Jane Velez-Mitchell

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WATCH: Global growers lay roots

WATCH: Global growers lay roots

An urban garden in Georgia is helping refugees feed themselves and get a little taste of home. Jane's Green team goes to the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston to see how this plot with a sordid past is cultivating a more sustainable future.

A place where the uprooted are laying down roots

A place where the uprooted are laying down roots

In Clarkston, Georgia, there is a little plot of land where the uprooted are laying down roots. It’s called Jolly Avenue Community Garden (JACG). The spot where a drug den use to be has evolved into an urban garden where 90 refugee families from about 13 different countries grow fresh produce.

“One thing we did discover is that you can't take away 4,000 years of agricultural knowledge,” said Brian Bollinger, director of Friends of Refugees in Atlanta.

Jolly Avenue Community Garden

Global grow: Refugees cultivate urban garden

An urban garden in Georgia is helping refugees feed themselves and get a little taste of home. Jane's Green team goes to the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston to see how this plot with a sordid past is cultivating a more sustainable future.

Apartment becomes 'hanging gardens of Brooklyn'

Apartment becomes 'hanging gardens of Brooklyn'

What do you do when you live in a concrete jungle and you’re itching for some real greenery? You bring it inside.

Jane’s Green Team headed to Brooklyn, New York where we found Summer Rayne Oakes who is doing just that. When Oakes is not busy modeling sustainable fashion or delving into her other various forms of eco-activism (including entomology), she’s tending to what she calls the “Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn” in her apartment! This urban greenhouse houses more than 200 plants!  

Steve Trash: Illusionist gone green

Steve Trash: Illusionist gone green

Steve Trash used #janesgreenteam to tell HLN how he encourages people to go green with magic. Jane’s Green Team watched the eco-conscious magician on YouTube and we were hooked.

“I find things in the garbage and make up magic routines to go with them,” said Trash. “Garbage is a valuable natural resource, all that has happened is you’ve decided that it's not valuable anymore.”

The middle man of composting in the city

The middle man of composting in the city

Jane’s Green Team has tracked down a guy who is making composting simple in the city. 23-year-old David Paull is the owner of Compost Wheels a compost pickup service. He essentially is the middle man of composting.

“We give you a bucket and we come by each week and we pick that bucket up,” said Paull.

The middle man of composting in the city

The middle man of composting in the city

Jane’s Green Team has tracked down a guy who is making composting simple in the city. 23-year-old David Paull is the owner of Compost Wheels a compost pickup service. He essentially is the middle man of composting.

“We give you a bucket and we come by each week and we pick that bucket up,” said Paull.

Jane's Green Team: couple building off-the-grid home

Jane's Green Team: couple building off-the-grid home

Living “off the grid” might seem crazy to some but for Andy Hickman and his fiancée Rosemary Kimble it was a dream come true.  The Royston, Georgia couple is building a completely sustainable home, what they’re calling a “New Earth Home”.

“We just wanted to focus on a home that was going to take care of us and allow us to be more independent and self-reliant,” says Hickman.

Photos: Couple builds home from natural, recycled materials

Photos: Couple builds home from natural, recycled materials

Living “off the grid” might seem crazy to some but for Andy Hickman and his fiancée Rosemary Kimble it was a dream come true.  The Royston, Georgia couple is building a completely sustainable home, what they’re calling a “New Earth Home”.

“We just wanted to focus on a home that was going to take care of us and allow us to be more independent and self-reliant,” says Hickman.

Greenpeace activists granted bail in Russia!

Greenpeace activists granted bail in Russia!

Russian courts announced Wednesday they would begin granting bail for some of the so-called ‘Arctic 30’.  Two months ago, Greenpeace set out a ship to peacefully protest a Russian state owned oil rig they claim is dangerous to the environment. The activists tried to climb aboard the oil rig to raise a banner when Russian authorities sprayed them with high pressure water blasts and fired water shots.

Russian authorities claim the activists endangered the crew on the rig and are charging them with hooliganism. That charge carries up to seven years in prison.

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