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Barb Ryan, of Wisdom Sister
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“Sometimes we need to sort things out confidentially without undue input or
influence from our loved ones,” explains Ryan. “Most times we need a caring presence
to help us travel through periods of life that are challenging but not clinical. We gain
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Magic happens on Mount Shasta; it
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Annette Rugolo is offering a virtual
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in connecting with both the energy of
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Rugolo is an experienced spiritual
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for Your Soul
Summer camp brings fond memories of
new connections and new experiences
like canoeing or learning to make fire.
There is something truly magical about being
a part of a shared learning experience
with others who are “all-in” as well.
This is what compelled Transformational
Life Coach and Life Mastery Teacher
Nea Clare to create a virtual summer camp
for adults—the Reset to Yes Reboot Camp.
Beginning August 6, participants will
gather at 6 p.m., every Monday evening, for
10 weeks via Zoom. “The world is not the
same as it was a few years ago, and many
people are ready to set their dreams and
passions into action,” explains Clare. “We
need the time to understand what gets in
our way of accomplishing our dreams and
the tools to break past those obstacles.”
Most people resist doing what it takes
to make real and lasting change. Research
shows that consistent practice, a supportive
environment, and utilizing goals and
milestones are key to successful change
efforts. Clare felt that to be effective, this
program had to incorporate all of these
components, including one-on-one coaching,
weekly lessons and assignments, biweekly
group coaching and goal checking.
“You must also have engaged support and
guidance to see what is no longer working
and try out new approaches,” shares Clare.
“This is precisely why I came up with the
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The Story of SEEQ
Two recent college graduates started their
business and in just eight months have
generated over $800,000 in revenue. Ben Zaver
and Hannah Perez, of SEEQ, sell a new type
of protein powder that mixes more like a juice
rather than the traditional thick and milky protein
options on the market.
Zaver originally had the idea back in 2020
when he was going to school to be a mechanical
engineer. The longer he was in school, the more he realized that engineering was not the
career path for which he longed, so he spent time trying different paths which led him to take
an unpaid internship at a creative agency where he met Perez.
Once Zaver’s internship at the creative agency was over, he finally landed on an idea he
wanted to pursue. Having always hated the taste and texture of traditional thick and milky
protein shakes, and not having heard much about a juice-like protein, he began reaching out
to manufacturers to produce his own. What he thought would only take one month to launch
ended up taking much longer. After a year of reaching out to hundreds of manufacturers, he
finally found one that made a juice-like consistency that mixed well and did not have a chalky
aftertaste. “I subjected dozens of my friends and family members to taste tests and went back
to the creative agency to give Perez and the rest of the team samples,” shares Zaver. “This is the
moment that Hannah was all-in on the idea and wanted to help out in any way possible.”
Perez has a background in marketing and entrepreneurship and had her fair share of
entrepreneurial ventures before jumping on board with SEEQ. In the past, she started an
exterior painting business, ran a student-led business, and began her own digital marketing
agency while working on launching SEEQ.
SEEQ was officially launched on October 16, 2021, with just two flavors: Mango
Pineapple and Strawberry Splash. The first shipment of over 4,000 bottles was delivered
to Zaver’s parents’ home in Plymouth.
Prior to launch, the pair knew TikTok would be a major key to their marketing strategy.
They got their first viral video by filming live reactions of people trying their protein
drink on the streets of Minneapolis. By staying consistent with their TikTok strategy, they
were able to sell out of the first 4,000 units in just one month.
One of the orders that came through was from a Jake Cuban, in Dallas, Texas. Zaver
saw this name as he was packing orders and thought there was no way that it could be the
address of investor Mark Cuban of Shark Tank fame. He was able to confirm that it was
indeed Cuban’s address by entering it into Google Earth. Cuban ended up posting a video
on his own TikTok, rating the product a 10/10.
Having yet to place a second order, and with supply chain issues impeding production,
the pair knew that products would not be available until last March, which meant
they would be sold out for four months. This gave them time to create a solid business and
marketing plan and secure a warehouse space so they could move out of the family garage.
Pre-orders opened last January and sold out the second round of inventory before it
was delivered in April. At that time, the third round of inventory was also delivered and
included a new flavor called Blue Razz Freeze, which sold out in less than six hours. Since
then, Zaver and Perez continue to make monthly purchase orders to mitigate being sold out
for long periods of time. The team of two became a team of three when they hired Zaver’s
younger brother, Will, to be the warehouse manager. They continue to grow at a rapid rate
and are already outgrowing their current warehouse.
SEEQ is releasing a new limited-edition flavor in July and plan to launch in retail in 2023. To
learn more, visit SEEQSupply.com or on TikTok at @benzaver, @hanxperez, @seeqsupply.
Eat Grains to Reduce
Liver Disease Risk
only one-third of
already have been
shown to play a
key role in safeguarding
obesity and metabolic
Two new studies
positive effect on
cardiovascular and liver health, as well. Researchers
from Columbia University that followed 4,125 older
adults for 25 years found that lower inflammation and
fewer cardiovascular incidents were correlated with
higher amounts of fiber in the diet— particularly from
wheat, barley, oats and other grains—rather than from
fruits and vegetables. And a Chinese study in The Journal
of Nutrition Researchers tested the blood of 1,880
people, half of which had nonalcoholic fatty liver disease,
to look for markers of whole grain consumption.
The subjects that ate more whole grains had a significantly
reduced risk of developing the liver disease.
Consider Herbs from
Traditional Asian Medicine
Diabetes is rampant
in the world
in low- and
countries, but it
was also a health
Dai, Uygur and Yi
people in East Asia.
To identify which
were effective in those indigenous medical systems,
Chinese researchers examined medical databases and
ethnic medical books. They found evidence of 112 such
medications—105 plant-based, six coming from animals
and one with fungal origins. The most commonly used
were Astragalus membranaceus, now available in many
contemporary immune-system formulations; Pueraria
lobata, known as arrowroot or kudzu, and considered
an invasive plant in North America; and Coptis chinensis,
Chinese goldthread, whose main compound, berberine,
is used in the West to treat bacterial and viral infections.
“Ethnic medicine has abundant resources in diabetes
treatment and has excellent development prospects,
which is worthy of further exploration and modern research,”
conclude the authors.
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Practice Sitting Tai Chi to
Recover from a Stroke
Tai chi, an ancient
Chinese martial art,
moving the arms and
feet in intricate, slow
patterns, but a new
study in the American
journal Stroke found
that doing the hand
and shoulder movements
while sitting in
a chair produced significant physical and mental benefits
for stroke survivors. Researchers at the Yunnan University
of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in China, found that after
12 weeks of performing sitting tai chi, 69 stroke patients
had better hand and arm function, better sitting balance,
a wider range of shoulder motion, less depression and a
better quality of life compared to 65 people in a standard
stroke rehab program. More than half of those doing the
sitting tai chi continued to practice it after the study ended,
with continued improvement.
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Surgery often activates
high levels of anxiety in
patients, but a Chinese
pilot study of 116 women
for gynecological cancer
found that simple strategies
arts therapy” can help. In
the study group, women
were encouraged to dance
and do handicrafts while
listening to music the day before the surgery. They practiced
progressive muscle relaxation and listened to music
immediately after the surgery, and on the day before their
release, they were invited to write and draw to express
their emotions. The researchers found that women in the
therapy group experienced significantly less anxiety during
their operations than women in a placebo group, although
the effects didn’t continue after discharge. Ninetyeight
percent of the women found the therapy beneficial.
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Deep-Sea Mining is the New Frontier
the ocean floor
will be allowed to
proceed and the
there play a role in
supply chains of
the future is one of
the biggest decisions
The seabed holds a
vast quantity of mineral resources, yet is also one of the last
pristine areas on the planet. A new white paper published by
the World Economic Forum, Decision-Making on Deep-Sea
Mineral Stewardship: A Supply Chain Perspective, has found
that significant knowledge gaps make it hard to predict the
scale of the potential effect, and decisions made now about
mineral stewardship will have lasting effects for generations.
