Blogs

Here at the Austin EcoNetwork, we’re big fans of thorough, well-reported, and entertaining journalism. With our blogs, we slow down the news, dig down into the details, and really explain what is happening out there in the world. In this section we also feature guest posts from prominent members of the local community, exposing you to a well-rounded mix of voices from right here in Austin. We hope you enjoy reading our blogs as much as we enjoyed researching and writing them.

Onion Harvest Help Needed

We grow a wide assortment of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for
our community supported agricultural operation (CSA). The CSA concept is
based on the model that customers/shareholders invest in the farm and
share in the harvest over the course of the season. Currently, we have a
waiting list for new CSA members, but we do have Workshare memberships
available. A workshare member is someone who works from 8am to 1pm on a
Saturday or Wednesday in exchange for a week share of the farm’s produce
(typically 8 – 10 seasonal vegetable items, a $30.00 value).

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Texas Green Network – Meeting at Farmers Market, Wednesday, May 27th & TGN May Newsletter

From: Reed Sternberg

Hi Everyone,

The *Texas Green Network May Meeting* is going on this:

*Wednesday, May 27th 4-7pm*

*Austin Farmers Market at the Triangle*

*46th & Lamar (Info at www.sustainablefoodcenter.org)*

*Please RSVP at **rsvp at TexasGreenNetwork.org* **

This month, TGN joins forces with the *Austin Farmers Market* and *Sustainable
Food Center* for our May meeting. Join us for a great array of locally
grown foods and beverages and check out the market in full swing.

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Cool House Tour Volunteer Call to Action!

From: Lucy Stolzenburg

*PUT ON YOUR SUNGLASSES!*

*The 13th Austin Cool House Tour*

*June 28, 2009, 10:00am-6:00pm*

*Hello Friends of the Austin EcoNetwork,*

*The 13th annual Austin Cool House Tour is Sunday June 28, from 10:00 AM-
6:00 PM. We have 12 great projects that highlight the best in energy
efficient home design, construction and style, and we need your help.*

*TXSES schedules two volunteers, per 3 hour shift, to sit outside each
project, check for ticket/guidebooks, answer general questions and sometimes

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Wildland volunteer opportunity may 24

To learn more about any of these events, go to
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/wildland/onlineregistration/ecowebevent
s.cfm

Wildland Conservation Volunteer Stewardship Days

Juniper removal (Savanna Grassland Maintenance) – Slaughter

Date and Time: Sunday May 24, 8:30m to 12pm.

Location: Slaughter Creek tract, near intersection of Slaughter Ln and
FM 1826 in SW Travis County. Directions will be sent upon registration.

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Action Alerts, updates, Save Our Trees– Post Widely

From: Susan Bright

Write to Mayor Elect Leffingwell and the City Council to ask them NOT
to weaken the proposed tree code amendment re. saving our heritage
trees (in closed session) – ask them to strengthen City Code to
protect the heritage trees at Barton Springs and in Zilker Park, and
throughout our city.

email for Council: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council/groupemail.htm

Action links and updates:
Post: Save Our Trees at Barton Springs
Link: http://earthfamilyalpha.blogspot.com/2009/05/save-our-trees-at-barton-springs.html

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Viva Verde! – Goodwill’s Summer Youth Program‏

This summer Goodwill Industries is expanding its youth opportunities as part of the Viva Verde Summer Youth Employment Program.

Goodwill is seeking to partner with green organizations who can provide employment and vocational experience for at-risk youth. Goodwill pays all wages throughout the program for youth participants. It’s a great program with a lot of benefits for local organizations and companies.The funding for this program comes from the Recovery Act of 2009. The program promises to be 5X bigger than the usual summer opportunities Goodwill offers.

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Reminder: Local Food Potluck and Permaculture/ Citizen Gardener Graduation tonight – Wed., May 13th – Barr Mansion – 6:30 pm –

Tonight we are celebrating local food production and our newest crop of Citizen Gardener and Permaculture graduates. If you are just finding out this event is happening and your schedule is open this evening RSVP to this link
http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=CMTPPAUKXUESMARGVVXS&inviteId=TNHBIUVEQUNHCAORFKHO&showPreview=false&x=987071397 and get cooking/chopping!

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VOTE for Austin and the ENVIRONMENT THIS SATURDAY 7-7

2009 City of Austin Municipal Elections are tomorrow, 7am-7pm Saturday May 9.
Your vote matters! Austin voters will be electing 5 of 7 city council members, including its next mayor.
If everyone on this list votes we will have a major say in who is elected.

I’ve compiled some info sites and the endorsements of enviro groups that endorse, for your review, should you still be making your choice.
Info
Travis County Election info (including voting locations) http://www.co.travis.tx.us/county_clerk/election/

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Farewell Paul Domaruk

I loved this man. He was an angel among us. His contributions to life
(trees and people) were so many during the time he spent with us. I
will miss him. Brandi

From: “Scott Harris”

On Wednesday May 6 the Austin environmental community lost one of its
shining lights. Paul Istvan Domaruk left this world after a long
illness. Paul was a Forester and Certified Arborist and spent the
last five years working for TreeFolks, Inc. He was instrumental in
countless public tree planting projects and headed up our education

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Stewards of Casa de Luz, Garden Work Morning, Sunday, May 17, 8-11am

From: Jinji Willingham

Friends,
[I’m contacting the Stewards group prior to a public release of the upcoming
workday on May 17th. Tomorrow night I’ll post this to Austin Eco Network
and a few other sources in town, so let me know if you wish to sign up. We
have 10, maybe 12 maximum spots available. (Keep in mind that it’s also
possible to sign up for a volunteer shift in the kitchen.]
The Stewards of Casa de Luz Garden will meet for their bi-monthly Garden
Work Morning this Sunday, May 17th. We’ll meet on the deck at 8:00 am and

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