Saturday, February 12, 2011

Embracing Meatless Mondays!

For many people, eating a completely meat free diet is something they simply don't want to do. Still, there are plenty of "carnivores" out there who want to reduce their meat intake and the environmental impacts of eating meat such as energy consumption, and the amount of water and land necessary to raise animals.

An initiative, begun in 2003, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, to rejuvinate the idea of Meatless Mondays, has become an easy way for people to reduce their meat intake.

Meatless Mondays have grown in popularity and now several major restaurant chains and food industries have embraced the tradition, which began as early as WWI and WWII to conserve food and energy for the war effort.

Check out the companies below to learn more about who is partaking in Meatless Mondays and click on the links to learn how you can practice Meatless Monday in your own community!

Sodexo: One of the world’s largest institutional feeders has officially launched Meatless Monday in their national network of schools, hospitals, worksites and government agencies.

Moe’s Southwest GrillMoe’s is boosting their commitment to sustainability and healthy options by featuring Meatless Monday in their restaurants across the country.

Bloomingfoods Market & Deli Each Monday, Bloomingfoods goes meatless at the hot bars in its three locations in Southern Indiana.

San Francisco The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a meatless Monday resolution, encouraging restaurants, schools and grocery stores to offer plant-based options.

Portland Whole Foods Market Chef Ivy Manning teaches a regular Meatless Monday cooking class to show how carnivores can eat less meat without sacrificing flavor.

Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore has the honor of being the first school system in the country to go meatless, offering its 80,000 students a plant-based lunch every Monday.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scholarships for Future Agriculture Leaders

High school and two-year college students are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the CHS Foundation, the major giving entity of CHS Inc.,
a Fortune 100 energy, grains and foods company.

• Two year college students: 25 $1,000 scholarships are available for first-year students studying an agricultural-related major at any two-year college.

• High school students: 50 $1,000 scholarships are available for seniors
pursuing an ag-related major at any two-year or four-year college.

• University students:125 scholarships are available to students working towards an ag-related major at 26 universities across the nation. Click here for a list of participating universities.

Click here
for information and applications.

Applications due March 15, 2011!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Let Us Help You Start Your Garden With These How-To Videos!!

This video along with many others, was found on the National Gardening Association's (NFA) website. They believe that gardening is a practical art, and pictures are worth a thousand words. NGA's Charlie Nardozzi created these brief, but focused, how-to videos to show you how to perform basic gardening tasks easily and accurately. Enjoy the shows.
Click here to view!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Monday, February 21st event - Conservation Station Workshop

February Forestry - How does a tree grow? Investigate the life cycles of trees, learn to interpret growth rings, and practice identifying local trees. $2 per child; recommended for children ages 6-12. Space is limited; register in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 803-459-3212, e-mail, or visit our website.
Located at Clemson Sandhill REC, 900 Clemson Rd.