Time for a Pantry Makeover?

Karen Schuppert is a natural chef and certified nutritionist who helps people put a healthy spin on what’s in the kitchen pantry. She loves to share her tips for healthy eating and cooking through weekly classes and individual consultations with people who need support for special diets, like gluten-free and vegan alternatives. Karen also hosts private classes, in homes and corporate settings, for groups or spouses. You can sign up for her mailing list to get the latest info on her classes and events or check her out around town at places like Hurley Farms, Whole Foods and Silverado Cooking School. To learn more, click here.

Connolly Ranch Wish List

At Connolly Ranch, kids and families learn about farm life, animals, ecology, sustainability, and nature. Serving more than 5,000 kids every year, they help kids understand the sources and benefits of healthy foods and how nature works to sustain us. Connecting kids and families to nature through farm-based education, Connolly Ranch aims to encourage the next generation of environmental stewards. It takes a lot of resources to provide this invaluable education to the community. Check out their wish list and see how you can make a wish or two come true. To learn more, click here.

The Food of Love Teen Cooking Program

A cooking project of The St. Helena Hospital and Napa Valley Youth Advocacy community group, after school on Tuesdays and during the summer. The Food of Love is open to new teens interested in cooking and making a difference. Teens can join in on this to help “Food of Love” cook for St. Helena Hospital’s cancer patients. Teen Volunteers are needed for set-up and cooking from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and with clean-up from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Families interested in donating fruits &veggies for this program, or that have produce that can be gleaned by volunteers, please contact St. Helena Farmer’s Market Educator Amanda Tuttle at Amanda.shfm@gmail.com. You can also check out a mini-documentary about the Food of Love Teen’s Cooking Program, made by Pacific Union College Film students. To learn more, click here.

Farm Tots Blog

Discovering the magic of where our food comes from. One farm at a time. If you’re looking for an easy place to get information about what’s happening on the local farm scene in the Sacramento area, from family farm stands open to the public, to you-pick blueberry patches where you bring in the harvest, then check out the Farm Tots Blog here.

FineCooking.com Moveable Feast

Not sure what to do with all that beautiful produce you just bought at the farmer’s market? Check out FineCooking.com’s Moveable Feast pages for lots of resources to turn fresh food into legendary dishes. You’ll find a list of chefs and artisans featuring some of their best recipes! Click on each chef’s picture to get more information on their culinary passions & favorite flavors. You can also download a free Ebook with even more recipes to please your palate. Learn more here.

OrganicAuthority.com Offers Delicious Organic Recipes and Information on Sustainable Agriculture

Get all the tips and expert advice you need to whip up a scrumptiously delicious meal or learn how to grown your own herb garden. Everything from raw chocolate and honey smoothies, to coconut milk pancakes and pizza crusts that don’t need flour, are right at your fingertips, just waiting to take you on your next foodie adventure!
To find out more, click here.

Culinate.com is a Great Resource for Healthy Summer Recipes:

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.

Filtering A New Idea: A Book That’s Educational And ‘Drinkable’

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.

WATERisLIFE Introduces the Water Filter Straw

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.

Help Napa Save 20%, Reduce Your Every Day Water Use

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
To learn more, click here.