newsletter, spring 2009
As spring arrives, our thoughts drift to the hope and promise of the season. Although we're facing major challenges in our world, turbulent times can offer opportunity. Maybe we will become clearer about what we value (vs. what we buy). This could be the time to build a new economy which would better serve us all, like investments in sustainability and people. For example, every dollar spent locally has three times the effect of a dollar sent to distant corporate headquarters. May we all, including our leaders, be inspired to seek creative and worthwhile solutions. To use a seasonal metaphor “To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Lao-tsu
We have made some updates to our website, including home page icons which take you directly to local food and sustainability resources: ASAP, Slow Food, Mountain Tailgate Market Association, Organic Growers School, WNC Green Building Council and Sustainable Asheville. Visit www.lenoresnatural.com and click on the icons in the left column.
The "groundwork" for spring classes has begun…we’ve ordered seeds and planted the scrumptious and nutritious vegetables that we will feast on in our April and May classes. These classes feature raw and living foods preparation and registration starts now!
Food Preparation Classes
Live Foods Three-Class Series (Fee $150 • Single Class $55)
Tasty Treats and More (Class Fee $55)
“A Man Named Pearl” is a documentary that tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It is a subtle and intriguing film that is certain to open hearts and minds. It offers an upbeat message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity. Stirring and profoundly uplifting, "A Man Named Pearl" offers a captivating window into the life a man who turned obstacles into breathtakingly beautiful possibilities. This film will be shown at the Weaverville, NC library on Tuesday, May 12th at 7 pm. No charge.
For a Better World
Did you know that 14 plastic bags contain enough petroleum to drive a car a mile. Save the world OneBagAtATime.com.
How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take a quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. To start, go to www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=calculator or www.myfootprint.org
Raw Food Tip
A key to optimal health is maintaining an alkaline condition in the body. A simple and tasty way to do this is through juicing vegetables. We start every day with a large glass of fresh juice, including lots of dark, leafy greens. This is also a smart way to use leftover scraps from raw fruits and vegetables, too.
Product Recommendation: in search of the best tools, gadgets and ingredients
Glass Lock containers came out last year and, next to glass canning jars, they are the most practical food storage containers that we’ve found yet. They are easy to open, yet airtight and are available in three shapes from 1.7 to 8-cups. We really like the square and rectangular shapes which make maximum use of space. Dehydrated bread stores perfectly in the 8-cup rectangles and blueberries freeze conveniently in 2-cup squares for smoothies and puddings.
For more information on the product, click on the image at the right. They are available in many kitchen and department stores like Kohl’s or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
“A gardener is one who believes that what goes down must come up.” – Anon
May we all be as one,
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