Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Please Vote--For fresh and local food in Baltimore Schools!

A Recipe for Change is a new documentary that chronicles the efforts of Tony Geraci, food service director for Baltimore City Schools, to transform the way Baltimore City kids eat at school. Mr. Geraci's goal is to replace the processed food served in the Baltimore City Schools with fresh, locally grown food--all 83,000 meals a day! His bold vision also includes a vegetable garden at every school, student-designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom.

In the movie, Michael Pollen, the best-selling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, says, "If Tony makes this happen here the way he wants to, I think you’ll see this happening all over the country."

A Recipe for Change is competing to win $50,000 from Pepsi's Refresh Project. The funds would be used for final editing and distribution. The deadline for voting is March 31st. Please follow this link and vote for fresh food in Baltimore City Schools!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Alert: Composter/Rain Barrel Sale April 24!

It's that time of year again: Baltimore County has announced their annual Composter sale. Hosted again on the parking lot of IKEA at White Marsh Mall, this year's sale will be on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

Baltimore County will once again sell the Earth Machine composter. These composters are valued at $80 but will sell for $35 plus tax!

We're very excited to share the news that this year Baltimore County is introducing the sale of 55-gallon Systern rain barrels. The Systern rain barrel has a mosquito mesh and comes with installation instructions, spigot, screws, and an overflow hose. Valued at $90, the rain barrels will sell for $45. This is a first come, first served, so arrive early.

The sale will be a joint effort hosted by Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works (DPW), Bureau of Solid Waste Management and the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM). For more information on this event and home composting in general, visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management web site at or call 410-887-2000.

For more information on rain barrels or stormwater management, please contact DEPRM by e-mail ( or call 410-887-5683.