Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Getting Started

First things first...

One: The Idea of Local Sustainability & An Eye-opening Introduction to the Industrial Food Processes

Motivation: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

As a freshman at Boise State University, I was inspired through my readings of Michael Pollan's work and made a few life changes. In his book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael shares with the reader his findings of industrial food, including big organic industries. His findings in addition to personal research lead me to explore the possibilities of erecting a geothermal greenhouse in my neighborhood, actually, my backyard.

Two: Sharing the Idea

Motivation: Local Sustainability - Year Round Fresh Vegetables

Throughout the Spring '08 semester, my peers and I presented our discoveries of what it means to choose sustainable living - What I found was that we have an opportunity to support the local farmer, that we have a local committee that is working towards building a "buy local mind-set", and that as individuals, we can make a difference in our community through the choices that we make every day...

Based on the U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy online, 200 homes in the Boise area use geothermal water as their source of heat during the winter months - and we are lucky enough to be counted in those numbers.Our intentions are to utilize this resource to heat a year-round greenhouse, expanding upon the lessons learned while lessening our footprint on the world ( par. 2).

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