Green Sanctuary News

Committee (and Climate Action Team)

  • Now is the time to begin getting locally-grown food, growing some yourself, buying at farm stands and farmers markets, or possibly buying a share for the season at a local farm offering CSA shares. For example check out Burnap Brook Farm’s CSA in Andover at http://burnapbrookfarm.com/. Some of the early Farmers Markets that started in May are: Ellington at Arbor Park, Saturdays 9 to noon; Rockville at Court House Plaza, Thursdays; Storrs at 4 South Eagleville Rd, Saturdays; Tolland on the Green, Saturdays; Wethersfield at Solomon Welles House, Thursdays 3-6. On May 31st Coventry begins at the Nathan Hale Homestead, Sundays 11-2. South Windsor begins June 20th at 150 Nevers Rd, Saturdays 10-1. Glastonbury starts June 27th at Hubbard Green, Saturdays 10-1. Manchester and East Hartford begin in July. Many more markets can be found around the state. For information about these and other markets, farms and CSAs that have Certified Organic or “Farmers Pledge” produce check out CT NOFA’s Farm and Food Guide on-line or in paper at http://www.ctnofa.org/.
  • Upcoming meetings that everyone is welcome to attend:
    • Tuesday, June 9, Sustainable Living Committee/Climate Action Team meets at 7 PM,  in Room 2.
    • Thursday, June 18, Citizens Climate Lobby,  Room 2.
  • The UUA-endorsed Commit2Respond just finished its “Climate Justice Month” with daily readings and activities to increase one’s sense of connections to the Earth, its ecosystems, and disadvantages groups that are especially susceptible to the damage created by climate change. The short readings and activities are stimulating and can be found here: http://www.commit2respond.org/news
  • Speaking of stimulating readings, Tim DeChristopher (of Bidder 70 fame and now studying at Harvard to be a UU minister) just wrote a good article in Yes Magazine. It is well worth reading. This link should take you to it. http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/this-activist-went-to-prison-for-the-climate-now-he-wants-churches-to-take-moral-leadership

Climate Change Could Be Affecting Your Morning “Cuppa Joe”

Coffee-leaf rust is devastating the farms of Central America. What is this “rust” and what is it doing to the coffee plants? First, a little explanation about the plant. Coffee beans are actually the seeds inside of a bright red fruit called a “coffee cherry.” When coffee farmers see an abundance of bright red cherries they know their farms are healthy and will produce an abundance of coffee.

Unfortunately for the past three years they are seeing fewer and fewer cherries. In some cases the crops were 80% smaller! A plant-choking fungus called coffee rust, la roya, has swept across Central America. It destroys the coffee cherries and eventually kills the trees. Climate change has created the conditions that allow the disease to thrive and spread.

Equal Exchange

So, what can we do about it? We can buy more Equal Exchange coffee at our table in the lobby on the second Sunday of each month! Ten cents for every pound purchased since June 1, 2014 through May, 2015, will go to the Red Cherry Fund. Farmer co-ops are working hard to develop innovative and sustainable strategies for building healthy farms, and Equal Exchange is working with them. The money raised in the Red Cherry Challenge will provide small grants to farmers as they strive for solutions.

Our next sale date is Sunday, 6/9. See you then!


News and Links:

Summer Jobs that help your Mother Earth. There are many possibilities. The following sources are described on page 18 of the EDF Solutions Journal, which is located at: http://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/content/solutions_winter2015.pdf

Don’t overlook CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection college internships: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2688&q=322346&deepNav_GID=1511 and Appalachian Mountain Club’s trail volunteers at:
http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/trails/volunteer/index.cfm

*Reminder: Equal Exchange products are available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact Kat Dargan at katdargan@gmail.com. A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50.

** http://www.sierraclub.org/EVguide/sierra/video/k-cups-have-never-been-more-terrifying