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If you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to serving up your backyard garden bounty, Culinate.com offers plenty of simple, straightforward recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Based on the belief that eating well and living well are interconnected, they offer recipes and information for making healthy, tasty food choices. You can search for recipes by ingredient, season, type of dish, or theme, to find the one that’s just right for you. To learn more, click here.
Most of us know that contaminated water can spread diseases and a new project aims to provide water filters in the form of an educational book. From the outside, “The Drinkable Book” looks like a normal book, about an inch or two thick, with 20 pages. But these pages do a lot more than convey information; each page also serves as a water filter, a valuable tool for preventing waterborne illness. The pages contain silver nanoparticles, which can rid the water of harmful microbes, but has very little effect on humans. To use the book, you rip one of the pages in half, slide it into the filter box (which doubles as a cover for the book) and pour contaminated water through. After a few minutes, bacteria are reduced by 99.9 percent. To learn more, click here.
The filter is a portable water purifier that can provide clean and safe drinking water from any water source. Water-related diseases claim the lives of thousands of children worldwide and millions more suffer with preventable diseases because of the lack of clean water. The filter is made from durable plastic, about 10” long and 1” thick. The inside features a two-stage filtration system that reduces harmful bacteria from waterborne diseases and viruses. The filter straw hangs around a child’s neck and acts just like any other straw, except that when the water passes through the filter, it’s cleaned and safe to drink. Each filter lasts about a year and provides 200 gallons of clean drinking water. To learn more, click here.
Under regulations adopted by the State Water Board, the City of Napa must reduce its total water consumption by 20% for the period of June 2015 through February 2016 (compared to those same months in 2013). With your help, the City has been meeting this goal for the last 5 months and we need to keep it going! Water is a critical part of every Californian’s way of life and we need water to flourish. Our water supply is limited, especially during the drought, but there are lots of simple ways to reduce the amount of water we use at home, both inside and outside. Here are a few easy tips to get you started. By following these easy steps, you can start saving more water every day:
⇒Collect water from rinsing your fruit and veggies and use it to water your house plants
⇒Defrost frozen foods in the fridge, instead of using running water to thaw your food
⇒If you drop an ice cube, don’t throw it in the sink, drop it in a house plant instead
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If you’ve ever wondered why it’s a good idea to shop your local farmer’s market, the good folks at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market have created an easy to read list of the top 10 reasons on their website. Take a peek and see if you can find a few new reasons that weren’t already on your list! As one of only a handful of Farmers Markets in the country that have 501(c)3 status, the St. Helena Farmer’s Market is committed to helping the community learn more about the benefits of eating locally grown and sustainable food products. Offering educational classes and events for kids throughout the year, their outreach efforts focus on engaging kids directly with tasty and nutritious food , as the first step in establishing a pattern of improved eating as adults. For real, long term change in our food system, we must help to create the next generation of thoughtful food consumers. To learn more, click here.
School kids in grades 3-5 were asked to draw original artwork in the form of an animal, vegetable or fruit that encourages kids to eat fruits and vegetables. The artwork had to include the slogan “Eat Your Veggies” and artists were asked lots of questions that focused their attention on healthy eating. Seventy-four students from the St. Helena Elementary School, St. Helena Catholic School, St. Helena Montessori School, and The Young School submitted entries. The young artists did such a great job that the judges had a hard time choosing, but the Grand Prize Winner was a St. Helena Catholic School fifth grader, Gianna, whose artwork will be used to decorate clothes and other merchandise for sale at the market. All of the children’s artwork will be displayed at the market’s General Store throughout the season. To learn more, click here.
If you are a certified organic farmer, handler, or processor, remember you are eligible to participate in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. This program provides a rebate of 75% of your certification costs and up to a maximum of $750 per scope (crops, livestock, wild crops, and handling), so the rebate could be even higher. The USDA allocates cost share funds to state agencies, usually state departments of agriculture, which then administer the programs and provide reimbursements. To learn more, click here.