Green Valentine, Food Group Talks Shrimp, Dark Side of Chocolate – Jan 2012

Have you noticed the “No Idling” signs in our parking lot, one outside each of the two nursery schools that share our building?   Turning off your car for as little as 10 seconds will save gas and keep the air cleaner for us and our children.  Thank you for not idling. (You know what they say about idle hands?)

no idling sign


Recycle your old Christmas lights at Lowe’s or Home Depot and earn a coupon toward a new strand of eco-friendly LED lights.

January 2-31: Seed Exchange at the Shift store, 56 Maine Street in Brunswick.  No purchase necessary – just a central place to share seeds that would otherwise go to waste.  Check it out before you place your seed order!

January 30 at 7:00 pm – Eat Shrimp and Learn about Fishing in Maine

Everyone is invited to join the Green Team on Monday, January 30, when a fishing family from Harpswell will talk with us about what it is like to make a living fishing in Maine. Chef David Gooch will prepare and serve shrimp appetizers to spice up the evening. Our speaker will be Monique Coombs of Lobsters on the Fly, along with her husband if he is not out shrimping. The group will gather between the kitchen and the library at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Cumberland Center. Everyone is invited to join us. For more info, e-mail Lalla Carothers at or Susan Gilpin at, or Google Lobsters on the Fly. Monique is also vice-president of the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine. Snow Date: February 6.

Save the Date: Be My Green Valentine Fair

Saturday, February 11 –– 4:30-7:30

Come shop for your valentine and sample some fairly traded chocolate, coffee, and other local treats featured in the Close Buy Catalog.  Find something sustainable and fun for a special someone in your life.  Watch two short films about fair trade.  Support local businesses.  Bring your kids and your friends.

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