The World Bank and the International Energy Agency
forecast a multifold increase in the demand for key metals
used for decarbonization, many of which are found in
mineral deposits in the deep seabed, but some organizations
and more than 600 scientists have called for a pause
or total ban on the exploitation of these minerals. Positive
factors such as increased metal supply, wider use of
decarbonization technologies and benefits to countries
from extraction royalties must be considered against the
generation of sediment plumes, noise from extraction and
impacts on the seafood industry.
City Lights are Tough on Birds
maps and radar
to estimate the
number of migratory
across the night
sky, Chicago tops
the list of cities
where birds face
the most danger
from light pollution
in both spring
and fall. North America hosts about 3 billion fewer birds
today than in 1970, according to a 2019 analysis published
in Science. The causes include light pollution, climate
change, vanishing habitat and pesticides. Scientists believe
the combination of factors could lead many abundant
bird populations toward extinction.
For example, Cornell University ornithologist Andrew
Farnsworth found that the seven annual Tribute in Light
twin towers anniversary memorials on September 11 that
project intense beams of light into the night sky attracted
an average of more that 1 million birds. Within the first 20
minutes of each event, up to 16,000 birds crowded into
a tight radius. Bird conservationists listen for disoriented
chirps and if too many are circling aimlessly in the beams,
the lights are turned off.
BirdCast incorporates large-scale weather radar and machine
learning to forecast the exact nights when hundreds
of millions of migratory birds will arrive over U.S. cities. The
team sends the data to conservationists and policymakers to
help the birds by dimming lights along the way.
Attitudes Changing Toward Animal Rights
A new survey by the University of Exeter published in Social Psychological
and Personality Science shows that children differ dramatically from adults in
their moral views on animals. Researchers asked a group of 479 children and
adults ages 9 to 11, 18 to 21 and 29 to 59 about the moral status and treatment
of farm animals (pigs), pets (dogs) and people. The youngest participants
said that farm animals should be treated the same as people and pets,
and think eating animals is less morally acceptable than do adults. The two
older groups held more traditional views.
The findings suggest that speciesism, the moral imperative that gives
different value to different animals, is learned as we become socialized. Dr.
Luke McGuire says, “Humans’ relationship with animals is full of ethical double standards. Some animals are beloved
household companions while others are kept in factory farms for economic benefit. Dogs are our friends, pigs are food.”
McGuire notes, “If we want people to move towards more plant-based diets for environmental reasons, we have to
disrupt the current system somewhere. For example, if children ate more plant-based food in schools, that might be more
in line with their moral values, and might reduce the normalisation towards adult values that we identify in this study.”
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Protect the Largest
Organ from the
by Chelsea Kazmierczak-Goethel
The skin is the largest yet possibly most misunderstood organ of the human body.
Skin cancer has become increasingly prevalent in the modern world. In the United
States, there are more new cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate,
lung and colon cancer combined. Unfortunately, nearly half of Americans who live to the
age of 65 will deal with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
These shocking statistics are accompanied by an increasing worry about sun exposure
and a suncare product market that grows each year. The consequence of strictly
limiting sun exposure comes with its own concerns. Those who actively avoid all sun
exposure are more likely to be deficient in the critical nutrient vitamin D, which may
increase immune system dysfunction and loss of bone density. All of this has many wondering
what can be done to protect the body’s largest organ from the inside and out.
Externally, using sunscreen may seem like the obvious answer. Recent data has
demonstrated that this solution can present its own health concerns. In 2019, the U.S.
Food & Drug Administration's update on sunscreen safety classified only two commonly
used ingredients as safe and effective. Many of the main ingredients used in sunscreen,
including oxybenzone, homosalate and avobenzone, are considered endocrine-disrupting
and potentially carcinogenic. Studies show that these chemicals are absorbed into the
bloodstream after one application and can persist for up to three weeks at concentrations
that surpass the established safety threshold.
For outside-in protection during peak exposure, consider the following safer brands
of sunscreen: All Good, BeautyCounter, Kabana Organic, or Raw Elements. Check out the
Environmental Working Group (ewg.com) for in-depth safety ratings on a wide variety of
options. Staying hydrated, wearing a wide brim hat along with light, long-sleeved clothing
and finding shade are also protective options. For optimum vitamin D production, aim for
10 to 20 minutes of early to midday sun exposure before layering on the sun defenses.
Internally, the health of the skin is immensely impacted by dietary habits. Avoiding
or limiting foods that promote inflammation and oxidation can have a positive impact
on cancer, cardiovascular and neurological health outcomes. Inflammatory oils such as
vegetable and soybean oil, fried foods, processed carbohydrates and foods with added
sugar are detrimental to health and should
Eating for skin health aligns with
eating for overall health and wellness.
Sources of healthy fat, including fatty fish,
avocados and walnuts supply omega-3 fatty
acids and vitamin E, making them potent
anti-inflammatory foods. Green tea, dark
chocolate and berries are great sources of
antioxidants which help reduce the oxidative
stress and cellular damage caused by
Specific to skin, the old adage “eat the
rainbow” stands the test of time. The majority
of protective antioxidants are found
in richly colored produce. Deep orange
foods like carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes
and squash contain beta-carotene.
Rich in lutein, kale, collards and spinach
benefit skin and eye health. Tomatoes,
watermelon and guava pack a punch of
lycopene which provides sun and cardiovascular
protection. This summer, aim
to consume ample brightly colored fruits
and vegetables as a key component of skin
health and sun protection.
MetroEast Natural Healing Center, in
Oakdale, uses a targeted approach to assess
states of malnutrition, toxicity and other
causes of ill health. Their highly trained and
experienced nutrition practitioners specialize
in creating customized dietary and
supplemental plans to improve the health
of their patients. From minor symptoms
to serious health concerns, the expertise of
their holistic practitioners can make a major
difference in reaching one’s health goals.
Goethel, MSACN, is a
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Nutrition Response Testing, holds a bachelor’s
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at Each Stage of
by Keri Barron
Obtaining nutrients from food involves both digestion and absorption, which are
critical for healthy metabolism. Digestion is the process of breaking down food
into pieces from which nutrients can be absorbed into the body and dispersed
to tissues as needed. Digestion also involves removing the waste, which is anything the
body cannot use.
Digestion begins in the mouth with the mechanical breakdown of food through
chewing, followed by chemical breakdown by enzymes found in saliva. From the mouth,
the bolus, or chewed food, will travel to the stomach, where it encounters a highly acidic
environment. The stomach contains digestive enzymes that begin to degrade whole food
pieces into basic components that can be absorbed.
Next, the contents from the stomach, called chyme, enter the small intestine. As they
travel, secretions from the liver, pancreas
and gallbladder aid in digestion through the
release of digestive juices that help further
break down food. The majority of nutrients
are now able to be absorbed throughout the
small intestine. Folate, iron and vitamin D 3
are absorbed in the duodenum portion of
the small intestine, while the jejunum is the
site of absorption for sugars, amino acids
and fatty acids. Finally, the ileum is critical
for fluid and vitamin B 12
While most of the absorption of nutrients
occurs in the small intestine, the large
intestine houses very important microbiota
that constitute part of the gut microbiome.
These bacteria are critical to the health of
the entire body, and can use food components
that are non-digestible by intestinal
cells such as dietary fiber. Maintaining a
healthy microbiome provides benefits to
the brain, immune system and many other
parts of the body. The large intestine is also
the location for absorption of sodium and
potassium, as well as reabsorption of water.
Leaving the large intestines, the remaining
byproducts of food that were not digested
or absorbed are eliminated via defecation.
