Author Archives: Shanti Christensen

VB6: Mark Bittman’s Vegan Diet for Meat Eaters

With a lot of news reporting on the rise in child obesity, the effects of genetically modified foods (GMOs), and the scarcity of natural resources such as water and oil, we all want a ray of hope – we want some good news, already! What can we eat? What is the healthy diet? How can we eat and live while leaving less of a carbon footprint?

The August / September 2013 issue of  The Commonwealth magazine printed an excerpt of chef Joey Altman’s conversation with Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist and author of the book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health… for Good. Bittman has long been a conscious eater, offering his discriminating taste and opinion, but also meshing his appetite with social and environmental consciousness. While an ever growing number of us are excited about eating locally, seasonally and buying directly from the farmer to support our health and our local food sheds, Bittman’s new diet is a serving of good news we’ve been waiting to hear.

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VB6: Mark Bittman’s Vegan Diet for Meat Eaters

With a lot of news reporting on the rise in child obesity, the effects of genetically modified foods (GMOs), and the scarcity of natural resources such as water and oil, we all want a ray of hope – we want some good news, already! What can we eat? What is the healthy diet? How can we eat and live while leaving less of a carbon footprint?

The August / September 2013 issue of  The Commonwealth magazine printed an excerpt of chef Joey Altman’s conversation with Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist and author of the book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health… for Good. Bittman has long been a conscious eater, offering his discriminating taste and opinion, but also meshing his appetite with social and environmental consciousness. While an ever growing number of us are excited about eating locally, seasonally and buying directly from the farmer to support our health and our local food sheds, Bittman’s new diet is a serving of good news we’ve been waiting to hear.

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Grow Mixer for Farmers & Foodies at Aqus Café, Petaluma

If you’re a foodie, Petaluma may very well be the best place to run into another foodie.  Last night at Aqus Café, around 50 food enthusiasts, local farmers, cheese makers, distributors, food bloggers and more gathered for the event Grow Mixer: What Do You Cultivate?  The room was lively with chatter as everyone shared their stories and backgrounds, sipped on drinks and nibbled on the delicious spread.  One of many events that Aqus Café holds each month, this night was all about fostering community, bringing together those involved in the local food scene and building connections.

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Sponsored by Whole Foods Petaluma, attendees not only enjoyed amazing local cheeses, hummus, fresh spring rolls, and breads from local vendors such as Rustic Bakery and Spring Hill Cheese, but got an introduction to the Whole Foods Healthy Eating campaign that promotes healthy food choices, recipe planning and works with customers to support dietary needs.

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Grow Mixer for Farmers & Foodies at Aqus Café, Petaluma

If you’re a foodie, Petaluma may very well be the best place to run into another foodie.  Last night at Aqus Café, around 50 food enthusiasts, local farmers, cheese makers, distributors, food bloggers and more gathered for the event Grow Mixer: What Do You Cultivate?  The room was lively with chatter as everyone shared their stories and backgrounds, sipped on drinks and nibbled on the delicious spread.  One of many events that Aqus Café holds each month, this night was all about fostering community, bringing together those involved in the local food scene and building connections.

Aqus Cafe, FarmsReach, Grow Mixer, PetalumaIMG_3355

Sponsored by Whole Foods Petaluma, attendees not only enjoyed amazing local cheeses, hummus, fresh spring rolls, and breads from local vendors such as Rustic Bakery and Spring Hill Cheese, but got an introduction to the Whole Foods Healthy Eating campaign that promotes healthy food choices, recipe planning and works with customers to support dietary needs.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Paul Underhill of Terra Firma Farm

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two.

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This week, we’re featuring Paul Underhill, from Terra Firma Farm – “a non-traditional version of a ‘family farm’“.  Paul is a partner on the farm along with Paul Holmes and Hector Melendez-Lopez, who has several family members who all work intrinsic positions on the farm.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Paul Underhill of Terra Firma Farm

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two.

featured-farmer_Paul-Underhill

This week, we’re featuring Paul Underhill, from Terra Firma Farm – “a non-traditional version of a ‘family farm’“.  Paul is a partner on the farm along with Paul Holmes and Hector Melendez-Lopez, who has several family members who all work intrinsic positions on the farm.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Emma Torbert of The Clover Leaf Farm

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two.

Emma Torbert of The Clover Leaf Farm

This week, we’re featuring Emma Torbert, from The Clover Leaf Farm. Emma got her masters in Horticulture from University of California at Davis and currently works for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI).

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Emma Torbert of The Clover Leaf Farm

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two.

Emma Torbert of The Clover Leaf Farm

This week, we’re featuring Emma Torbert, from The Clover Leaf Farm. Emma got her masters in Horticulture from University of California at Davis and currently works for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI).

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FarmsReach Newsletter – August 5, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 2.52.06 PMNew Toolkits making the news, Featured Farmer Spotlights in our blog, and more Conversations posted daily! 

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FarmsReach Newsletter – August 5, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 2.52.06 PMNew Toolkits making the news, Featured Farmer Spotlights in our blog, and more Conversations posted daily! 

To receive member newsletters, all you have to do is Join!  It’s free and it only takes a minute.

Note: Not in the agriculture industry, but would like to receive updates? Please sign up for our general newsletter.