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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do This: Cranksgiving

Posted By on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Give thanks for good Tampa fun on two wheels with Cranksgiving, an annual food drive and scavenger hunt that's been carving out a noble path through cities across the U.S.

It began in New York City in 1999, and today the Tampa's Cranksgiving takes a spin again for the less fortunate.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ybor's Roosevelt 2.0 closes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Bryan Roberts opened the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City with a mission to bring the community together. Monday, the cooperative behind the Roosevelt announced its closing due to a lack of funds.

"Ybor is a tough spot for a place like Roosevelt," Roberts said. "It just wasn't financially sustainable. We're going to regroup and see where we stand now."

Redner Enterprises owns the building at 1812 N. 15th St. Roberts said he and his crew tried to gather enough investors to purchase the building (Redner Enterprises said the building is no longer for sale and they're negotiating with a new tenant). Roberts said maintaining the building cost the Roosevelt upwards of $6,200 a month. Coupled with costs of necessary renovations (more than $125,000), they decided it was time to move on.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

A world to love on Earth Day Mon., April 22

Tampa Bay organizations dig into Earth Day with a variety of events to bring out your greener side.

Posted By and on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

We all live on Earth, don’t we?

Mon., April 22, is a day for everyone — environmentalists and non-environmentalists alike — to surround ourselves with fresh air, feel the rich soil underneath their feet and discover their inner naturalists. Luckily, Tampa Bay organizations provide a variety of ways to help you show your love and appreciation for the planet we call home. If it's more convenient for you to celebrate over the weekend, rather than the Monday the holiday actually falls on, you have plenty of options.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Film explores what it means to be organic

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

In Organic We Trusts Kip Pastor (left) with one of the farmers featured in his latest film.
  • In Organic We Trust's Kip Pastor (left) with one of the farmers featured in his latest film.

"What does organic mean?"

That is the question that's pondered in the documentary film, In Organic We Trust. Through interviews with farmers, academics, and the public, In Organic We Trust tracks the organic movement's split from a philosophy to a corporate industry. Director Kip Pastor started the documentary (his first feature-length film) as a graduate student at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Pastor recently took the time to talk to me about his experience as a food activist and first-time filmmaker from his Los Angeles office.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Helping those in Sandy's aftermath from afar

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

A pork-fueled fundraiser near Brooklyn to help those affected by Sandy.
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  • A pork-fueled fundraiser near Brooklyn to help those affected by Sandy.
With upwards of $60 billion in damage, and over a hundred dead and counting, Hurricane Sandy's impression is deep and widespread across the Northeast.

As Floridians, hurricanes are routine. We are conditioned to it, the pace of preparation every year like clockwork. But as one New Yorker wrote me this morning, "Yes, you guys have hurricanes down there unfortunately. NYC does not, sadly."

So here are some ways people in the area are helping or can help.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Meditating on Moss: A Green History

Posted By on Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

When you conjure up images of European medieval woodland landscapes, as depicted in fairy tales and hero's adventures, the scenery is often an iconic archetype. The mosaic of images probably contains languidly moving brooks flanked by dense arboreal vistas and most certainly there is a vibrant lush green carpet stretching in all directions on the forest floor. This expansive and luxuriant green blanket is composed of an interwoven series of a singular and amazing plant; moss.

Moss comes in a host of varieties including color, texture, geometry and so forth. The moss of fairy tale panoramas is more than likely the long-fibered sphagnum moss better known as peat moss. Peat moss is not restricted to Europe it also has its North American and Asian counterparts. Moss has a lively and lavish history in the social, medical, spiritual, horticultural and even economic realms of peoples lives all over the world.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Green wine for Earth Day

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM

If you enjoy wine and being green, why not combine the two in honor of Earth Day? First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day honors anything protecting and preserving the planet. So, consuming green wine will preserve the planet and provide a buzz simultaneously. A win-win situation.

No, green wine isn’t a Kermit-like hue; the green refers to the practices surrounding the production of these wines. For example, many green wines are produced in sustainable wineries, which ban pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Some of these wineries are also biodynamic, meaning the vineyard is considered a “holistic ecosystem.” But biodynamic or not, green wineries produce their wines in an environmentally-conscious manner.

  • Marnier Lapostolle

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Monday, March 12, 2012

OceanSolution: Ocean-harvested alternative fertilizer

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

OceanSolution, located in Clearwater, is a company that harvests ocean water for their alternative fertilizer. It can be used on everything from agriculture to professional landscaping and turf. Recently, we asked Travis Queseda of OceanSolution a few questions about their product.

Q. What does OceanSolution provide for optimum plant growth that common fertilizers do not, and cannot?

A. If you are interested in organic only, Ocean Grown Solution products will provide all the necessary support for optimum plant growth and nutrition. OceanSolution (OS) is a foliar nutrient program that provides plants of all types the ability to maximize their genetic potential beyond that which is available through traditional fertilizer programs of today. OS is a mineral-based fertilizer solution built on a foundation of concentrated ocean water extracts that provides a complete and naturally balanced mix of all 90 natural elements.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Woof you be my valentine?

You don't have to be a seasoned baker to treat your dog for Valentine's Day.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM


I personally have never been one to get excited over Valentine's Day. I do, however, get excited over my dogs. Ask anyone and they will probably tell you that I'm one of those "dog people," the kind who prefers four-legged friends to two-legged ones. In my defense, I can't think of any one time my pups, or any pup for that matter, has left me feeling betrayed, deflated or otherwise unwanted. Can you?

One day upon scanning the shelves at Books-A-Million, I discovered the “Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook” from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company. It makes sense now that we are becoming more aware of all the advantages of organic eating that we would want to offer our pets the same kind of benefits we want for ourselves, so I bought into the idea and haven't looked back since.

The book has more than 100 recipes that are fun and simple to make. The most difficult ones involve the use of a food processor (which says a lot), because if you own one you know they exist only to make your life easier. You don't have to be a seasoned baker to make these treats, and I promise your pet will still love you regardless of the outcome.

Since I've experimented with this book, I've purchased others that are equally as creative but bring some concern, as some of the recipes call for ingredients such as garlic and raisins- foods I've learned are toxic to dogs. So for the most part, I stick to Bubba Rose, and I test my treats on my loyal, loving subjects. They may or may not be able to taste the difference in their new biscuits, but I've yet to hear any objections, and I feel a whole lot better knowing they're eating identifiable ingredients that I put together with my own hands.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Lens takes first place recommendation in Pier design competition

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM


St. Petersburg's new landmark could be the Lens, pending St. Pete City Council approval.

Michael Maltzan's Lens design got voted number one by the Pier design jury during its final meeting Friday morning. The Wave, by BIG, placed second and West 8 Urban Designs placed last. The jury received over 5,000 comments from the website and exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

In Friday's discussion, the jury found that the Lens project would have the lowest subsidy cost for maintenance and greatest flexibility for design elements. According to city officials at the meeting, the current cost to maintain the pier is between $1.3 and $1.5 million. The Wave had the highest potential subsidy, but also the highest potential revenue.

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