The breakdown and digestion of
foods is a highly complex and regulated
task, orchestrated by several organs. To
keep the digestive tract running smoothly,
focus on consuming a whole food,
plant-based diet and obtaining adequate
sleep and physical activity.
Keri Barron, Ph.D. is the scientific nutrition
writer for Standard Process. For more
information, visit WholisticMatters.com.
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CREATE A TOXIN-FREE YARD FOR CRITICAL CRITTERS
by Sandra Yeyati
Aimée Code has stopped trying to grow roses in her Eugene, Oregon, backyard,
where the ground is too muddy for them to flourish. If we stick to plants that do
well in our own region, they’ll be less susceptible to disease and pests, and we
won’t need to use dangerous chemicals in our gardens, says the pesticide program director
at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Code works to preserve invertebrate species that are threatened by habitat loss, climate
change and pesticides. “Many of these animals provide valuable services,” she says. “Solitary
wasps feed their young certain caterpillars that we consider pests because they eat our
crops. Riverbed mussels filter our water. Stone flies help break down organic matter. Bees
are effective pollinators, helping to sustain our most nutritious food sources.”
U.S. bees are declining at alarming rates, thanks in part to neonicotinoids and other
harmful pesticides, Code reports. The good news is that a few gardening modifications
can provide food and safe haven for beneficial invertebrates, while keeping our families
(and pets) free from scary chemicals.
Gardening Tips from Aimée Code
Create a resilient garden with hardy, native plants that invite both pollinators and natural
enemies like solitary wasps, lacewings and hoverflies, which help control pest populations.
Use restraint when trimming plants or clearing debris. Many bees create nests inside
pithy stems and downed wood or underneath
bunch grasses and fallen leaves.
Develop a greater tolerance for weeds,
embracing a slightly wilder garden aesthetic.
Avoid using herbicides by mulching
and manually pulling weeds before they go
A few pests in the vegetable garden are
okay, as long as they don’t harm overall
production. Search online for nonchemical
solutions by vegetable type and
location. As in farming, try rotating crops
or look into companion planting to learn
which plants work well together. Ensure
the soil has what each plant needs. For
example, blueberries require an acidic soil.
Pesticides address the symptom rather
than the problem. Killing pests may be
a temporary fix, but won’t address the
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underlying cause, so the problem will likely return. Even so-called
“reduced risk” products contain concerning chemicals for pollinators.
Always try non-chemical solutions first. For example, instead
of applying a fungicide to address powdery mildew, water the
affected plant less and prune it to improve air flow.
Eco-Friendly Pest Management
According to Ryan Anderson, community integrated pest
management manager at the IPM Institute of North America,
“Chemicals should only be used in a lawn or garden as a last
resort, and even then, only the least amount of the least harmful
product.” For reduced-risk and organic product lists, visit
Tinyurl.com/EPAPesticideList and MidwestGrowsGreen.org.
Anderson laments the rampant overuse of noxious products, including
glyphosate and 2,4-D, which are classified as probable and
possible carcinogens, respectively, by the International Agency for
Research on Cancer; commercial fertilizers that lead to nitrogen
and phosphorus runoffs, threatening marine wildlife; and pyrethroid
insecticides for mosquito control, which kill most insects.
He champions sustainable measures, starting with a reduction
of turf grass. “People like sitting on their lawn, but try keeping it
as minuscule as possible and plant native plants which require less
maintenance,” he says. “Make sure you’re not planting grass where
grass doesn’t want to grow.”
Consider an eco-lawn with micro-clover in the mix, Anderson
advises. “Clover recycles nitrogen and stays green in drought conditions,
so you don’t have to fertilize or water, and you only need
to mow eco-lawns once a month.”
Lawn Care Strategies from Ryan Anderson
For weeds, the best defense is a dense, deeply rooted, turf grass
system that will out-compete for air, water, nutrients and sunlight.
Aerate the lawn in the fall by removing narrow, three-to-sixinch-deep
cores and leaving them on the soil. After a day or two,
mow the cores over to return nutrients to the soil. Spread turf
seed over bare-soil areas and over the entire lawn whenever aeration
Before or after aerating, spread one-quarter to one-half inch of
compost over the lawn to promote a nutrient- and microbiologyrich,
spongy soil structure. Visit CompostingCouncil.org for reputable
suppliers and DIY instructions for high-quality compost.
Apply leaf mulch and grass clippings to feed and promote protozoa,
bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter, recycle nutrients,
inhibit plant pathogens,
balance pH and aerate the soil.
Mow less often and as high as
possible to minimize stressing
the grass plant. Lawns need
only a single, one-inch watering
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THE HEALTHY FOOD
Pandemic Trends are Shaping Better Local Food Systems
by Bob Benenson
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Like so much else on the planet, the two-year coronavirus
pandemic turned the health food world upside-down.
“I found myself thinking real dystopian and wondering
if people would be able to survive if grocery stores crumbled,”
recalls Diana Mondragón, of Rockford, Illinois. “That scary
thought train reminded me that I want to learn how to be more
self-sustainable.” Her once-occasional drop-bys to farmers markets
are now an essential weekly ritual. “I want to support local
farmers and food producers to help communities grow stronger
and healthier,” she says.
When the long supply chains of the conventional food system
became disrupted, many Americans found themselves feeling
insecure about food availability for the first time in their lives.
food system that had
operated so efficiently
for many generations
had relied on long and
links; when they broke
down or became gridlocked,
the result was
shelves and long waits
for home deliveries.
Add the economic
repercussions and job
losses, and about one
in nine households
lacked enough nutritious
food to sustain
a healthy life, report
researchers from New
Faced with the
a noteworthy outcome
has been a surge in
demand for healthier
food production using
sustainable and humane
to drop by a nearby
grocery store and get
whatever they wanted
whenever they wanted
it, many consumers
began buying locally grown produce for both practical and
environmental reasons. After two high-growth decades, farmers
markets initially took a hit during pandemic closures, but they
have since bounced back with renewed energy. A wide range of
innovative solutions are being pursued by e-commerce entrepreneurs
and food-equity advocates to get healthier local food into
more hands and more neighborhoods.
Sales of natural and organic products in the U.S. grew by about
10 percent in 2020, the year of the COVID-19 outbreak, and by
another 8 percent in 2021, reports SPINS, a Chicago-based data
research firm, in Nutrition Business Journal. Sales growth in that
sector was six to seven times larger than for conventional products,
which experienced barely any sales growth at all.
Helping spur the trend, cheap food at supermarkets isn’t so
cheap anymore, making organic food look better by comparison.
The research company Data Weave reported in March that
conventional food prices jumped by 11 percent in the previous 12
months of the pandemic, while prices for organic food increased
by a relatively modest 2 to 4 percent.
The price pressures on conventional food “will continue to
go up rapidly,” says Matt Tortora, co-founder of WhatsGood, a
Rhode Island-based food e-commerce company. “The war between
Russia and Ukraine is going to exacerbate that issue. And it
seems like most of what’s going on in the world is going to affect
our global supply chains even further, and in more profound ways
than just our gas pump.”
The dominance of supermarkets and big-box stores in the years
following World War II greatly diminished supply and demand of
farm-fresh local food. A back-to-the-future trend that started taking
hold a generation ago spurred a five-fold increase in the number
of farmers markets across the nation, along with a proliferation
of farms selling community supported agriculture subscriptions
that delivered weekly batches of fresh produce to members.
These increased sales enabled many small farmers to offset the
body blow from business lost due to pandemic-related restaurant
shutdowns; a number of them thrived, with record sales.
The signs for the 2022 outdoor market season have been encouraging.
Green City Market, widely regarded as Chicago’s premier
farmers market, reported more than 13,000 visitors in a six-hour
span on May 7, even though the weather was still on the cool side
and few spring crops were in season after a chilly and wet April.
