Episode 313: Lending an Open Hand

Original Airdate: 
Monday, December 12, 2011 - Sunday, December 18, 2011
Next Airdate: 
Monday, April 2, 2012 - Sunday, April 8, 2012

It's a place that's hustling and bustling all day long. It's Project Open Hand and they prepare 2600 meals everyday of the year for senior citizens and others with serious illnesses. As you can imagine, they have quite an operation and it requires a lot of energy. Brendan gets a tour to find out what they are doing to reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint while serving sustainable and organic meals to many in need.

It may look clean, but cotton is actually one of the dirtiest crops around. Cotton has a big footprint in the world. Cotton growers use 11 percent of the world's pesticides and it takes more than 700 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one T-shirt. But some farmers are doing things differently and Jordan heads out to the fields to find out how.

Making bricks out of mud and baking cookies in a solar oven. Sounds like great fun, right! Jalena takes her shoes off in a visit to the School Farm to help stomp on the ingredients to make adobe bricks . It's squishy fun!