Oct 31, 2008

'Celebrate Local' this holiday season

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Celebrate our Local Environment: Green Your Holidays

Across the country, the holidays have come to be a time of extreme excess and contribute to unsustainable practices that are not healthy for our bodies, our bank accounts, our communities or the environment. Here in King County, for example, we throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This year, re-think your holidays. Let's Celebrate Local...

Celebrate Local is a community initiative supported by Seattle BALLE, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Celebrate Green, Chinook Book/ecometro.com, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Communities Count, King County EcoConsumer, King County Waste Free Holidays, Puget Sound Community Change Card/The Interra Project, Seattle Free School, SoCoCulture, Puget Sound Fresh, SCALLOPS, Seattle Greendrinks, TeachStreet, and Treeswing. The 2008 Celebrate Local initiative begins NOW (November 2008) and continues through February 2, 2009 tying together the many holidays and special events that occur at this time of year.


  1. I have farmed ornamentals and edibles organically for thirty years and owned and operated a nursery for 7 years. I did all of my own potting using a special mix made for me by Cedar Grove Composting, used sterilized recycled containers and taught classes on selecting and growing roses without pesticides and using organical fertilizers. I still consult, grow, design, and teach. I learned long ago, "It is not how much one has as much as how well one uses what one has," (from film, 'Nanook of the North'. I use recycled packaging, collect most of my own seeds, use organic methods for growing, take into account something for wildlife, bees, butterflies, and birds, and care for the integrity of soil, water, and climate. I am thrilled to see the Sustainable Movement growing! I remember the day when we sold vegetables in the Pike Place Market and could not advertise that we grew organically because people would not buy our products! It is thrilling to see the candle passed and the public becoming more aware of health, nutrition, and the value of our natural resources!

  2. Hey Rosebriar, thanks so much for your comment, your efforts, and your wonderful story! We've all come a long way in the movement but we also still have a long way to go. Glad to know folks like you are out there leading the way :-)

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