At the same time, a previously little-used conduit for local health
food sales—e-commerce—shows signs of spurring long-term
growth. Some individual producers nimbly built out their webbased
product sales by also providing home delivery, previously
a rarity in the local food scene. For example, the e-commerce
site Avrom Farm (AvromFarm.com), of Ripon, Wisconsin,
sells not only its own products, but also goods from other farmers,
and Three Sisters Garden, of Kankakee, Illinois, which raises
specialty vegetables, has converted entirely to e-commerce and
Taking this concept to the next level is WhatsGood, which
in 2014 began providing home delivery and pickup services for
farmers markets in several cities. In the pandemic, the company
became a lifeline to connect farmers with consumers at a time
when stay-at-home orders and social distancing concerns hampered
or closed farmers markets.
Late last year, WhatsGood introduced a new business
model that bypasses farmers markets to allow consumers
to order goods online directly from farmers for home delivery.
SourceWhatsGood.com now operates in 21 states. Tortora estimates
that demand for local food is about 12 times greater than it
was before the pandemic, even as supermarkets again start stocking
more faraway-grown, conventional produce.
Even Better for the Planet
While the pandemic created a sense of urgency about healthier
eating, it also elevated concerns about the health of the living
environment. An April 2022 study issued by New York University’s
Stern Center for Sustainable Business found that products
specifically marketed as sustainable had a 17 percent share of
the market for consumer-packaged goods, up from 13.3 percent
in 2015. Nearly half of all products introduced in 2021 touted
sustainability benefits, up from 28 percent in 2017. Organic food
sales in 2021 amounted to $51 billion; 30 years earlier, that market
was estimated at a mere $1 billion, says the SPINS report.
Now there is growing support to take stewardship of the
land to the next level through regenerative agriculture practices
which focus on building and maintaining the health and
biological vitality of the nation’s soils, and in some cases, means
restoring soils stripped of their vitality by conventional farming
practices. It has been most heavily promoted by the Rodale
Institute, based in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, which has developed
standards for a Regenerative Organic Certified food label.
The sustainability issue resonates deeply with people like
Katlin Smith, founder and CEO of Chicago-based Simple Mills,
a 10-year-old company that’s widely recognized as the preeminent
natural baking mix brand nationally. “I started the company
after seeing what a huge impact food has on all of our bodies,
and I realized how much we had processed the heck out of our
food. And it was really undermining people’s health,” she says.
In the last two years, the company has expanded its focus
to work with farmers to improve soil health and biodiversity,
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It recently joined forces
with the frozen smoothie company Daily Harvest and glutenfree
frozen pizza maker Capello’s to advance regenerative soil
practices in almond growing. “Regenerative agriculture is really
just growing food in a way that leans into nature and builds a
healthy ecosystem for all who are involved,” says Smith.
Supplying Underserved Communities
Local food communities around the country are also playing
an increasingly dynamic role in addressing food equity, access
and security issues. Less than a decade ago, fewer than half of
all farmers markets nationwide accepted federal Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for purchases. Today,
backed by U.S. Department of Agriculture funding, most do,
with many markets accepting state-backed debit cards. To further
increase access to locally produced food for lower-income
families, many states provide matching shopping funds up to
a certain limit, as do programs run by nonprofit organizations
such as California’s Market Match and Double Up Bucks, run
by the Michigan Fair Food Network.
To get healthy produce to people that live in urban “food
deserts”, nonprofits are pioneering creative approaches. The
Urban Growers Collective operates eight farms on 11 acres of
land on Chicago’s Southside that combine education, training
and leadership development with the growth of organic crops,
which are then driven in a “Fresh Moves” bus to local community
and health centers, and churches. Founded by food justice
advocates Laurell Sims and Erika Allen, the Collective worked
with a coalition of nonprofits during the pandemic to deliver
boxes of free food to households in underserved neighborhoods
across the city. The pandemic “forced us to do some of the
things we’d been talking about, but said we don’t have time yet.
We just dived in,” Sims says.
The dramatic impact of the COVID-19 crisis drove up
local interest in the Collective’s community gardens, with the
number of volunteers jumping from 10 to 50. “It made a lot of
people realize this ain’t no joke. People close to us were passing
away,” says farm manager Malcolm Evans, who started volunteering
for the Collective a decade ago as a teenager growing
up in a nearby public housing project. “People wanted to really
know how to grow food. We’ve been doing it for years, trying
to bring this to folks’ attention. Everybody needs to understand
food and know where it comes from.”
Bob Benenson is publisher and writer of Local Food Forum,
a newsletter that covers all aspects of the local food community
in the Chicago region. He can be contacted at Bob@LocalFood
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OUTDOOR WORKOUTS MAKE THE MOST OF SUMMER
by Carrie Jackson
Summer is the prime time to skip the gym and exercise in the fresh air. Studies show
that outdoor workouts improve mental well-being and result in greater feelings of
revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement. Exercising in nature can
reduce stress levels even more than being indoors and can make a workout seem easier.
Many outdoor activities are free or lowcost,
can be done solo or in groups and
are easily worked into a schedule. From a
simple walk in the park to an organized
club meet-up, there’s no shortage of options
to get the heart pumping.
There are a few factors to keep in mind
when moving an exercise routine outside.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, as the
warmer temperatures can cause increased
sweating and dehydration during exertion.
Products like hydration packs provide
an insulated way to easily carry water
hands-free during a workout. While some
exposure to vitamin D is beneficial, sun
protection is essential as harmful UV rays
can cause the skin to burn and lead to
melanoma. The Skin Cancer Foundation
recommends using a waterproof, broadspectrum
sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or
higher and reapplying it every two hours.
UVA rays can also lead to cataracts, macular
degeneration and pterygium (a benign
growth called “surfer’s eye”), so wear
sunglasses that have UV protection.
An easy activity that can be done almost
anywhere, walking requires only a pair of
supportive shoes and a bit of wanderlust. It
is a great introduction for people looking
to get started with a fitness program.
Relatively low-impact, it can ease joint
pain, help reduce stress, improve sleep and
boost the immune system. Research suggests
that distance is more important than
speed for health benefits, so add a leisurely
stroll to a daytime routine.
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As a weight-bearing exercise, running helps
build strong bones and protects against
osteoporosis. Over time, it can also reduce
the risk of heart disease and lower the resting
heart rate. Long- distance running is stellar
for cardiovascular endurance, while sprinting
is a quick way to jumpstart weight loss.
Running clubs all over the country can help
newcomers find inspiration, camaraderie
and motivation when the couch is calling.
Cycling is easy on the joints, can help
improve balance and is a great low-impact
cardio workout. Biking can be done solo or
in groups and is a great option for families,
as even little kids can ride along. Many
cities have bike-friendly street lanes, allow
bikes on public transportation and have
rental bikes such as Divvy available for
Classes in yoga and Pilates, traditionally
done indoors, can be moved outside when
the weather is nice. Practicing in the open air means breathing in higher quality oxygen
while practicing deep breathing or moving through asanas. The ambient warmth allows
soft tissue to relax more, making deeper poses more accessible. Plus, it’s just more relaxing
to practice outside, and taking in the surroundings will heighten a mindfulness practice.
Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding can be done on any kind of open water, including
lakes, ponds and rivers. These activities strengthen the upper body as well, and water
itself can have a calming effect. Take a class or rent a boat for an afternoon paddle, either
alone or with friends.
Popular in the 1990s, rollerblading is again having a heyday. Online skate manufacturer
Rollerblade saw a 300 percent increase in sales at the start of the pandemic, as consumers
looked for creative ways to get around outside. Rollerblading helps build endurance
in a wide range of muscles, including upper legs, hips, back and glutes. It can improve
balance, is easy on the joints and is just plain fun. Invest in a set of protective gear such as
a helmet, wrist guards and kneepads to ensure safety.
