Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Power Where you are

Mobile Solar Power Generator

Portable diesel generator using clean solar energy,combing mobility and environmentally friendly accessibility. Simple and realistic for any location. This structure is perfect for any site, and can be set up, and used by any single person. Pure Power solar systems use clean fuel each day with no enviromental impact- no noise, smell, or harsh effects from emission of diseal fuel. With the most trusted names in the industry, General Electric Polycrystalline panels, Xantrex inverters and charger controllers, Hawker/ Interstate industrial batteries are some of the leading names in energy.

Pure Power Vision

To provide and deliever to everyday people and businesses. Economically and enviromentally sensible alternatives to energy needs through a clean energy alternative.

for contact information go to : www.purepowered.com/contact

Its the small choices that we make daily that influence our world. Being sustainable isnt about buying the most organic products, or reducing your consumption of trash.. but its the thought process you go through. Think about how each decision you make and how you can change that choice into an eco-friendly option.

for more ideas on how to be Eco- concious in your community,

visit us at http://www.communityseeds.com/

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Accomplishing Better Health: Farm 2 City 2 Your Home

Farm to Family
"Feeding the Community One Stop at a Time"

Farm to Family is a link between farm and city, taking locally grown food to families in urban, rural areas while educating people about food security. Mark Lilly converted a 1987 international diesel school bus into a mobile market on wheels. His philosophy, " Why go to the market, when the market can come to you!"
Through his mobile market idea, Lilly strives to provide urban communities with fresh, locally grown produce and other homemade products. Its important for Farm to Family to target areas that don't have equal access to fresh food, and to teach people the importance of the produce, as well as how to cook it. One of their biggest goals is to be proactive about changing bad eating habits of those across the nation.

Along the way, Farm to Family builds personal relationships within the community, bringing people together, and focusing on reconnecting people with real food. By growing, and sourcing produce within the community, Farm to Family aspires to have everyone growing their own food and using the bus as vehicle to help sell and distribute their fruits back into the community in which it has grown.
By becoming the bridge that links farming, produce and community together developing a sustainable food distribution system has become one of the main strengths of this bus experience. Not only are Lilly and his family bringing the farm to you, but he is also giving you a unique shopping/educational experience.
For more information on where to find F2F log on to www.FarmtoFamilyonline.com/Where---when-to-find-us . Also, there is more about what will be at the market weekly, donation information, Summer CSA program info/ CSA updates, and intern and volunteer opportunities!

Learn more about how to get involved in your community, visit us at www.Communityseeds.com : It's never too late to start making your Eco- foot print.

Donate, get informed, and live a "greener" life today !

Friday, July 23, 2010

Are you making a difference?

Musician Jack Johnson has created a social action network All At Once, where you can take action in your local and world community. Through this network Johnson separates the ways you can accomplish change, Your Action, Your Choice, Your Voice. Each category allows supporters to find volunteer opportunities, ways to donate, how to speak out about your Eco concerns and many forms of creating local and global change.

This year's All at Once campaign is focusing on supporting Local Sustainable Food Systems, and Plastic Free Initiatives. On his website, http://www.allatonce.org/, there are numerous ways to get involved. Whether you contribute by small everyday strives to live more sustainable, or become a member of All At Once. It doesn't take much to make a difference, but once you do, the impact is contagious.

Johnson is teaming up with over 150 non profit groups on his To The Sea tour. These groups focus on plastic free initiatives, sustainable local food systems, and environmental education opportunities that include oceans & watersheds, tree planting and many hands-on community projects. All tour proceeds go to these groups and support their projects.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to be informed about what some non-profits are doing in order to make our world a better place. Next, self reflect on what your doing or not doing to actively make a difference in your community. Remember, here at Community Seeds we believe that its the small changes people make through information and encouragement that really produce a better world- the best thing you can do is be informed socially and environmentally.
For more ways to get involved with Community Seeds go check us out at: http://www.communityseeds.com/

The Community Seeds Foundation

The Community Seeds Foundation is the non-profit, philanthropic part of Community Seeds. We are dedicated to provide information, resources, and an a publication, Community Seeds Eco-Magazine, in order to promote sustainability. With your help, we can continue to educate, support, and inspire the local community and world communities through our publication and outreach.

