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Farm Aid 2007 Festival and Sustainable Table host Hudson Valley Harvest Celebration


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This Friday night’s summer barbeque marks the grand finale to Sustainable Table’s Eat Well Guided Tour of America, a 38 day, coast-to-coast, tour of farms, farmers’ markets, and other sustainable outlets en route to the Farm Aid Concert, Sept. 9, 2007 at Randall’s Island in NYC.

Friday’s special event 6:30-9:30p at Gigi’s Market, Greig Farm in Red Hook promises to be an unforgettable night: a gathering of upstate New York’s local farmers, artisans, and musicians. Enjoy a gourmet BBQ with homegrown ingredients and local brews, art installations, and live music.

Admission Fee is only $20 but if you bring a homemade pie, made from local, sustainable ingredients, you don’t have to pay the fee. Enter your pie in the tasting contest, and you could win a pair of tickets to Farm Aid 2007 Concert on 9/9 in NYC.

This soiree looks like a lot of fun, and good eats — highlights of Friday’s celebration include: (more…)

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Bamboo Bike by Calfee Design


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Gotta admit I’m not a serious spinner, but I do love cruising on two wheels on a cool summer’s eve or crisp, fall day. I’m intrigued by these bamboo babies from Craig Calfee of Santa Cruz, California-based, Calfee Design. Pictured above is the bamboo/hemp cross bike, which can be customized to meet your personal specs. Pricing starts at about $2700 (frame-only). Lightweight, strong, and made from sustainable grass. I’d love to give this a whirl.

Here’s another bamboo bike enthusiast who seems like an interesting cat, Bruno Meres, from Slovakia. Check out his gear, beautiful Nikon snaps and thoughts on bamboo @ bmeres.com

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The Wooden Duck – recycled wood furniture


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In a few weeks from now, a “sustainable” furniture shop called Nativa will open about two blocks from my house in San Diego. Large posters advertise that “beauty and style can sustain nature” and also proclaim, “These posters are made out of recycled paper and 100% biodegradable ink!” However, upon further research, I discovered that Nativa uses farmed tropical wood in 3/4 of their products. The other quarter of their supply comes from logged trees. Tree farming may be a step up from good old fashioned logging, but consumers should realize that tree farms – as with many other farms – are often ridden with negative environmental impacts.

Tree farms are largely mono-cultures. They do not support natural ecosystems because of their heterogeneous nature. Furthermore, old forests are usually cleared in the creation of such farms. Because farmed trees are inbred, they are sometimes subject to genetic defects, which weaken the strength of the wood. Trees with such defects also pose a threat to surrounding natural forest – if they interbreed with native trees, the defects can harm surrounding ecosystems.

Therefore, I suggest that people choose the lesser of two evils in purchasing environmentally friendly furniture and shop for recycled wood products. There are plenty of companies out there producing fashionable home ware using reclaimed wood. Not only does recycled wood cut down on logging and reliance on tree farms; it is less subject to warping and often stronger than new wood.

I especially like The Wooden Duck, a stylish company based out of Berkeley. Or, if you want to go for even less impact, shop at second-hand stores – it’s convenient and easy on your budget!

Pictured at top is the The Wooden Duck’s Biedermeier Bed constructed of recycled Douglas Fir.

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tuesday’s mixed bag of green news


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