To create workouts in the city, run up and down a hill or set of stairs, then find a nearby
playground and do pull-ups on the monkey bars, tricep dips on a park bench and other
bodyweight exercises. Or, grab a few friends and create a high-intensity interval training
circuit in the park. Change up the routine and location to keep it fresh and fun.
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EDIBLE BLOOMS ADD FLAVOR AND
COLOR TO SUMMER FARE
by April Thompson
Fruits, leaves, stems and roots are commonly
eaten as part of a plant-based, farm-to-table
diet, but until recently, the only flowers on the
table were in a vase. Today’s health-conscious foodies
are finding edible flowers to be a fantastic way to
eat the rainbow, adding fun flavors and colors to all
sorts of dishes.
Urban homesteader Holly Capelle turned her family’s
backyard in the Portland, Oregon, suburbs into
expansive edible gardens, enjoyed by their flowereating
chickens and children alike. “We grow everything
from seed, including 15 to 20 edible flower
varieties, from spring through fall,” says Capelle. “I
love to grow edible flowers for two reasons: one, to
eat, and second, for the natural pest control they
provide. I think of flowers as a beautiful army that I
can eat along the way.”
Capelle’s favorite edible flowers are pansies and
violets, as they “pop up again and again all growing
season and make a beautiful garnish without overpowering
flavor.” The home gardener likes to freeze
the fresh flowers in ice cubes, press them on the
outside of herb butter or dry them between pieces of
wax paper to later add to the tops of homemade chocolate bars,
along with dehydrated strawberries, lemon balm, mint or other
The family’s fowl get in on the flower fun, too. “We make
frozen treats for the chickens out of edible flowers, corn and
strawberries, which they love in summer. We also add dried flowphoto
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ers like marigolds to their nesting boxes,” she says, adding that
marigolds, with their bright orange hues and distinct flavor, are
great in scrambled eggs or as a substitute for saffron.
For larger blooms like sunflowers, Capelle recommends pulling
off the often-hard centers. “I often see whole zinnias on edible cakes,
but no one wants to eat an entire zinnia. With daisies, for example, I
will pull off the petals and recreate the flower on top of a dish, using
peppercorns or chocolate chips in place of the center,” she says.
Capelle also loves chamomile for its distinctive, apple-like
flavor that has the “feel of fall,” and dianthus, with a slightly spicy
taste like cloves. “Nasturtiums are another super defender in the
garden, with a delicious peppery flavor and nice orange pop of
color in a salad,” she adds.
“Flowers brighten any dish up, especially hors d’oeuvres, omelets
and soups. Pea soup is an ugly soup, but sprinkle some microgreens
and a viola on top and it’s beautiful,” says Jan Bell, of Gilbertie’s
Organics, in Easton, Connecticut. The 34-acre farm, which
recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, grows herbs, vegetables
and microgreens in 24 greenhouses, including a microgreen blend
with nasturtium and viola flowers. “If you pick the flowers on
herbs, the plant will grow better and last longer,” Bell adds.
Flowers like wild violets, chive blossoms and common milkweed
can add bold color and flavor to vinegar with pinkish
purple hues that power up salad dressings. Bell also likes to dry
chive flowers to use year-round. “They are a nice purple sprinkle
to add to dishes when things are boring in winter,” she says.
Marie Viljoen, a New York City forager, chef and author of
the cookbook Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisine,
incorporates numerous wild and cultivated flowers, including
tree flowers like magnolia and black locust, into her hyperlocal,
Even common garden roses can add a delicious dimension to
dishes and drinks, according to Viljoen. “I like to ferment roses
into a simple soda, using organically grown rose petals, honey
or sugar and tap water. It’s ready within a few days, or else you
can leave to ferment a few months to make a sipping vinegar,”
she says. “You can also combine really fragrant rose petals with
a neutral honey like clover, then strain after a few days for a rose
water essence you can add to yogurt or other dishes.” Viljoen also
uses rose petals as edible garnishes for deviled eggs or as edible
plates for goat cheese balls on her gourmet picnics.
Some flowers are for the eyes only, however. Many can be
poisonous, so it’s important to ensure a particular species is edible
before digging in. Viljoen also advises carefully distinguishing
between poisonous lookalikes when foraging: A delicious
daylily and a toxic true lily look similar, but are in different plant
families, for example. She also says to look for organically grown
flowers that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides.
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stress. It is just one of many ways to invoke
this potent tool to increase mindfulness.
Pausing increases mindfulness and presence
in daily life which enhances self-care and
enriches relationships. Below are other ways
to bring this practice into our daily life.
Pause Into the
by Barb Ryan
“ To live in the present moment is a miracle.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Many spiritual teachers, like the late Thich Nhat Hanh quoted above, herald
the power of living in the present moment as a key aspect to overall well-being. Yet
the path to this level of mindfulness takes time and is a considerable shift from the typical
and chaotic rhythms of daily life. Few achieve worthy results without support and instruction.
Mindfulness practices bring on a deluge of feelings, thoughts, memories, aspirations
and demands of everyday living. Learning to practice the power of pause is a great way to
get started in a small way with high yield results.
Merriam-Webster defines the verb pause: (1) to stop temporarily; and (2) to linger for
a time. Common wisdom advises people, especially when angry, to “count to 10” before
responding. This practice is also recommended as an antidote to rising anxiety. Counting
to 10 is a way to pause which creates space, mental distraction and comfort when under
The Deep Breath
Take a single deep breath filling the torso
fully—from pelvic bowl to upper chest. It
may take a few tries to achieve the feeling of
a true torso-filled breath, and with practice
will come easier. Pausing with a deep
breath shifts the focus from mind to body,
reducing mental churn or arising anxiety,
calming anger and increasing the feelings
of spaciousness. Ultimately, strive to inhale
through the nose, hold for five seconds, then
exhale slowly through the nose. Repeat as
needed. The rules are not rigid. Play with
the practice and note how different ways of
inhaling, lengths of holding and means of
exhaling shift the physiology and presence
in the moment. For example, if feeling exasperated,
exhale loudly through the mouth
and feel the release of energy and pleasure
in the shift. Use the deep breath to gather
self into this moment. Extend the mindfulness
arising from this practice by attending
to the inhalation and exhalation at its normal
rate for a few minutes which will extend
the calm, buy time, cultivate creativity, and
allow care and compassion to arise.
Synonyms for marvel include surprise, astonishment,
splendor, wonder and amazed
curiosity—a rich collection of states of being
most rarely encountered unless pursued.
Rather than grabbing the phone when wait-
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ing or spinning up tunes when passing time, put those marveling
words into action. Tune into the pulse driven by that amazing heart
in the body beating 100,000 times a day, moving 2,000 gallons of
blood through the body. Take time to consider the sun which shines
upon us every single day, even when it’s cloudy and cannot be seen.
Wonder in the amazement of the roadways and how so many follow
the collective rules of the road which make car travel smooth
and efficient. Dream about those ancient and huge redwood trees
in northern California that are believed to be more than 1,000
years old. Imagine all that is amazing and surprising and watch
what catches the eyes, ears, nose and mind. Reflect upon the shifts
that may have occurred even while reading this. Artists are likely
oriented in this way more naturally, while the rest will need more
intention to get there.
This practice can take a host of forms including the use of affirmations,
mantras or even poetry. Keep inspiring words top-of-mind.
Use alarms on the computer or mobile phone as a reminder.
Posting inspiring words in the home, office or on a bedside table
will guarantee an encounter and ensures we will be nudged in the
direction of inspired thought on a regular basis. Short poems are
also quite inspiring.
Succeed by Starting in Times of Joy
Mindfulness practices are often presented as an antidote to
stress or discord. Happy, satisfied people rarely seek help,
so this context makes sense. No matter the reason, we will
reap richer benefits when we begin the pause practice during
enjoyable and happy times. With COVID quarantines and
constraints rescinding, people are gathering again, and it feels
amazing to see our loved ones and colleagues in person again.
