Hello to you, I hope this finds you well. It’s a cold and gray day here in North Texas but I didn’t let it stop me from trying to do my small part on this Earth and March For Science Day. I decided to go to our town square where they were having Antique Alley. Instead of driving there, I walked. There wasn’t much going on as it was early but I did have a couple special opportunities arise while I was there. The first was that I had the chance to talk to a woman named Roz who was selling popcorn she makes at her new shop in Keene called OOH WA WA Gourmet Popcorn. I asked if her popcorn was organic and she said it wasn’t but she was using organic coconut oil to pop it and the coatings for the candy corns were home-made recipes. She was half-way there! She said she had considered organic corn but it was just so expensive and she wasn’t sure she would be able to make a profit if she tried to sell it. She said she would have to charge more and she just wasn’t sure if there would be a customer base for her. She pulled up some prices for organic corn on Amazon for me, and indeed, it is expensive but I told her so is a doctor’s visit, so is a pill. Food can be our medicine. I suggested may be she could start small….give it a try. She said she would seriously consider it. I liked her shop on Facebook so when she does try this, Kyle and I can go buy! We don’t eat regular popcorn anymore – we just know too much about what GMO corn is and what growing it does to people, animals and the environment.
http://oohwawagourmetpopcorn.com/ – website, would you buy organic popcorn if she sold it? If you live in the area, let her know!
The Health Dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) Herbicide. Jeffrey Smith & Stephanie Seneff
The other opportunity was talking to some of the vendors gathered for the Antique Alley the folks who own a large resale shop on the square called Indians and Outlaws (https://www.facebook.com/Indiansandoutlaws/). I thanked them for what they are doing for the earth with their reselling things that could still be of use and or repurposed to be used for other things. Every item they sell is one less thing in our landfill! What’s so cool is their commitment to their business. If something isn’t selling, sometimes they will bring it home and spruce it up with new fabric or paint for example and take it back to the shop and actually sell it afterwards! We all agreed that everything we use on this Earth should be completely recyclable, reusable or be able to be repurposed without harm to the environment. I mentioned to one vendor something I have been hearing more about, Community Lending Closets and Community Repair Organizations. Here are a couple examples:
Fairborn’s Tool Lending Closet, TLC, is a program for income eligible residents in need of tools or equipment to complete home projects.
A Visit with Janet Gunter of the Restart Project (A UK based Community Repair Organization)
Janet Gunter from The Restart Project flew all the way to California to have a chat with us about the awesome things they are doing in the UK. The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise that helps people fix their broken electronics to give them another life, and to keep waste out of landfills. They have community events where they gather people who are repair savvy, and offer free help to anyone who shows up with a broken device.
So what I did wasn’t grand but I did something I could do! Remember it’s not what you can’t do, it’s what you can! I used my legs instead of getting behind the wheel of our car and I talked with people and shared ideas about things I care about. I gave people who are trying to help this Earth in their way my encouragement. It’s the little things!