SustainAbility: Relying on printed material

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New Farmers Markets

Next Thursday evening, the American National Bank Downtown Farmers Market begins a new season on a refurbished Main Street.

Markets in Palisade, Fruita and Teller Arms will soon follow and this year three new locations will be added to that list.

Dan Kolmo and Dennis Hill, owners of Bookcliff Gardens, have embarked on a new venture selling fresh, local produce.

Howard Mizushima is in charge of growing the vegetables primarily on two plots, totaling 12 acres, within 5 miles of the Bookcliff Gardens. A few small plots also are scattered around the grounds of the business.

Right now greens and herbs are available at 755 26 Road, but the offerings will change daily as produce is harvested. Call 242-7766 for details.

After determining a sufficient level of interest, the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens decided to host a farmers market showcasing individual growers wanting to sell excess produce.

Executive Director Laura Stafford said they chose Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to beat the heat. The market will be in the parking lot at 641 Struthers Ave. from June 18 through Oct. 15.

Vendors will be charged a small fee. Call 245-3288 and speak to Christine Dingman for information.

“Because good food and good neighbors go together,” the Church of the Nativity is launching the Redlands Farmers Market. The church expects the market will be ready to open on July 3.

Located in the church parking lot at 2175 Broadway, across from Redlands Middle School, the market is scheduled for Sundays after church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 2.

Organizer Christie Frank said space is free and there is plenty of shade for vendors. To learn more, go to http://www.church-of-the-nativity.com/Farmersmarket.html or call 245-9606.

— Adele Israel



The electronic age is in full swing so there is no need to be buried in an avalanche of paper anymore. You can reduce clutter and improve the environment by choosing electronic delivery instead of relying on printed material.

Most companies and financial institutions allow you to opt out of paper delivery. This can include bills, statements, reports and other correspondence. Complete the cycle and further reduce paper use by paying your bills electronically. You can still print out essential documents if you feel it is necessary.

Making a change at your home may not seem like a big deal but according to PayItGreen Alliance if one in five American households switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the payoff would be big.

Because manufacture and transport of paper is a dirty business, we could avoid producing nearly 2 million tons of greenhouse gases each year. The effort also would reduce the amount of wastewater produced by millions of gallons and preserve close to 2 million trees.

You can find more interesting facts at http://www.payitgreen.org.

Over the course of the last three years I have slowly converted every possible transaction to electronic mode, including incoming information and bill payments.

I am happy to report the city of Grand Junction recently provided an electronic option for bills. They are not yet set up to send out email reminders, so you have to check your e-bill each month.

The Mesa County Assessor’s Office will now send an email rather than a paper copy for notice of valuation of your property.

Last spring I finally took the plunge and stopped balancing my checkbook. Instead I view my credit union accounts online almost every day to keep an eye on things.

You also can use electronic delivery for solicitations and information from many charities and nonprofits. Taking advantage of this option has reduced greatly the flow of paper into my house. I have found some organizations are better than others at following through on requests.

You can stop receiving unwanted catalogs and junk mail, too.

Calling each company can be challenging so Catalog Choice, http://www.catalogchoice.org, can streamline the process. Another method of reducing junk mail is to register at http://www.dmachoice.org.

Each company or organization has a slightly different procedure for going paperless so be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

A small investment of time can make a huge difference on the road to sustainability.

Adele Israel is a Grand Junction writer who has been involved in sustainability efforts for some 20 years. Have a question or column idea for Adele? Email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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