Can going organic improve your love life?

KundaliniWebster 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

Simply Centered – A Nexus of Possibilities

The worldI 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.

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The National Organic Program is waiting to hear from you!

pollenatorSpring 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

An Interview Betsy Rakola: A focus on transitioning farmers and organic acreage! Part 2

Elizabeth Rakola, Organic Policy Advisor for the USDA.Just before the MOSES conference I was lucky enough to catch Betsy Rakola, USDA Organic Policy Advisor, for a chat. It was exciting because Betsy took the role just last August. She also serves as the chair of USDA’s Organic Working Group. This position was created by Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago, and it’s the first of its kind at USDA. Now it is a permanent position so the focus on organic is here to stay. Betsy is no stranger to the National Organic Program and her commitment to growing organic agriculture was evident in every answer. Following is the second half of our discussion: Continue reading

An Interview Betsy Rakola: A focus on transitioning farmers and organic acreage! Part1

Elizabeth Rakola, Organic Policy Advisor for the USDA.Just before the MOSES conference I was lucky enough to catch Betsy Rakola, USDA Organic Policy Advisor, for a chat. It was exciting because Betsy took the role just last August. She also serves as the chair of USDA’s Organic Working Group. This position was created by Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago, and it’s the first of its kind at USDA. Now it is a permanent position so the focus on organic is here to stay. Betsy is no stranger to the National Organic Program and her commitment to growing organic agriculture was evident in every answer. Continue reading