Category Archives: mini challenges

Kitchen Remodel to Reduce Food Waste and Organize Recycling

Reducing Waste in the Kitchen The kitchen is not only the location for much of our household consumption, it’s also the source of much of our household waste production, including one of the worst greenhouse-gas-producing waste products — food waste. A … Continue reading

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Personal Permaculture 2: Capture and Store Energy

This month’s permaculture principle is “Capture and store energy.” Since we’re looking at permaculture broadly, the conversation encompassed many different types of energy.

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Emergency Preparedness and the Long Emergency

Preparedness Discussion Group This group began in November 2012 after a few members watched the video Peak Prosperity and began talking about how to prepare for immediate emergencies and the “long emergency” of climate change. We aren’t showing the video … Continue reading

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Personal Permaculture Discussion Group

Transition Longfellow will be hosting a year-long conversation on Personal Permaculture. January’s kickoff meeting will feature Longfellow master gardener Theresa Rooney. She will provide an overview of permaculture, introducing and explaining the principles and ethics. To learn more, see the … Continue reading

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September Mini-Challenge: STUFF

Trash Pickup Facilitates Endless Consumption A friend of ours just came back from studying Spanish in Guatemala. One of the things that stood out for her (aside from chickens everywhere) was the fact that the community in which she lived … Continue reading

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It’s harvest time! How far did your food travel?

Oh Bounteous Garden… August was supposed to be the month we looked at reducing our carbon footprint in the area of transportation. What was I thinking?! I’m spending any non-work hours trying to stay ahead of the garden. We have … Continue reading

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July Mini-Challenge: Sustainable Yards

In July we’re taking a look at how sustainability issues affect the urban land around us. In Longfellow, many people are particularly mindful of the effect we have on water – and the effect water has on us: Water runoff … Continue reading

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Longfellow Sustainability Group – I’m Loving the Support

The Longfellow Sustainability Group meets on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 am at Peace Coffee on Minnehaha and 33rd. We get to meet new neighbors almost every month. We discuss our experience with the prior month’s mini … Continue reading

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Highest CO2 Emissions in History Sets the Stage for More Biking

The transportation mini-challenge doesn’t start until August, but when I saw that CLIF BAR had created a nifty biking challenge, I thought this was as good a time as any to commit to more biking for both the health benefits … Continue reading

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Experiments in Square-Foot Gardening

This month the mini-challenge is localizing our food.We’re paying attention to where our food comes from at the coop, choosing Minnesota or Wisconsin-grown, rather than California or Mexico. At our last trip, 24% of our purchase was local. The other … Continue reading

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