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VILLAGE GREEN OCTOBER, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 5

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From The Editors Shannon McLeish and Ciana Maglio, co-editors Let’s just say, we’ve been busy. In the past month, Go Green Daytona has • finalized organizing two green events: The Hallowgreen TM at the Downtown Farmers Market, and a Green Halloween 50/50 Challenge at the Volusia Mall • Uploaded our PowerPoint Presentation to our website GoGREENDaytona.com • Featured guest of the SolarFit Radio Show on WNZF News-Radio 1150 AM • Established a Facebook account (Just search for Go Green Daytona and look for the logo) • Assembled their first Government Committee meeting • Organized and convened our first monthly public meeting hosted by the Education Committee: Meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm at Fiorenza Coffee located at 113 W. International Speedway Blvd, in downtown Daytona Beach 32114. • Scheduled presentation speaker for meetings throughout the end of this year • Partnered with an FSC Certified Printer Browning Communications of Debary, Florida. The Village Green is now available at First Friday Fest in downtown Daytona Beach, Ocean Walk Shoppes & Village, Volusia Mall, as well as other various locations throughout the Volusia/ Flagler area, and • A lot of other things are in the works as we write. The big upcoming feature is The Hallowgreen TM of course, so let’s focus on it for the remainder of the short space allotted.

The Hallowgreen! TM is a fun yet environmentally friendly and healthy alternative to traditional Halloween festivities. Patrons will get the opportunity to participate in games, activities and arts-andcrafts, trick-for-healthy treats, partake in an eek-o-costume contest organized by Central Florida Coast Pageants, and view a “green” fashion show hosted by Teens Go Green. It will feature face painting, storytelling, educational eco-workshops for children of all ages, Sweepstakes Give Away with edible prizes, and a seed give away for the first 100 persons who arrive in eco-style by riding a bike or walking to this event. The Hallowgreen TM is a collaborative effort between the Downtown Farmers Market, Fair Share Urban Garden Project, Go Green Daytona and Green Halloween®. It is a fundraiser for The Fair Share Urban Garden Project and will take place at Daytona Beach’s Downtown Farmers Market on City Island from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 31st, 2009. We’re are endeavoring to make this a truly green event with sustainable choices all around. Workshops and activities change throughout the day of The Hallowgreen TM festival, so be prepared to bring a blanket and chill out with us in true green style (on the green…grass, that is). Bring the family and invite a friend, and if you’d like more information you can always reach the Events Committee by email or telephone. They’d love to hear from you. For more information contact, events@gogreendaytonabeach. com or 386-676-0011

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Chasing the Green WHAT DO ANTI-FREEZE AND YOUR SKINCARE HAVE IN COMMON? by Heidi Smalley It’s a jungle out there in the world of health and beauty products. Promises of an ‘organic experience’, all natural ingredients and wonderful aromas are everywhere. I am here to help you separate fact from fiction, not to alarm- but to educate.

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est organ of the body. One of its functions is absorptionwhich has been capitalized on in the pharmaceutical industry. Think of all the transdermal patches now used to get a steady flow of medicine into the body. This is why we must think about what we are putting on our skin. Forget the enticing words on the packaging. We must do one very simple but crucial exercise…read the ingredients. Did you know that on average, woman use 12 products daily containing 168 ingredients? Men are primping, too. The average number of ingredients that come in contact with their skin is 85. COVER ART “HallowGreen! TM ” by Benedict Advertising

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Green Gems 25 GREEN HALLOWEEN® TIPS by Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson Halloween is meant to be enjoyed, but somewhere in between “planning” and “cleanup,” many parents find themselves feeling overwhelmed. It might seem that attempting to consider the Earth while planning a great ghoulish party is just too much work and way too expensive. Some fear it might even zap the fun right out of the day. But creating an ecosavvy Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg when you follow these pointers:

1. Consider your costumes. The truth is, many storebought costumes and accessories contain toxic chemicals that not only are a potential hazard to your child, but also to the environment and the people who helped to make them. Choose fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk or make costumes yourself from materials you know to be safe.

planet and better for your bank account. 4. Apply the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to all of your holiday choices: costumes, décor, goodies, etc. Of the 3 Rs, reducing is the best for the Earth, our wallets and, in regard to food, our waistlines. Rent, borrow, make or acquire used, when possible, to avoid buying new, especially disposables. 5. Choose eek-o-décor. Say ‘no’ to disposables and instead, re-use or re-purpose items you already own. Look also for items from nature and don’t forget to decorate with food (consumable décor). If you must use disposables, look for products that are compostable and then be sure to compost them. Or, choose a recycled, reusable and recyclable items like Preserve Tableware products. (Too bad they don’t come in Halloween colors… yet.)

2. Go au natural. When decorating your home for Halloween, skip the plastic black cats and paper skeleton streamers made in China. Instead, use décor inspired by Mother Earth by choosing fallen leaves, gourds or pumpkins, and 100% beeswax candles.

