Tuesday, April 25, 2017
We have an environment, madam, if you can keep it.
Earth Day 2017, with homage to Benjamin Franklin.
I hope you had the pleasure of spending Saturday outside. There is so much going on – turtles are laying eggs, snakes are on the move, warblers and thrushes are returning from the tropics, alligators are basking on second floor Mt. Pleasant porches… It’s a great time to celebrate nature!
Re: the stair-climbing alligator, Bo Petersen with the Post and…
Friday, April 21, 2017
GrowFood Carolina’s customers are all unique, and we’re lucky to work with a wide array of restaurants, retailers and institutions. Our collaboration ensures our community has access to local produce in their grocery store, work cafeteria and favorite food truck.
The retail/restaurant hybrid is one of our favorite models because consumers have the opportunity to taste great local products and then take some home. Last year,…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I wish I could share stories from every farm visit with you. Your support enables these visits, and they are by far the most important thing we do. I learn something new each time—and although operating as a ‘middle man’—GrowFood Carolina strives to market a farmer’s products as the farmers themselves would. Every once in a while, we are able to…
Monday, April 17, 2017
Ombra mai fu
cara ed amabile,
From “Serse” by George Frederic Handel
I’ve spent a lot of the last week outdoors, both in the mountains and on the Black and Pee Dee rivers. (This is my lame excuse for skipping last week’s e-mail.) The forests are mystical this time of year, with fresh leaves bathing road and river edges in diffused green light. In the mountains, silver bell and serviceberry flowers are emerging, and dogwoods…
Friday, April 14, 2017
Last summer, Wray Lemke walked out of his office to find his wife and business partner, Susanne, yelling at her computer monitor. The hoodlums, he thought. It’s the birds again.
For more than two years, Wray has poured his time, energy and expertise into helping the Conservation League get our Pelicam running each season. The Pelicam project is a successful collaboration between the Conservation League, the South…
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A dozen students in Jane Settle’s classroom are furiously jotting notes on charts listing out plastic straws, bottles and bags. Their assignment: To research sources of marine pollution and brainstorm solutions to keep them out of local waters.
Jungle Jane, as her friends call her, moved to Charleston in 1977 to study marine science at the graduate level, quickly falling in love with…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A couple of weeks ago I included an article by David Brooks on the perils of abandoning the principles and processes of the Enlightenment – skeptical inquiry based on reason and empirical evidence. But I also included a piece from an English sheep farmer that seemed to provide a counterpoint to the cold rationality of, say, Francis Bacon. I thought the (sometimes) countervailing forces of reason and sentiment would help us navigate the environmental…
Monday, March 20, 2017
If you don’t know who Simon Kuznets was, you were probably an English major or a psychology major. You were almost certainly not an econ major.
Professor Kuznets invented National Income Accounting, which brought us the world’s most widely used measure of economic well-being, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). National Income Accounting systematized the evaluation of economic activity in America. Its misuse is also one of the reasons we are in so much trouble today.
Friday, March 17, 2017
In a recent interview with Quintin Washington, Air, Water and Public Health Program Director Katie Zimmerman reflects on her new role as Executive Director of Charleston Moves and the future of alternative transportation in Charleston.
Katie will leave us shortly to begin work at the local nonprofit, which aims to improve accessibility and protections for cyclists and pedestrians. We will miss her, but look forward to working alongside Katie to make Charleston a safer, better place…
Monday, March 13, 2017
We had a wonderful trip to Bull’s Island this Saturday, including a prolonged encounter with a bald eagle.
The recovery of bald eagles in America, from fewer than 450 breeding pairs in the 1960s to tens of thousands today is one of the great conservation success stories. (US Fish and Wildlife stopped counting eagles in 2007 when the bird was removed from the endangered species list.) Like hundreds of other animals and plants, rivers and…