January 27, 2013

Employee Gardens Provide a Low-Cost Way to Boost Camaraderie and Ensure a Healthier Workforce

Winning Workplaces features three innovative companies that have employee gardens.


Soothing Beginnings Doula Services

Stephanie Knol, CD(Dona)
Birth and Postpartum Doula

Pregnancy, labor, birth, and new motherhood are life changing events that will be remembered for a lifetime. Childbirth is the beginning of a new phase of life for the parents, whether it is the first baby or the fifth. During such a profound journey into the unknown, the support of a birth doula, or professional labor companion can be very comforting and helpful. Whether you choose to give birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home, using pain medications, “naturally”, or surgically, a doula can help make the experience a positive one by helping you relax and be more comfortable, giving encouragement and support, and helping you clarify your own needs and desires. After the baby is born, the support of a postpartum doula can be invaluable in recovering from the birth and transitioning through the postpartum period into this new phase of life. A postpartum doula can help both parents have time for bonding, resting, and self-care, while giving invaluable tips and education on babycare, breastfeeding, local resources, and more.

As a doula, I am dedicated to helping women and their partners feel empowered, listened to, and supported, physically and emotionally, during their birth experience and postpartum. I also hope to help parents understand their choices for birth and postpartum so that they can make informed decisions for themselves and their baby.  I look forward to working with women and couples of all ages, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Serving Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma, and the surrounding areas in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

The Cult of Done Manifesto
  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

Teaching Urban Farming teaches us to be self-sustaining

Farming came to me by accident. I was originally trained in commercial photography, working in studios either shooting food or products.

January 25, 2013

Seed Exchange, Saturday January 26, Sebastopol

West County Community Seed Exchange
Monthly Gathering
Saturday, January 26, 2013
9 - 10:30 - Work in the Seed Garden
9 - 11 - Seed Library OPEN ( new hours)
11 - 12 - Class: Cleaning & Storing Harvested Seed
You are invited to get FREE SEED from the 200+ varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and grains in our Seed Library. All seeds were grown out in our Seed Garden or in other parts of Sonoma County. We hope you will grow some of this stock out to seed and return it to us. If you are already a seed saver, please consider donating some of your seeds to us.

Attached is the flyer for the event- you can print it and spread the word if you like.

St. Stephen's Church
500 Robinson Road, off Bodega Hwy (just west of downtown), Sebastopol


"la accion es la madre de la esperanza."

-Pablo Neruda

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't."

-Anatole France

"It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor."


Scion Exchange, Saturday January 26th, Santa Rosa

California Rare Fruit Growers

Redwood Empire Chapter

Scion Exchange

Saturday, January 26, 2013

10:00 a.m. To 2:00 p.m.

Members get in at 9:00 a.m. - you can join at the door – see below! Membership includes admittance.

Santa Rosa Veterans' Building

Across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Free cuttings for grafting – often over 500 varieties!

Grafting demonstrations by expert grafters.

Various rootstocks available for sale.

Custom trees grafted at your request (limited).

Fruit experts available to answer your questions.

Tree sales, bee blocks, crafts, preserves, honey!

Bring big baggies, tape to write on, and a "Sharpie" pen for cuttings.

CRFG is a non-profit "hobbyist" organization.

Come to the Scion Exchange and join!


$5.00 donation gratefully accepted at the door.

Local chapter membership is only $5.00 per year, plus between $25.00

and $56.00 for general membership, depending on how one receives the

'Fruit Gardener' magazine. General membership is requires to join the

local chapter. Total dues are $30.00 to $61.00 per year.

Cuatro Caminos Collective

*Meaningful Work,
*Wholesome Local Food,
*Appropriate Technology,
*Intergenerational/Cross-Cultural Dialogue and 


January 07, 2013

We Still Have Delicata and Butternut Squash

Made some nice egg nogg delicata pancakes.  We'll grow more of these next year.  There's 40 pounds in the bike trailer to haul around to the restaurants and cafes tomorrow.

Igrow Sonoma Year-Round Growing Guide

Year-Round Growing Guide

After Years in Solitary, an Austere Life as Uruguay’s President (NY Times)

January 4, 2013

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Some world leaders live in palaces. Some enjoy perks like having a discreet butlera fleet of yachts or a wine cellar with vintage Champagnes. Then there is José Mujica, the former guerrilla who is Uruguay’s president. He lives in a run-down house on Montevideo’s outskirts with no servants at all. His security detail: two plainclothes officers parked on a dirt road.

January 06, 2013

Jam on: California Homemade Food Act goes into effect in January (LA Times)

As of Jan. 1, the California Homemade Food Act will go into effect, allowing people in Los Angeles to sell certain foods and baked goods they've made at home to stores, restaurants and directly to customers.

Pot farms take dirty toll- L.A. Times


State's medical marijuana boom is wreaking havoc on some fragile habitats.

Cuatro Caminos Calendar