Hello Friends and welcome to all new subscribers to the Fall Issue!
As I write this, Greta Thunberg has just arrived in New York City, after a two week trip crossing the Atlantic ocean from the UK, in a zero carbon emissions sailboat, so that she can be attend the UN Climate Summit on September 23rd. Can’t wait to hear what good she is going to say and do.
One of the issues that I’m obsessed with is waste, and about how we can reduce it. The Gamechanger in this issue is a problem solver, who has been tackling the formidable problem of waste for the past decade. Learn about his business model.
There is someone else who is dealing with another issue I also care about: the accessibility of fresh produce to everyone. A pharmacist in New York City is giving out prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables.
If you have been following me on social media, you already know that I am an avid gardener, seed saver, recycler and repurposer. Green America asked me to write about how my garden is a zero waste zone. Read about it here. If you are also a gardener and appreciate reminders of what you should be doing as far as chores over the next few months, check out the garden calendars I post each month. I already have the September calendar to do list printed out on my fridge!
The action alert I shared was posted by the Cornucopia Institute. If you care about telling the USDA that we don’t want genetic engineering in organic foods, please join me in signing this petition and share it with your friends. We can make a difference. Our voices count. Organics should not be contaminated by genetic engineering.
Food is often on my mind (growing, cooking, eating!) and so I was thrilled to read a great bit of news about the thriving fruit and nut orchards that were discovered near old mines in California. They are survivors! Since I do whatever I can to reduce food waste at home, I posted a blog about the several foods that I freeze successfully, meaning they freeze well and taste great when unfrozen.
If you like to cook and are looking for healthy soups to make during the fall and winter seasons, these two recipes are easy to make and are very nutritious as well as delicious. And if you love mushrooms like I do, read about the healthiest way to eat mushrooms, recommended by Paul Stamets, a master mycologist, who is also featured in the fungi themed film in this issue.
Nature is my grand passion and when I visited Storm King recently in upstate New York, I was moved by the work of the artist featured in this issue. I wasn’t familiar with his work and since it will be there permanently, you can see it for yourself.
Around the same time of that visit, I stopped in to see an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC, and was wowed by one of the subjects featured in the Cabinet of Green Curiosities (there are also two more additions that are fascinating).
We have read how the coral reefs are endangered around the world. Do you know about Project Coral and the encouraging work they are doing with coral? It’s really great. Other good people, called the Nurdle Patrol, are handling another issue on the beaches of Texas, and doing a great job.
The Innovative design story in this issue is very special. I have seen it and it’s spectacular. I’ll be posting occasional updates on its progress over time on social media.
I have some exciting news to share with you! Following a three year absence, I’ll soon be launching a new store: Priscilla Woolworth Store and Studio, where you will find some of my old favorites as well as some new surprise additions. I’ll let you all know in a newsletter blast and via social media when it goes live! Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for all my latest news.
The artist who got my attention is David Brooks. At Storm King, he drew inspiration from the landscape and local ecosystem to speak to broader issues impacting the environment, global climate trends, and human ways of life...
Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more experts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives.
Viktor Schauberger: A Life of Learning from Nature by Jane Cobbald
Viktor Schauberger's knowledge of natural energies led to inventions which, if properly harnessed, could solve the world's energy crisis. Unfortunately most people still find his ideas difficult to understand or accept.