It rained in Northern California last week, a late season downpour after six weeks of parched, record heat conditions. This is an April gift to the thirsty soils of California, but not a drought breaker. I listened to the rare sound of heavy drops pounding on my rooftop and pondered the reality. Snowpack in the Sierras is 5% of normal, its lowest in recorded history. Groundwater tables have dropped 50% in some areas and the land is sinking, caving in under its own weight. California’s crippling drought will have far reaching affects for all of us. Continue reading
I am excited about attending the OTA Policy Conference and Hill visit next week, April 14-16th 2015. Not only will the cherry blossoms be at their ultimate blushing peak, but the air itself will be flush with excitement. The week that organic advocates descend upon Capitol Hill has come to be regarded as Organic Week in DC, and for good reason. We always have a battalion of organic stakeholders armed with expert knowledge and a passion for the organic community. It’s one of the reasons that organic had so many wins in the 2014 Farm Bill! It’s nearly a sold-out event so if you haven’t already registered do try to attend. If you cannot attend, then plan some time to visit DC in the months ahead. There are three organic reasons to visit Washington DC this year! Continue reading
Webster defines love as “a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” and we all know that bringing love into our lives happens when we truly love ourselves. Manifesting this love of self takes many forms such as nourishing our body, soul and mind. How then can going organic bolster your love of self and improve your chances for a long life filled with affection, joy and pleasure? Continue reading
I was recently introduced to a new website that is intriguing in its approach to bringing knowledge and action together in one place as a resource for healthy living. This interconnection of information and experience with food, fitness, and lifestyle delivers an important roadmap to health, beauty and quite frankly happiness. The website is SimplyCentered.com and is a worthy and trusted resource for navigating a life of well-being this year.
Spring is finally in the air, the buds are sprouting and the sap is flowing. Songbirds are migrating forth to burst their color and symphonies across our landscape. So too the organic community is entering into a spring wake up call to action. Twice a year, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets to listen to public comments and to discuss specific items pertaining to organic agriculture. This April, they will meet and vote on recommendations for the National Organic Program (NOP) to consider. This spring meeting is especially important because they will be discussing over 200 materials up for review in organic production! NOSB meetings are an important forum for all organic stakeholders to comment and support transparency in the standards development process. They need everyone to weigh in! Continue reading