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Community Supported Agriculture helps farmers and enriches community

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Erik Anderson, 27, walks down the rows in the hoop house, giving a detailed family tree of mizuna, bok choy, and other leafy greens. He is the farm manager of Sobremesa Farm in Bloomington, a community supported agriculture farm. This year Sobremesa Farm has 27 members of its community-supported agriculture program, five more than last year.

Sobremesa Farm is the collective vision of Juan Carlos Arango and Robert Frew that became a community-supported agriculture farm five years ago. What was two acres of pasture, is now farmland that Anderson has supervised for the past year. It produces organic, sustainably-farmed food for Bloomington residents.

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Mold issues mark transitional time for Bloomington student housing

April 18th, 2019 No comments

IU junior Sam Neidermann didn’t know what lay ahead when he agreed last summer to live at Evolve, one of the newest state-of-the-art choices for student housing in Bloomington. As a first-year transfer student from the University of Alabama, he thought Evolve seemed like the perfect option and was convinced to sign a 12-month lease.

“The location is prime,” he said. “It’s convenient. It looked like a very attractive option from what they advertised.”

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Bloomington Transit creates plan for new route optimization

April 18th, 2019 No comments

The white concrete building in the heart of downtown, labeled with “BT” seafoam green lettering, has been Deb Albertson’s second home for the past 15 years. The 55-year-old Bloomington native who has been commuting to work using Bloomington Transit she since she moved in 2003.

“My vision isn’t great, and I know I can rely on the public transportation to get me to places,” she says. “I even have the schedules memorized. I can’t remember what my life was before Bloomington Transit. Granted, I do have bad memory.”

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Monroe County supports veterans but can still improve

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Monroe County Veteran Service Officer Mary Elfman said the city of Bloomington is a good place for veterans. However, the federal government could do better on tax benefits and services for veterans.

“The educational benefits for both the veteran and their children here in Indiana are not available in any other state in the United States except I think Arizona,” she said.

In Monroe County, there are 8,000 veterans who received Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation. VA compensation includes health clinic service. Furthermore, there are about 2,600 members of American Legion in Bloomington.

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Hunger affects Bloomington residents living in food deserts

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Rich Pearson slings reusable shopping bags over his shoulder and unlocks the trunk on his silver Honda. His grocery haul is complete. The 74-year-old Bloomington resident likes to frequent the Bloomington Farmers’ Markets.

He used to grow his own vegetables out of his backyard garden, but since his wife died in 2016, he has turned to alternative ways of getting fresh produce, he said in an April 1st interview outside of Bloomingfoods Market & Deli on West Sixth Street.

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Local restaurants push back against chains

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Green basil grows in pots in sunny front windows of local restaurant Farm Bloomington, the second Certified Green restaurant in Bloomington and only the fifth in Indiana. Facing downtown Kirkwood Avenue, Farm is full of recycled furniture and locally sourced food, but 20-year-old Bloomingtonian Satchel Wyatt fears the threat of encroaching chain restaurants on the local flavor.

“I like chain restaurants, even in important places.” Wyatt said. “I just don’t like seeing local businesses fail because of competition from huge companies.”

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Political scientist, Ryan Conway becomes farmer and environmental advocate

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

A Bloomington Food Policy council meeting seems perfectly usual until a tall bearded sustainability expert with a 6-month-old Belgian Malinois puppy on a leash walks in, determined to change Bloomington’s food network.“

For me a political scientist to suddenly convert myself into being a farmer just seemed like this amazing challenge that would teach me so much about the real work and the food system,” a 34-year-old policy coordinator from St. Louis, Ryan Conway said.

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Climate change sparks meaningful conversations with strangers

March 28th, 2019 No comments

I interviewed six random people I found on the streets of Bloomington about their thoughts and experience with climate change. Thankfully, Bloomington has a history of activism and awareness when it comes to climate change so it wasn’t difficult to get passionate responses, but it was difficult to find people willing to respond.

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Saturday farmers market explorers wanted to talk to me

March 28th, 2019 No comments

When presented with the person on the street assignment, I immediately became uncomfortable. I have been in reporting classes before, so I have ample experience interviewing people. However, all these interviews were planned and scheduled. I knew exactly who I was going to be speaking to, and I knew relatively how they were going to respond.With the Person on the Street exercise, I felt completely blindsided. It made me anxious and nervous. So naturally, I put it off as long as I could.

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Interviewing strangers can be a challenging but yet rewarding experience

March 28th, 2019 No comments

From the moment I found out I had to interview strangers on the street for this assignment, my heart began to race. I know that I am friendly and social at most times, but I felt uncomfortable having to track people down on the street and bother them for a favor. I have completed my fair share of interviews before, but asking locals about how they travel around Bloomington seemed daunting.

At first, I was anxious to ask four strangers to stop and speak with me in order to get the answers I needed. I thought that Bloomington residents may have a strong opinion about the transportation system because I constantly see people waiting around for buses and trying to find parking spots around town. Sadly, more people looked at me like I was stupid rather than as an investigative reporter trying to get opinions.

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