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EATING AND HEATING FOR LOCAL RESILIENCE” POST-IT NOTES 11/7/2010
EATING: Karen Igou from DE Local Food Exchange discussed why and how to support local agriculture.
Question # 1: Is there a food, or product/source which you learned about today that you might use yourself?
Question # 2: What governmental or group activity might best serve to increase the availability of regional food produce?
- I learned about The Exchange.
- C.S.A.s – De Center for Horticulture's urban farm.
- Learned of some new sources for local/organic/natural foods
- Avondale, PA Farmer's Market.
- Check out: PASA.org and OCA.org – Learn More!
- Local walnuts!
- DE Local Food Exchange, and Fresh Thymes Restaurant.
- I am interested in getting locally produced wheat flour.
- I will be supporting sustainable and local agriculture through my “Cecil County Alternative Guide to Wellness= mind, body & spirit”
- Fresh Thymes – for locally grown foodl.
- The Exchange.
- Local, grass-fed beef.
- Karen's store, and Highland Orchards.
- Will try 1 or more local food purveyors. Planning for next year's garden.
- Could someone locally do a 'show and tell' organic garden?
HEATING: Jack Sol-Church of Green Fox Energy spoke about basics of conducting a home energy audit, and where much of our heat escapes from our homes.
Question # 1: What could you do to lower your energy costs within the next week?
- Set up information exchanges with regional food producers so people are more aware.
- Advertising the local availability of food.
- Offer grants for neighborhood/community gardens. Offer greater tax credits, loans & property tax breaks for agriculture – even greater for natural/organic & for selling local.
- Federal Government can end subsidies for Ethanol production. Local groups can form/expand agriculture buyers' clubs/distribution centers for regional products (create more local grocers).
- Get local school districts to use local foods for lunch programs.
- De agriculture Dept.?
- De Ag. Dept. - need pressure on Ed Kee. His major focus is on poultry industry. Need pressure on Federal legislators to limit subsidies that drive unsustainable practices.
- In Feb., Mar., April – UUFN(Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark) is planning to a series on 'ethical eating' – I am one of the planners – Mary Cannon.
- Follow Organic Consumers Association
- See how I can influence Elkton, MD Farmers' Market to add baked goods, music, arts & crafts + natural wood and food products.
- Government: Stop subsidies to rich/corporate farmers (Ha!)
- Lobby for legislation requiring prominent labeling on food – distance shipped and mode of shipping (train vs. truck).
Question # 2: What is the longer-term thing you can do for greater energy efficiency?
- Replace my refrigerator.
- Be very conscientious about turning on lights I don't need.
- Take A.C. Unit out of windows.
- Turn of computer and lights when not in use.
- Set programmable thermostat.
- Caulk the drafts in my house. Wear sweaters. Keep thermostat lower.
- Turn on fans and do a self-audit.
- Caulk vent opening from range hood.
- Use weather stripping between ill-fitting storm windows, and interior windows.
- Look for leaks from attic and crawl space.
- Caulk around frames and exhaust areas.
- I will program the thermostat.
- Adjust my thermostat to use less energy.
- Seal cracks around door trim. Walk around and do 'incense test'.
- Make sure electronics are unplugged when not in use.
- Locate leaks and seal them. Consider energy audit. Follow up on suggested links.
- Get dense-packed foam insulation in walls.
- Pester Legislators. Lobby for more government support for mass transit, bike paths, walkable towns & communities.
- Get enegry audit done at home.
- Make my house less drafty.
- Get energy audit to see where to seal up my house.
- Purchase programmable thermostat.
- Caulk. (Lots of caulk).
- Invest in more efficient appliances, avoid appliances we don't really need.
- Have new energy efficient heat pump installed.
- Energy audit. Move to smaller house within next five years.
- Continue lobbying for sustainable energy; wind, solar – and against unsustainable; “clean” coal, current nuclear reactors, and improperly regulated 'fracking'.
- Convince my landlord to invest in energy efficiency up-grades in the 130 yr. Old rental house (a.k.a. - heat sieve)I live in... or, Move.
- Getting an energy audit, and following up on the suggestions.
- Drive a more efficient car.
- Planned addition that will include exterior insulation over the existing sheathing.