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Posted on 17 December 2010 by

Grocery Bag Gardening

grocery-bagBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I was looking through my garden catalogs and dreaming about all the new gadgets I would like to buy.

One that I came upon was so simple and yet tied directly into the modern day movement of sustainability.

This item was gardening bags.

Studying these bags gave me some ideas. First I came up with reusing empty potting soil bags as my container. These would work but would eventually end up as trash. The next idea I had was using the reusable bags one gets at stores to carry home groceries.

These bags had everything I required for garden bags. They were reusable, had natural drainage, inexpensive, and could be found everywhere. So the journey of the garden bags began.

I started my experiment by Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 27 February 2009 by

Reader Comment: Reasons for Eating Local

eat-local1As you know, we heart the Shibazguyz.

In our post, The Rise of the Localvore (Eating Local), they left a comment noting additional reasons why we should all eat local.

We appreciate their thoughtful comment and wanted to give it proper due in a post all their own.

Read more about their gardening and adventures on their blog.

“We’ve been eating locally and growing our own food for over a year now. We could give you a few dozen reasons to eat locally but here are our main reasons:

1.  Lower our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels
– If every person ate just one local meal a week, we would save 1.1 million barrels of oil a week. We’ll site Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal Vegetable Miracle” as our source for that information. If that isn’t enough to stagger your mind you need to have your pulse checked.

In addition, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 03 February 2009 by

The 100 Mile Diet

100-mile-dietBy Cindy Naas

The more I get involved in growing my own food in a city garden, the more I start to change other aspects of my life.

A lot of people involved in the urban farm movement are staunch supporters of the 100 mile diet, and I am investigating this further, too.

The 100 mile diet- When you buy food at your local grocery store, chances are the produce has traveled 1000 miles or more from farm to your table.

The advocates of the 100 mile diet try to eat only food which is grown within 100 miles of their homes. They claim there are many benefits to buying and eating locally. Here is a list of reasons to do so, from

1. Taste the difference.
2. Know what you’re eating.
3. Meet your neighbors.
4. Get Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30 November 2008 by

Portland State University to Study Sustainability

By Vanessa Richins

As an interest in the environment (and the pocketbook) grows, more people are interested in sustainable living.

Portland State University wants to use a recent grant to become a leader in the field.

PSU was the lucky recipient of a $25 million dollar grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, with the condition that it be used to benefit the entire city.

The university will need to raise an additional $25 million for the project to match the donation. The grant will be distributed over the course of a decade.

Now the university has the tough job of deciding Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 22 August 2008 by

1GreenProduct Site Offers Greener Lifestyle (and Sweepstakes)

By Reggie Solomon

At Urban Garden Casual, the desire to live green extends beyond our backyard, windowsill and container gardens.

Greener and more sustainable living is something we strive for everyday.

However, deciding to move towards greener and more sustainable living so we minimize our carbon footprint and environmental impact isn’t something big we decide all at once – it’s the sum of many small decisions we make every day.

This is why we are pleased highlight 1Green Product which offers news and reviews on some of  the best green products you can buy – today.   Whether it’s choosing a dishwashing detergent or choosing a hotel to lay your head,  integrating eco-friendly products and service options into our everyday decision-making gives us the opportunity to move towards creating a cleaner environment today to bequeath to future generations.

Of special interest to our casual urban gardening crew, 1Green Product is running a sweepstakes that’s free to enter and ends on August 28 where winners have a chance to win a stylish totebag from Act2GreenSmart made from recycled water and soda bottles that might otherwise Read the rest of this entry »


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