Top 5 Urban Gardening Ideas to Grow Your Own Foods

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This article was guest written by Cloe Matheson

Do you love the idea of biting into fresh, organic fruits and vegetables? There is something about home produce that is crisper and juicier than the store-bought stuff. Read on for 5 flavor tips on how to spark your green thumb into action and grow your own food.

Window Gardening
Picture a cute windowsill chock-full of fresh herbs. You’ll no longer need to add flavour-enhancing packets to your grocery list. Establishing a windowsill garden gives you the opportunity to grow your own produce in tiny spaces.

Stop throwing out herb plants after only plucking a few leaves. Instead, plant your favourite herbs in your windowsill garden. Herbs like coriander and parsley can be expensive for their weight, so this can help those on a tight budget. Your window garden can range from inexpensive to more intricate. For more permanent gardens, you can buy designed terracotta windowsill gardens to host your herbs.

Container Gardening
Shipping containers are an innovative method of growing fresh produce. These recycled shipping containers are insulated and climate-controlled. This ensures that your produce grows without a hitch.

Using shipping containers as a garden also helps reduce setup time when compared with a greenhouse. Greenhouses can take weeks to set up and often required a lot of maintenance. If you are stuck for time, opt for a repurposed shipping container and let its efficiency surprise you. These containers are perfect for those who have a concrete backyard space. Instead of tearing up concrete and laying soil, you only need to worry about filling the dedicated space in the container.

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Ten Cheap & Easy Ways To A Low-Waste Lifestyle

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What is your Ecological Footprint? How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? We challenge you to take the quiz and find out!   Then try these effective and cost-friendly low-watse lifestyle tips.

1. Buy Local  – Avoid unnecessary packaging.  Buying your bread, vegetables and other items without all of that extra packaging is significant.  Look for our Locally Sourced badge at the market to identify items that use more than 50% local ingredients!  Amazon may be conveient but at what cost? (More reading What a Waste – Online Retails Big Packaging Problem).

2.Get Educated – Know about your recycling program, and how to properly sort your waste.  Do a waste audit. Take time to go through your garbage and recycling bin and see if you’ve been mis-categorizing items in the wrong bins. You can also assess where the majority of your garbage is coming from and how you can reduce the amount of waste you’re generating.

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Don’t Be Part of the Pollution…

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…Be Part of the Solution

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We produce roughly 260 MILLION pounds of waste annually.  Althoguh we make attempts to divert that waste from landfills, did you know that 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled? Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted. Let’s change that!

We’ve launched a Green Booth in our dining area to help tackle the challenge of sorting waste and we want to encourage our Loyal Locals to help us do the job. Our goal is to spread education and awareness around the issue of diverting waste from landfills and reducing our overall Ecologicl Footprint.

What is your Ecological Footprint? How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? We challenge you to take the quiz and find out! https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

It’s important to remember these steps when reducing waste…

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Let’s Talk Dirty

 

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The average person throws away nine times their own body weight in waste every year.  As much as 30% of that waste can be composted.  However, more often than not, it ends up in landfills!  Landfills are among the biggest contributors of soil pollution and we can reduce their impact by diverting waste that ends up there.  In fact, roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled.

We can do better – the power to divert waste from landfills is in within our control and the effects directly impact our very own communities, towns and families.  At Phoenix Public Market we’re dedicated to reduce waste in our community by increasing our understanding of how to properly sort waste.  Let’s see how much market waste we can divert from landfills…  Is it in you?

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Make the Switch + Ditch the Plastic Bag

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Over the past year, the Phoenix Public Market community has supported our Plastic Bag Recycling Program.  We’re committed to collecting used grocery bags, offering them for re-use to other shoppers and hauling excess bags to recycling collection sites.

With the start of the new year, Phoenix Public Market vendors are going a step further and have committed to not use new plastic grocery bags.  Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and use our recycling program to reduce waste.  Please help to support our efforts.

Every year, one trillion plastic bags – single use – are used, equating to 2 million per minute.

The Cost on our Wildlife An estimated one million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless other sea animals die each year from ingesting plastic. The animals confuse floating bags and plastic particles for edible sea life such as jellyfish and plankton.  Other animals can become entangled in plastic waste.

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Eco-Friendly Changes to Make Today

How to Live a More Sustainable Life: Eco-Friendly Changes to Make Today

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In October 2018, a United Nations scientific panel released a climate change report with a somber prediction: We have only 12 years to slash global carbon emissions 45 percent in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees C.  Actions need to be taken by large corporations — especially in the energy and mining sectors. However, we too can do our part starting at home. Making small and sustainable improvements can help reach that goal and encourage better practices outside of our homes. Here are some changes you can make to help reach that goal.

Start at Home

For most, the bulk of our carbon footprint is comprised of the energy we use to power our homes. By making some small and sustainable home improvements, you can reduce emissions while enjoying the added benefit of lower power bills. One of the easiest things you can do is Read the full story »

Care for Your Community

Last month, inspired by Jack Johnson’s change-making generosity with All At Once Org, we organized a humble neighborhood clean-up with Local First Arizona that exceeded expectations.IMG_2438 Read the full story »

Double Your Impact + Help Us Grow

Our organization is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2018 Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. All At Once comes to life online at www.AllAtOnce.org and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with us and other local and national non-profits.

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Help us raise funds!  Jack Johnson’s charity is matching donations contributed to us at the show or directly to our organization until September 15, 2018, up to a total of $2500.  Help us raise funds!  Make a contribution and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Foundation!

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Locally Sourced + Market Approved

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One of our favorite things at the Market is the fact we get to meet the growers and producers, ask questions and learn how our foods and products are grown and made.  Traceability is important, we should know where our food comes from just the same we like to know it’s organic.  We should be able to see and understand the food chain and what we’re buying and consuming.

Look our new for the Locally Sourced badge at the Market! 

Vendors offering products featuring more than 50% locally-sourced ingredients are being awarded “Phoenix Public Market Approved” badges.  In addition to the nutritional and health benefits, choosing these products keeps even more money in the local economy, leading to a healthier sustainable community.

We have power as consumers and where we choose to use our spending power makes an impact! When you choose to shop local you support.

We love sharing all of the wonderful reasons shopping local is so valuable to our community! Want to read more?  Check out these past blog posts: Why Shop Local?
The Importance of Shopping Local Growers and Producers

Plastic Bag Recycling

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You can now recycle your plastic bags at the Phoenix Public Market! Find our plastic bag collection bin near the Information Booth. Feel free to drop off clean and dry plastic films such as: Grocery/carryout bags, newspaper delivery bags, dry cleaning bags and department store bags.

Those plastic grocery bags can have more than one life when you place them in the recycling bin. Shoppers can reuse bags while shopping at the Market. In addition, plastic bags can be recycled into new materials. The process involves chipping the bags into pellets. While pellets can then be reprocessed into new bags, they will most likely be shipped to companies to be manufactured into plastic lumber.

Prepare your bags for recycling:

  1. Remove anything inside the bags, such as receipts, stickers or crumbs. All these items will contaminate your bag load.
  2. Keep a bag collection bin in your house, such as one big garbage bag for all bags. Since they compact easily, you should be able to fit 50 to 100 plastic bags in one garbage bags.

Do your part to reduce and reuse waste in our community.
Help facilitate consumer choice while reducing environmental contamination!  You can also find wonderful Market bags to purchase at the Market and use week after week to fill with your favorite Market goodies!

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