On the Farm with Meghan

As some of you know, I spent the summer interning on an organic farm located in Central Pennsylvania within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Learning about organic agriculture was a wonderful experience! I wanted to share some photos of my farming internship with you.

Now that I’m back in the GreenTreks office, I’d love to catch up with all of our partners and supporters. Send me a line and fill me in on your summer!

To learn more about the organic farm I interned on, visit the Village Acres Farm website.

Piglets (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)
Farm (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)
Tomatoes (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)
Blueberry Field (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)

Be Moved to Action: Stories that Change the World on DVD just in time for the Holidays

We’ve got our online Shop up and running just in time for the Holiday season, so you can now watch entire programs on your big screen television or give them as gifts to family and friends!

If you haven’t been following us for several years, you may not even know about some of the great programs we’ve put out! The fact is, we’ve been so focused on building our EcoExpress portal and helping bring municipalities and engineers up to speed on the state of stormwater management that we haven’t been promoting award-winning programs like Farming on the Edge and From the Bay to PA; beautiful documentaries such as Life on the Delaware and Raycing the Sun; and quirky thought-provokers such as Environmental Classroom and Enviro-Art. Many of the programs from our GreenWorks series continue to air on cable and public television stations in various parts of the country, but you can own them now on DVD.

We’ll be highlighting one of the programs right here, every week, but you can check ‘em out now (literally–Purchase ‘em and Check ‘em Out!) with a safe secure purchase, right from our shop. Go Stock up >>

Uncommon Heroes: Your Choice of Fair Trade Can Change the World

It’s hard to acknowledge that despite our current “economic hardships”, here in the U.S. we enjoy a standard of living that’s unheard of tin the rest of the world. How’s this for a bit of perspective:

Worldwide, more than 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day!

We’re all increasingly concerned with what our products contain and how they’re made because of the potential impacts on our own health and the health of the environment, but how often do we make the connection to the farmers, laborers, and factory workers involved in the production process in other parts of the world?

Understanding and supporting the Fair Trade movement is a very real and tangible way to ensure that when we spend our hard earned dollars, we are truly getting the most “bang for the buck”. This short film from the Skoll Foundation offers a great introduction to Fair Trade, and highlights Paul Rice, founder and CEO of Trans Fair USA.

For more information about Fair Trade, check out Trans Fair’s FAQ>>

And look into some of these other sources of Fairly Traded Goods:

  • A Greater Gift – a program of SERRV International, one of the first alternative trade organizations in the world and a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT).
  • Bead for Life – Ugandan women craft beautiful beads out of colorful recycled paper, “eradicating poverty one bead at a time.”
  • Fair Trade Federation – a membership association of retailers and importers committed to fair trade principles.
  • Fair Trade Sports – the first sports equipment company in the US. offering fairly traded soccer balls, sports apparel and more.
  • Global Exchange Online Store - shop online with Global Exchange, knowing the products you buy are entirely sweatshop free.
  • Mercado Global – a non-profit fair trade organization that links rural and economically-disadvantaged cooperatives to the U.S. market.
  • Pachamama, World of Artisans – Pachamama works to increase consumer awareness, build equitable producer relationships and bring beautiful fair trade products to the public.
  • Ten Thousand Villages – one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, offering jewelry, home décor and gifts.
  • World of Good – Berkeley-based World of Good offers ethically sourced gifts, housewares and accessories.

GreenTreks Film to be featured at “The Food Revolution” Community Screening and Panel Discussion Event

We’ve been all about making the healthy food, healthy environment connection for years and are delighted to have a segment from one of our GreenWorks programs selected for screening at MiND TV’s upcoming event. The segment from Eat Locally, Think Globally features PA’s own multi-generational Milky Way Farm and the decision to go off chemical based pesticides and fertilizers. It will be online soon, but why not check it out at the screening along with other shorts and follow it up by taking part in a panel discussion with experts on local food and farms.

Here are the details:

The Food Revolution: A Community Screening + Panel Discussion on Local Food

Time: August 18 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street

- Opening Reception w/ Light (local!) Refreshments: 6pm
– Brief Introduction, with Musical Performance by Eco-Man: 6:20pm
– Screening: 6:30pm
– Panel Discussion: 7pm

The panel discussion will include:

- Marilyn Anthony, Regional Director, PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) / PA Buy Fresh, Buy Local
– Lily Cope, Director, Philly Homegrown
– Mary Seton Corboy, Director, Greensgrow Farms
– Raina Ainslie, Farm Educator, Pennypack Farm & Education Center
– Annmarie Butera, Natural Foods Educator

RSVP to Kim Kunda kkunda@mindtv.org

We have a whole batch of other farm and food related videos on our YouTube Channel, so take a look and let us know what you think.