The Glenn Carter Memorial Toolshare: Grief Inspires a Way To Help People

BY BARB BERGGOETZ The idea of tool sharing came to Charis Heisey almost immediately in the dark hours after the suicide of her friend, Bloomington metal sculptor G. Glenn Carter. Carter was 51 when he died on December 9, 2014. He had done metal work for 20 years — a self-taught artist whose work was displayed at regional shows, primarily in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Nashville, Indiana. He was fascinated with nature, his friends say. They describe his naturalistic renditions of animals and also creatures carved out of his own imagination. “Every one of us who loved him has spent hours in his workshop watching amazing things happen with his art,” says Heisey. Another friend, Ryan Conway, says Carter struggled with […]

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The Winter Farmers’ Market Is Up and Running at Harmony (Photo Gallery)

BY AUBREY DUNNUCK On December 5, the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market picked up right where the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market left off, making locally grown products available year-round. And there’s far more than fresh produce at the market. Every Saturday morning until March 26, there’s also a concert, a café, and a gathering place, all in the Harmony School gymnasium. Now entering its 12th season, the winter market was founded by Linda Chapman of Harvest Moon Flower Farm with support from Slow Food Bloomington and the Local Growers’ Guild. Today, the farmer-run market is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living, with more than 40 farmers and vendors participating. Katie Zukof, co-owner of Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery, has […]

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New Initiative Seeks to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

BY CAIRRIL MILLS In many places throughout the world, going shopping means taking along a bag or basket to bring purchases home. If a Center for Sustainable Living campaign is successful, Bloomington will soon be one of those places. Bring Your Bag Bloomington (BYBB) is a center initiative that seeks to eliminate single-use plastic bags from the community. BYBB is working with the City of Bloomington to draft an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in the course of three years. Bags for loose foods, bulk, prepackaged meats, and wet foods are exempt, as are plastic bags more than 2.25 mils thick. Shoppers who don’t bring their own bags or baskets will be charged 15 cents per paper bag, with the store pocketing any profit beyond the cost of the bag. “Sixteen million plastic bags are distributed in […]

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The 2015 Trashion Refashion Show (Photo Gallery)

“Art,” said futurist Marshall McLuhan, “is anything you can get away with.” That may be true for fashion as well. Witness these fashions from the 2015 Trashion Refashion Show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, April 26, presented by Discardia and the Center for Sustainable Living. The runway show consisted of two categories: refashioned designs (“modifying existing clothing into something more fashionable”) and trashion designs (“creatively turning discarded items into fashion”). Clothes ranged from outrageous to classy, using everything from old jeans to plastic bags, and at least 90 percent of every outfit was created with refashioned or discarded materials. According to show organizers, “The annual runway show illuminates the importance of recognizing both environmental and social consequences of pollution and waste […]

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‘Healthful Food for All’ Helps Farmers and Needy Families

BY CARMEN SIERING It’s hard to balance supply and demand when you’re a farmer; you never know when you’re going to have a bumper crop. Just ask Teresa Birtles of Heartland Family Farm, who had an overabundance of butternut squash last year. “At the end of the season, we saw we would have a lot left over,” she says. “We had literally grown a ton of squash.” Fortunately, Birtles is a vendor at the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market (BWFM), which established the Healthful Food for All Fund in 2013. At the end of each Saturday market, the fund buys foodstuffs that can’t be stored at 50 percent of the retail price. The food is then donated to local organizations supporting […]

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