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newsletter, summer 2006

Greetings to everyone. We hope that your summer has been good to you. We have been harvesting the bounty from our springtime efforts which included:

  • Constructing the main stone walkway.
  • Helping Joe Roberts build two terraced walls for organic vegetable gardening on the south-facing hillside.
  • Building the raised garden beds with lumber leftover from the house construction and filling them with soil and organic compost.
  • Planting vegetables and a peace pole!
  • Setting up and filling four compost bins.
  • Enjoying our own fresh, organic lettuces, summer squash, green beans, broccoli, pickling cucumbers, kale and collards. We’re waiting for the carnival bell peppers and heirloom tomatoes.
  • Building and populating six perennial beds and an Asian garden.
  • Reforesting with a dozen native white pines and almost 100 little stick maple, persimmon and walnut “trees” from the local conservation agency.
  • Reestablishing the meadow after all the construction trucks have gone.

It was a lot of work, but it’s now yielding pleasure for our eyes, souls and bodies. Here are a few photos:

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We're excited about offering our first vegetarian cooking classes here in Weaverville. Mark September 16th on your calendar and register now since class space is limited. All classes will be held on Saturday mornings, from 10 am – 1 pm. Look for all the details in the classes section of the website.

You can read about Lenore’s life journey in natural foods in the July edition of WNC-Woman magazine. There’s a great photo of her in our new kitchen.

Quick Tip

Something you might find handy in this age of mobile phones is a free directory assistance you can use from any phone. Dial 1-800-373-3411 and the operator will provide you with the phone number of any business or person at no charge!


In case you haven't seen the research about polycarbonate water bottles with the number “7” on the bottom, like Nalgene, here is the story: Though formerly though to be safe for drinking, these bottles are not. Laboratory findings have demonstrated that the chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) leaches into the contained liquids and foods. This is particularly true after the bottles have been washed (!) and used with warm drinks or food. Visit Debra Lynn Dadd’s summary of the issue at www.dld123.com/q&a/qandatemp.php?id=Q30 as well as:

We have switched to inert, stainless steel bottles. Natural foods stores are beginning to sell this much safer alternative for carrying your own filtered water. If you have difficulty finding them in your area, we will have them for sale by August. If you are not filtering your water at home, we highly recommend it for your better health and the health of the planet. We have researched, are using and are making available the excellent, affordable water filter that Dr. Andrew Weil recommends. Check them out at www.hydrolife.com. As many of you already know, plastic bottles are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource and they do not biodegrade. If you ever do use plastic containers, PLEASE make every effort to recycle those that can be recycled!

Food on-line

For quality macrobiotic ingredients that are sometimes hard to find, visit the new website for www.naturalimport.com, which just came on line this week.

For A Better World

Please do something for your children. See the movie "An Inconvenient Truth". It is a very engaging and compelling movie about the the warming of the earth, the effects that we are beginning to see and the consequences if we don't make some changes. We have the technology to reverse the trends and just need the will. For more info, see it and visit www.climatecrisis.net to see action we can take.


"When the power of love overpowers the love of power, the world will know peace." ~ Jimi Hendrix

Daily Peace Quote

You can subscribe for an e-mail daily peace quote for free. You will receive the same peaceful thoughts and inspiration that we receive every day. Everything helps in these challenging times. Go to http://www.livingcompassion.org/mailinglists.html

Lenore’s Book-of-the-Month Club

My most favorite pastime is reading. So, I plan to have a satisfying and interesting book to tell you about each month in the newsletter. I’d like to begin with a totally riveting and inspirational book about and by an amazing person, Diane Wilson. For an unforgetable true story, read An Unreasonble Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas. More information can be found at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/2005/items/unreasonablewoman

We’ll have more news coming soon about the school and other events.


Lenore and Joe Baum
Lenore and Joe Baum

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