Donate today and help us support sustainability, community, and charity groups. You can make a donation at any time and we will publish your name in our next issue under a special section called "Making A Difference". To donate and for more information go to:
http://www.communityseeds.com/ and click on the "Community Seeds Foundation".
"Be the change you want to see in the world.." - Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Squeeze Challenge

Make your own fresh juices from fruits and vegetables this summer season. It's an easy and sustainable way towards living a healthy lifestyle. By using a juicer, your not only making a healthier choice, but your also reducing waste. Eliminate plastic bottles and even reuse the extracted pulp. The pulp that is left behind is filled with fiber and be used in many ways to enrich your meals every day.

Ways to reuse pulp:
  • Put pulp back into fruit juice for some extra nutrients
  • Add fruit pulp to batters for a healthy boost to any baked good
  • Substitute oils and butters by using vegetable and fruit pulp in recipes to cut calories
  • Vegetable pulp can be added to sauces and soup bases to thicken
  • Make a frozen treat by adding fruit pulps, juice and non fat plain yogurt together generating a Popsicle for any hot day

Remember to separate your fruit and vegetable pulp and keep in air-tight containers, preferably in the freezer.

Another benefit to "juicing it up" this summer is saving money. Fresh produce can be easily grown in the comfort of your home, or purchased every week at your local farmer's market. Can you imagine a refreshing drink without artificial ingredients, preservatives and no colors added? Yes, we sure can!

Community Seeds wants to challenge you this summer to pick some of your favorite fruits and vegetables, get juicin', and make that choice toward a healthier, more sustainable life.

Need some help getting started? Try a few of our favorites!
For a refreshing fruit drink try one of these combinations:
  • 1 apple + 1 pear + 7 strawberries
  • 2 carrots + 2 apples
  • 2 pineapple spears + 1 orange (peeled) + 1 apple
  • 7 strawberries + 1 orange + 1 mango
Try a homemade vegetable juice:
  • 1 carrot + 1 celery stalk + 1/2 beet + handful of spinach + 2 small tomatoes + salt and pepper
  • 1/2 half red bell pepper + 2 small tomatoes + 1/2 cucumber

Frozen Treats:

  • 7 strawberries + 1 apple + strawberry pulp + 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt (Try Fage 0 % Greek yogurt)
  • 3 oranges peeled + 1/2 lemon peeled + 1/4 cup of orange pulp
  • Juice 7 strawberries + 3 tbs of strawberry pulp to ice cube trays and freeze - Add to any adult cocktail for a cool festive treat

For more tips, article, and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable you, visit us at http://www.communityseeds.com/

Friday, July 16, 2010

Downtown Chico presents summertime favorite

Saturday July 17th, 2010
starts at 9am!
Slice of Chico is Downtown Chico's annual summertime tradition filled with great shoppinng, sizzling deals and refreshing FREE slices of ice-cold watermelon! Merchants throughout Downtown Chico will be postinng deals in and outside of their shops bringing thousands of locals for some good, old-fashion customer service. Be sure to arrive early and take full advantage of this great tradition!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Our Summer Issue is here!

Just in time for Summer!

Our Summer issue is officially available online and ready for review.

Be the first to read about all the fun you could be having this summer while being green!

Check it out! Located on the front page of our website:

We are very excited about this issue, highlighting some of the best ways to be Eco concious while enjoying your Summer season. Be sure to check out our delicious Summer recipes, Eco- friendly must have products and how other non profits are changing communities around the world.

Love what you see? Interested in writing, advertsing or crurious how you can contribute to Community Seeds?

Check out our website and discover how you can help make a difference.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Patrick Ranch County Faire

Come spend an afternoon this Saturday, June 12th and Sunday June 13th at the Patrick Ranch County Faire!

This is a perfect opportunity to spend the day out with the family, and support your local community. The festivites include an artisan faire, children activities, food court, live music, and more!

Dont forget to stop by the Community Seeds booth, located in from of the mansion.

Hope to see you there!

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

C.S. Eco Non-Profit Foundation

The Community Seeds Foundation

With help from the North Valley Community Foundation, Community Seeds has set up The Community Seeds Foundation, dedicated to giving back to the community and world communities. As part of our commitment to promoting sustainability, we have vowed to donate to non-profits, charities, fund raisers, and events. We will also make a special section of the magazine where contributors to the foundation can share what they are doing to make a difference. Join us in promoting small changes to better the community and beyond!

You can donate to that foundation to help us support sustainability, community, and charity groups. We will publish your name in the magazine in a special section called, “Community Seeds Eco Magazine Gives back.” All donations are all tax deductable.

You can make a donation at any time. You can donate online at http://bit.ly/9O2T6y.
Checks can be made out to The Community Seeds Foundation.
Mail to:
The Community Seeds Foundation
c/o the North Valley Community Foundation
3120 Cohasset Road, Suite 8
Chico, CA 95973
(530) 891-1150

Email us for information at info@communityseeds.com.
You may also leave a message at (530) 570-5581.

