Saturday, July 30, 2011

Of Gardens & Volunteering

-- Quote of the Day --

“…So there is no perfect choice… take peat for instance - a natural product harvested in Canada and Europe (and a few other places)… and when starting seeds it prevents damp off disease ( a fungus) …it is technically renewable – yet we consider it as a non-renewable product since it takes about a thousand years for a peat bog to grow a single yard of peat. …so we’ve come up with other things like coir – made from the outside of coconut shells, and rice hulls – But then you get people talking about the fact there is machinery used to harvest and convert these. …The better thing would be to not take things out of nature and hope that it gets replenished. Coir and rice hulls are things that we would have thrown away, so they are good alternatives to look at. ” 

~ Chris McLaughlin

Today's quote was excerpted from a Sunday Gardening episode that featured Chris as a guest - She offered some fantastic advice about composting and greening the garden activities. 

*Check out the archived Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode at your convenience  via the hyper-linked show title (above).

-- Referral Corner --

Here are some recommended resources that you might want to check out:

World Vision India: A humanitarian organization working to create lasting change for communities living in poverty and injustice. They have 174 locations around India ushering in a brighter future with their focus on disaster response, and their grass root efforts to support women and children (who are particularly affected in these poverty stricken areas). 

Community Composting Network: A UK-wide organization that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals which are involved in producing compost from green/food waste and using it in their local communities.

Global Volunteers: A private, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide.

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