Green Living

How Many Paper Towels Does It Take?

Does anybody remember the animated Tootsie Pop commercial?  “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” Strangely, I thought about that commercial the other day while in a public restroom.  I know, how odd! Anyway, what made me...

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The Coffee Makers Funeral

The other day I heard a man brag about giving a worn-out coffee maker a ‘Viking funeral’.  For those who are not familiar with the Vikings, they would set their dead on a boat and light them on fire.  Then they would sail off to Viking heaven. Back then, of course,...

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The Anthropology of Roadside Trash

For a year now I have been routinely cleaning up litter along a two -mile stretch of Harmony Road, sometimes with the help of family and friends. We adopted it as part of Green Frederick's mission to serve the community. Its a bucolic setting, winding along the stream...

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School Composting and Waste Sorting Data

Joe Richardson of Bar-T Mountainside Ranch (a directory member!) and member of the @Frederick Compost Workgroup recently presented data from a number of waste sorts and composting efforts he coordinated at schools in Frederick County. He presented the data to the...

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“There’s a new ‘JOHN’ in town”

If you poop, add a scoop. If you pee, let it be. Months later, top-dress the brown spots in your lawn. I interviewed David Myers of Build-Rite Construction LLC/Myers Barn Shop, and RN, a customer of his, about the Sun-Mar Composting Toilet. And the statements above...

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The Christmas Tree Shopping dilemma

The Christmas Tree Shopping dilemma

Every year at this time we scope out whats being said about real vs. artificial Christmas trees, and while Green Frederick leans towards buying a re-plantable LOCAL real Christmas tree, there are considerations. Take a look at Earth 911’s assessment here, with some...

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Emmitsburg Nuns Prioritize People AND the Planet

Three cheers to the North County Daughters of Charity! They combined their order’s mission of serving the disadvantaged with their goal of stewardship of the earth—all in one project, the Seton Center. The Seton Center, a community center providing job training and...

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State Tree Nursery Now Accepting Orders

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting online orders for shrub and tree seedlings from the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery for the spring 2019 planting season. The nursery offers more than 50 species of shrubs and trees for large-scale...

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