Foy Spicer

Climate Action NWI

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Foy's Actions

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

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Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.



Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

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Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore), #8 Solar Farms

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

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  • Foy Spicer 1/08/2020 9:58 AM
    Absolutely loved this article titled Losing the Farm about the history of agriculture in the midwest, mixed with some Aldo Leopold and a frame story about the author's family farm.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

    Foy Spicer 11/04/2019 6:23 AM
    Well my youngest just figured out how to bike, which means we can start being a biking family.  My bike which has been hanging in the garage since I got pregnant with the first 8 years ago, came down last week.  Got it oiled up and the tires seem good.  Excellent, this opens up quite a bit.  I like walking, but biking is much more efficient.  
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

    Foy Spicer 11/04/2019 6:16 AM
    My elementary age kiddos bring home a ton of fliers and work sheets.  If they are only printed on one side and don't have crayon on them, I have been setting them aside to print on.  

    Today, I also went ahead and ordered some recycled printer paper to keep on hard for times when something has to be printed on clean paper (that does occasionally come up).  

    And any worksheets that came home with a clean side, but did have crayon on them, have been put in a scratch paper pile for the kids to use when they want to draw or we need paper, but not to print on.  

    (n.b. crayon should not go through your printer, the wax can mess with the inner workings.)

  • Foy Spicer 10/31/2019 6:24 AM
    Today I am packaging seeds I saved from our garden to put in the Halloween Trick or Treat bowl.  I am using old national geographic magazines to make the seed envelopes.  Any left over seeds will go to my library's free seed library or to online seed swaps.  (We are also putting in the bowl all the crappy candy my kids have gotten this week from other events that we don't want them to eat.)  
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Foy Spicer 10/31/2019 6:15 AM
    My family has land, a farm in Iowa.  It has been in the family four generation now.  My mom and her sister currently hold it, however they rent it to a cousin who has it partially in perennial alfalfa and partially in corn and soy.    Me and my three siblings have been discussing donating the land when it passes to us.  We had considered looking into the DNR or other state run agencies, but maybe we should look and see if the Dakota Sioux would be interested in restoring the land.  I'm not sure that directly engages with this question about indigenous people's land management.  

    Holding land in tradition practices that aren't extraction based and at their best build carbon sequestering into their systems seems like something that has to be maintained and protected.  I don't know if there is much movement towards restoration or expanding practices.  I think I need more than 10 minutes to figure that out.  :)

    • Jesse Becerra Jr. 11/01/2019 9:06 PM
      • Wow that would be a very thoughtful act. Contacting the tribe , the elders,the historian, educators, natural list,  are people who would be excited for restoring the land. I f it's prairie restoration perennial grasses, shrubs, trees, and the water revival would happen naturally. If the hills the local trees etc. Perennial alfalfa is already nutrifying the ground. The tribe would know what to grow.

  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

    Foy Spicer 10/29/2019 5:38 AM
    Unless it is infant formula sell by and best by dates are just for "peak freshness" on shelf stable foods. A good way to tell if a food product is bad is it will smell off or change texture will change.  I often by from discount or scratch and dent bulk grocers. (They tend to be Amish or Old Order run store here in Indiana.) Most things on the shelves are just past the sell by date.  For the most part I have had no trouble with these foods being bad.  Occasionally shelf stable food that has fat like crackers or chocolate will be rancid.  Rancid oil smells like oil paint to me, if you are wondering.  Personally I find the occasional risk of a bad food product to be worth the  70-90% reduced cost.  

    For meat and eggs the dates on the package do relate to food safety.  For meat I  follow the freeze by dates on the package.  For eggs, if they are getting older or I cant remember when I got them from the farm (they don't have dates on them when I put them in my own cartons - maybe I should start dating when I get my eggs...) I crack the eggs into a separate bowl before adding them to my dough or skillet.  Bad eggs, smell horrid, so it's not like I am  going to miss them.  

    I did find this helpful image from the San Diego Food Bank that lists expected life after expiration for various foods.