6. Give your child a shakable flashlight to light his way.

3. Trim your trick-ortreats. Hand out less ________ (fill in the blank). Preferably your goodies of choice are healthy and/or Earth-friendly, but even if they’re not, handing out just one (rather than the conventional handful) of something is better for kids, better for the

8. Instead of buying, make your child’s goodie bag from a pillow case, recycled cardboard, or anything else you already own that goes with the theme of the costume.

7. Use decorative Halloween LED and/or solar lights for trees, outside of your home, and for lighting the path for trick-or-treaters. They come in every shape, theme and color imaginable!

9. Turn costume making into a creative and fun experience for your child.

Hunt through the house, at neighborhood garage sales, or a thrift store for costumeworthy items. Enjoy the process and the product! If you’re not feeling creative, host a costume exchange. 10. Instead of allowing your child to eat all the candy he collects, ask him to select a limited, pre-agreed upon amount and then leave the rest out for the Halloween Fairy/Witch/Great Pumpkin, who will, while your child is sleeping that night, swap the candy for goodies such as books, games or “pumpkin points” redeemable for outings. 11. Make the party meal using foods that are mostly orange, black and green. Create spooky names for the food, if you can. Shop locally, support local farmers (like those at the Downtown Farm ers Market on City Island in

Daytona Beach) and choose organic, whenever possible. 12. Compost all leftovers, jack-o-lanterns, natural décor and unconsumed candy - remove wrappers unless they’re compostable. In some places of the country, you can add compostables to your yard waste bin. 13. Host your Halloween party at a retirement home, children’s hospital, organic farm or similar. 14. Make your own face paints – the recipe is in our book, Celebrate Green! 15. If buying candy, choose organic – you’ll be surprised at how affordable some brands are! If buying chocolate, look for triple certified: organic, shade grown, Fair Trade.

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Green Gems 25 GREEN HALLOWEEN® TIPS... (continued from page 5) by Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson 16. Instead of giving out conventional candy, give away healthy and/or Earth friendly treats and treasures. 17. Make your own Halloween décor by visiting craft sites and swapping conventional materials for ecosupplies. For example, if you are going to make some paper ghosts for your window, be sure the paper is reused, recycled or tree-free. 18. Invitations – use einvitations or make your own from reused, recycled or treefree sources. Kids will love Mr. Ellie Pooh’s Elephant dung paper! It comes in gorgeous fall colors (all scentfree!). The orange cardstock is perfect for Halloween invites, place cards and more. Supporting Mr. Ellie Pooh means supporting the Elephants in Sri Lanka, who are losing their lives because without profit associated with them, they are seen as liabilities to local farmers. 19. Collect candy and bar wrappers and turn them into picture frames, purses, jewelry and more. Tweens and teens especially love this activity. Contact Terracycle.net for a collection box. 20. When tweens and teens are too old to trick or treat, but still enjoy the traditions encourage them to take a look at how they can turn trick-ortreating into an activity that benefits others, such as: Reverse Trick-or-Treating, trickor-treating for cell phones, or of course, UNICEF’s program.

21. Start small and build your confidence. Start simply by having (and using) a recycle bin at your party or by going bottled water-free. You can green up each of your next celebrations a little bit at a time until celebrating greenstyle becomes old hat. 22. Plan ahead to avoid costly impulse buying. You’re less likely to invade the local super party store at the eleventh-hour when you make food, gift, décor and activity decisions in advance. 23. Get the family involved. Ask your kids to come up with three ways to give Halloween a green makeover. Write all of the viable ideas down on paper, toss them in a bowl and select three to try this year.

24. Don’t drive to trick or treat. Encourage your neighbors to go green and then go door-to-door near you. It’s good for you and the planet and builds community. 25. For more great tips and tricks sign up for the enewsletters from GreenHal-

loween.org and CelebrateGreen.net. And don’t forget to buy a copy of Celebrate Green!® at the upcoming HallowGreen!TM festival on Saturday, October 31 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Downtown Farmers Market on City Island in Daytona Beach. Celebrate Green!® features ideas, recipes, crafts, gift suggestions and more. Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at CelebrateGreen.net. They are also the proud founders of Green Halloween®. Take the chance to buy a copy of their book, Celebrate Green! at The Hallowgreen TM this upcoming October 31st at the Downtown Farmers Market.


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Fresh Greens

Little Green Apples

PUMPKIN VINE: An epic saga of hope and community by Joel Tippens

ROASTED PUMPKIN APPETIZER by Mediterranean Experience

Once upon a timeless dream, a laughing garden lady scratched some earth and dropped some seeds. She smiled as she gently and lovingly covered the little seeds with soil, and there they lay hidden for some time.

The happy teachers were all amazed and the happy parents too, and everyone asked the laughing garden lady to help them grow a garden at the school. They all loved her very much.

Ingredients: Pumpkin Sweet Potato Garlic Salt Ground White Pepper Sour Cream

Add salt and pepper to taste.

