Local Links – The Circle City

Indy Skyline

As Liz and I have mentioned time and time again, “Going Local” goes beyond just the foods you eat. Local vendors and resources also play a big part in connecting to others in your community. Below is a list of some the local sites and resources that I regularly visit. If you live in the Indianapolis area, I hope you find these resources equally helpful. (Don’t worry New York readers, Liz will be coming up with a similar list for you soon.)

As for those readers living in other areas of the country, we encourage you to find similar resources for your region. If you want us to post your list, go ahead and send it our way.

Urban Indy – You may have seen some of Kevin’s comments on our posts. You can count on him (and his site) to provide great facts about Indianapolis’ successes (and stumbles) on becoming a more sustainable city.

Going Local – Victoria is not only a master in the kitchen, but also does a great job promoting local farms and foods. Her travels around the state has helped me discover some new farms in the area, and her Indiana Food Guide and Local Food Festivals and Events page are most informative.

Indiana Living Green – This free publication is a first of it’s kind here in Indianapolis, and is a breath of fresh air amidst all the other free publications available to Hoosiers. If you prefer to do your reading online, the magazine’s web site has all the articles, plus a regularly updated blog.

Green Piece Indy – You might think that you receive enough e-newsletters already, but if you live in Indy, I strongly encourage you to sign up for this one! Meghan and Renee go beyond the typical “how to be green” tips by customizing them for Indy-dwellers. By giving specific resources and organizations, making environmental choices here in Indy just got easier.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. – KIB is a non-profit organization who’s mission is “is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment, and foster pride in the community.” Personally, I find that their site is the BEST resource in the city for recycling information.

Traders Point Creamery – Traders Point Creamery is more than just a place to get your local and organic dairy products. In edition to having events on the farm, they also are home to one of the few year-round farmers markets in the area.

Posted in Going Local by Rhaya on February 5, 2008 | Permalink | 2 Comments

Interview With a Smart Mom

Kelly Corbet

We previously featured a fantastic website, Smart Foods Healthy Kids, right here. The following is a interview with the CEO/Chief of Belief Kelly Corbet.

What inspired you to start SmartFoodsHealthyKids.com?
My oldest son was sick and obviously in pain when he first arrived. We went to several doctors, but none seemed to be able to help. So, I did what I’ve seen so many mothers do since: I searched for answers to make my baby better. I discovered that, for him, it was all about food! Once I changed our diets (he was nursing), life improved dramatically. Strangers in similar situations started calling (having heard through the grapevine), asking how to help their own sick kids. Before I knew it, I was teaching classes. Having run an international environmental consulting firm, I know way too much about chemicals to feel good about getting too many in and on kids, so, of course, I share that info with other moms, as well! What continues to inspire me is watching kids get better. In a way, we were lucky to have an “immediate feedback loop” for my son. He’d eat a cracker and throw up, so the connection was easy. For parents of kids with everything from ADHD, to asthma, to eczema, to Celiac disease, to you name it, dot-connecting can be more complex. But I’ve witnessed amazing results when moms start feeding their kids whole, fresh foods bodies were meant to eat. I’d even call some changes “miracles!” :)

The site obviously focuses on kids, how do you get your own kids excited about eating healthy and taking care of the planet?
In our house, healthy is just what we eat. And since every kid loves a cookie or cake, I try to make healthier versions for my own kids. I never want them to feel like they are “missing out” because of their healthy diet. I’ve noted in my own life how force creates resistance.

Probably the biggest factor in my kids’ healthy diet is the input they have. I try to empower them by having them help me prepare meals, and take them shopping with me. I give them choices, and if they want cookie dough for breakfast, that’s fine—healthy in fact, given the way I make it!  (See Kelly’s Cookie Dough recipe below).

Of course, the rest of the world doesn’t eat like us…yet! And I don’t want our kids thinking other people are “wrong.” We are all on different paths, and I let our children know that for our own family, we eat the perfect things for us.

I noticed you have written a book, “Love Lessons From My Mom,” any plans to write a second?
Oh yes! I’ve just got to put the final touches on my cookbook. I call it a “cookbook,” but it’s a mixture of food, philosophy and public policy…sort of like our website!
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Posted in Interviews,Recipes by Liz on February 4, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

A New Twist on Cleaning


When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, I know that it is best to re-use washcloths and sponges. However, I have to admit that sometimes when I see them sitting there in all their eco-glory, that I feel like I am actually wiping MORE germs onto the counter or into that hand-wash-only wine glass. Not wanting to take the easy (and wasteful) route of paper towels, I have come up with a solution that is better for the environment than paper towels, but is less “gross” than the common kitchen washcloth or sponge. Enter the European Sponge Cloth by Twist.

This handy “sponge cloth” is designed to outlast 17 rolls of paper towels and is 100% biodegradable. Better yet it is dishwasher safe (because who wants to throw crusty washclothes in with your clothes?) or can be sterilized by boiling in water.

Want more “Twist”ed products? Check out their Naked Sponge (No dyes, 100% cellulose), Loofah Sponge or Euro Sponge (all of which are 100% biodegradable).

In addition to being better than paper towels, Twist also reuses 99.97% of all their production waste and the cellulose (tree fiber) they use is sourced from renewable tree farms. Last but not least, their site provides instructions on how to turn their recycled packaging into a bird feeder or mobile.

Posted in At The Market,Living Green by Rhaya on February 1, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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