Home Composting Local classes

In the July 2013 issue, we talked about Home Composting. Where can you learn more?

Hands on Learning


GMO.NBGMO FREE PA has formed to educate people about genetically engineered (GE) foods and to help them select food companies and products that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO). The grassroots nonprofit, which publicizes the latest research and information on GMOs and advocates legislation to require mandatory labeling of GE ingredients, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Ludington Library, in Bryn Mawr. Meetings focus on action steps that people can take, such as hosting movie screenings and discussions, tabling at events and writing letters to legislators and editors of news media.

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Healthy Living Food Group

Dr. Wendy Warner, owner of Medicine in Balance, has started a healthy living food group for people that are interested in learning to eat more healthfully, as well as to build a community of like-minded eaters. The free potluck is held from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Tuesday of every month, in the Medicine in Balance office, in Langhorne. Each meeting comprises the sharing of food and recipes, along with a discussion centered on healthy eating topics. Past subjects include gluten-free eating, making fermented foods, and the health benefits of chocolate and tea. The health benefits of Mediterranean diets will be discussed in July.
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Sandy Ridge Farm

The Sandy Ridge Farm Brings Back a Simpler Way of Living

by Linda Sechrist

touhill headshotAt Touhill’s Sandy Ridge Farm, in Doylestown, the two-legged and four-legged residents all have purposeful work to do. The goats clear the brush; the chickens help prepare the ground for planting by eating grubs and insects that are bad for crops; the sheep keep the grass mowed; dad wears lots of hats; and mom home schools the kids, with the age-appropriate ones helping where they are needed. “Even the miniature donkey does his share by looking cute and greeting visitors to our farm market,” says Shawn Touhill.

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Grilled Pecan Crusted Salmon

Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
YIELDS: 2 servings


  • 2 wild salmon steaks
  • 2 Tbsp mustard (any type, preferably seasoned)
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 4 Tbsp crushed pecans (if whole, place in plastic bags and use rubber mallet to crush)
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Community Acupuncture in Lahaska

healthpointacucrgphotoHealthPoint Community Acupuncture has opened in Lahaska, offering group acupuncture treatments on a sliding scale, which gives patients the opportunity to decide how much they can pay. Prices for treatments that normally cost between $50 and $100 per session are available for as low as $15 to $50 each. “At HealthPoint we are here to help as many people as possible and not all of them can afford the same costs for health care. What you pay is completely up to you, your situation and what you can afford at the time,” says owner Lauren Cunha.

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Local Blueberry Sources

In the July 2013, there are some amazing Blueberry Recipes. To help you get these delicious berries locally, this is our short list.

Shady Brook Farm, Newtown. ShadyBrookFarm.com

Snipes Farm, Morrisville. SnipesFarm.org

Solebury Orchards, New Hope. SoleburyOrchards.com

Wildemore Farm, Chalfont. 215-249-3683

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger

bko-logoThe United Way of Bucks County will package meals for the hungry residents of Bucks County on August 9 at Ann’s Choice Retirement Community, in Warminster. The goal of the campaign, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, is to pack at least 64,000 meals, or one meal for every person in Bucks County that is currently food insecure.

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Concentrated Coaching Opens New Office

mark 61107Mark Hurwich, founder of Concentrated Coaching, has opened an office at 300 Spruce Street, in Doylestown. “Skype and phone give me access around the world, but I really enjoy the people I’ve gotten to meet in Bucks and Montgomery counties,” says Hurwich, “and my heart goes out to those stuck and struggling when they don’t have to. Having dedicated space here will make supporting my neighbors even easier.” Continue reading

Reiki Master and Animal Communicator Judy Swanson Launches Unique Touch

Judy Swanson, a Reiki master and long-distance healer, has launched the company Unique Touch, in Pottstown. The company is committed to demonstrating that joy and tranquility can be achieved through healing energy. “I believe every animal and human deserves a tranquil universe,” notes Swanson, who is certified also as a crystal medicine therapist, an advanced angel card reader and an animal communicator. “Both humans and animals benefit from the services of Unique Touch.”

For more information, call 610-389-1891 or email TheUniqueTouch@gmail.com.

Thought on Bicycling

“As a life long cyclist, the experience of riding a bicycle still intrigues me. The bicycle is simple, human-powered and compliments a “green” life-style. To me the bicycle represents freedom, independence and personal strength. Whether one commutes via bicycle, tours Continue reading