GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK - 03/015/11

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Buying food produced locally and growing some of your own food avoids the costs of transportation, allows you to monitor the conditions under which your food is produced, and contributes to both community sustainability and food security.

Purchasing food transported long distances contributes to pollution, reduces nutritional value and sends money out of our community rather than circulating it locally where it will multiply.

Most food on our plates has been transported well over 1,000 miles. It may also have been produced under conditions that are hazardous to workers, unfair to animals and harmful to consumers and the environment.

The Walla Walla area is a great place for gardening and farming and has the capacity to produce and process more of its own food for local and regional consumption.

Mid-March is a good time to start planting peas, radishes, spinach, and carrots in your garden. We'll be adding more weekly planting advice along with future tips.

It's our world. If we produce and consume responsibly, we'll all benefit.

From Sustainable Walla Walla and the WWCC Go Green Club. More tips at www.sustainableww.org.

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