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Looking Back on September’s Community Council

We the People: Participatory Politics Our 3rd Community Council focused on participatory politics and being a citizen. We were a small and nearly gender-balanced group. One participant spoke of a great love for the mysteries of the democratic process and felt that voting is sacred. Others hadn’t voted for many years and either do so […]

Zero Waste Fairfax’s First Take Back Day, Saturday April 27th

This Saturday there is a great opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste and get sensitive papers shredded in one convenient location. This coming Saturday, April 27, Fairfax Residents have a unique opportunity to dispose of a variety of hazardous waste materials and sensitive papers. Come and recycle expired or unwanted medications and supplements, dispose of […]

Oro Negro: Turning Food Waste into Gold


Oro negro! declared the late Pedro Hernandez as he dug the compost each winter. Black gold! Pedro was from Guatemala and gardened fourteen years for my dear English landlady. My sister, who lives in Hawaii, likes to tell me about showing her house to guests; her tours always include her compost full of worms. Certain that they find […]

Green Tips for the New Year

The year is young and there is still time to make commitments to create new habits. Find inspiration in Gary Snyder’s poem, For the Children, and learn how to precycle. Go Light It is mid-winter of this New Year, 2013, and glimmers of returning light make each day a little longer. As winter’s dark stillness […]