Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability. As we spend more than ever on maintaining and improving our homes, we’re also becoming more aware of how their design and use impact on our health and society. Add to this climate change and rising energy costs.
If you’re a keen gardener, why not save money by making your own compost? It’s an easy process and apart from taking the time to use the correct raw materials and giving your compost a fork over regularly, there is very little work involved. The Benefits of Composting Composting is an organic gardener’s dream. It’s good for your garden and it’s good for you. But if you are not yet convinced, here are the key benefits of composting:
This week, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) revealed its plans for the first Sustainable Urban Agrihood in the North End.
Wait, an agrihood? It’s an alternative neighborhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development. There are some agrihoods around the country, but in rural areas. This is the first within a city.
MUFI’s agrihood spans three acres on Brush Street, a few blocks up from East Grand Boulevard. MUFI runs a successful two-acre garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, and a children’s sensory garden. They provide free produce to the neighborhood, churches, food pantries, and more.
CEDAR CITY â€“ Worm poop. Thatâ€™s the secret to what Tim Ferguson and Kelton Wood, owners of Natureâ€™s Way Recycling in Cedar City, hope will be their success. Not necessarily just for their own sake but, more importantly they said, for the sake of Southern Utah. And maybe even the world. For $5 a month,Â Natureâ€™s Way RecyclingÂ will pick up your food waste, cardboard, paper and landscape trimmings, feed it to some worms and produce a fertilizer with up to 50 percent better water-retention rates than regular soil. Besides the water retention, Ferguson said, compared to regular soil, the growth rate…