Pick Up America

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These people are staying with us for a few days:

Jeff, one of the founders of PUA.

Laura and Jane, two PUA volunteers that travel the country picking up litter.

Pick Up America is “the nation’s first coast-to-coast roadside litter pick-up across America. The youth initiative encourages zero-waste and environmental stewardship through education, art and outreach. We are not only picking up trash, but also bringing long lasting solutions to litter besides removal. We aim to bring cultural consensus and empower citizens to make zero-waste principles a reality for businesses, schools, community centers, municipalities, and homes all across America.” They are made up of volunteers that travel across the country is a school bus, and volunteers the pick up along the way to help where they can. So far, they’ve traveled over 3,000 miles from Maryland’s Atlantic coast to Tonopah, NV picking up over 176,000 lbs of litter along the way. This fall, they will cross over the Sierra Nevada mountains and reach their final destination of San Francisco, CA.  Learn more about them on their website or check out their Facebook page for some photos of the crap treasures they’ve found along the way.

The backstory is this: Jeff and I met a few summers back in Lee Vining, CA when I was interning for a great non-profit and he was working on a video for the Forest Service. He just happened to be passing through my part of Colorado this week, and found out from a mutual friend that I was here. He and his crew needed a place to stay for a few nights, and we have a guest room, so we invited them in! It’s been wonderful to catch up with Jeff, hear the crazy stories of walking across the country picking up trash, and make some new friends. And the timing couldn’t have been better. I’m house-sitting for a friend with a pretty impressive garden and Kyle and I are having a hard time keeping up with the veggie production. So I sent them over yesterday to harvest any and all that they were interested in. They did some damage!

PUA volunteers helping me harvest from this impressive front yard garden.

Then they went back to our house and made us a delicious dinner of eggplant parmesan with homemade tomato sauce and breaded/fried eggplant. So tasty! Check out the awesome harvest:

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