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No Impact Man at the Indiana Theater

Catch No Impact Man at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday April 11 at 5pm and 7pm
Special price for Bloomingfoods members!

Lower impact lifestyles are all the rage right now, but what does it feel like to really adopt one? Are they sensible, or simply sensationalist?
 
ImageIn honor of Earth Day 2010, Bloomingfoods is co-sponsoring two screenings of No Impact Man on Sunday April 11th at 5pm, and again at 7pm, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The cost for Bloomingfoods members is $3, and $5 for the general public. Just mention your member number when buying tickets at our stores or at the BCT Box Office.
 
Whether you are eco-conscious or just eco-anxious (or in a state of eco-denial) you might enjoy this special screening of No Impact Man, the story of Colin Beavan, a self-described “liberal schlub who got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it.”
 
Several years ago, in November, 2006, Beavan began a year-long “No Impact Project” in which he, his wife Michelle Conlin, and his then two-year-old daughter (and their four-year-old dog) went off the grid, attempting to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.
 
No Impact Man tells the story of that year: its challenges, humorous moments, and the difficult choices demanded by a lower impact lifestyle. The rules of the game were: no more electricity, no more automated transportation, no more non-local food, no more conspicuous consumption. (There’s even something in there about toilet paper.)

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Community Orchard Update

ImageWe're pleased to offer this report from Amy Jo Countryman on the first annual meeting of the Bloomington Community Orchard.

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Dear Fellow Fruit Lovers,

As you may have heard, you rock the Orchard world!  We have all officially won an orchard from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Edy's Fruit Bars thanks to all of your persistence and enthusiasm.  Thank you.

We are incrementally getting closer to that fateful day when we...plant publicly-owned fruit trees!  Here are the most recent developments.

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Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour

Summer Farm Tour
Sunday, July 18, 2010 from 2pm-9pm
 
Stranger's Hill Farm Hoop HouseTaste a slice of agrarian life on the Summer Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour. Visit three special Monroe County farms: Stranger’s Hill Organics (site of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden), Phoenix Farm, and Marble Hill Farm. Meet the local producers, and enjoy a delicious evening meal at Marble Hill Farm, prepared by Gregg “Rags” Rago of Nick’s English Hut and Jeff Finch of Finch’s Brasserie.
 
Learn about the organic production of fruits, vegetables, and plant starts at Stranger’s Hill Organic Farm, the oldest continually Certified Organic farm in Indiana (since 1989). In addition to their own operation, owners Dale and Lee Jones (with partners Rick Dietz, George Huntington, Heather Reynolds and Dave Rollo) have donated a half-acre to help create the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden. There, volunteers plant, tend, and harvest much-needed organic vegetables for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and the many agencies it serves. Stranger’s Hill Organics products can be found at Bloomingfoods, the Bloomington Community Farmers Market, and the Tuesday Market.
 
At Phoenix Farm in Western Monroe County, Chris and Feng Valliant grow their own soybeans, Asian vegetables and other greens, selling them at the co-op, the Farmers Market, and to local restaurants. After a trip to China, where they learned the art of tofu-making from a third-generation tofu master (with the help of Feng’s father), they began to produce small batches of highly filtered artisan tofu with a smooth, rich, traditional texture.
 
Marble Hill Farm is located in southwest Monroe County. Owners Kip and Whitney Schlegel raise Angus beef on 150 acres, where their herd of cows and calves roam freely on lush green pastures. The farm’s state certified and inspected beef is free of hormones and antibiotics. Marble Hill Farm is also home to Nubian and Alpine goats, as well as a mixed breed of brown egg laying chickens. Marble Hill Farm products (including Angus beef, eggs, and seasonal produce) are available at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market, and by request from the farm.
 
This tour travels by school bus from Showers Common at 401 North Morton Street. (Please note that the bus is not air-conditioned.) Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, a snack, and water. Dress comfortably, with walking shoes: there will be some robust walks on uneven terrain. The tour will take place rain or shine. The schedule may be altered in the event of severe weather.
 
Check-in begins at 1:15, and buses depart at 2pm.
The cost, which includes an evening meal at Marble Hill Farm, is $60 per person.
Register by July 12 in the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office at 401 North Morton Street, Suite 250 or online at www.bloomington.in.gov/parks (the code is 56502 A).
For more information, contact Marcia Veldman at 812-349-3738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Co-sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Slow Food Bloomington, the Local Growers Guild and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli with special thanks to Nick’s English Hut, Finch’s Brasserie and Oliver Winery.

Community Orchard News for July

The Orchard e-mail list has been quiet the past few weeks, but there has been a LOT going on lately with all things fruity.   May I tell you?

First, we have officially set a planting date with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) to put our first trees in the ground!  Please, mark your calendars now for ***Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10 am***!  We'll learn how to properly plant from the FTPF arborist, put our sweet babies in the ground, and have a celebrational picnic afterwards.  Thank YOU for all your votes that won us all this grant!  Please join us for the fantastic culmination of those efforts.

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Family Night Presents: Pool Night

Enjoy splashing and playing at the Family Night Pool Party on Friday, August 13th from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the IU Outdoor Pool, at the corner of 17th and Fee Lane. 

You'll find swimming and fun at the Childrens' Pool, Main Pool, and Diving Well. Don't forget to take a break for a natural juice pop from Bloomingfoods.

Parking and admission are free. Park in lots 12 or 13, or in the lot by the Armstrong Soccer Stadium.

Support provided by Bloomingfoods.