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BOOK: The Organic Guide to Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties (192 pages, Fifth Edition), 1997-2006. Subtitled "Your Organic Adventure Guide and Empowerment Manual," this beautiful, well-organized, and unique resource book makes it easy for locals and visitors to explore, enjoy, and support area organics. Based on extensive primary research, the Guide reveals a delightful collection of places that offer organic food, wine, and more (many not listed as organic in any other directories). Then, for each place, there is contact information, location, and key information about their organic and eco-offerings. Inspiring stories and empowering information on organics and related topics to support constructive action and connection with allies.

ROLE: Researched, wrote, produced, and marketed five editions.

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National Organic Standards

Organic in Your Life

Poem: It Doesn't Seem to Matter Much

Listings (Farms)

Listings (Education)


Here are the key articles included in the most recent Fifth Edition of the "The Organic Guide to Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties":

* So, What Is Organic?
* The True Costs of Synthetic Pesticide Use
* Valuing Nature: The Costs of Degrading Our Ecosystems
* Organic Is the True Value
* Wise Spending on Organic
* The Hidden Costs of Long-Distance, Industrial Food
    And the Importance of Buying Small and Local
* But What Can I Do?
* Bringing Organic into the Circles of Our Lives
* Buying Directly from Local Small Organic Farmers
* Buying Food In Season
* Getting Our Hands in the Dirt: School & Community Gardens
* Community Action: We Can Make a Difference
* Enjoying Our Local Natural Treasures
* Reconnecting to the Earth
* Reweaving Community, Rejoining the Cycle of Life
* Organic Around the World: We're Part of a Larger Community
* Poem

The Guides also included information boxes throughout, such as:

* Why Organic Cotton
* The Benefits of Hemp
* The Issues with Fish
* What Are We Bringing Into Our Homes?
* Creating Better Pest Control Solutions

Organic Guide to San Francisco

BOOK: The Organic Guide to San Francisco (108 pages), 2001-2004. Subtitled "Your Organic Adventure Guide and Empowerment Manual," this beautiful, well-organized, and unique resource book makes it easy for locals and visitors to explore, enjoy, and support area organics. Based on extensive primary research, the Guide reveals a delightful collection of places that offer organic food, wine, and more (many not listed as organic in any other directories). Then, for each place, there is contact information, location, and key information about their organic and eco-offerings. Inspiring stories and empowering information on organics and related topics to support constructive action and connection with allies.

ROLE: Researched, wrote, produced, and marketed two editions.

NOTE: The format of this book is similar to that of Sonoma+ edition, adjusted for a San Francisco audience. See sample information above.

Praise for The Organic Guides

"[A] cornucopia of organic delights .... If a visit to northern California's wine country is in your travel plans, be sure to pick up a copy .... A wealth of healthful information you're not likely to find in Fodor's."
Delicious Living magazine

"Even longtime devotees of the organic lifestyle will find plenty to chew on."
Marina Wolf, San Francisco Chronicle

"Equal parts travel guide, shopping adviser, political pamplet, and community-building tool ... packed with information ... an all-purpose primer on the rapidly expanding world of organic living.... Section III [Resources] is worth the price of admission alone."
Lisa Van Cleef, Green Gardener

"I keep the Guide on top of my desk and keep browsing it while I'm on hold and on the phone. It really packs a lot of great info in a small space. Thanks for your hard work. Good job!"
Bu Nygrens, Veritable Vegetable (oldest organic distributor in the U.S.)

"We have your book on the coffee table and one in the car, and look at it whenever we want to go somewhere. You did an absolutely incredible job."
Dianna Coulombe

"I honestly believe that the Guide should be required reading for any institution of higher learning teaching classes on agricultural sustainability and food systems. Check it out for yourself."
James Johnson, The Quantum Agriculture Project

"An indispensable reference."
Herb Hiller, St. Petersburg Times

Also recommended by: Bon Appetit, Bay Area Backroads, Earth Island Journal, The North Bay Bohemian, The Press Democrat, Marin County's Pacific Sun -- and organic fans everywhere!

For more information about both books, see <www.healthyworld.org/guides.html>. For reviews, see <reviews.html>.


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