Summer Reading List

Wind down and cool down with a great book this summer. Here's a few on our reading list: 
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash
by Elizabeth Royte 

Out of sight, out of mind ... Into our trash cans go dead batteries, dirty diapers, bygone burritos, broken toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels.... But where do these things go next? In a country that consumes and then casts off more and more, what actually happens to the things we throw away?

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life
and Turbulent Future of Water 

by Charles Fishman

As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this surprising and mind-changing narrative, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, yet we take it completely for granted. But the era of easy water is over. 

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
by Beth Terry 

Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans, and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. In Plastic-Free, she shows you how you can too, providing personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and individual solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
by Bea Johnson

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they’ve cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they’ve ever been. 

Love Your Leftovers: Through Savvy Meal Planning Turn Classic Main Dishes Into More Than 100 Delicious Recipes 
by Nick Evans 

Nick Evans runs the popular food blog, and he came up with a simple yet effective concept for everyday cooking: Create one foundation dish, in decent quantity, when you have the time--perhaps on a lazy Sunday afternoon--and then repurpose it to make other delicious dishes throughout the week. Cooking this way saves time and money and allows busy people to eat well every night.

Root to Leaf:A Southern Chef Cooks
Through the Seasons

by Steven Satterfield

Root to Leaf is not a vegetarian cookbook, it’s a cookbook that celebrates the world of fresh produce. Everyone, from the omnivore to the vegan, will find something here. Organized by seasons, and with a decidedly Southern flair, Satterfield's collection mouthwatering recipes make the most of available produce from local markets, foraging, and the home garden. A must-have for the home cook, this beautifully designed cookbook, with its stunning color photographs, elevates the bounty of the fruit and vegetable kingdom as never before.

New Master Recycler Class

Spread the word about Marion County's Master Recycling program!

The course, runs for five weeks and starts September 10 through October 8, 2015. If you know someone who is itching to take the class, please forward the application (pdf).

Please note, the registration deadline is Sunday, August 9, 2015 and time is flying by, so take the time today and tell family and friends how you've benefited from the program. We really appreciate your help and your commitment to conservation and community!

Master Recycler Spotlight— Erin Boers 

Erin Boers has been putting her Master Recycling pay back hours to work for Head Start and in her community. Here's what she's been up to. 

"I enjoyed completing my payback hours. I work for Head Start and because of CACFP food rules, any food that is served and not eaten must be thrown away. This is obviously a big waste and it pains our staff to throw away food. My coworker and I worked to get green bins at several of our sites. The children now put their food into the green bin that the city picks up. My coworker and I did a puppet show with each class to teach them what compost is and what they can put in the green bin. The children’s enthusiasm about this topic was contagious!

The other thing I did was make a powerpoint of the most important things that I learned in the Master Recycler class. I invited my friends for a potluck and shared with them the information that I had learned. They asked a lot of good questions and it was inspiring to be around people who care for the environment." - Erin

Master Recycler Pay Back Hours

Don't forget to report your pay back hours to Bailey so you too can receive your Master Recycler Certificate!
Report Your Hours

Vermiculture Workshop

Hands-On Workshop at our farm on how to create vermicompost using Red Wiggler composting worms in the Worm Factory 360. 

The workshop will include:
•Worm biology- digestion, reproduction, & environmental requirements
•Pulling worms from our worm beds
•Setting up the Worm Factory 360
•Worm health and feeding your worms
•Harvesting castings and recycling your worms
•Brewing “Worm Tea” a type of compost tea (for plants only)

The workshop will be held on July 19, 2015  2:00 to 4:00 at 
Spin River Meadows 6333 Sunnyview Rd, Salem OR 97305
We are about 1.5 miles east of Cordon Rd. in Northeast Salem Marion County.