Take a pause in these reunions to soak up the joy, celebration
and connection occurring therein. Deepen feelings of pleasure,
love and appreciation. Allow the good feelings to absorb into
our being as the endorphins and oxytocin flow upon us and
those we care about. Apply this felt sense with greater ease in
more difficult times such as a tense conflict with a work colleague,
while disciplining a child, facing tough financial conditions
or soul searching for new ways of being.
While not an exhaustive list, these tips will get us started in
the practice of pausing. Give the body, mind and being a break
to allow more response options to flow in. In the space created, a
wise inner voice is heard as the churn of problem-solving, including
all the fuss and worry, hits the sidelines for a break. When we
pause, wisdom flows. Give it a try.
Barb Ryan, CMT, CSD, is a certified spiritual
director and myofascial release bodyworker
practicing at the Bhakti Wellness Center, in Edina.
She works with the mysteries of the body and being
through hands-on bodywork, spiritual guidance
and wisdom listening. For more information, visit
WisdomSisterStudio.com. See ad, page 13.
1 Destructive technology
that spells long-term trouble
for people’s health, goes with 2
5 Vital pollinators
9 Rainbow shape
10 Processes food
11 Corn and soybeans, e.g.
12 Erie is one
14 “Now I get it!”
17 Music’s Clapton
19 Negative word
20 Type of tide
22 Tiny organism
23 Corn section
24 ___ Antonio
26 Type of non-chemical,
30 Farm-to-____ cuisine
31 Nevada city
32 Home for chicks
33 Natural fertilizer
2 See 1 across
3 Stands for artists
4 Problem to be resolved
5 “It’s cold!”
6 Drought-resistant grass
that requires mowing only
once per month, 2 words
7 Beneficial for survival of
the whole environment
9 Type of soil needed for
16 Sound magnifier
18 Turkey seasoning
21 Alternative action to fungicides
in controlling powdery
23 Ice pieces
24 Scattered seed
28 Company abbreviation
29 Dove sound
Answers and a full-page crossword puzzle can be
found at NATwinCities.com.
calendar of events
Discover Your Highest
Sri Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader
of Eckankar, shares wisdom through
stories and spiritual insights that bring
meaning, connection and humor to the
workings of Spirit in everyday life.
Fridays at 7pm
Watch on Channel 6 or via MCN6.org
For more information, visit Eckankar.org,
TempleOfECK.org or Facebook.com/
Eckankar. See ad, page 2.
SATURDAYS, JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Baby
Classes – 6-7pm. Classes are held virtually online
throughout the month and are led by our top AID
instructors. AID utilizes state-of-the-art 3D visual
aids and activities to keep it fun and engaging while
presenting the latest evidenced-based material on
each topic. $35. Online. Childbirth-Classes.com.
SATURDAYS, JULY 3, 10, 24
Women of Color Affinity Group – 3-4pm. Feeling
left out, misunderstood, and unseen in the workplace?
Looking for a space where women of color can come
together and share their experiences? Then join the
Women of Color Affinity Group! Free. 347 E. 36th
St., Minneapolis. Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.
TUESDAY, JULY 5
Earthworks Nature Sculpture – 2-3pm. Humans
have been creating earthworks for thousands of
years, like pictographs painted on rocks or in caves
by indigenous tribes. Discover how to create your
own earthworks whenever you are outside. Materials
provided. Free. 8800 Penn Ave. S. Bloomington.
TUESDAYS, JULY 5, 12, 19, 26
Career Services – 10am-4pm. Open to everyone
for drop-in job search assistance and career planning
including resume development, applying to job
postings, interview tips, networking, LinkedIn, and
more. Free. 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.
Drop-in Computer and Tech Help – 1:30-3:30pm.
Do you need extra help on the computer, tablet or
other piece of technology? Are you searching for a
job or working on a resume? Let us help answer your
questions! Free. 4560 Victoria St. N., Shoreview.
WEDNESDAYS, JULY 6, 13, 20, 27
Fearless and Friendly Knitting Group – 10am-
12pm. Learn how to knit or practice new techniques.
For people at all skill levels. Make new friends
while creating your own handmade masterpieces!
Free. 5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Hclib.Biblio
FRIDAYS, JULY 8, 15, 22, 29
Maker Adult –10am-4pm. Use the Library’s laptops
to design a 3D model, create your own stickers,
cards, or other cardstock cutouts, or utilize the video
and photo editing software.Access the Library’s
digitization equipment to convert your physical
photos, slides, negatives, cassette tapes, 8mm and
Super 8 film, and VHS and VHS-C tapes to digital
files. Free. 2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville.
MONDAYS, JULY 11, 18, 25
Career Counseling and Job Search Assistance
with CareerForce – 1:30-4:30pm. Career counseling
and job search assistance by CareerForce
Minneapolis staff is now available Monday and
Tuesday afternoons. Resume critiques, job interview
coaching, and effective job search strategies can be
discussed. Free. 2347 E., 36th St., Minneapolis.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
Lactation Lounge – 10am-12pm. A free drop-in
breast/chestfeeding support service. Come share tips
and socialize with other expecting, breast/chestfeeding
and pumping families. All families welcome.
Free. 1974 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul. RCLReads.
Virtual Class – Local Produce in the Air Fryer -
6:30-8pm. Make the most of your local produce and
your air fryer in this live online class. Kirsten will
demonstrate several seasonal vegetable recipes, including
Easy Carrot Dip, Sea Salt Beet Chips, and Eggs in
Zucchini Nests. Free. Online. MSMarket.coop/event.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
How To Accelerate Your Healing – 6:15-7pm.
Learn what steps to take to get better quicker, stay
healthy longer and save money! Speaker: Dr. Martin
P Furlong, DC - Holistic Health Practitioner. Free.
MetroEast Natural Healing Center, 6993 35th St
N, #2, Oakdale. RSVP at 651-771-1703. Nutrition
FRIDAY, JULY 15
East 7th Mississippi Market Blood Drive –
11am-6pm. The co-op is hosting a blood drive in
partnership with Memorial Blood Centers to help
address the blood shortages in our region due to
COVID-19. Free. 740 East 7th St., Bloodmobile,
Saint Paul. MSMarket.coop/event.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
Open Door Support Group – 10:30-12pm. NAMI
Minnesota’s Open Door support groups provide
ongoing support for individuals with an anxiety or
panic disorder. Groups are a place to find support,
learn new skills and strategies, and better understand
and manage anxiety in daily life. Free. 5100 34th Ave.
S. Minneapolis. Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.
MONDAY, JULY 18
Muscle Test Your Family – 6:15-7pm. Understand
the basics of muscle testing and learn how you can
test your family at home! Must bring a testing partner.
Free. MetroEast Natural Healing Center, 6993 35th
St N, #2, Oakdale. RSVP at 651-771-1703. Nutrition
FRIDAY, JULY 22
Why Are We Here? The Search for Meaning
– 6:30-8:30pm. This 2-hour online class is an
invitation to peer through a keyhole into the questions
of who we are, what we are and why we are
here. The teaching is an experiential taste of the
Diamond Approach, a method of spiritual insight
that draws from modern depth psychology and
ancient spiritual wisdom. Free. Online. Cc.Retreat
SATURDAY, JULY 23
The Elixir Kitchen: Neighborhood Foraging –
10:30am-12pm. Join Eva & Lachelle as they explore
the wild edible and medicinal plants you can find right
in your neighborhood. Come connect with nature and
learn about foraging, plant ID and all the natural healing
that is right in your backyard and beyond. $25 for members,
$30 for Non-members. Frogtown Park and Farm,
Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul. MSMarket.coop/event.
An Evening of
Looking to expand your consciousness
and connect with some of the highest
realms of existence? Then this channeled
event is perfect for you! Nea Clare is a
natural channel for the Ascended Masters
and other multidimensional beings, and
she will be sharing their wisdom, guidance
and perspective to help bring you
into your highest alignment.
