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Re: E-M:/ local food - sources & resources, Eat Well Guide
Enviro-Mich message from "Alexander J. Sagady" <email@example.com>
This afternoon's rambling stream of conscious rant goes central michigan local,
starting with the local food theme and then onto local planning
and development around East lansing...........
Perhaps Michigan "local food" should be....a consistent theme....
.....a expression of political symbolism....
.....a method for managing urban/suburban land use and commercial development....
.....helping corral the market to return to fewer middlemen between
food producers and consumers....
.....Michigan citizens supporting Michigan-specific agriculture with
specialties like asparagus, apples, cherries, beans, wine....
.... figuring out a way to get back to local neighborhood availability
of food and farmer's markets
In my town of East Lansing, which seems to have an unspoken
"manifest destiny" to grow up against I-69 on the northern boundary,
we have signs at the city limits saying "We recycle"....
While East Lansing's curbside recycling is outstanding,
[and getting back to local food theme] candid assessment
of the truth might also mitigate for signs at the city's border's saying:
"We drive 4-6 total miles to buy food"
"We don't want to have a grocery store and
a hardware store in a town full of restaurants
and eating places."
"Availability of practical local commercial institutions for providing the
daily needs of our residents are not paramount concerns of
east lansing development officials."
"If you want to buy building and construction
materials, don't ever look in East Lansing
for something as practical as a Menards store."
"If you seek an auto parts store, you must
leave East Lansing."
"We think important city services like the auto
impound lot, public works and recycling station should be
placed at the newly revised extreme Northwestern
corner of the city, because everyone should have to
drive ten miles round trip to get there and back. We
even voted to consciously do this."
East Lansing residents can never hope to have
anything as way-cool food-wise as a Horrocks
in our town.
[Horrocks is a venerable local
institution on the extreme West side of the
Lansing area that is an important local player
on local and Michigan food, garden and nursery
items........a real gem of place. ......a family operation like Jay's Sporting
goods near Clare;
Horrocks is also notable because of the diversity of
the people who work there, IMHO. You go to
Horrocks and there is someone of every age, race
and ethnic identity imaginable working there.....they
are really exemplars that way....along with the local
But back to local central Michigan ranting.......
....look at the interesting construction activity
at the SW corner of Burcham and Park Lake Road.
They are removing waste from the east end of a very old landfill at
that site that was previously graded and seeded for
public park space. The waste removal excavation is from an area around
the local municipal water supply well on the eastern edge of the landfill.
[one really has to wonder who sited that well when it was
installed and what they were thinking].
What is it with the MDOT posting some of the freeways
in the Lansing area with a 55 MPH minimum speed limit? Wasn't
the former practice of MDOT throughout Michigan
to post state highways at a 45 MPH minimum? What
can possibly be the reason why I-496 through lansing needs to
have a 55 MPH minimum?
Finally, Michigan State University has a traffic circle on
Bogue Street just south of the Red Cedar river that has
a great deal of vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic. This
traffic circle has very poor illumination of the pedestrian
walkways in several places of the traffic circle creating
a safety problem at night. Vehicles travel through the circle at too
fast a pace and the sudden encounter of vehicles and
pedestrians in places can be very hazardous. Who ever
planned the lighting of this area wasn't too concerned
with pedestrian safety in this location.
.....back to work now....
At 03:48 PM 10/24/2008, you wrote:
>I?ve just found what appears to be a terrific resource for locally produced food, organic, grass-fed, whatever you like ? check out <http://www.eatwellguide.org/>http://www.eatwellguide.org. I was going to write to this list, and look for some of the not-so-obvious sources of local organic foods, then I found the Eat Well Guide website. It works by performing a search with either your zip code or city name.
>Please check out this resource, and send them updates if needed. Hopefully you find some places you didn?t know about, too! It?s pretty up-to-date ? they even have a listing for Mama Bear?s, which just opened here in Old Town a year or 18 months ago. (But they didn?t have Magdalena?s Tea House yet, so I sent that one in.)
>If you know of other websites similar to this one, please share.
>Clean Water Program Director
>Water Sentinels Project
>Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
>109 E. Grand River Ave.
>Lansing, Michigan 48906
>tel: 517-484-2372 x12
>Know your watershed!
>Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.
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