Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ingrid Callot and her admiration for urban eco pioneers

Ingrid Callot image credit: thevividedge.com

Ingrid Callot lives with her husband Roger and son Jacob, who, like her, have embraced a life of sustainability. This blog talks about two of her most admired families, which have gone a mile more than others in their pursuit to save Mother Earth, pioneering ec0-friendly concepts to lessen their carbon footprints, save money, and improve health right within the city.

So you drive a small car, recycle, and eat organic. But what about creating your very own urban eco-friendly household? There are several individuals who have journeyed this worthy path. They are considered “leaders” in many ways as they truly inspire others to plant, grow, or breed organics at the comfort of their home.

Ingrid Callot maintains a lush backyard with greens ranging from flowery ornamental plants to vegetables.

Ingrid Callot image credit: lh6.ggpht.com

Growing organics in a teeny-weeny lot… in the city
The Dervaes family of Pasadena, California has shown how a small piece of land in the city can be used to produce organic food. Believe it or not, this family produces three tons of food in a tenth of an acre of a property (66 ft x 132 square-foot lot) with more than 400 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Add to that their collection of hundreds of eggs and 25-pound honey. This is amazing since, with this amount of success, you’d need at least two acres of property. To top it all, the family’s gross annual earning reaches to a whopping $20,000 from the sales of their organics.

Bringing fish farms to urban communities
How about a fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized veggie patch in your kitchen? Christopher and Anya Pozdeeva--former New York bankers who founded the Society for Aquaponics Values and Education--can help. Aquaponics is a method for breeding tank fish, recycling their filled water to fertilize vegetation, and having this naturally cleaned water to get back to the tank below. These eco-pioneers show that you can utilize even a cramped apartment with this “eco-system” almost without the help of specialized equipment. This is a perfect way to grow your own food naturally and economically.

Ingrid Callot image credit: inhabitat.com

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