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Home-grown saves money

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Home-grown veggies
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Furyk Clark wrote in to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators about turning over a new gardening leaf: "In past years ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Positive Reactions: Things are lookin' up

Thursday, March 26, 2009

gardening

MS 51 volunteers help with the Old Stone House garden at Washington Park

There is no doubt that a lot of the contributions we get to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators are about job loss, reduced budgets and empty store fronts. But once in awhile we encounter a Bright Spot in the recession doldrums.

One of those moments was finding Erin Barnes, co-founder of a new website IOBY (In Our Back Yards). She explained the site to Brian on Thursday's show. It will launch in April, and people will be able to ask for help with their green projects--from garden plots to waterfront clean up. Volunteers can also find places to help out. She said this is her solution to feeling overwhelmed by news of the recession or global warming.

You can listen to the segment here:

Several other people sent some good news to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators this week:

Jason wrote in with good news. He said, 'Business had dried up because our main customers were retailers, artists, and museums. Each had stopped spending for the recession. BUT! Things have finally picked up. Each of the sectors has a few projects in the works. I worked 40 hours this past week and there is work lined up for at least the next month. Knock-on-wood, but it feels like the bottom has come and gone for our business. Hopefully we can sustain this and maybe it will even repeat citywide now.'

Kate told us, 'I've been watching the National Passport Center's processing time. It has gone from 3 weeks to process non-rush orders to 4 weeks. Does this mean more people are getting passports ready for spring or summer travel?? Could be!'

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