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Hiya Bamboo Bookshelf

Hiya Bamboo Bookshelf

Hiya Bamboo Bookshelf

I always stress the importance of American Made products! Furniture is no exception. I know it may be difficult to find but possibly you aren’t looking in the right places. Oompa.com has Room Decor & Furniture all made in the USA! I will admit some of the items are pricey but combined with their green outlook on products I think it is worth it to spend a little extra to have environmentally safe products in your home.
We know bamboo is one of the most sustainable and environmentally sound building materials the Earth has so it is important to purchase big items such as furniture that is made from bamboo. If more people purchased furniture made from sustainable materials such as bamboo it would drive the prices down and possibly force larger companies to begin to use bamboo in their products as well.
Although sustainability is extremely important around the world even more locally I feel that purchasing American made products is just as much of our responsibility. Not enough products are made here in the USA and if we want to fix our economy we should support our workers and their products. This can only benefit all of us if we stick to our guns. You have heard about purchasing locally or being a locavore so why not when possible be a “locavore” for our country! The more we purchase products displaying MADE IN THE USA the more items can be made in the USA. It only makes sense!

Product Description:

Fun, hip, yet simple in appearance, this sleek bookshelf is wonderful for both display and storage. Suited for kids and adults alike, the shelf is made to accommodate both closed and open storage needs, all in one unit! Painted with an eco-friendly non-toxic powder coated paint. Includes safety strap that is mounted to wall, for extra stability. The Bookshelf is available in polar white, with accenting drawers in either polar white, birch or bamboo. Ships fully assembled.
Manufactured and produced in southwest Michigan by talented American craftsmen.

L 14.5 x W 28.75 x H 32.75 in.

Urban Harvest: Pre-Order Fruit Tree Sales

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Host: Urban Harvest
Type: Meetings – Club/Group Meeting
Network: Global
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Urban Harvest Farmers Market- 3000 Richmond @ Eastside

DescriptionPre-Order Fruit Tree Sales

(This is what everyone has been waiting for.)

What

Urban Harvest is now offering a pre-order monthly fruit tree sale with pick-up at the Urban Harvest farmers market. Every month, there will be a selection of fruit trees specifically for that month, depending on availability from the local growers. We suggest you check the availability monthly and place your order for that month. Your selection may only be available that one month.

How

There are two methods to pre-order.

Go to the Urban Harvest website (urbanharvest.org) and follow the links to download an order form, which you will email back to Urban Harvest.
Visit the farmers market (3000 Richmond Avenue at Eastside, in the back parking lot) on Saturday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon, and order at the Urban Harvest Greeter’s Booth.

When

Pickup will be at the farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon, on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month for which you are ordering. Please plan to have someone pick up your trees, if you are not able to do it yourself. We have no way of storing the trees if they are not picked up.

Questions

For questions, email fruittreesales@urbanharvest.org

Food For Thought: Living the Locavore Life

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Description

URBAN HARVEST CONTINUES “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” SERIES
January 20: Living the Locavore Life

WHAT: Urban Harvest continues its Food For Thought series, a new, thought provoking cycle of panel discussions on today’s hot topics that support growing and eating locally. The panels are lead by local and regional experts, and are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month.

The third panel discussion will be January 20: Living the Locavore Life. The term “locavore” was coined by Jessica Prentice to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius. Come explore creative ideas for growing your own food, sourcing fresh local food and promoting the development of local food systems. Our expert panel will include Nell Wheeler, community farmer with Vegetable Matters who will discuss her personal experiences with urban homesteading and growing much of her own food; Teresa Byrne-Dodge, publisher/editor of My Table ~ Houston’s Dining Magazine specializing in celebrating local food endeavors; Executive Chef John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar; community farmer Joe Icet, the inspiration behind the urban farm Last Organic Outpost; and Randy Evans, Executive Chef of Haven and an Urban Harvest certified organic specialist.

This panel session will be emceed by Texas Agrilife Extension Service WaterSmart Program Coordinator Chris LaChance and moderated by Urban Harvest Executive Director Mark Bowen.

Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we call home. With three hard-working programs at its core – Community Gardens, Education and Urban Harvest Farmers Market – Urban Harvest
supports a network of gardens, farms and orchards in the greater Houston area. Food For Thought is the perfect complement to further Urban Harvest’s core mission.

WHEN: 7 to 8:45 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month

FORMAT: 7-7: 15 pm social ▪ 7:15-8:15 pm moderated panel discussion ▪ 8:15-8:45 pm Q&A

WHERE: Multipurpose Room of the Oberholtzer Residence Hall. 108 Oberholtzer Hall, University of Houston, Central Campus. For directions see link at www.urbanharvest.org.

COST: Free, and open to the public

FUTURE DATES: February 17 ~ Tools of the Trade

ABOUT URBAN HARVEST: Urban Harvest promotes healthy communities, sound nutrition and respect for the environment by educating children and adults and facilitating harvest and habitat gardens.

The Urban Harvest Farmers Market helps educate the public about the benefits of eating local produce in season and provides the local agricultural community with a direct outlet for their products. For more information, visit www.urbanharvest.org

SPONSORS: University of Houston, TX AgriLife Extension Service , Grizaffi Coffee, Fischer Schalles Associates, Katy Bomar Creative, Patterson Murphy Public Relations

For more information and directions visit: www.urbanharvest.org

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A Story about Grub and the Organic Kitchen

Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

Grub is about making healthy food choices and preparing mouth-watering meals just as much as it is about unmasking corporate lies and supporting sustainable farming. Grub is a complete guide for anyone who is interested in eating real food.
Finally, organic food has moved out of granola-esque co-ops and into three-quarters of many chain grocery stores. More individuals are becoming aware of the social, environmental, and health benefits of organic eating, independent farming, and promoting “fair food.”
Grub is a combination of an exposé about the fake food overflowing in our supermarkets and the reasons for choosing organic, local, or “fair” items. This book helps us become a part of one of the most important movements of the century: a revolution between education, food and farming that comes full circle.
Included are practical how-to’s for creating an affordable, easy, organic kitchen with dozens of delicious recipes. It also offers those people who buy organically fresh ideas to cook with.