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 . 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 : 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,, 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:

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: 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

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!