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Get Free Mulch From Your Christmas Tree In Baltimore City

Baltimore City Christmas Tree Recycling

From the Baltimore Department of Public Works:

DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday through Saturday during the entire month of January 2012. Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.

For residents who cannot bring their trees for mulching, the Bureau of Solid Waste will offer curbside tree collection from Tuesday, January 3, 2012 through Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection or mulching.

For additional information, please call 311

What You Can Do On A Daily Basis To Reduce Your Petroleum Consumption
March 8, 2011, 10:29 am
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What You Can Do On A Daily Basis To Reduce Your Petroleum Consumption

Gasoline isn’t the only product made from crude oil.  Approximately ½ of each barrel of crude oil is used to make gasoline.  The rest is used as a partial ingredient to make other products such as: candles, lotion, shampoo, soap, makeup, detergent, toothpaste, perfume, crayons, and more.

So what can you do for maximum impact? Stop buying petroleum-based products besides gasoline -including PLASTIC.

Have you ever tried it -to go a day, a week without buying plastic?  Give it a shot and you’ll see that it is everywhere.  Giving up plastic seems impossible, but, before you give up hope, just know that it does not have to be that way.  Just a few decades ago most households had very little plastic.  According to the EPA, the amount of plastic in our waste system has increased 12 times what it was in 1970.  For a look back to a time where there was no plastic at all, check out the movie True Grit and take note of the stone and wood structures, wooden interiors, glass and metal containers, and natural clothing as an example of a plastic-free period in America.

Cotton Underwear In Paper Packaging From Target And Local Soap At A Baltimore Whole Foods

Buy Products With Less Packaging.
Packaging is the single largest product in the waste stream ( It comprises more than a quarter of trash.  Look for products with paper packaging or no packaging at all, such as vegetables, soap, etc from the local Farmer’s Market.

Avoid Every Day Petroleum Based Household Products.
Substitutions with plant-based ingredients can be found at stores, but to make sure, read the ingredients in cosmetics, soaps, shampoo, touthpaste.  Avoid products with petroleum-derived ingredients such as: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Microcrystalline Wax, Resorcinol

Stop Buying Plastic Altogether
It will be difficult at first.  Start at the grocery store.  Look for things in glass containers as opposed to plastic, bring your own shopping bag, and buy in bulk with your own containers.  Buy natural clothing and shop at antique stores and thrift stores for furniture and other household items.  Don’t get caught up with “green gadgets”.  Most are made of plastic and study by CIBC World Markets found that making consumers feel better about their shopping choices by offering “green” products produced one notable outcome: They bought more.

Would plastic reduction really make an impact on oil consumption?

The amount of plastic water bottles alone purchased each year by US consumers equals the same amount of oil it takes to fuel a million cars for twelve months. -National Geographic

14 plastic shopping bags equals the same amount it takes to drive a car for one mile.  The number of plastic bags used every 5 seconds in the US: 60,000.  -Planet Green

Baltimore Food Co-Op To Open Spring 2011
February 1, 2011, 9:05 am
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Food Co-Op To Open Spring 2011


Feb 1, 2011 – Opening Spring 2011 in the former Mill Valley General Store space at 28th St. and Sisson St., the Baltimore Food Co-Op will be a community-owned, professionally-run market providing quality sustainable, local, and reasonably priced food to members and the general public in a welcoming and accessible environment.

Reserve your membership in the new Baltimore Food Co-Op now during our Pledge Drive — no money down! Find out more or sign up for the Pledge Drive at or at Mill Valley General Store (2800 Sisson Street).  Find out more about the BFC at our website, or come find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Co-op membership will be open to all.  A one-time $100 membership fee per household (with nominal yearly renewal fee) will entitle members to a discount on all purchases, plus additional weekly and seasonal member-only discounts and specials. Members will also have a voice in how market is run, including inventory, operations, special events, community education, and more, all without any member work-hour requirements.

FOR MORE INFO: or telephone (410) 889-6842 or check out this article at the Baltimore Mesenger: Mill Valley General Store in Hampden area to be reborn as food cooperative


Michael Pollan Top Pick, Farm Together Now, Book Release Party In Baltimore

Book Release Party At 2640 Space: Farm Together Now

On Wednesday, January 7th at 7pm, the 2640 Space will host a free event celebrating the release of Farm Together Now: A portrait of people, places and ideas for a new food movement, a documentation of the insurgent agriculture movement in the United States.

The book profiles 20 innovative farms across the country, who are rethinking the connections between food, land, and community, one harvest at a time.

It’s a beautiful and much needed overview of recent developments in grassroots sustainability in the U.S. and a top pick of the year by Michael Pollan.

Co-editor Daniel Tucker, as well as members of Baltimore’s Participation Park, who are featured in Farm Together Now, will be there for the presentation of the book.


Rooftop and Container Gardening Seminar

Rooftop and Container Gardening Seminar

Rooftop and Container Gardening
Friday, December 17, 2010, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Parks & People Foundation
800 Wyman Park Drive, 21211

On Friday, December 17th Community Greening Resource Network member, Casey Jackson, will share her experience with her rooftop-container gardening at the Parks And People Foundation office.  Participants will receive tips, advice and suggestions for creating and maintaining a rooftop or container garden. It is a great opportunity to hear about an innovative approach to growing food in small spaces.

RVSP to the CGRN Coordinator at or 410-448-5663 ext 128


Baltimore Free Farm Needs Your Help

Baltimore Free Farm Needs Your Help

The Baltimore Free Farm (BFF) is a program created to promote sustainable food and energy programs in Baltimore City.  Near the Ash Street Community Garden, the group’s flagship project, the BFF has acquired a warehouse they plan to use as a place to store materials, work on projects for the garden,  hold musical events and as a general meeting space.

The warehouse is in disrepair and BBF is asking for your help in rehabilitating the structure with Kickstarter, an online fundraiser site.  The Baltimore Free Farm is hoping to raise $10,000 to repair the warehouse.  An individual can pledge anything from $1 to the full amount.  The BFF will only get the money if the entire amount is raised.  BFF has until December 30th to raise $10,000

CLICK HERE to make a pledge for the Baltimore Free Farm.

Examples of projects from the Baltimore Free Farm:

Ash Street Community Garden – A place where community members can learn to grow their own food in individual plots.

Hampden RE-Cycle – Salvaging parts, building and repairing bikes, and teaching others skills to increase the use of carbon free modes of transportation.

Strange Folks – A series of musical concerts held at the garden to publicize the project and bring the community together.

Beekeeping – With the assistance of Baltimore Honey.

To learn more about the Baltimore Free Farm, activities they offer and their fundraising efforts, CLICK HERE.


Post Update: Congratulations to the Baltimore Free Farm for reaching their funraising goal!