"Climate Idol: Eating Local"

By KBJR News 1

August 31, 2011 Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 9:20 AM CDT

For the past few months we have introduced you to the Climate Idol Families.
Climate Idol involves four selected families who have agreed to take on challenges to green up their lives.

In This Weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes us back to one family who has been working hard to control the source of their food.

Since June, the Climate Idol Families have been focusing on their food, learning ways they can live a more sustainable lifestyle at home and in their community.

The Climate Idol Families have already been involved with learning how to use green modes of transportation and also taught us ways we can save energy at home.

In this food unit, the families are encouraged to compost at home, garden and also find sources of sustainable produce and meats.

"We've got tomatoes over there, and cucumbers, and herbs...", said Sam Wattrus.

The other items like lettuce and potatoes come from a Community Sustainable Agriculture program here in the Northland. In addition, in their backyard, the hens have been a proven success.

"We have five hens and I would say on average anywhere between one and three eggs per day", said Jane Wattrus.

The families also have kept busy learning how to use the items they grow in unique ways.

" It's given us an opportunity to learn a lot more than we have. And to share what we know with other people", said Sam Wattrus.

So while there is still time, enjoy the fresh produce available at your neighborhood farmers market and your gardens. For Your Green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.