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  •  What I have seen as local issues (18+ / 0-)

    Differential street sweeping and trash clean-up
    Siting of solid waste disposal sites
    Cutting down of street trees or differences in where street trees are planted
    Zoning changes or variances in lower-home-value neighborhoods
    Reaching out to affluent suburbs with environmental and alternative energy programs
    Preventing community clean-up of trash and debris on private land, leaving eyesores
    Expensive permits for demolishing crumbling structures, encouraging owners to just leave them standing

    Some ideas.
    Take large areas of residential areas off the grid through financing community-developed wind and solar programs.

    Plant trees.  Everywhere.

    Community gardens.  See what Will Allen's Growing Power is doing.

    Dump mining and recycling.  Need highly protective gear and good training.

    Activities bring support, which brings political power -- especially when committed supporters doing a logical project are told by authorities that they can't.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 06:53:34 AM PDT

    •  Thank you TarheelDem (6+ / 0-)

      great comment and list.

      One of the things i love about community gardens I've worked with is seniors involvement with young people.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:05:18 AM PDT

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      •  Also (4+ / 0-)

        Elementary school gardens for life science classes - with native plants

        Middle school and high school urban agriculture programs

        Flowerboxes and window gardens for apartments

        Farms not lawns projects

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:44:13 AM PDT

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        •  excellent - keep the suggestions coming :) n/t (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Mary Mike, Yasuragi, bartcopfan

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          by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:51:40 AM PDT

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        •  Agree w/ DOV--great suggestions! (1+ / 0-)
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          One thought comes to mind and 'shirley' others have some good ideas.  

          I love the idea of the (esp. elementary) school gardening--it could be demonstrative and educational for the kids regarding nutrition, biology, environmentalism, physical work/education, scientific experimentation, cooking, many other things I'm sure I'm forgetting...even tying in w/ local communities and experts (e.g. local gardening clubs w/ expertise of what grows well/poorly in the area)!  And how great would it be for kids' school lunches to include the crops they grew themselves?

          My question is about the fact that summer is when school is out--yet it's also the peak growing season.  How can that be 'bridged' effectively?  

          My best idea is for neighbors to "adopt" the school's garden and help work it over the summer in exchange for the produce.  Presumably, that would include school kids (and siblings) in the neighborhood as well.

          Other thoughts, please!?

          "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

          by bartcopfan on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 08:42:24 AM PDT

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          •  Plant in the spring (2+ / 0-)
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            bartcopfan, Denise Oliver Velez

            ....have good drainage and a rain-barrel trickle irrigation "water wise" garden, and line up volunteers from PTA or PTO to check on the garden once a week during the summer.   Or have summer school projects.

            That was the way the local one was done.

            50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

            by TarheelDem on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 10:13:46 AM PDT

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