Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 2010 Is Ready to Read

Photo Gary Purves
"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir
Understand Fair Trade Organic and Shade Grown Coffee Take 5 to listen to the interview.  click here

As an artisan coffee roaster, I often receive requests and orders for “Fair Trade-Organic-Shade Grown” coffees.In an effort to assist and educate our friends and customers, I like to take the time and explain the differences.  We often read and hear about Organic, Shade Grown and Fair Trade Coffees.  While these terms are often used cohesively, they are in fact are separate and distinct.  To better understand these differences let’s visit each individually.

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Rick MacDonald, Blue Stilly Coffee Roasters

Friday, November 5, 2010

November Issue is Available to Read Online

 photo by Gary Purves of the Snohomish River Summer 2010

Transition Port Gardner
Join Transition Port Gardner on November 14th at Kleisick Farms. No movie this month. Instead, a real live farmer! Come and hear the farmer talk about organic gardening, farming and life.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September Newsletter is Online to Read

October 2009 Tree Planting at Forest Park

 "When we tug at a single thing in nature,
we find it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August Newsletter is Now Online



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of E-Cycle Washington

Since 2009 Washington has had a FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitor laptops and televisions. in Lynnwood is part of the E-Cycle Program of Washington, who’s mission is to recycle end-of-live electronics in a safe and environmentally sound manner. They do not export any unprocessed end-of-life electronics to underdeveloped countries.

Listen to Mary Reading, a woman owned e-cycle business in Lynnwood, WA. or call 425-239-4118 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              425-239-4118     

 Click here to view the August Newsletter

Monday, July 5, 2010

July Newsletter Is NOW Available to Read Online

"It is often said that water crisis and scarcities will at some point lead to armed conflict. Whatever else divides the human community, whether we live upstream or downstream, in cities or in rural areas, water issues - the global water cycle itself - should link us in a common effort to protect and share it equitably, sustainably and peacefully. "
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Riverside Neighborhood is sponsoring the first ever chicken coop tour in Everett. This self-guided tour will give tour-goers the opportunity to see how city dwellers raise their chickens, view a variety of coop designs, ask fowl questions and learn about backyard chicken keeping. 

This and some much more:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

May Newsletter is Online

Olivia Park School Garden Has Been Reclaimed
By Eric Stevick Herald Writer

The Mukilteo district school’s project is equal parts science lesson, civics lesson and neighborhood reclamation.
One volunteer, John Hunkele, cleared out the blackberry vines — 19,000 pounds worth — with a machete. Beneath the brambles were several apple and pear trees that had been planted a dozen years ago.Many people are stepping forward to help or donate to the community garden. A greenhouse has been given to the effort as well as a handmade mosaic paver compass. In the works is a weather vane in the shape of a polar bear, the school mascot.

The garden will include a mix of short- and long-term crops, including potatoes, corn, squash, cucumbers, beets and carrots as well as currants, huckleberries, nuts, figs, strawberries and raspberries. click here to continue reading
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bottled Beverage Company Looking to Open up Facility in Everett

At Wednesday evening’s Everett City Council meeting, Steve Winter of Tethys Enterprises unveiled before the public his company’s proposal to start up a bottled beverage company in North Everett. Winter described the proposed facility as “environmentally responsible” which would utilize fully compostable bio-degradable plastic bottles. 

“This plant will position Everett as the global leader in environmentally responsible beverage manufacturing and distribution,” Winter said.

The proposed 1 million square foot facility could create up to 1,000 jobs with a projected payroll of over $61 million. 

“We have a great opportunity to have a very clean industry,” commented Mayor Ray Stephanson on Wednesday.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

March 2010 Newsletter is ONLINE

March Newsletter is up online

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Green Remodel Book

Green Remodel Book is Now Available

Jacqueline Powers of Powers Design Company who has 20 years experience in interior design has recently released a self published book about "green remodeling".  The book is designed to be used as a workbook for individuals to use when doing their own "green remodel".
Jacqueline will be at Elliot Bay Books in Seattle at 7pm on Jan. 20th.  Speaking about sustainable remodeling and my book. 

The book is $19.95 available in Everett at Apothecary in Thyme 2531 Broadway, and at the Edmonds Book Store in Edmonds..
To get your copy or to find out more call 425-771-7715 or e-mail

Newsletter for January 2010

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