Below is a guest post from the Good Earth Farmers, a co-op of farmers serving the Eastern Tennessee area. I’ve included some information about the farmers below. If you’d like to sign up for their free weekly newsletter, please e-mail-- email@example.com Even if you are outside of the East TN area, I encourage you to sign up. Their newsletter always has great information on eco-conscious living, organic farming, and in season recipes.
Green Power Switch
You've probably heard about the Green Power Switch program. It can sound complicated but is actually pretty simple. TVA provides, through its distributors, the opportunity for its residential and commercial customers to choose whether they want their electrical power to be generated from the sun or other sustainable sources. We at Tall Cedar Farm have been part of the Green Power Switch program for a number of years now, and hope that you'll also seriously consider this opportunity.
The way it works is you agree to buy blocks of 150-kilowatt-hours for an additional $4.00 a month. Say your average use is 450 kwh of electricity per month. You would purchase three blocks of electrical power generated from the sun for $12 more dollars a month. It's easy; you sign up once and pay a little extra each month.
TVA uses that money to build its own green power generating units or to purchase green power from one of its local Green Power Switch Generating Partners like Ijams Nature Center.
I look at it like this: I wish that I had a solar array here at my house generating all the power I need for my farm. To do that, I would have the cost of building the array and the cost to maintain it. Realistically, that is not going to happen soon. So it is much easier to pay a slightly higher electric bill and know that the electricity I use is coming from a non-polluting source.
Please go to TVA's web site to get the complete story on the Green Power Switch program To signup now, go to here. Making the Green Power Switch is one more way we can each "maintain Earth's gifts to us".
--Stephen Clements, Editor
Good Earth Farmers Newsletter
Some information about Good Earth Farmers
Good Earth Farmers consists of two separately owned small farms in New Market,TN : Tall Cedar Farm and Bird Song Farm.
Stephen Clements and Theresa Schroeder farm at Tall Cedar and Garth and Lois Symington have Bird Song. The farms both use the same pesticide-free method of farming, without synthetic chemical fertilizers. Tall Cedar and Bird Song cooperate to have a greater variety of produce available to our customers. We've been working together now for over two years. We have no employees.
Last year Good Earth Farmers sold our food at several local farmers markets as well as starting a program called Garden Delivery. However, working all the farmers markets left us little time to plant,weed and harvest! So this season, starting in late spring, we have sold only through the Garden Delivery program and the Dandridge Farmers Market, which we helped start last year. Our produce is also sometimes available through Three Rivers Market on Broadway in Knoxville. The recently opened Veg-O-Rama restaurant, on Central Ave. in Old North Knoxville is dedicated to buying local, pesticide-free produce, and also features our food.