Seeking better health? It’s growing in your own backyard! Nature provides us with medicine through thousands of plants, but many of us just don’t know how to see it. That’s what the Florida Herbal Conference is for! It’s a weekend surrounded by nature to empower the herbalist community.
We are very excited to be launching the Community Fruit Tree Project by planting 100 community fruit trees in Orlando, Florida! You might be wondering, what exactly is a community fruit tree?
Well, it’s pretty simple. A community fruit tree is a publicly owned fruit tree that is easily accessible for anyone to pick from. A sign next to the tree invites people to enjoy the fruit as well as gives information about the tree such as when it flowers and fruits. Each tree can be found on an online map (coming soon) and fallingfruit.org as well. We will plant community fruit trees at locations such as residential front yards and businesses along the sidewalk, the medians between streets and sidewalk, public schools, public parks, and along bike trails. The idea is to put fruit right where people walk every day and make it as accessible as it can be.
Welcome to Sustainable Kashi, a permaculture program located within a 40-year-old intentional community in Florida. People travel here from around the world to learn simple living and to gain balance with nature.
Think it’s impossible to live more sustainably in a small apartment? Think again! This apartment complex in Stockholm, Sweden is an example for us all. It wasn’t a sustainable place until a few residents decided to change it. 6 years ago they started a small garden in the courtyard to grow food, planted edible landscaping to grow even more food, started composting their food waste to make their own soil, and they got chickens to eat their food scraps and make eggs.
Welcome to the world’s first “recycle mall,” located in Sweden, Almost everything sold here is repurposed or upcycled, and anything else sold in the mall must be environmentally ethical. It’s located right next to a recycling facility so people can easily drop off stuff they don’t want anymore, rather than it being wasted. The staff then repairs and refurbishes the items as needed.
What’s in your condom? That’s a question Meika Hollender wants you to ask yourself. Most condoms contain harmful ingredients including Nitrosamine, a carcinogen. The condom companies don’t want you to know this, so they don’t put it on the labels and make the ingredients hard to find.
How many miles did your meal travel from the farm to your plate? Chances are, too many! Vinder is an online community marketplace where you can buy and sell fresh produce straight from your neighbors. “It allows you to know who is growing your food and how it’s being grown and where it’s being grown.”
Meet Summer Rayne Oakes. She has over 600 plants in her Brooklyn apartment and a rescued foster chicken! She started with one plant 7 years ago and now has created an urban jungle in her own apartment.
Ever had to hold it in because you couldn’t find a bathroom? We need more public bathrooms! The nonprofit “PHLUSH” is committed to improving our public toilet system by making restrooms more accessible for everyone. “We think public toilets are just as essential as street lights, curb cuts, or running water systems in cities.”
Welcome to the ReCyclery, a community cycling center empowering people to live a more active lifestyle. For 10 years, they have been building bikes and promoting cycling for a healthier, more sustainable community. The ReCyclery sells everything you need to get started. They also have an affordable rent-a-bike program, making bicycles more accessible to all.