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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Roberta Gallagher

Eastwood Earthstars

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Roberta's Actions


Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

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Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.



De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.



Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.



Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 10 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

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Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.



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    Roberta Gallagher 10/24/2018 6:42 PM
    Last weekend I went to Green Door Farm for the first time. <>  "We are a 350 acre USDA certified organic farm, on-farm market, and agritourism destination in Nashville, Tennessee. Nestled along the Cumberland River, our farm is just minutes from downtown, Green Hills, and the West End corridor! We grow a wide variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs. We provide our customers, including our Local Farm Box participants, local restaurants and florists, with the absolute best direct-from-the-field produce. In addition, our on-farm market offers co-operatively sourced products from the area’s best local producers; including grass fed meats, honey, jams, dairy, baked goods, and much more!"   I bought one of the farm boxes,which was full of beautiful, fresh organic produce.  Here is what will be in this weekend's farm box (but you don't have to buy the box, and can just buy these or other items individually):
    Kale or Chard
    Radishes, radishes, radishes! 
    Bok Choy or Pac Choy
    Bunches of beets
    Baby mustard or arugula 
    Butternut squash
    Bell peppers
    Carrots or turnips"
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/24/2018 6:26 PM
    This is not a great time of year to start an herb garden, but I did it anyway on a small scale, indoors.  My little garden has basil, mint, oregano, and thyme, and I am looking forward to pruning my herbs throughout the fall and winter to spice up my cooking. I hope I can keep the plants going long enough to move them outside in the spring after the risk of frost has subsided. For now, I am planning to move the plants outside on sunny, mild days as long as I can to maximize their exposure to sunlight  I read this before I bought my plants:<>

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/23/2018 5:42 AM
    PBS "Native Americans" starts tonight ()ct. 23, 8 pm Central time)  <>  " Explore the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents. "

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      Dawn Hartley 10/23/2018 7:02 AM
      Thanks for sharing Roberta. I had not heard about this series and I think I can watch. Yay!

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/22/2018 4:47 AM
    Nov. 6 through Nov. 9---"A Piece of Nature" Book sale to benefit Warner Park Nature Center <>   Cash, check and credit accepted
     All funds benefit Nature Center programming and exhibits
     "The Library has collected astronomy, history, geology, outdoor recreation and, of course, nature books for 45 years. Take home a piece of our history to enjoy at home while giving back. Sale takes place during regular Nature Center hours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. "

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      Dawn Hartley 10/22/2018 6:30 AM
      I was so excited to read about this, but when I looked it up it appears it happened on October fourth. But I love the idea of a movie gathering. Would anyone like to share a couple of favorite films or books you've experienced lately that have made a difference in the way you think about any of the Ecochallenge ideas?

      Here are two books I've really appreciated recently.

      Deep Economy by Bill McKibben.  I think it was written in 2008, so maybe already a little dated? But I found it inspiring and empowering. Lots of stories about small local movements around the world that have gone against the grain of mass everything.

      Lab Girl. A memoir by Hope Jahren. I'll never look at plants the same way again. She alternates chapters on the "experiences" of plants with her own life experience in a way that connects the two. 

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/20/2018 10:01 AM
    Nov. 5, 7:00--Belcourt Theatre: "Wild & Scenic Film Festival---where activism gets inspired"  The event explores environmental issues through film and promotes community building, inspires stewardship and connects people with volunteerism locally. The goal of the festival this year is to reach more people and to increase community engagement to give middle Tennessee citizens a chance to make a change.
    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind. Sit back and enjoy, while watching films that leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. These environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, while also showing the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. This festival connects film with broader environmental and social context and reminds us that we are participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

    Advance Tickets: $10 + Belcourt Preservation Fee
    Tickets at the Door: $12 + Belcourt Preservation Fee

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/20/2018 9:37 AM
    Greenways for Nashville is thrilled to be joining Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation and Mayor David Briley in the opening celebration of the new 440 Greenway on Saturday, October 27th!

    A segment of the City Central Greenway System, this 1.25 mile off-street greenway paralleling I-440 will take users from Centennial Park to Elmington Park. This is the first of a planned 7 mile corridor along 440 that will provide green space recreation and meaningful transportation options while connecting numerous neighborhoods that are currently divided by interstates 40 and 440.

    We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00am at Elmington Park to celebrate with family-friendly activities, food trucks, and live music. Mayor Briley will be joining us for a brief Opening Ceremony Program & Ribbon Cutting at 10:30am, followed by a community greenway walk, skate, or bike on the greenway. Please remember, nothing motorized is permitted on Nashville's greenways.

    Thank you to all the partner organizations who will be present: Nashville B-Cycle, Blakemore UMC, Cumberland River Compact, Rivive!, Nashville Connector, Nashville Striders, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Tennessee Women in Green, Urban Green Lab, Walk Bike Nashville, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, and West End Middle School!

    Food Trucks: Gypsy Crepe Co and Crimson Witch Patisserie

    Musical Talents of Bullfrog Revue

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/19/2018 7:38 AM
    Oktoberforest event at Owls Hill Nature Preserve, Oct. 20 ---Jackalope Brewery partners with the Nature Conservancy---come help remove invasive plant species to preserve forest health, learn about the connection between healthy forests, clean water, and good beer, and enjoy free pizza and Jackalope brew! (Over 21 only due to the beer...sorry, kids!) Free but need to register here:
    Also more about forests, sustainability, and beer here:

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      Jami Anderson 10/21/2018 6:49 PM
      Yes that would be awesome 

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      Dawn Hartley 10/19/2018 12:35 PM
      Wow, there are so many wonderful opportunities this weekend. This is one I would love to do if I had the day off. I would really like to organize some field trips with groups from church for projects like this. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/19/2018 4:54 AM
    You can find out where and how to recycle "special and hazardous waste," including electronics,  pharmaceuticals,  household chemicals, etc., here:
    It is a good idea to review the lists of items at the link, as there may be some unsafe things you are inadvertently placing in your trash and therefore putting into the environment  via landfills.  There is also general info about recycling at the link.

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    Roberta Gallagher 10/17/2018 12:52 PM
    (Free) Bird Walk, Saturday Oct. 20---Richland Creek Watershed Alliance--(a watershed-based, community-supported stream conservation group, public charity, focused on environmental sustainability of the Richland Creek watershed, and dedicated to providing action and leadership for long-term restoration and preservation of its ecosystem) Meet Kevin at the Wyoming Trailhead to learn about the birds that live on Richland Creek. Saturday, 20 October 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
     Wyoming Greenway Trailhead
    Corner of 51st Avenue North & Wyoming Avenue 
    No need to register!


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    Roberta Gallagher 10/15/2018 7:14 AM
    Using a bento box can minimize waste from plastic sandwich bags and other wrapping when bringing your lunch to work or on a trip. <>    I often bring single servings of salad dressing from home in a recycled pill bottle so I won't have to use the little foil packets...the same could be done for ketchup and other condiments.