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May 2011
HGH May News - Slightly Tardy Edition
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It seems to me this has been a very wet spring (apparently about double the normal rainfall for Ithaca), which has brought some challenges for local farmers and gardeners, not to mention my mud-encrusted running shoes. On the upside, the current Ithaca landscape is luxuriantly lush, with profusions of deep green foliage all around. There's something deeply comforting in the lushness of a water-rich ecosystem, something I missed when I lived in a drier area of the planet. On a recent run I paused to sit on a rock in a trickling stream and contemplate the ferns growing there in the dappled shade. I reflected that, when my brain gets overheated with the abstractions of green politics, green technologies, and green culture, I should remember to seek out the cool and grounded solace of actual greenery.

Enjoy the green where you are.

--Joe 

Sandra Steingraber - June 22, 7PM  
Sandra Steingraber photo
photo by Dede Hatch


As Americans, we're lucky to have a courageous and articulate writer like Sandra Steingraber carrying on the tradition of Rachel Carson by raising consciousness of the health risks posed by the widespread industrial use of toxic chemicals. As residents of the Finger Lakes, we're doubly lucky, because Sandra lives here - so we get the occasional chance to experience her inspiring talks in person, and chat with her. (At HGH, we're extra lucky in that Sandra has agreed to be our technical consultant on issues of toxicity and health).

Join us at 7:00 on Wed June 22 for Sandra's talk:

Field Notes of a Warrior Mom--How I Confronted Climate Change, Took on Corporate Pollutors, Joined the Fracking Resistance, and Learned to Cook in my Sleep

An evening of conversation with Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College.  Steingraber will read and sign her new book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, which is set here in Tompkins County. 


Product Spotlight - Food Books

food books imageIf you haven't been in the store lately, you may not have seen our expanded "Home Green Tomes" book department. We scored several bookcases from the Borders store which closed at the mall, and we've stocked it up with lots of new sustainable living titles. Noting the growth in home gardening, we've strengthened our collection on topics from organic gardening to orcharding, beekeeping, canning and preserving, root cellars, cheesemaking, raising poultry, healthy and seasonal cooking, general homesteading, composting, and more. Come in and get inspired!

 

Discover Rasa Spa
A nearby rejuvenating retreat alongside Cayuga's waters

rasa spa photoIn our family, I think we do a pretty good job of eating local healthy foods, getting outdoors and staying fit. Like many families, we're super busy with soccer games, work, school and community commitments, and more. An essential element of wellness that we can easily forget amidst the daily rush is to take some breaks where we focus on caring for our body and spirit. A great local place for such respite is Rasa Spa, which in addition to treatments also offers a lovely Tranquility Room overlooking the Cayuga Inlet, cedar saunas, and a meditation alcove. While there, you may note an "ambience kinship" with HGH (and Red Feet Wines) thanks to the cool wabi sabi reclaimed-materials furnishings by local artist Paul Colucci.

The good folks at Rasa would like to introduce all Home Green Homies to their services with the following offer (mention this newsletter):

15% off any service Mon-Thurs
or
50% off a Spa Day Pass (reg. $20)

 

Ithaca Festival June 2-5!
 
Ithaca Festival Parade photo
Local readers no doubt have their Festival buttons already affixed to their organic t-shirts, but for those of you who live outside Tompkins County, here's a great reason to come back for a visit: four days of arts, crafts and entertainment, with over 100 musical acts. Stop by the Gorges Green Expo in Stewart Park on Sunday, where HGH will join various local purveyors of renewable energy, green building and energy-retrofit services, and other players in the local sustainability movement.

Haven't been downtown in awhile? This is a good opportunity to check out some of the newer fabulous eateries, like Culture Shock (109 South Cayuga St.), Waffle Frolic (146 the Commons), Delilah's on Cayuga (112 South Cayuga St), and the Bandwagon Brew Pub (114 North Cayuga St).

 

Have a fabulous and healthy June!
--Joe & the HGH Staff 

 

 
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