Friday, October 10, 2008

Sustainable Georgia This Week-James Glave's Eco Shed, Sunbelt Ag Expo, Little Feat Covers Woody Guthrie

This week on Sustainable Georgia we catch up with James Glave, who has written a wise and funny book called Almost Green-How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet. The book is ostensibly about Glave's attempt to embrace sustainable design by building an Eco Shed adjacent to his home (pictured above). But the book is also about his attempts to seek out a green path for himself and his young family and it's filled with the truths and the contradictions rife when you decide to 'go green.'
In Georgia Earth News comes word that Fireman's Fund Insurance has become the first home insurance company in Georgia to offer a green homeowners policy that will will enable Georgia homeowners with conventional homes to rebuild to the latest environmental standards after a loss. While this seems an innovative and helpful idea on the surface, we live in a time when everyone has a green angle to play. It's up to you to weigh the costs and issues and decide whether you think an idea is green, or greenwashing.
Our Sustainable Georgia Shout Out goes to the venerable Sunbelt Ag Expo, taking place October 14-16 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. For the 31st year in a row, Farmers will gather on 700 acres just outside of Moultrie at Spence Field to kick tractor tires, compete for livestock prizes, and stroll grounds filled with more threshers, balers, irrigation rigs, and other machinery then you could possibly imagine until you’ve beheld it. From the stock dog competition to the Mennonite women selling pound cake by the slice, the Sunbelt Ag Expo is great fun for farmers and vicarious farmers alike.This year’s event includes demonstrations of such green initiatives as an Auburn University truck that runs on wood chips, organic gardening, and a humane predator program teaching new methods for controlling armadillos, opossums and other critters.
Recycled music comes courtesy of Little Feat, and their version of "This Land Is Your Land."

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