Sunday, June 1, 2008

What we haven't found

I sorta knew this, but to paraphrase Kermit, its not easy being green-in South Dakota. So far the nearest recycling center is 65 miles away. The school we work at is starting to ship paper for recycling back with a supplier's empty trucks. I will try to get in on that. There is no place that carries bulk anything except candy so we can't reuse containers. No organic or fair trade food in town of any sort. There are some locally grown tomatoes at the market, but no farmers market here and we are the biggest town for 65 miles in one direction and 100 or so in another. There is no community garden and my lot has about enough sunshine to grow a few pots of basil and tomatoes-already planted. There are a lot of pluses to being here,but so far, the pursuit of greenness isn't one of them. I feel that I have a chance to make a difference in the community if I can find some like minded people and get some positive stuff going. I will keep you posted.


arduous said...

Eesh, that is a hard one. It is difficult to build a green community from the ground up, but if you are able to do it, everyone will benefit. Kudos to you for attempting it.

equa yona(Big Bear) said...

Arduous, thanks for the encouragement. We are able to recycle our paper at the school so that is a help. If i can find a recycling center that will take out of town stuff, I am going to try to start a recycling co-op, set a day each month and see if we can get a few families to take turns taking a load in. The closest center is probably 65 miles or so, so we have to coordinate with at least one other purpose, maybe a trip to a farmer's market or some such.

Allie said...

You have an awesome attitude about it! And your tomatoes and basil are an excellent start!

I've been thinking lately about talking to other gardening neighbors to see if they want to do a veggie exchange. My tomatoes for your peppers, etc., since everyone has their own specialties and everyone has slightly different conditions on their property.