***Ad sales are not part of this program and are available for your advertising needs. Please see our media kit (http://bit.ly/dmRwkw ) and contact us for ad sales.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Spring Issue is Here!

This issue is filled with articles on green living and sustainability issues. There are also articles with a focus on health and social responsibility. Don't forget to look for the pictorials to see if you are in a photo or if you recognize someone.
 Thanks for being one of the thousands of readers who enjoy Community Seeds Eco Magazine. Please forward this email or send the link to family and friends so they can enjoy this free, green resource as well.

Please support our efforts to promote sustainable living by purchasing advertising or by becoming a sponsor. Please see our Media Kit for ad sizes and pricing.

You can read the Spring issue of the magazine now! Go to: http://www.communityseeds.com/ .

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Note From The Editor- Spring 2010 Edition

The spring issue will be released March 1, 2010.

So many times I have written about the community support that we have received and I continue to be surprised at the number of dedicated readers that follow Community Seeds Eco Magazine (AKA CS Eco Magazine). As we have grown and developed, we have maintained our commitment to sustainability and to the community. These commitments have taken us down a path of assessment and speculation about the current status and future of the magazine. We want to continue to offer the magazine as a free resource, educational publication, and forum for sustainability articles. However, with our donations of 25% to non-profit organizations, the free help that we offer sustainability and community groups with fundraising, the overhead of running a business, and the costs of independent contractors, we are not able to continue the magazine as it stands.

I have proudly dedicated two years to this cause and this publication with no salary or any money from proceeds, ever. In fact, my family has continued to donate funds to keep the magazine going. In addition, we have been able to get a few, wonderful sponsors. Most people do not realize how much money it takes to run a business and have a publication (even on-line). We would like to continue to publish Community Seeds Eco Magazine and give to the community, so we have come to the conclusion that we need to go non-profit. In fact, have already started the process!

We hope that by going non-profit, we can get more financial support and continue our dedication to the environment, the community and to this publication. We encourage readers to become a part of this process by continuing to send in articles, purchase advertising, becoming sponsors. Now, you can also help by making donations. You may also donate service or eco friendly prize items for our raffles. All donations will be tax deductable and at least 25% will be given back to the community. We have a tax ID number and we have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau. We have a few loose ends to tie up and we should have the 501(3) process completed soon.

Once again, we thank our readers, writers, advertisers and sponsors for helping us continue on our mission: to help make us be a little more socially, environmentally, and community aware. I am very excited to head up this new non profit venture and continue to be proud of the work we do.
Have a happy, healthy, green spring!

DeAnna Holman

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Green Tips That Save Money

Saving Green by Going Green
By Jennifer Arbuckle

In a time of economic concern, it behooves one to acknowledge that taking the time to consider the environment, in the forms of reducing, reusing and recycling, can significantly reduce the weary spender’s costs.

So before all the presents have been appropriately ripped open and, depending on the gift, have either been gouged open, passed around or discreetly kept in the box for the stealthy return, please read the following facts and tips to help ease the holiday strain on your pocket book and on the environment.

Recycling Facts
• An average California household throws away over 34 pounds of plastic water and soda bottles each year.
• Every 90 days a recycled aluminum can makes its way back on the shelf as something useful.
• 80-100 years - that's the lifespan of an aluminum can that gets tossed into the trash instead of a recycling bin.
• 700 years - that's how long a trashed plastic bottle will sit in a landfill taking up space, refusing to degrade.
• 1 Million Years - Put a glass bottle in a landfill and that's how long it'll sit there doing nothing. Recycle it and it can live forever.

Products Made from Recycled Bottles and Cans

• Plastic - Recycled material products made from Plastic Bottles:
o T-shirts: Fourteen 20 oz. plastic bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt.
o Carpet: It takes 14 20 oz. plastic bottles to make one square foot of carpet.
o Fleece Sweater: It takes 63 20 oz. plastic bottles to make a sweater.
o Jacket Fiberfill: Fourteen 20 oz. plastic bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.
o Sleeping Bag Fiberfill: It takes 85 20 oz. plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.

• Glass - Recycled material products made from Glass Bottles:
o Glassware
o New glass containers
o Decorative home decor
o Fiberglass Insulation
o Tile

• Aluminum - Recycled material products made from Aluminum Cans:
o Picture frames
o Decorative home decor: bowls, vases, etc.
o Baseball bats