Monday, April 25, 2011

Got Goats?

The University of Maryland's Public Health Garden sure does!

As so many of our friends, family, fellow students and co-workers are aware, the UMD Public Health Garden team is working hard to clear weeds, grow seeds, and break ground in the garden space next month. A fun and exciting part of that plan, which includes 25-30 weed-eating goats from our friends and colleagues at Eco-Goats, will be highlighted with several demonstrations hosted by Brian Knox (of Eco-Goats) and the PHG Gals on Monday May 2nd at the garden site: Between the School of Public Health & Eppley Recreation Center. UMD IAA students are invited to attend the demonstration with yours truly at 11:00am. There will be additional demonstrations at 1:00pm and 3:00pm as well as nightly events.

The official Eco-Goat kickoff party starts at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 1st. While the goats fill up on thistle, the Public Health Garden gang will be sharing pizza with all our guests. Stop by anytime before 10:00pm!

We've got several weekend activities as well. Stop by on Maryland Day (Saturday, April 30th) to enter to win a small herb garden and paint/plant your own sustainable container garden (while supplies last) with our resident expert Allison Lilly, of Adventures in Container Gardening. If you'd like to go a step further and volunteer with us, please sign-up here.

Just in case you haven't seen it, check out our final design in this very cool video:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Geese!

'Tis the season for baby birds and it appears that at least one local nest of Canadian Goose eggs escaped depredation. I know they are invasive but they sure are cute, huh?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

BK Meat Monster

Not to be outdone by KFC or Taco Bell, Burger King Japan launched the Meat Monster Whopper, a sandwich consisting of a basic Whopper, two cheese slices, three strips of bacon, a second 3.3-oz. beef patty and a Tendergrill Chicken patty. The price translates to nearly ten American dollars.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Taco Bell: Dorito Loco Taco

Reports have surfaced that Taco Bell is testing a new product:: Nacho Cheese Doritos Shells. I guess I'm not surprised but I still say: Eww. Read more and watch a video of someone eating the Dorito Loco Taco here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Where does your state excel environmentally?

This fantastic infographic (click on it for larger version) courtesy of the Mother Nature Network, is sure to give you the warm fuzzies when you see what your state contributes to the health and wealth of our nation. Be forewarned though, scrolling down to the second infographic on "How does your state not excel?" may quickly rob you of those warm fuzzies.

Noteworthy observations: West Virginia is applauded for paying coal miners well but have the most coal mining deaths. Oklahoma may be fueling their vehicles with fruits and vegetables. And don't get too excited about that Texas wind power because they also have the most CO2 emissions.

The Human Toll of Coal vs. Nuclear

I should preface this post with a reminder that devastation is devastation, it comes in all shapes and sizes without discrimination, and pain is universally felt. Considering the human toll of different energy sources this soon after the natural and unnatural disasters in Japan is in no way meant to diminish the sympathy we feel for every single soul over there. So it is with continued support and hope for the people and animals of Japan, as well as so many who have suffered from the toll of coal, that we suggest taking a look at the following graph courtesy of an "Electricity Generation and Health" study reported on by the Washington Post's David Brown.

Brown's accompanying article explains how the data was and continues to be gathered and reveals the following:

"History suggests that nuclear power rarely kills and causes little illness. That’s also the conclusion engineers reach when they model scenarios for thousands of potential accidents. Making electricity from nuclear power turns out to be far less damaging to human health than making it from coal, oil or even clean-burning natural gas, according to numerous analyses. That’s even more true if the predicted effects of climate change are thrown in."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Snapshots

Spring is a busy time of year for folks in the business of growing so until we can get a solid post written, please enjoy some recent pictures from the greenhouse. From top to bottom: Broccoli, Cucumber, Dill.

I'm sure these are familiar sights for all our backyard/kitchen gardener pals, but if this is your first year starting from seed, be sure to get those tomato and pepper seeds in some soil and on the window sill soon.

University of Maryland celebrates Maryland Arbor Day with a Willow Oak planting on the mall and free White Oak saplings grown by the IAA's Ken Ingram.