NeaClare.com. See ad, page 30.
TUESDAY, JULY 26
Intro to 3D Design Using Tinkercad – 10:30am-
12pm. Become familiar with Tinkercad.com while
using it to design your own keychain. Your project will
be printed with the Library’s 3D printer so you can pick
it up at a later date. Free. 2180 North Hamline Ave.,
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Universe in the Park – 8:45-10pm. The starry summer
skies await you and your family! Come outdoors at
Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove for a closer look at outer
space. Your evening starts with a short outdoor presentation
and slideshow to introduce you to the solar system
and the tools astronomers use to study it. Free. 8946 70th
Street S, Cottage Grove. DodgeNatureCenter.org/event.
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save the dates
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Mount Shasta Virtual Retreat – Mount Shasta
is a magical place. The pure energy the mountain
radiates makes it easy to connect with your deepest
essence and to remember your true purpose.
During this virtual retreat, you will be guided to
places on the mountain that will support you in
receiving the wondrous gifts that Mount Shasta
has to offer. Annette Rugolo, your experienced
spiritual guide, will provide support for letting
go of old fears and limitations and opening to the
incredible love and wisdom that’s within you. You
will receive clear guidance for the next chapter of
your life. $118 until August 8, $148 after. Annette
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
6th Annual Mycelium Mysteries Conference –
Sept 23-25. Hosted by Midwest Women’s Herbal
focusing on all things in the mushroom world.
Workshops offered at the beginner through advanced
levels on topics such as wild mushroom
skills, fungal ecology, fungi and human health, and
ethnomycology. Featuring Keynote Speaker Barbara
Ching, former President of the North American
Mycological Association. Dodgeville, WI. Tickets
& to register: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.
EVENTS FOR KIDS
FRIDAYS, JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Family Storytime - White Bear Lake –10-12pm.
Join us in-person for stories, songs, and rhymes
designed to enhance your child’s early literacy
skills. Appropriate for ages 2-5. No registration is
required. Free. 2150 2nd Street, White Bear Lake.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
Virtual Dungeons and Dragons for Teens
–10-12pm. Come and adventure with us! No experience
needed. We will be using the programs
Zoom and Roll20 to run our sessions, both are free
to use. Appropriate for ages 6-12. Free. Online.
TUESDAY, JULY 5
RAD Zoo –2-3pm. Come meet and learn about
live reptiles and amphibians in this interactive and
educational program. Appropriate for ages 4 & up.
No registration required. Free. 3025 Southlawn
Drive, Maplewood. RCLReads.BiblioCommons.
Virtual Teen Book Club: Legendborn by
Tracy Deonn –2-3pm. You give us an hour of
your time, we give you a book to read and a place
to meet and talk about it. Free copies of this
book are available for book club members! Free.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
PreK Take-and-Make Kit: Butterfly Suncatcher
– Drop by RCL-Mounds View for a
take-home Maker Kids activity while supplies
last. Best for ages 2 - 5. Available first come, first
served, while supplies last. Free. 2576 Mounds
View Boulevard, Mounds View. RCLReads.
On the Front Porch – 3:30-5pm. Join us on the
patio in front of the Ramsey County Library in
Shoreview for some outdoor craft time. Possible
topics include: mini magic gardens, dragon crafts,
Encanto-inspired door hangers, and Kindness
Rocks. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. Free.
4560 Victoria St. N., Shoreview. RCLReads.
WEDNESDAYS, JULY 6, 13, 20, 27
Nature Play in Garden – 10:30-11:30am. Drop in
and play outside in the Children’s Reading Garden.
Prepare to get a little wet, maybe even dirty! Sunscreen,
hats and bug spray encouraged. Appropriate
for ages 5 & younger. Free. 2180 North Hamline Ave.,
FRIDAY, JULY 8
Dungeons & Dragons for 4th, 5th & 6th Graders
– 1-4:45pm. Learn about role playing games by
joining us on an entry-level dungeon adventure. No
experience is required, your CSGA Dungeon Master
will be guiding you. Free. 4560 Victoria St. N.,
MONDAYS, JULY 11, 25
AniMondays –3:30-5pm. Please join us for a fun
hang out space to watch and geek out about your
favorite anime. For tweens and teens in grades
6-12. Free. 2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
Tot Obstacle Course on the Deck – 10:30-
11:30am. Little ones can jump, crawl, balance,
and twirl with these specially designed activities!
Adults must remain with children for the duration of
playtime. Free. 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.
Silly Millies: Spectacular Switch Plates! –
2-3:30pm. Artist Layl from Silly Millies will lead
kiddos in-person through a step-by-step instruction
to create a whimsical polymer clay switch plate
for their home. For kids ages 7 and up with adult
present. Free. 4560 Victoria St. N., Shoreview.
Creative Pastels for Kids: Summer! –
2-3:30pm. Use pastel art techniques to create a
unique piece of art work with Creative Pastels.
This is an in-person class with step-by-step instructions
as you draw along with the instructor,
Karen Tan. Art supplies will be provided. Free.
2150 2nd Street White Bear Lake. RCLReads.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
Kids Yoga for Social-Emotional Learning –
3-4pm. For youth entering 1 st -6th grade in the
fall. In this fun weekly program, we will practice
yoga poses (asanas), breathing (pranayama), and
mindfulness to increase self-awareness, improve
focus and concentration, and decrease stress and
anxiety – tools that can help contribute to academic
success. Free. 7100 Nicollet Ave. Richfield. RCL-
FRIDAY, JULY 15
Storytime with Ramsey County Parks and
Recreation: Long Lake Regional Park!
– 10:30-11:30am. Join us at the Long Lake
Regional Park pavilion for stories, songs and
fingerplays designed to enhance your child’s
early literacy skills. Then explore all the beauty
and enjoyment our local county parks have to
offer! Appropriate for ages 2-5. Free. 1500 Old
Highway 8, New Brighton. RCLReads.Biblio
Our Wild Neighbors: Rascally Raccoons –
6:30-7:30pm. Bring your family to Shepard Farm
and spend an hour with “Our Wild Neighbors.”
This month, let’s meet some masked raiders:
Raccoons! They can climb downspouts and
fences with ease. They swarm out of the sewer,
sneak down alleys and unlatch the most-securely
fastened containers. Free. 8946 70th Street S.,
Cottage Grove. DodgeNatureCenter.org/event.
TUESDAY, JULY 20
Kids Class: Buzz on Bugs – 4-5pm. Join us in
the Selby store’s garden to learn the important
work many insects do! Expert Midwest Food
Connection editors will guide your children as
they learn to do the bee waggle dance, dig for
insects, observe pollinators, and enjoy a treat or
two. This class is designed for kids ages 5-12.
$5 for members, $7 for non-members. 622 Selby
Ave., Saint Paul. MSMarket.coop/event.
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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE &
Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389
Bhakti Wellness Center
7550 France Avenue S, #220, Edina
Specializing in persistent and
chronic pain and mysteries of the
body. Also providing care to
clients seeking the experience of
deep relaxation and more selfconnection.
Skilled and compassionate
care. See ad, page 13.
NATURAL BREAST HEALTH
Joyce Sobotta, Published Author
JoyceSobotta.com • 715-828-0117
Joyce Sobotta, published author
of Breast Health Is in Your
Hands, is a natural breast health
educator whose work is endorsed
by doctors and thermographers
nationwide. She is passionate
about teaching women to love
their breasts and take responsibility
for their health. She has
facilitated breast health programs for leading health
organizations and is available for private consultations
and speaking engagements. See ad, page 23.
