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Earthy exhibitors stand out in Netroots Nation hall

by Nick Faber
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

If the exhibition hall at SXSW was all about spectacle, the exhibitors in Netroots Nation are here to talk about substance. Here are two of the most substantive booths I found on the first day of Netroots Nation 2011. And their substance? The Earth.

Coal River Mountain Watch
CRMW is a grassroots organization based in southern West Virginia as an opponent to mountaintop removal. The Welch family, kids pictured here, talk about the cause with passion and eloquence, and have plenty of visual aids to support their organization, including coal-shaped soap. Tomorrow, the film “The Last Mountain,” which examines the battle over Coal River Mountain, will be screened at NN.

Yards to Gardens
Founded in Minneapolis, Yards to Gardens connects gardeners looking for space with people with extra gardening room in their yards. As you can see in their Google map overlay, the program has really taken off in Minneapolis, and is now spreading to San Francisco and New York. At the booth, the greenest in the whole hall, you can make your own seed bombs, pictured above.

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