Many cities struggle to maintain one community garden. The small city of Coppell has two, and they’re thriving. But while the gardens have produced tons of produce for a local food pantry over the past 15 years, it is about so much more than plants.
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Mosquito-borne West Nile virus has spiked this summer, causing more serious illnesses than any year since 2004 — a total of 390 confirmed and presumed cases as of Aug. 7, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
It’s the Fourth of July, and we must have food!
But the requisite menu — barbecue, hot dogs, potato salad — doesn’t have to be as fattening or environmentally questionable as always. You can buy grass-fed meat locally, make a lower-calorie potato salad and add fresh fruit and veggies from the summer garden.
Nothing beats the beach when the heat of summer hits. But in today’s world, there are swimming beaches, and beaches that are best observed, at distance from the water.
These beaches are not so much for swimming, at least, not until you check to see if there’s an alert that day, or maybe, to be save, never.