Dr. Amanda Haeg
6409 City W Pkwy #105, Eden Prairie
CadenceChiroMN.com • 952-855-7656
Dr. Amanda Haeg is the
only chiropractor in Minnesota
offering the Pierce
Results System. With a
specific system of analysis
and correction, your care
will be tailored to your exact needs, providing you
with precisely what will help you get your health
back. See ad, page 9.
Soul Coach, Author and Teacher
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mental patterns along with karmic
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The tools I have acquired and honed
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move beyond the stuck places in
your life and help you align with the light of your soul.
You will receive tools of empowerment that will help
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See ad, page 22.
Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC
Master your business so you can
practice your passion. Business
coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs
to clarify your vision,
build your confidence and create
a soul-centered strategy. Call today
for a free Discovery Session
and get on your path to business
success. See ad, page 19.
SOUL PURPOSE COACH
& HOLISTIC HEALER
Barbara Brodsho, MA
612-444-9751 • BarbaraBrodsho.com
Providing spiritual guidance to
help live your purpose and thrive
utilizing your soul’s Akashic
Record. Discover your soul’s
innate gifts, create a vocation that
aligns with your soul’s passion,
and gain new perspective, clarity
and insight about your life’s
challenges by understanding the
lessons your soul chose to experience. Schedule a free
discovery session to learn how to create a purposefilled
life. See ad, page 22.
TRANSFORMATIONAL COACH AND
LIFE MASTERY TEACHER
NeaClare.com • Nea@NeaClare.com
Would you like to say “YES” and
make your dreams come true? If
so, I can help! Book a strategy
call with me today. I work exclusively
for extraordinary women
who are tired of waiting on the
right time or circumstances before
pursuing their dream career
path – we’ll explore how life
coaching has tremendous transformative power in
strengthening self-confidence while also giving one
unshakeable faith in your capability to achieve your
goals. What you want is on the other side of your
hesitation. If it is time to breakthrough, schedule a
call today at 612-227-3854 or email Nea@NeaClare.
com. See ad, page 30.
Leah Martinson, Health Coach
23 4th St SE Suite 201, Minneapolis
Visionairium.com • 651-315-1347
Leah’s superpower is intuition and
insight, and she uses it to teach
people how to use their bodies as
a guide to wellness. Instead of
kicking tired, overwhelmed people
in the butt, her mind-body,
medicine-based health coaching
process touches on all areas of
well-being in your life. Schedule
your free discovery session today. See ad, page 23.
HEALTH CENTERED DENTISTRY
River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777
Whole Person Dentistry observes
and deals with the mind,
body and spirit, not just your
teeth. This approach to dentistry
encompasses both modern
science and knowledge
drawn from the world’s great
traditions in natural healing. See ad, page 8.
NATURAL SMILES DENTAL CARE
3434 Lexington Ave. N., Suite 700
Shoreview • 651-483-9800
We’re an integrative
practice committed to
promoting dental wellness
and overall assistance to
the whole person. We
desire to participate in the
creation of healthier lives,
while being sensitive to physical, philosophical,
emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 19.
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Dr. Amy Ha Truong
6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale
651-731-3064 • PureDentalMN.com
Pure Dental offers integrative,
holistic, alternative and biological
dentistry for your dental health.
We take pride in providing
quality, holistic dental care and
service for our patients. See ad,
SEDATION AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY
1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul
We are a holistic dental practice
devoted to restoring and enhancing
the natural beauty of your smile
using conservative, state-of-the-art
dental procedures that result in
beautiful, long lasting smiles! We
specialize in safe removal of
infected teeth as well as placing
ceramic implants and restorations. See ad, page 12.
TOOTH BY THE LAKE
1401 Main St, Hopkins
952-475-1101 • ToothByTheLake.net
We build a foundation of trust
by treating our patients as
how uneasy some patients
may feel about their dental
visits, we make a difference
by providing a relaxing and
positive experience. See ad, page 6.
2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington
NWHealth.edu • 952-888-4777
Learn about the leading health
science programs including
Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine, Massage Therapy
and more. Prepare for success
at a leading natural integrative
medicine university. See ad, page 15.
EMOTION CODE HEALING
Certified Emotion Code Practitioner
11012 Cedar Lake Rd., Minnetonka
952-513-7285 or 914-708-9463
Chronic pain? Suffering from
emotions? Relationship problems?
Life not going as planned? The
Emotion Code is a tool I use to
help you break through any
emotional and spiritual blocks so
you can live your best life. Trial
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Leah Martinson, Reiki Master
23 4th St SE Suite 201, Minneapolis
Visionairium.com • 651-315-1347
Our bodies store all our memories
and experiences just as much, if
not more than our minds. Sometimes
we need support to release
the emotions and stressors that
get stuck in our bodies. Leah
offers both massage and energy
healing to help facilitate this
release, calm the nervous system
and relieve tension. See ad, page 23.
Is the energy of your home depleting
you or supporting you?
If you feel like you are hitting
your head against a brick wall, it
may be the wall of dense energy
in your home. To more easily
expand into our light and our
soul purpose, it is important that
the spaces we live energetically
support us. Contact me for more
information on dowsing, environmental healing and
space clearing. See ad, page 22.
Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer
612-554-6304 • CampfireStudio.net
Ignite the possibilities of
your next project by
having Campfire Studio
design it! Innovative, fullservice
graphic design studio that takes the essence
of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and
infuses it into every design project we do.
HEALTH FOOD STORES
MASTEL’S HEALTH FOODS
1526 St Clair Ave, St Paul
Mastels.com • 651-690-1692
Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s
oldest health and wellness
store. We carry a full line of
vitamins, minerals, supplements,
herbs and more. We emphasize
organic, biodynamic, biodegradable,
holistic and hypoallergenic
products and pride ourselves on
stocking hard-to-find items. See
ad, page 23.
HOUSING - SUPPORTIVE
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License #1102359 • 763-600-6967
8600 Northwood Parkway, New Hope
Providing a caring and supportive
home for adults, no
matter their abilities. With
28-plus years of experience,
we offer a nurturing and family-like
environment for up to
four residents who are elderly and/or have developmental
disabilities. Residents receive assistance
with personal cares, meal prep and feeding assistance,
medication administration, transfers and
mobility, transportation and advocacy. We treat your
loved one like family
BHAKTI WELLNESS CENTER
7550 France Ave. S., #220, Edina
612-859-7709 • BhaktiClinic.com
Bhakti provides a holistic
environment where independent
together to offer an integrative
path to wellness; mind,
body and spirit. Our providers offer chiropractic,
energy therapy, massage, microcurrent therapy,
acupuncture, psychotherapy and much more so that
you can feel your best, remain healthy & thrive. See
ad, page 13.
6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale
651-771-1703 • NutritionChiropractic.com
Nutrition Response Testing
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system of analyzing the
body to determine the underlying
causes of illness and non-optimum health.
Our clinically proven system may be quite different
from any other healing practice you have experienced.
The actual procedure is simple and direct,
with the body providing all of the information and
feedback needed. See ad, page 19.
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health conditions. See ad, page 3.
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7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina
DeployHealthFP.com • 612-712-4423
Dr. Engholm’s practice offers
unlimited office visits,
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after-hours urgent care or emergency room visits.
Memberships are $75/mo for adults, and $25/mo for
children (added to adult member). See ad, page 13.
FRAN BIEGANEK, MS, LP
Bhakti Wellness Center
7550 France Ave. S. Suite 220, Edina
612-564-9947 • FranBieganekTherapy.com
As a Licensed Psychologist,
Fran provides holistic, traumainformed
therapy to help clients
identify areas of potential
growth, obstacles to growth,
and processes that facilitate
healing and transcendence. She
also provides QEEG (brain
mapping) and neurofeedback
services that facilitate increased brain efficiency.
See ad, page 13.
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also dedicated to local programming that creates a
community forum for important Minnesota Progressive
issues. See ad, page 32.
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952-380-2200 • Eckankar.org
Are you looking for the
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explore your own unique and
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