Here are simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. You can make a difference!

  1. Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to Protect Our Species.

  2. Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

  3. Plant a tree or donate a tree.

  4. Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.

  5. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.

  6. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.

  7. Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.

  8. Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.

  9. Change your car’s air filter regularly.

  10. Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.

  11. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.

  12. Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.

  13. Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items.

  14. Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.

  15. Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.

  16. Read documents online instead of printing them.

  17. When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

  18. Set your office printer to print two-sided.

  19. Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.

  20. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.

  21. Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.

  22. Bring reusable bags when you shop.

  23. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.

  24. Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district.

  25. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.

  26. Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.

  27. Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.

  28. Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.

  29. Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer.

  30. Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.

  31. Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.

  32. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.

  33. Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas.

  34. Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry.

  35. Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.

  36. Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.

  37. Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones.

  38. Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.

  39. Turn off lights when you leave a room.

  40. Install solar panels on your roof.

  41. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).

  42. Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.

  43. Lower the temperature on your water heater.

  44. Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options.

  45. Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.

Manor Market: Celebrating 50 Years

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Manor Market: Us Little Folks Try Harder

What do Woodstock, Mule Days, and Manor Market have in common? They are all celebrating 50 years this summer!

In 1969, Troy and Susie Oney purchased Manor Market and it has been family run and community-focused ever since. Localvores before it was popular, the Oneys raised grass-fed sheep and grew fruits and vegetables they sold at the store. Today, you can find local eggs, honey, beef, lamb, pork, organic produce, coffee, candy, and other favorites.

Troy has always been an innovator and opened a self-serve gas station in the mid-1970s and later traveled with his children, DeeAnn, Brenda and Kyle, to the burgeoning Napa Valley to stock an impressive wine cellar. Continuing the tradition, Manor Market wine cellar boasts of more than 300 carefully curated wines and Bishop's only beer cave.

Manor Market is the perfect place to grab a picnic for a hike, fishing, or climbing.

In 1982, Kyle took over the family business and has been carrying on the family legacy by donating to more than fifty non-profit organizations, including Future Farmers of America and 4H, and adapting to the times with 300 solar panels and self-serve meat counter. It's the kind of place you want to support.

"When I took over at the helm, everybody told me to specialize," says Kyle. "But I wanted to be a store for the people and provide something for everybody. Manor Market has always been a labor of love for our entire family.

Come join Manor Market in celebrating fifty years of the business of being a good neighbor on June 22. Please email manormarketwinebarrel@yahoo.com if you have any old pictures or memorabilia of Manor Market.

Watt's World: Accepting Change


Accepting Change

I am not afraid to admit I am terrified of change, I am so lucky to be surrounded by amazing people that have always loved and supported me. Now I am at a point in my life where things are changing faster than ever. These changes have all been happening for a while, through a lot of reflection and help from people. I am just beginning to acknowledge these changes, man of these changes involve friends moving away to pursue their dreams.

Due to many factors, I will be staying in town for a bit longer. At first, I was afraid to move on as my friends are, partially because I am so comfortable where I am right now. I did not see a problem with my life, I am now starting to view change in a different way. Change is undeniable, there is no stopping it. You can try your best to bury head in the sand, through this blog and many other things I have decided to embrace change. However, I am choosing to call it something different. Growth I have rediscovered my love for writing, I have decided to pursue it as a career. I am currently in the process of finding the writing I want to pursue, I have decided to start my own blog. It will have so many different thing, but most of all it will have me.

Change is inevitable, growth however isn’t life can be extremely scary. But at the end of the day you have to choices, you can either accept change and let it help you grow. Or you can deny it and stay stuck, I am choosing to follow my passion and choose growth. It will not be easy, “Rome wasn’t built in one day” and as my mom said “I’m still building mine.”


Thank you Andy for sharing your talents with us. We wish you nothing but the best on your journey.

ESLT: Pollinator Party


Pollinator Party at ESLT
Hosted by Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join Eastern Sierra Land Trust for an informal gathering to celebrate butterflies, bees, and other pollinators! We’ll enjoy delicious snacks and drinks while mingling with friends and sharing gardening stories. RSVPs are not required, but are helpful.

When: Wed., Apr. 24 (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N Fowler St. in Bishop
RSVP: marie@eslt.org or call (760) 873 – 4554