Natural Living Des Moines


Here’s a great idea for someone to run with by sarahtar
April 19, 2010, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Food, Related Websites, Think About It

Not me. I have too many ideas I’m running with already, lol.

Apparently, in some counties and cities in the US, local governments are turning over abandoned lots for urban farming. Particularly in communities where there are numerous vacant properties that revert to city or county ownership, this seems like a great use of otherwise wasted urban space. Many of these vacant properties are located in neighborhoods where the local population may lack good transportation and yet they might live a fair distance from grocery stores. Establishing small urban farms in these neighborhoods solves several problems – the neighborhood doesn’t have eyesore properties, the locals learn good skills, and they also obtain a good food source.

Example: Genesee County Land Bank in Flint MI.

Makes me wonder if Des Moines could start some sort of program like this. I know funding’s tight right now, but I bet that this could be done very inexpensively, and it would save costs in the long run, potentially. (though with the city’s stellar record of late with responsible use of taxpayer money, I guess it’s hard to say.)

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More about Chickens by sarahtar
October 11, 2008, 7:15 am
Filed under: Home and Garden, Related Websites

My awesome husband passed these links on to me for the aspiring backyard chicken keeper.

Backyard Chickens

Urban Chickens



Goods for Girls by sarahtar
March 3, 2008, 9:50 am
Filed under: Check This Out!, Events, Related Websites

Goods for Girls

Today, I came across a new organization called Goods for Girls.

You may have seen the commercials… the ones describing how girls in South Africa miss school when they have their period and how buying Tampax tampons will help them. There’s also a commercial for Always pads, with a similar message. Imagine having to use rags or newspaper, which is what many of these girls use for their periods.

Procter and Gamble (P&G) has started a program in Africa, where they are donating Always sanitary pads to girls who otherwise would miss several days of school each month due to inadequate menstrual supplies.

But what are the potential problems with donating disposable feminine hygiene products? Well, for starters, there is the environmental impact. In most of these areas, they have no solid waste programs or landfills. In other words, they burn their waste.

As such, products that have synthetic components (like sanitary pads and tampons) would be incinerated. For some schools, P&G is building incinerators near the bathrooms. But what about the pollutants emitted from burning these products? They may potentially get inhaled by the students and teachers. Any additional packaging, plastic or otherwise, would need to be disposed of in the same manner.

What would be a good alternative to help out these girls but without the environmental impact? Since most of these girls are using rags now, having a pad that is a more sophisticated (with a waterproof barrier) may be enough to allow them to participate in school and regular activities. They would still wash the pads as they normally do with the rags, but they would benefit from the extra protection.

I started Goods 4 Girls to provide the link for women wanting to donate hand-sewn menstrual pads to agencies who could provide the means to identify areas of need as well as provide the distribution to the women and girls needing the pads.

Wallypop has decided to become one of their participating retailers, so if you want to help them out, you can either zip on over to their website and make a donation, or you can zip on over to Wallypop and purchase some pads to be donated.