“These are for the future,” she said beneath her breath and the breeze and the sun overhead. “These are seeds of change.”

Another vine grew very persistently up a large, dark wall beside a sad vacant lot in the middle of the city and the persistent vine grew so big that the wall fell down. Everyone was so amazed that the wall had fallen down because for all their lives the large dark wall had stood as a barrier separating everyone by race, class, and culture. But now everyone came together and walked proudly over the rubble into the vacant lot, open and smiling from curb to curb. They decided to ask the laughing garden lady for advice so that from that day forward they could grow food together for themselves and their neighbors. They all loved each other very much.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Serving suggestion: Serve with pita wedge, baguettes, or crackers.

Before long, the miracle emerged from the dark, rich soil and the miracle was green and full of life. Large leaves turned toward the sun and grew even larger as the rain fell from above. The unseen miracle reached deep below, hidden still as the roots searched out nourishment from the earth. Soon there were majestic vines stretching all along the ground, beyond the garden and climbing up and over the trees that lined the streets. The laughing garden lady was proud and amazed. One vine stretched all the way into town and into the kitchen of a local restaurant and perfectly plump pumpkins appeared. The happy chef was so amazed he decided from that day forward he would purchase anything that the laughing garden lady grew to serve his customers – who now loved him very much. One vine stretched all the way down the block to the school and into the cafeteria, where more perfectly plump pumpkins appeared. All the happy cooks were so amazed they decided that from that day forward they would always serve the school children something that the laughing garden lady grew. And all the happy children loved them very much.

Years passed and many vines from many seeds spread all across the community and beyond: into the next town, and the next town, and the next all across the land. And in each new town, another laughing garden lady scratched the earth and dropped some seeds and said beneath her breath and the breeze and the sun above, “These are for the future… These are seeds of change.”

For more information on how you too can help create seeds of change, please visit WeDIGFairShare.org

Roast one mid-size pumpkin (de-seeded), one sweet potato, and 1/2 clove of garlic until tender. Set aside and let chill. Peel off sweet potato skin and place sweet potato in mixing bowl with garlic clove. Scoop out pumpkin and add to sweet potato and garlic. Add ¼ cup of sour cream.

Blend on high, beating until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Mediterranean Experience is located at 174 N. Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach. The Roasted Pumpkin Appetizer will be a featured special throughout the month of October. Share your family recipes with your community by sending your 100 to 150 word submission to thevillagegreen@gogreen daytonabeach.com


The Village Green is a project of community group, Go Green Daytona and is brought to you courtesy of Net Works, Inc. and Browning Communications.

CONTACT The Village Green Editors: Ciana Maglio GoGreenDaytona 386-676-0011 thevillagegreen@gogreendaytona beach.com Shannon McLeish of McEditing McEditing.com 386-672-5028 Printer: Browning Communications BrowningCom.net (386) 668-1860

Publisher: Dustin Ross of Net Works, Inc. DaytonaNetworks.com (386) 868-7259 Marketing/Advertising: Nicole Miller of Benedict Advertising BenedictAdvertising.com marketing@gogreendaytona beach.com (561) 843-3948

The Village Green is a project of the new community group, Go Green Daytona . Go Green Daytona is a network that unifies and supports those efforts that create a progressive and sustainable environment for all. If you would like more information on how to further the mission of Go Green Daytona please contact 386-676-0011 or info@gogreendaytonabeach.com

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GRIPE, the Green Guru Send your gripes to Gripe at GoGREENDaytona.com, and he may respond with wit and humor, but always relevant information.

Ok, Daytona, lets talk paints. Did you know that indoor air can be up to 10 times more toxic than outside air? One big contributor to indoor air pollution is the paint on your walls – it is capable of emitting toxins for years. If you are considering painting the inside your house, let’s talk about a few options to help you go green. I know that the world of green products can be a bit dizzying, but I hope that when you finish reading you will be well prepared for the task. One choice is low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints that have less toxic chemicals in them. In order for lowVOC paint to comply with EPA standards, it cannot contain more than 200 grams of VOC per liter of paint. To accomplish this, the paint manufacturers use water as a base rather than the traditional oil-based solvents. Green Seal (a non profit organization) developed certification limiting lowVOC paints to 50 grams of VOC per liter of paint, so look for the Green Seal. Ultra low-VOC paint is labeled as zeroVOC and is restricted by the EPA to 5 grams of VOC per liter of paint, though these paints do cost a bit more. There are also natural interior choices like clay paint, milk paint, and lime washing. It is important to note that these paints are not washable and will need a Green Seal approved sealer or a little touch-up now and then. So go out there and paint responsibly for the sake of your family, friends, and the next generation of dwellers. Remember, look for the Green Seal for all your painting needs. If you have any questions you can post them in our forums at www.gogreendaytona.com. Just double click on the “go!” button and you’ll be on your way into the great green yonder. Peace out,

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