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Tasty Bites 12.17.05
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Happy holidays! In this jolly holiday season of gluttony and excess, you can still stay true to your conscientious, healthy, and enviro-friendly self. It's actually pretty easy...
Read on, have a great December, and we'll see you in 2006!
- Shop for local, organic, seasonal ingredients and prepare them simply. Uncomplicated, traditional techniques let the ingredients shine.
- Choose heritage or wild turkeys. They're happy, healthy birds and much more flavorful.
- Serve organic juices (like Purity or Adina), organic beer (like Wolaver's or Bison Brewery), and organic, biodynamic wine (like Frey, Bonterra, Robert Sinskey, or European organics).
- Turn down the heat to save electricity. Body heat, baby.
- Use real plates and utensils to minimize waste. Or, use biodegradable products if you just can't bear to do the dishes.
- Save leftovers and send them home with guests or donate to food banks. (28 billion pounds of food are wasted each year!)
- Carpool or use the slick public transportation Trip Planner.
Organic, Local Gifts
Well, the most enviro gift would be to reel in our shop-til-you-drop habit, but knowing that it does feel good to give & receive during the holidays, here are some good options.
Give tasty food:
- THIS SAT & SUN 12/17 & 12/18 from 12-5pm, Feria Urbana will be hosting their artisan urban fair with 20+ local artists and designers at accessible prices. At Canvas Gallery - 1200 9th Ave./Lincoln.
- THIS SUN 12/18 from 1-8pm, Swirlspace is hosting a eco-global Holiday Trunk Sale with organic cotton, hemp, and recycled fiber clothing, organic bodycare, organic treats, and more from over 10 local artists/vendors. At La Solea Dance Cafe - 3376 19th/Mission in SF.
- Resident Apparel Gallery (RAG) is a Hayes Valley shop that sells cool fashions from all-local, emerging designers. 541 Octavia St./Hayes.
- Otsu in the Mission sells all vegan (i.e., animal-free), enviro-friendly, sweat-shop-free gifts, clothing, shoes, and knick-knacks. 3253 16th St./Guerrero.
Make them read:
- Check this handy list of books recommended by the Organic Consumers Association.
- There are more good books in the Om Organics Resources section.
Cancel out fossil fuel pollution:
- Terra Passes are an innovative, easy, inexpensive way to counteract their car's fossil fuel pollution. Plus, they get to put a cool sticker in their window.
Minimize pollution and shop from home:
- Eco Express - natural and organic gifts.
- Gaiam - all types of products for your natural, healthy lifestyle.
- Hempest - hemp and organic clothing, vegan shoes.
- Rawganique - organic and hemp clothing and home products.
- Bamboosa - bamboo (the most sustainable resource) fiber clothing.
- American Apparel - organic, sweat-shop-free clothing.
- Patagonia - organic clothing.
- Aveda - environmentally-friendly cosmetics and bodycare.
And if all else fails....
Shop at the many member companies of 1% For the Planet. All of these businesses donate 1% of their net revenues to environmental organizations.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed to apply toxic herbicides by aerial, uber-application to public lands in 17 Western states (including CA). The BLM claims these pesticides need to be applied to forests, rangelands and aquatic areas in order to reduce the risk of fire and slow the spread of invasive weeds, when there are actually alternative, less toxic methods to accomplish the same goal.
Under the proposal, 932,000 acres would undergo chemical application in 17 states, including National Monuments and National Conservation areas.
Read more about the Toxic Lands Alert.
Sign the petition to have the BLM use alternative, natural methods.
Check our organically-inclined Events page for more happenins as they
Shop with the Chef - Adam Timney of Bacar
Sat, 12/17/05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Winter Solstice Cooking Class, Vol IV at Millennium
Sun, 12/18/05, 10:00am-3:00pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $125/person
Workshop and Potluck: 'Food with a Face"
Sun, 12/18/05, 1:00pm-4:00pm
CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St. in SF; $35 (food prepared by Solar Living students)
Eco/Global Holiday Trunk Sale
Sun, 12/18/05, 1:00pm-8:00pm
La Solea Dance Cafe, 3376 19th St, btw Mission/Capp in SF; Free
Organics on CBS 5 TV: "30 Minutes Bay Area"
Sun, 12/18/05, 6:30pm
"Living Winter Comfort Foods" Cooking Class & Dinner
Mon, 12/19/05, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Alive! Raw Vegan Restaurant, 1972 Lombard St./Webster in SF; $50, reservation required (click link for more info)
San Francisco - Dine About Town
San Francisco restaurants in SF; Lunch: $21.95, Dinner: $31.95
Common Ground Fundraising Cooking Class: Seasonal Local Cuisine
Sat, 1/7/06, 10:00am-1:00pm
Palo Alto; $100
Learn the Art of Organic Home Farming
Sat (series of 3), 1/7/06-3/4/06, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Common Ground, 559 College Ave. in Palo Alto; $120 for the 3-part series. Reserve early. Only 20 spots!
Please Donate in 2005!
Please help feed our fire this year, and get that tax break! If you use these newsletters, use our website, or simply enjoy having
delicious, organic food in the Bay Area, please support our programs that serve local, organic farms and the
community. Om Organics is a project of the San Francisco Foundation - Community Initiative Funds,
and can only continue with the help of contributions from conscientious people like you!
Any amount is appreciated!
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