Only eight (8) Spots will be available for this workshop

To make a reservation:
•Call (503) 378-0119 or (503) 409-1553
•Email or
•Send tear off form at bottom of page to Spin River Meadows, 6333 Sunnyview Rd. Salem OR 97305 or
•Leave tear off form at our Salem (or Silverton) Saturday Market Booth

Workshop with all material kept by participant including the 
Worm Factory  Model 360, bedding for the first tray
Approx. one lb. of worms and a 1 lb. bag of castings: $160
Workshop only:  $40

Contacts: Burt Kanner (503) 409-1553, 
Mona Kanner (503) 378-0119


Pie Party & Food Swap
July 19, 1-4pm, Pringle Creek

Share your best pie recipe and try others! Join the Cherry City Food Swappers and bring food to swap too. This is a partnership between Cherry City Food Swappers and Pringle Creek Community, 3911 Village Center Dr SE, Salem, OR 97302. Visit Cherry City Food Swappers for more information!

Calling all Master Recyclers...

Salem Eco-Schools Network

The Center for Earth Leadership's "Salem Eco-Schools Network" is a group of parents in the Salem area that meet periodically to share their ideas on how to help their children's schools reduce waste, recycle, save energy/water and overall help schools to be good stewards of the environment.  A Master Recycler is needed to help recruit more parents by gathering contact information for the various school PTA/PTO groups and promoting an upcoming fall training.  The volunteer would also promote the Oregon Green Schools program to these organizations.  Ideally, the Master Recycler could begin in early August, and spend time in August, September, and early October.  There is no set time commitment for this activity, but it will probably take somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 hours, possibly more depending on the volunteer's availability.  If you are interested, please contact Bailey 503-365-3191.

Meet a few members of the Solid Waste Management Advisory Council (SWMAC)

Marion County Public Works - Environmental Services has a sixteen member advisory council that makes recommendations to the Department on waste reduction and disposal policy issues. The Council is made up of citizens-at-large (50%) and businesses and industry representatives (50%). Members meet once per month in a formal setting to discuss policies on how to reduce both waste flow and toxicity in our county. 

Brian May
Brian May has been working in the Solid Waste Industry since 1989 and has been involved in Operations of Coffin Butte Landfill, Pacific Region Compost, Agri-Tech Inc. of Oregon, Lebanon and Monroe Transfer Stations. Brian currently serves on multiple associations include the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Oregon Chapter board (Past Presidents), Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association (ORRA) board member, in addition to many other local groups.

Shelly Paddock 
I have provided childcare in Keizer since 1992. I am passionate about protecting our environment and teaching the younger generation to be good stewards. They are our future voters and policy makers. If you teach them how to recycle and care for nature when they are young, they will usually keep these habits and attitudes throughout their lives. Serving on SWMAC is one way that I can contribute toward something I care deeply about. 

Brian Sund
I am a retired educator, total of 34 years active experience in Special Education, 27 of those at South Salem High, and now completing my 4th year as a substitute teacher in the District. During my years at South, I developed and managed the waste reduction program for the school, our classroom supported neighboring schools and businesses, and we supported the start and continuation of the District Recycling coordinator position. I am proud of the efforts made to get South High to Oregon Green School Merit level.

Aside from being passionate about all things related to waste reduction, I am involved with Salem/Keizer Educational Foundation (SKEF) and their many activities and events intent on supporting and encouraging our school students and staff-- Awesome 3000, Crystal Apple, Bazillion Books, Learning Gardens, to mention a few. In addition, I am on the Board for our neighborhood association (SCAN), and connected with the local educator union for employee wellness. I also enjoy mission work through the church.

Oh, by the way, yes, I do have a family! Married for 38 years, my wife and I live in the Fairmount Hill neighborhood and have 3 grown children, 2 of them married, all living in the San Diego area. No grandchildren yet!

Are you interested in participating as a SWMAC member? Positions are available from time to time. If you are interested in participating, please contact Marion County Public Works - Environmental Services at (503) 588-5169.

July Green Calendar

Summer is here so now's a fabulous time to check the calendar for green event goodness. Email Jessica or give her a call at 503.365.3180 to add your event to the calendar. And be sure to add the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!

Master Recycler Superstars

Marion County is making celebrities and fighting off the paparazzi! Check out this television commercial to promote our Master Recycler Program which highlights some superstar celebrities of the 3 Rs. 

Green Gatherings

Are you interested in meeting monthly to discuss sustainability and connect with other like-minded folks? Fill out this quick survey so we can start planning! 
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