Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday Shorts: Special Connecticut Edition

First up: The Tally for last Saturday’s 6th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride.
Despite less than stellar (or should I say, solar weather), over 650 bike riders completed the route from West Rock to East Rock in New Haven, in the rain. Check out some photos here. They raised over $152,000 for 26 environmental groups. Check out this article in the New Haven Independent for more details. 

Second: The Buy 10% CT Pledge
buyCTgrown has launched a campaign urging residents of Connecticut to spend 10% of their food and gardening dollars locally. Since the 10% campaign began, 217 people and 85 businesses have taken the pledge and have spent close to $132,000 locally. The buyCTgrown site has a search tool to help you locate products you wish to purchase. The Food + Goods section highlights local products, establishments, and farms. Currently featured are: Cowpots (biodegrable pots made from composted cow manure); Comstock, Ferre and Co. (one of the oldest seed businesses in CT); and Creative Living Community of Connecticut (a micro-green business that employs adults with special needs). Season Top 10 suggests outdoor activities and special events with an agricultural theme — a great source of ideas for family fun. buyCTgrown is a program of CitySeed in New Haven, in partnership with UConn Extension, CT Farm Bureau, CT NOFA, and the CT Department of Agriculture. Check it out.

Enjoy your weekend. It is still cool in Connecticut, but the sun is out today and everything is in bloom — finally!

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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