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Federal Money Seeding Local Food Markets, Encouraging Fresh Veggies

If you could pick a peach grown by a local orchard grower, would you?  Could you walk downtown in your community and find a fresh produce stand?  Did you know you can spend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP dollars at the farmers market?   Millions of dollars in federal investment is going to give more […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2015 in agriculture, community, food, frugal, nutrition

Southern Climate Vigil Offers Spiritual Response to Climate Change

Being mindful and prayerful about the People’s Climate March in New York City this weekend was a focus of the Greater Knoxville Climate Vigil hosted last weekend by Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light.  Church pastors and people of various faiths gathered at Knoxville, Tennessee’s downtown Alex Haley Heritage Square for the event.  They called this […]

Continue Reading By on September 19, 2014 in climate change, community, faith

Three Questions to Ask Before Giving to Charity

Your money.  Well earned.  Patiently saved.  When you give back through charitable donations this time of year, you do so with the expectation that you’ll be supporting the cause that touched your heart.  Perhaps it will. Were you aware that third-party solicitors, in some states, can keep 80 to 90 percent of charitable donations for […]

Continue Reading By on December 20, 2013 in community, conscious consumerism

Determined Women Finish Half Marathon Despite Obstacles

You start out with something not going your way. You fall down. You get back up. You finish what you started. You couldn’t imagine a clearer metaphor for life than the one Vicky Wallace and Melissa Peplow measured in strides on a cold December morning in East Tennessee.  The friends finished a personal best for […]

Continue Reading By on December 4, 2013 in community, faith, fitness, Uncategorized, well-being, wellness, women

Thousands Plan to Draw the Line Saturday on Keystone XL

“That money’s burning a hole in your pocket!”   “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” “Waste not, want not.”   Anybody else grow up hearing those truisms?  Those same generations of folks that raised us on some rather conservative values were also the generations that viewed any sort of technological progress as something that […]

Continue Reading By on September 18, 2013 in air, backyard, Bill McKibben, biodiversity, climate change, community, conservation, energy, environmental health, environmentalism, Keystone XL

How Church Got Started with GreenFaith Ministry

Seeing a medium- or large-sized church with a program in place like GreenFaith, the program might seem daunting to a smaller church or to one that previously had no focus on creation care.   While the leaders I met recently at Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga are certainly well-organized and talented, they say any faith […]

Continue Reading By on May 23, 2013 in community, eating better, faith, garden, green, sustainable

People Dig Church-Sponsored Community Garden

Community Garden Manager Lisa Lemza The Senior Warden of the Vestry at Grace Episcopal Church met me wearing boots and a rain slicker at the  community garden still soggy from a morning rain shower.  She’d been greeting people from the neighborhood at the annual plant sale, and she was a few minutes away from teaching a […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2013 in agriculture, community, education, faith, garden, green, sustainable

Christian Mission Brings Farmers and Residents Together

Rainy Saturdy Morning at Brainerd Farmers’ Market Just across the street from a typical grocery store and strip mall, in a modest Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood, the parking lot is bustling with people at the Brainerd Farmers’ Market.  A rain shower has scattered the usual Saturday morning crowd, and some vendors are packing up.  They’ve brought […]

Continue Reading By on May 21, 2013 in agriculture, community, eating better, education, faith, farm, garden, green, nutrition, organic, South, sustainable

Southern Church Celebrates God’s Creation

The stately stone building anchors the block of a quaint Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood, complete with slate tile roof and Celtic cross.  Its surrounding lawn is perhaps what you would expect near a house of worship, except for small differences in the details.  Clover is allowed in otherwise tidy stretches of grass.   Generous areas are […]

Continue Reading By on May 20, 2013 in community, creation care, education, faith, green, sustainable