Three Times a Charm for Ride Green
Sep02

Three Times a Charm for Ride Green

In its third year sustainfortwayne‘s Ride Green has a very different feel than other pub crawls around the city. Its focus on sustainability and community is unique. It’s a relaxed ride, with more emphasis on the journey from one stop to another. A detailed map and arrows along the route keep everyone together, which is half the fun. Personally, I have participated in 2014 and 2015, and will again this year. When I first heard about it, the event sounded like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and I didn’t want to miss out.  Through Ride Green, I’ve met new friends, tried new local businesses, and become active in the cycling community. More importantly, I fell back in love with my bike. Now, I use my bike to commute to work, run errands, explore the greenway, meet friends for coffee, and get to meetings. Andrew Hesterman is the Northern Indiana representative of The US Green Building Council – Indiana Chapter and the creator of Ride Green.  He and his sustainfortwayne team are our local branch of this nationwide non-profit organization. Their mission is to “promote sustainable, prosperous and environmentally responsible design, construction and operations of Indiana buildings and communities.” The key word here is communities. Beyond using construction and design in a sustainable way, it is an effort to use building to create space for people to connect. Andrew and I sat down to chat about the upcoming Ride Green event on Saturday, September 10. He explained the thought process behind using a pub crawl as a fundraiser and as a vehicle to get the message out. “Sustainability isn’t a sacrifice, and it can easily be integrated into daily life,” Andrew said. A pub crawl is fun. It allows people see how painless it is to ditch the car and still get around town. Community building is another unique aspect of the event. The camaraderie that goes along with having a shared experience is very important. Participants get to feel like they are part of something bigger – and greener.  Make new friends at the top of a hill, or at a bar top. Pub crawlers will meet at Headwaters Park west at noon and pick up their swag. Once everyone is ready, they head out to explore the city by bicycle and visit some great local businesses along the way. The Details: Who: sustainfortwayne What: Ride Green Pub Crawl Tickets: $30 here Where: Headwaters Park West When: September 10 at noon Why: Encourage adding sustainability into everyday...

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The Kickstart Festival is Growing!
May09

The Kickstart Festival is Growing!

May is National Bike Month, and the Kickstart Festival marks that here in Fort Wayne. The Festival committee is made up of many organizations all working together to make May great! Through their hard work, the festival has grown by nearly a dozen events. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and Operation4F have added a Fairy Trails Family Bike Ride in Costume on Saturday, May 14. This event is family friendly and ties perfectly in to the Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s Fairy Tale Fest. Local bicycle enthusiast and Active Transportation Planner for the City of Fort Wayne, Kate Riordan will be leading the parade. Additional bike escorts will be provided by Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne. Between performances from the Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, and Fort Wayne Dance Collective, face painting, and an obstacle course, the Arts United campus and Freimann Square will be buzzing with bikes, kids, and fun! If competition is more your style, a duathlon is also new this year. Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot will host the TriState Triathlon’s Super Sprint. The bike course uses the greenway, as well as some grassy areas near the Depot. The run course is an out and back, using the east path on the greenway. Another addition to the line up is the Kickstart Community Block Party from noon to 4 pm. Kickstart Festival is joining the MS Walk and the Great American Clean Up to host for a party in the park! Headwaters Park East Pavilion will be full of music from Good Night Gracie and food catered by Club Soda. Our friends at TriState Triathlon will be providing bike valet service as well. This event is open to the public, so everyone is welcome to join the fun. These additions are sure to become old standbys in the years to come. The Ride of Silence, on Wednesday May 18th is one of those events that will continue to be an important part of the festival. A bit more somber, yes. But it stands as an important reminder that all road users – people who drive cars and people who ride bike are responsible for being aware of their surroundings and are responsible for operating in a safe manner. We hope this short recap has given you the push to pull your bike out of storage, put some air in those tires and Kickstart your summer! Learn more about other activities on the Kickstart...

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Green Bean Delivery Service – Local Pantry and Produce at Your Doorstep
Sep23

Green Bean Delivery Service – Local Pantry and Produce at Your Doorstep

I’m very excited to share with our readers about Green Bean Delivery, a grocery delivery service I have had the benefit of using for a year and a half. Grocery delivery sounds pretty extravagant, right? Well, let me tell you – it’s convenient, cost-effective and easy to use. Green Bean offers a large selection of produce, meat, dairy and grocery items. Plenty of ‘everyday’ goodies, plus some that may be new to you. Start out by choosing the bin and size that best fits your needs and household size. There is no long-term contract, and you can suspend delivery as often as you need to – like for the week of vacation or business trip. The prices are comparable to the same items, if available, in your local grocery store. The produce offerings are seasonal, but they work with national vendors – so you may still see some citrus during the winter months. Add free delivery, and this is a service that can fit any household, any demographic. You choose how you want Green Bean to work for you. The bins are available to customize the week before they ship, however many customers choose to receive the bin as is, like a true CSA (community supported agriculture). You can mark you favorites, and set reoccurring items to be included in each delivery. Personally, I mark my favorites and then start my menu planning with what’s on sale. We all want to know where our food comes from, and Green Bean does an excellent job of noting the origin of each item. If you are looking for local meat and dairy, you can easily choose that filter from the menu options. So, what else can you filter? Well, how about organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian. But wait, what about pork chops? Sure, we’ve got Seven Sons, who’s located just a few miles away in Roanoke. Now that you’ve learned about the unique service Green Bean provides, here is a little more background on the company. Green Bean is family-owned, and has been self-funded from the start. In addition to the delivery service, they operate two organic farms, and maintain a blog with recipes, news, vendor spotlights and healthy living content. The weekly email newsletter includes seasonal recipes, upcoming sales, blog features and events. Green Bean’s commitment to community is inspiring. Since 2007, they have made donations of fresh produce (not ‘seconds’) to food banks totaling over 700,000 pounds of food – which has impacted over two million people in Indiana and neighboring states. I was also surprised to learn about the strict quality control and product approval process. Green Bean leadership will review all pantry...

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