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Naomi Bloch





June 28, 2012

Potomac, Md

I have to say that I am really becoming excited by the growth of green and sustainability-related happenings going on in Montgomery County and beyond.

Looking at just the last couple of weeks on my personal schedule, there have been many, and varied,  green-related engagements that I want to share with you.  So often, when one cares deeply about the environment and our collective future, it can seem like there isn’t that much happening on the solutions front.

Trust me, I have had those days myself.

I have been a “greenie” in my heart and soul since growing up back in the 60’s in San Francisco when I was writing term papers in high school about pollution issues and solutions.

When I moved to Maryland in 1989, I was dismayed by the lack of any apparent concern for these issues.  I had to look very hard to find a place where I could drop off the plastic milk cartons for recycling. I managed to find a place, thank goodness, even though the county’s recycling program was years away.

Back to here and now, the various events and activities I attended over the past few weeks makes me hopeful and happy to know that the environmental movement is gaining momentum.   I know that there are also so many more events happening in the DC metro area that I am not even aware of.   I hope readers will share with me what you are seeing and participating in.

On June 7th I attended the Bethesda Greens first Thursday of the month Happy Hour where 96 people crowed into a back room at Food, Wine & Company in Bethesda to learn about the new Farm to Freezer program from Sue Kirk, the director of   Bethesda Cares and Cheryl Kollin, principal of Full Plate Ventures.

Cheryl Kollin had approached Sue Kirk with the idea of freezing all the wonderful farm fresh bounty that the growing season brings so that the meals Bethesda Cares serves to it’s homeless clients could include wholesome produce through out the year instead of it ending up in a landfill.

Some of you may have even read the Washington Post article in last Thursday’s Food section mentioning that over 40% of food in this country, from farms, stores, restaurants and households is throw out in the trash!

So, this farm to freezer program is a real win/win solution to a local problem.  If you’d like to learn more and even volunteer to help (a good learning experience, too!) to help with the preparation of the fresh food for freezing, check out these links above.

On June 9th,  I tabled for Amicus Green Building Center at the Bethesda Green’s third annual “Solar & Green Home Expo” and it was the largest gathering of vendors yet.  The goal of this event was to provide homeowners and other interested parties an opportunity to get the latest information about area services and incentives to green their homes.

It is always so wonderful to see new vendors at these types of events because it means that more and more companies are being set up to work on some aspect or another of the new green economy.For more information about sustainable products and future Bethesda Green events, just follow the links below:

The following weekend, on June 16th, I again tabled for Amicus Green Building Center, but this time in NE, Washington, DC at the “Solar Flare” event, which was co-hosted by a division of DC Sun and the Ward 7 Solar Co-op.  This was a very well attended event.   It was clear to me that the elected leaders and residents living in DC’s lower-income neighborhoods are extremely interested in and up on all things green.


When it comes to becoming more sustainable, it really makes sense to be aware of what our neighbors are doing and the creative approaches they are employing to help make going solar, going green and saving energy much more accessible to more and more people every year.

On June 19th I attended the Green Wheaton Gala at Brookside Gardens in celebration of their first anniversary.  If you, or anyone you know lives in the Wheaton area, you/they should check out their website to learn more about what they’re working on toward making Wheaton a more green and sustainable community.

On Wednesday, June 20th I attended the third public meeting of the Montgomery County Food Council 

On Thursday evening, June 21st, I headed downtown to mix and mingle at the Green America Happy Hour where we enjoyed locally produced food and then listened to four speakers who are on the front lines of creating a vibrant local food economy:

1. Jim Epstein, founder & chairman of  Blue Ridge Produce — Blue Ridge Produce is an aggregator of Virginia-grown fruits and vegetables for sale to wholesale buyers in the Washington, DC region.

2. Margarita Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of Eco-City Farms Located in Edmonston, Maryland, Eco-City Farms harnesses solar and geothermal power for growing vegetables, raising chickens for eggs, and keeping  bees. From August through December they harvested more than 600 pounds of local produce.

3. Ted Rouse, co-founder of  Big City Farms — Big City Farms in Baltimore grows and harvests fresh organic vegetables, supplying restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, and local distributors, all while turning deteriorating urban land into job-centers and profitable green spaces.

4. Andy Shallal, founder of  Busboys and Poets — With four locations in the Washington Metro area, Busboys and Poets is more than a restaurant, serving as a community resource for performers, activists, writers, and local nonprofit organizations, and supporting local farms and local clean energy.

Hearing from all of these speakers and how they are each creating and promoting different aspects of  a regional and local food system was so inspiring and very hopeful.

It is happening, friends!  We are, collectively moving ever closer to the “tipping point” when all of these various efforts toward healthier, more sustainable communities and economy will only become stronger and more a part of our collective every day.

Together we will make the changes necessary to a more sustainable tomorrow.



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