Mountain Rose Herbs is giving away one free ticket before January 8th
– check out their blog about Emily Ruff and the conference to learn more and cast your entry!
We are so excited to share this interview with Emily Ruff, the Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to serve as a Board Member of United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter for a chance to win free registration to the 2016 conference!
Homegrown Local Food Cooperative is your resource for locally grown organic produce, pastured eggs and meats, raw dairy, honey and a variety of artisanal goods for the home and garden.
Homegrown goods are available every week through our Signature Online Farmer’s Market. Simply log in, shop and pick-up your local goods at our boutique farm store on Orange Avenue where Ivanhoe and Health Villages connect.
Our local Farmer’s list what’s growing each week and you get to pick what farm fresh goodies you want and, they are harvested just for you!
Our local Artisans cook and prepare to order what you have requested.
Quality and transparency are important at Homegrown, and you can shop with ease, knowing that we are looking out for the best tasting, healthiest, most nutritionally packed, unadulterated, local food available. At Homegrown our goal is to source the best quality food grown as close to home as possible.
Our produce is grown without pesticides, fungicides, or synthetic fertilizers and never from GMO seeds! Our animal products come from animals who are treated humanely and do not receive routine hormones or antibiotics. Our artisanal food products are made without preservatives or artificial ingredients. Our artisanal home products are made without parabens or sulfates. Our garden products come from our local organic farmers.
Each product listed at our Online Farmer’s Market is identified by the farm, kitchen or craftsman who is creating the unique offering. To learn more about our Producers, visit the Producers section.
Online Farmer’s Market Hours:Tuesday at 9am through Friday at 9am
Boutique Farm Store Hours:
Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00pm and Monday from 2:00pm until 7:00pm
We accept cash, check, ebt and all major credit cards.
Orlando is making it easier to bike around town. One new feature are the new bike repair stations throughout Orlando that include air pumps, screwdrivers, wrenches, tire tools, etc.
Bike Repair Stations around Orlando: Cady Way Trail near Herndon Avenue; Orlando Urban Trail near Ferris Avenue and Lake Highland Drive; east end of Lake Underhill Path near boat ramp; and the city parking garage behind City Hall, downtown.
Juice Bike Sharing: Great way to get around town
You can’t miss them they are everywhere and bright orange.
There is nothing better than seeing lots of groups of renters on Orlando City Soccer or Magic Game Days, big events downtown, heading to Sunday brunch, etc.
Rent by the minute, hour, month, year, etc.
To learn more: https://orlando.socialbicycles.com/
Orlando’s new Lake Druid Park. It is the newest park in Orlando and features a mountain-bike “pump track” and trail through a wooded area. The park opened Oct. 31, 2015.
Here is a video on YouTube so you can see the layout of the track:
We will continue to add updates about biking around Orlando, so please check back.
There are many good things in Orlando and wanted to share one program with you that encourages all of us to be healthier and walk more—the Orlando Walks Project.
As an avid walker it has been great to see more areas around Orlando where walking is made easier by adding new sidewalks through the Orlando Walks project. One street– Cole Road off of Corrine– in particular was finished this week. This finished sidewalk made my day, as before it was completed the street did not have a sidewalk on and had a curve—- so many times cars could not see me in the street no matter what direction I walked. I often had to jump into someone’s yard at the last minute. Now I can safely walk this street to get to the shopping area on Corrine. Thank you, the city of Orlando for making my day!
About the Orlando Walks Project:
Keeping Orlando moving continues to be a priority for Mayor Buddy Dyer. Providing multiple alternatives such as transit, bike and pedestrian forms of transportation will offer all those who live, work and play in Orlando options for getting around the City. This offers a variety of affordable alternatives to having a car and connects more of our residents with access to jobs and opportunity.
To support this priority, the City is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and connected pedestrian system. The City’s Orlando Walks Sidewalk Project focuses on establishing an interconnected sidewalk network that helps to improve public safety and to encourage active healthy living. In an effort to maximize funding and more quickly complete sidewalk gaps, the City elected to seek additional outside funding opportunities and received a Federal grant to fund the current phase of sidewalk construction.
For more information on this project visit:
Please vote this week because —- EVERY vote counts.
Testimonials from past Campers:
“Amy is the perfect instructor for this series of classes. She moves easily between conversation and demonstration to share her knowledge of nutrition and cooking technique. We all have heard the message that healthy and delicious food choices and preparation are accessible to all of us but Amy will inspire you to actually revise your grocery list and make changes to your daily diet. Greens are great.”
“Amy is a wonderful, friendly, welcoming person. And with her training and experience, she is a very effective teacher and an efficient chef. Her recipes are simple but delicious. She loves answering questions about food and sharing kitchen tips, and you will learn a lot in her class. I know I did!”
“Chef Amy has changed my kitchen forever! My vegetables are no longer just boiled, and chopping them is faster and much more fun! Her recipes are delicious and serve as a great starting point, but her techniques are what make cooking even possible for me. The amount of time they save and the fun they bring get me in the kitchen and wanting to be creative!”
Session 1: Go Green. Chef Amy will kick start the series with an educational lecture on how to select quality ingredients. She will discuss the benefits of eating organically and the realities of how most of our food is produced. We will prepare seasonal dishes with local greens. Dishes may include depending on availability: bok choi, kale, collard greens, sorrel, spinach and Swiss chard.
Session 2: Somewhere Over the Rainbow of Vegetables. Chef Amy will explain how to select the freshest seasonal vegetables and the most nutritious ways to prepare them. Cutting and cooking techniques for fresh vegetables will be the focus. In this class, you will learn how to incorporate vegetables into every meal and snack of the day.
Session 3: Sea Vegetables Aren’t Just for Mermaids. Chef Amy will identify a variety of sea vegetables and discuss the powerful health benefits of incorporating them in your regular diet. We will create easy dishes and snacks from these trace mineral rich treats from the sea.
Session 4: The Great Whole Grain. Chef Amy will discuss what a whole grain is and the benefits of choosing whole grains over refined grains. We will identify a variety of whole grains including oats, quinoa, rice, amaranth, millet, freekah and farro. We will prepare whole grain dishes that may be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Session 5: The Perfect Plant Protein. Chef Amy will demonstrate the best ways to cook dried legumes. She will discuss the benefits of consuming legumes as a staple source of protein. We will cover how to create tasty dishes from our nutritious little seeds.
Session 6: Soups On! Chef Amy loves vegetable soup all year round. Its an easy meal, side dish or snack that you can make ahead of time and enjoy anytime of the day. We will learn how to make a fresh stock as a base for our homemade soup du jour.
Each class will include a health and recipe packet, sampling of the dishes we create and homemade beverages.
Tuesday ‘s from 7-9pm
no class week of Thanksgiving
Homegrown Local Food Cooperative
2310 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
Tuition: $150 for the entire Camp!
To Register email Chef Amy: