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Free Showing of the Film Food Stamped: A Benefit for the Weld Food Bank

Event Calls on the Community to Support Healthy Food and Family Farms in Weld County

Food & Water Watch, in partnership with Deb Newsom of D & H Farms and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley, are hosting a free showing of the film Food Stamped – a documentary about a couple attempting to eat healthy on a food stamp budget.  This event is a fund raiser for the Weld Food Bank and part of the Fair Farm Bill Road Trip – a month of activities across 20 states to educate consumers about how the federal Farm Bill impacts us all.

From low-income families who need food stamps to survive, to midsized family farmers struggling to stay in business, to shoppers who deserve healthier food choices, everyone has the right to safe, healthy, affordable food that supports independent farmers and producers, but to restore this balance, “voting with our forks” is not enough. We need a fair Farm Bill.

Who: Food & Water Watch, Deb Newsom of D & H Farms, and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley are hosting the event.

What: Free Showing of the Film Food Stamped. This is a fund raiser for the Weld Food Bank. Food donations requested, but not required. More information about the film can be found here:

Where:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley   929 15th Street  Greeley, CO  80631

When: Friday, August 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Interviews available: A representative from Food & Water Watch will answer questions about the Farm Bill. Deb Newsom of D and H Farms will discuss her CSA.  Jessica Barczewski from the Weld Food Bank will tell us about food insecurity and the importance of small local farms to the Food Bank.  A recipient of food stamps, will speak about her personal experience. Charlotte Hardgrave past co-president of Greeley Interfaith will talk briefly about how preserving food can play a role in helping small local farms stay in business and share resources on how to preserve your own food.

Background: The Farm Bill determines how food reaches our plates: how it’s grown, processed and distributed and who has access to safe, healthy, affordable food. Congress works on the Farm Bill every 5 years and the bill presents a crucial opportunity to create a fairer, safer and more sustainable food system. The 2008 Farm Bill made some progress towards this vision, but lots of these programs and policies must be defended in 2012 when the next Farm Bill is debated. And more must be done to level the playing field for small and medium-sized farmers, increase access to healthy food, and create fair markets for local farmers. For more information about the Farm Bill, visit

In 2008, 17 million households, 14.6 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States. The Food Stamp Program, the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, helps roughly 40 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet. More than 75 percent of all food stamp participants are in families with children; nearly one-third of participants are elderly people or people with disabilities.

For more information contact:  Hollis Berendt 970-590-3289 or HollisSellsHomes@comcast.

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.


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You are Invited!

Please come to the next City of Greeley Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committe Brown Bag Lunch.  It’s this coming Wednesday June 15th from 12:15-12:45 at Centennial Library located at 2227 23rd Ave. in Greeley.   The topic is,  And the Living is Easy – Reducing Fuel Costs:  It’s good for You, Your Pocketbook and the Air.   To learn a  few tips from the previous lunches, click here.  The future events are listed here:

  • July 20: Don’t be All Wet – Reduce Outdoor Water Use and Have the Nicest Yard on the Block
  • August 17: How to Raise Less Toxic Kids
  • September 21: –Back to School:  The Environmental 3R’s + 1 (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle + Repurpose)
  • October 19: It’s Spooky – Vampire Energy Loss-Taking the Fear out of Energy Conservation)
  • November16: Let’s Talk Turkey – Simple Ways to Green Your Holidays
  • December 14: Don’t be Left Out in the Cold – Be a Draft Dodger

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Memorial Day Special. Save $10 off the Purchase of $30 or More.

To receive $10 off the purchase of $30 or more, please go to and use this coupon code OURFRIENDS10  when you check out.  This coupon expires Tuesday May 31 at 9:59p.m. so don’t wait.

Remember, I give a free Green Home Makeover to all of my real estate buyers and sellers.  If you know of anyone who is considering buying or selling a home, (friends, neighbors, adult children, co-workers, apartment dwellers, people in you service clubs etc.)  please refer them to me.  It is a great time for first time home buyers.  Interest rates are low and there are many homes to choose from. 


Hollis  Berendt GRI, EcoBroker®  Resident Realty

Independent Authorized Eco Consultant Green Irene


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Enviromental Stewardship Monthly Brown Bag Lunches

 Greeley Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee announces monthly Environmental Brown Bag series

 Residents interested in learning ways to be good stewards of the local environment can start the new year off, courtesy of the Greeley Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC), this month at the first of a year long series of programs.

 The first Environmental Brown Bag titled “Breathe Easy” is scheduled for January 19th at Centennial Park Branch Library, 2227 23rd Avenue, to provide information on improving indoor air quality. The program will start at 12:15 and end at 12:45. Please bring your lunch and a friend. There will be a door prize drawing.

 Future sessions will be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the same time. The list of topics includes:

  • February 16: Don’t be a Drip- Reduce Indoor Water Use
  • March 16: Green is Clean – Non-toxic Household Cleaning
  • April 20: Barefoot in the Grass – Reducing Chemical Use in your Landscape-Composting, Grasscycling and more ways to a Safe, Healthy Lawn
  • May 18: Is Your House Trashed Out – Household Recycling Made Easy
  • June 15: And the Summer is Easy – Reducing Fuel Use-Good for Your Wallet and the Air
  • July 20: Don’t be All Wet – Reduce Outdoor Water Use and Have the Nicest Yard on the Block
  • August 17: Back to School – The Environmental 3R’s + 1 (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle + Repurpose)
  • September 21: How to Raise Less Toxic Kids
  • October 19: It’s Spooky – Vampire Energy Loss-Taking the Fear out of Energy Conservation)
  • November16: Let’s Talk Turkey – Simple Ways to Green Your Holidays
  • December 14: Don’t be Left Out in the Cold – Be a Draft Dodger

 The ESAC is a group of dedicated residents working with City staff through the Natural Resources Division of the Community Development Dept. Their mission is to promote stewardship of local resources by providing information to individuals, families and businesses to help them save money and improve the environmental quality of Greeley through energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor and outdoor air pollution prevention and more.

 Contact me if you have questions.


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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Times are tough and cash may be short but here are some ways to stretch your holiday dollar and go green at the same time.  Many of these suggestions can be used year round.

Gift wrapping

  • Be creative.  Have your children draw or paint pictures and wrap gifts with their artwork. 
  • Use old calendars that have photos, drawing and paintings.
  • The Sunday funny papers have long been used as gift wrapping.
  • Use brown paper bags and decorate with ribbons, bows, or colored yarn or string.
  • Scraps of old fabric, baby blankets, and sheets can be repurposed and reused year after year. 
  • Give your gifts in re-usable shopping bags.
  • Use old jars, bottles, cans and boxes.  These are especially good for homemade treats. You can decorate these and make them an artwork.
  • Home supply and paint stores have books of wallpaper samplers that are no longer in stock.  See when these will be replaced with newer samples and ask if you may have the old books. These work well for wrapping small to medium sized gifts.


  •   Make handmade ornaments.  Christmas ornaments were handmade until the mid1900’s. Being creative gives families an opportunity to turn off the TV and be together in the holiday spirit.
  •  Make ornaments out of recycled materials, pine cones, and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­last year’s Christmas cards.
  • String spools of thread, popcorn, cranberries, or make paper chains.
  • Make gingerbread cookies, or cut ornaments out of flour dough and paint them.
  •  If you switch from regular incandescent lights to LED lights you will see a significant drop in your electric bill.  You can recycle your old bulbs at  Send in your old bulbs and will give you a 15% discount on the purchase of new LED bulbs.
  •  Put your lights on a timer to save even more energy.
  • Recycle your tree at GReeley Organic Waste located one mile east from highway 85 on 8th St. Tuesday through Saturday 9:00-4:00.


              When cooking:

  • Try a crockpot, pressure cooker, microwave or toaster oven. These use much less energy than your oven or stove.
  • Glass and ceramic pans retain heat better than metal pans and insulate food better than metal. Lower the baking temperature 25 degrees when using glass and ceramic pans.
  • Use pots and pans that match the pan size to the size of the unit. A 6″ pot on an 8″ burner wastes over 40 percent of the burner’s heat. Using the right sized pot on stove burners can save about $36 annually for an electric range, or $18 for gas. Cover pots and pans with fitted lids to retain the heat.
  • Do not pre-heat the oven when roasting or broiling.
  • Turn off your electric range or oven 2-3 minutes before the end of cooking time. Retained heat will finish the cooking.
  • Do not open the oven door!  The temperature drops 25-30 degrees.
  • Let frozen foods defrost before cooking them.
  • After your coffee is brewed, pour it into a thermos and turn off the coffee machine. This saves electricity and keeps the coffee from getting a burnt flavor.
  • Use reusable plates, cups and cutlery whenever possible. 

This is only a sampling of ideas to save money, energy and resources.  If you are interested in a Green Home Makeover,  A Green Business Certification, environmentally safe products, or would like an informational seminar for your service organization or place of business, please contact Karen Scopel  at>, or Hollis Berendt at 

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New Environmental Group Forming in Greeley

Thanks to the successful 10/10/10 event  at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Greeley, a new environment group will be forming.  Our first project is to  pledge to work toward climate change legislation.  We will begin by being a part of the Million Letter March, but will also tackle local issues in the future..   We are setting the first meeting date for either November 4th at 3:00 or November 6th at 1:00.  Please contact me if you are interested and if you have a preference for the date and time.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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International Day of Climate Action

October 10, 2010,  an International Day of Climate Action.  Click here for information on the local event.  For information about the world wide events go to

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