Green news blogging

In my official work gig at OPB as part of the environment news team EarthFix, we recently started a team blog called Waypoints. It’s a nice addition to the other media we produce (audio, video and other digital stories) and it’s given me a chance to flex my ‘writer’ muscle professionally.

Here are a few of the recent posts (mine and some of my colleagues’) I particularly enjoyed:

Feasting On “Trash Fish” For Sustainability

– taking a look at seafood that’s typically thrown out because of lack of demand; a new foodie event is trying to bring wolf eel and skate wing some love

First ‘Farm To School’ Census

– in 2010 Congress declared October ‘National Farm To School Month’ and now USDA is completing the first Farm To School Census

New ‘Vanishing Ice’ Exhibit Reveals A Changing Climate Through The Art of the Arctic

– a very rad exhibit will be on view in Bellingham, showing art works depicting alpine and polar regions; the opening will feature a huge block of ice that will – you guessed it – melt

Goats In Boats: An Answer To Invasive Species On Islands?

– goats are cute, but even cuter are goats in boats on their way to munch on an island’s invasive species

As NW Considers Coal Exports, China Chokes On Coal-Fired Smog

– a jaw-dropping satellite photo shows coal-fueled smog covering China as the Pacific Northwest considers sending more coal through to that part of the world


the real dirt on the real dirt

went to see the real dirt on farmer john at the hollywood theatre last weekend. it’s a wonderful coming of age documentary, not only of farmer john, but of society and our country as we grapple with issues around sustainability, community and healthy living. the filmmaker taggart siegel and farmer john have known each other for over 20 years and that closeness reveals intimate moments in john’s journey from failed family farmer in the 80s/90s to cutting edge eco-conscious farmer/artist/community builder in present times. included are clips from john’s old 16mm art films shot on the farm which add a nostalgic, dreamy, quirky tone. the film brought tears to my eyes at several points, not from saccharine, sappy manipulations, but from visceral emotional connection to farmer john’s odyssey. from an activist perspective, the film leaves you hopeful and encourages individuals to make pro-active choices in their own lives. as for me, it reminded me of the joy of being a csa subscriber when i lived in cali and now i’m looking for a farm to join in the portland area. highly recommend the film. i think it’s at the hollywood for a few more days, then should be available on dvd soon at farmer john’s website for angelic organics.