How to save the earth this weekend

How to save the earth this weekend

There are many ways, and here are two.

First:

If you can’t decipher that, it says RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS FOR FREE, and then it says "Saturday, January 31st from 9am until 3pm at the Rio Hill Shopping Center in the Crutchfield Parking Lot."

So, all you analog refugees and folks with broken stereos in the basement, here’s your chance to do the right thing without spending a dime.

Second:

Between now and February 4, write to the Albemarle County Board of Supes, or call ’em up, in support of the Local Food Hub. They’ll be voting on funding for the project on that date, and organizers are trying to make sure the Supes know that folks want this to happen. If the vote is yes, the Hub will get $180K between county money and private matching funds.

What is the Local Food Hub? I’m so glad you asked. Basically, the idea is to support local growers of fresh produce—especially farmers just starting out—by helping them with the tough parts of farm operation like distribution, liability, and delivery. The people behind this, one of whom is Feast! owner Kate Collier, want to build a warehouse space where farmers can rent fridge and freezer space, store and process food, and get distribution to places like schools and senior centers. It’s a really good idea and it’s really ambitious, and it’ll bring some new channels of the food system in line with the "eat local" ethos that’s already swept through the restaurant and farmer’s market worlds.

If you want to know more, read this or email localfoodhub@me.com for a full explanation of what they’d like folks to communicate to the Supes.(…whose contact info, by the way, is here.)

Any other good deeds we should do? Post ’em here.

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