Good Food Guide Advice

Food Tank & James Beard Foundation Develops
 2014 Good Food Org Guide

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.
The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.
“We hope this guide will serve as a resource for chefs, farmers, students, advocates, and others to find the resources they need about the growing good food movement in the U.S.,” says Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.
This annual guide will be launched at the James Beard Food Conference on October 27, 2014 as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work.
These groups include organizations who combat childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; prevent food waste; educate consumers on healthy, nutritious food choices; create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment.
“Food Tank is delighted to collaborate on this effort with the James Beard Foundation—we’re thrilled to highlight so many great organizations who are working to educate, inspire, and cultivate a better food system,” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.

Climate Change March September 21

Climate March Organizers See Surge of Momentum for People’s Climate March; Over 100,000 expected  September 21
New York City — Over 1,000,000 flyers have been handed out across New York City in the last five days. Hundreds of volunteers are canvassing subway stations across the city. 496 buses are coming in from nearly all 50 states. More than 32 marching bands are ready to play. It’s official: the People’s Climate March is going to be big.
If the weather holds, over 100,000 people are expected to attend demonstration on Sunday to demand bold action on climate change. Police have blocked off traffic on Central Park West from 59th St. to 86th street to accommodate the tens of thousands of students, workers, parents, scientists, beekeepers, and more who are joining the march.

Beginning at 10:30am, different groups taking part in the march will host small rallies up and down the march route to fire up their contingents or deliver public statements. At 11:00am labor unions will host a rally with thousands of members just south of Columbus Circle on Broadway.
The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle, head east on 59th Street, then south on 6th Ave, west on 42nd Street, and finish at 11th Avenue and West 34th Street. The front of the march is expected to reach the end of the route at about 2:00pm.
At 1:00pm, after a moment of silence to honor those impacted by climate change and the fossil fuel industry, the march will “Sound the Climate Alarm” with drums, trumpets, vuvuzelas, and over 20 marching bands. Churches across the city will ring their bells, as Jewish temples blow their shofars, as part of this global climate chorus calling for action.

This is Your Life In, On and Under Water

Read This, Feel Better, 

"My grandfather would go there, and so shall we."
- Celine Cousteau, from the Foreword of Blue Mind

Blue Mind
The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected and Better at What You Do

A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.

"Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In BLUE MIND, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.
BLUE MIND not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water-it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home."
(Little, Brown & Company, 2014)

"Can simply being near the ocean wash away stress?"

Engaging the Next Generation Jewell Style

If Americans are going to continue to lead healthy lifestyles, and have healthy lands and a healthy economy, one of the steps we must take is to bridge the growing divide between young people and nature, according to Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior. 

 The Department of the Interior is establishing specific goals as manager of America’s national parks, refuges and other public lands, and will meet  with businesses, conservation organizations, tribes, youth corps and partners just like you.

"One of the best investments we can make in the future of our country is in our young people."

 Yeah Sally!

Sally Jewell and The Department of the Interior make a few encouraging plans!

Was Saint Patrick 'Green?"


St. Francis was about the coolest Nature Dude around in his day. He lived with the wonders of Nature and loved the creations of God.

But, there is another well-known figure of the early Christian religion who also had a reverence for nature and all creation (except maybe the snakes he ran out of Ireland. Sorry herpetologists!)
Eight hundred years before the birth of St. Francis,the
patron saint of ecology, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, honored the beauty and power of Creation.

There is a prayer, known as "St. Patrick's Breastplate" because it seeks God's protection, that offers us all a wide-ranging spiritual reflection.

It includes the following:
I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks

 St. Patrick's Day blessings to you!

Today is also officially the date to plant our peas outside. Even with snow on the ground, and knowing that we will have to plant again,it is a tradition! The kids will plant at least a few round large peas seeds in the gardens. These seeds are wonderful for tiny hands. Seeds are large enough for limited dexterity planters!

If you don't have a garden to plant in, try a nice little recycled quart plastic container or can. Perfect for a few pea plants to peek up from in a week or wo. Later as they grow upward, make a little trellis from some sticks for your sprouting green pal to climb on. 

And don't forget my favorite St. Patricks Day joke (year 30)  for gardeners and landscapers:

Question:  What is the Irish gardener's name who stayed out in the yard all night?

Answer:    Patty O'Furniture!

For a longer version of the prayer, you can go to the site of the Catholoc Climate Covenant

Go Fish With those Little Lunkers

There is always a good old fishing story to be told in our family.  The adventure of fishing offers time together, new traditions and always adventure and discoveries that you just can't find sitting indoors watching a screen. Many states open the Spring fishing season in April and also offer a free fishing day.
Call your state conservation department to find out the free day and while you are there, ask about borrowing fishing rods, free fishing clinics and any thing else they can offer for children and families interested in  fishing programs.  You will be  surprised at the assortment of free programs and nominal cost programs offered by state conservationists.
Need information for  a wonderful family site to enjoy fishing? offers an incredible array of information just for Budding anglers who want to learn how to fish  and get to know common fish species they might find on a fishing trip. Try your hand at Hatchery Matchery, one of our favorite fishing games. Flip the cards over and match the same fish species to one another.