continue our effort to provide a forum for everything 'Green' in Indianapolis by bringing Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to you.

KIB has been a great partner for the Irvington Green Initiative and many, many other organizations and projects throughout Indianapolis. Join us for the July Green Hour to learn more about one of the most sustainability-focused groups in our…


Added by Jeff Echols on July 22, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments

50 Years of Silent Spring

50 Years of Silent Spring Green Hour - Tuesday, June 19, 6pm - Legend - 5614 E Washington, 46219

Are you interested in environmentalism? Do you know why?

In 1962 Rachel Carson's book 'Silent Spring' was published effectively launching the environmental movement. 

At this month's Green Hour we'll celebrate 50 years of Silent Spring by hearing…


Added by Jeff Echols on June 13, 2012 at 5:46am — No Comments

May 31, 2012 Vistation

"Listen, my faithful children;open up your petals, like roses planted near running waters; send up the sweet odor of incense;break forth in blossoms like the lily." (Sirach 39:13-16a)

This is one of the readings from the Office for the feast of the Visitation. In the RC and Anglican traditions we honor the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. 

For some reason I love this reading. Its in the Office of the Blessed Virgin, a set of readings set aside to be used along with the…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 31, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

No Fooling around it is Memorial Day

Inspired by the ladies of the civil war, no fooling it is too hot to bake, good thing for ice box pies.  Here is my salute to all those fallen in service to our country.



Rhubarb Lime Pie –from Cara Dafforn

Serves 8


1/2 cup butter ( melted)

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cups finely crushed pretzels

¾ cups Graham Crumbs


2 limes, at room temperature

1/4 cup lime juice

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 28, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

May 28th 2012 Rose pedal project!

This spring  I did something I have always wanted to do. That is to make beads out of my rose pedals!

I am a rose addict! I admit I am powerless over this! Each year when plant catalogues come through the mail in the cold of winter, I look first to see if there are any roses. THEN I look at the others. 

Roses have been around millions of years. Fossils exist from that time period. I have seen them and they look like -roses. I would like to think in the garden of Eden they…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 28, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments

Aquaponics Association Workshop for Save Maumee in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Just thought I would let people know what good time I had giving an Aquaponics Workshop for the Save Maumee watershed group in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and share some of the resources I presented with everyone. We had a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing how I am using Permaculture Principals and…


Added by Ernest Rando on May 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

May 16th 2012

"And the land shall enjoy its sabboth years as long as it it lies desolate, while you are in the land of you enemies; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabboth years. As long as it lies desolate, it shall have the rest it did not have on your sabbaths, when you were living on it." Leviticus 34-36

This was part of todays readings from morning prayer. It kinda struck me off balance. The reading is talking about the devastation the children of Israel will receive if they do not…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 16, 2012 at 8:34am — No Comments

May 11th 2012

"On either side of the river grew the trees of life which produce fruit twelve times a year, once each month; their leaves serve as medicine for the nations." (Revelation 22:1-9)

As I read this reading for morning prayer(office of readings) I thought how odd for this to be in the book. After all the gloom and destruction of the earth and her inhabitants this pops up!

If I recall this in the book of Genesis after God created the plants and etc, I thing he actually said "be…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 11, 2012 at 8:35am — No Comments

Renew Your Energy

Renew Your Energy - May Green Hour

Tuesday, May 15 - 6pm at Legend - 5614 E Washington Street, 46219 

This month we'll continue our effort to provide a forum for 'Green' in Indianapolis by bringing you Lane Ralph, longtime Aide to Senator Richard Lugar and…


Added by Jeff Echols on May 7, 2012 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Monday May 7, 2012 "A good heart"

"What is this new earth?  A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest." From a sermon by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop

In the cycle of the church the days following the resurrection of Christ is a series of readings. Usually you read the whole book of Revelation maybe the Acts of the Apostles.

Personally of all the books in the bible I find this one rather strange and bizarre. Rather scary, everything is judged no…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 7, 2012 at 7:44am — No Comments

May 6th, 2012

"Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord." (Daniel 3: 57-88, 56) "All praise be yours, my Lord through Sister Earth, our mother, who feeds us in her sovereignty and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs."(Saint Francis of Assisi)

In the daily office, Sundays are devoted to the canticle of Daniel. I say it almost each and every Sunday. And when you pray the office sometimes you simply do that say it. Prayer comes last sometimes. Its very difficult at times to "pray"…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 6, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Multipure is perfect for Mothers Day!

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Added by Katrina Oakley on May 2, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Isaiah 61:10-62:5

"As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations"

I sometimes forget the beauty of creation. I read and hear much on conservation etc. But I forget the healing that creation provides us.

Daily I attend meetings with parents struggling with children of depression, anxiety, and simply stresses of life. And not just children adults as well. 

Creation has been…


Added by David Gladding-Vanderipe on May 2, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments

Weekend Workdays @ Fresh Taste Aquaponics

So last weekend Megan and I had an awesome weekend full of activities. It started out with our usual trip to Stelle, Illinois (where we are moving to in June) where the first mission at hand was to put her new bees in their new home. 

After placing their bees in their new home we had a lovely dinner and evening with some soon to be neighbors in Stelle, followed by a wonderful sleep…


Added by Ernest Rando on May 1, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments

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