the redfruit: a woman's musepaper—May 2021 "NOURISH"

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Spiritually-minded vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious omnivores will enjoy three days of inspiration, learning, renewal, and collaboration to co-create a world that works for all beings.

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The redfruit is an amazing force. Like Athena, she often leaps fully-formed from my head, but even better—she plays so well with others. This month, we hear from local Soulcentricitea visionary, Nika Renee, martial artist and instructor, Ritu Nanos, and so many others. This issue seems ever-so stuffed full of inspiring voices and imagery! When asked what “nourish” means to redfruit readers, responses include: something good for me and my soul • feeding my spirit • mind-body-spirit fuel that is healing, regenerative and enlivening • love • to nurture and feed even the perceived-unworthy parts of ourselves towards wholeness and growth • better health for my body

When asked your favorite ways to nourish yourselves: creating • interaction with my tribe, or paradoxically, solitude • dinner from the garden with friends • spending time on what I want to do for myself. It can be anything! Example: have a coffee with friend or do nothing (take a rest) • quiet time and rest away from bustle • healthy meal

When asked your favorite nourishing goods/services you shared: teas and herbs • being with [my BFF] • meditation retreat, spa day, learning events that are deeply embodied, interPLAY, lecture series by deep thinkers and interdisciplinary solutionary humans • love for myself and others • facials (feels like a whole body massage) + homemade whipped rose butter lotion • foods bought at natural grocers, csa’s, farmers markets or picked from own garden

For me, over half a lifetime of mothering, complete with ten consecutive years of nursing-on-demand and decades of feeding my family, I feel like I know a bit about nurturing and nourishing others. When it comes to nourishing myself, I am just a newbie: cycling through progress and regression. This issue is a shout-out to all the amazing people who feed us—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is also a call to each of us—to be kinder and more loving to the parts of ourselves we would rather ignore, dismiss or otherwise outright abuse. May this redfruit issue nourish you well! All my love and light, Trace Shapiro editor




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siren song

by KooMarie

[My daughter] and I are reading the redfruit. It’s gorgeous. ~L.M.M. LOVE it—especially that you call it a musepaper.... intrigued to know what inspired red fruit and who the woman behind this is. Visual is beautiful. ~G.A. I enjoyed your story about wake up in the morning to mourn at your wake. Awesome! Check out the Bambuti or Mbuti Pygmy tribes in the Congo region. Colin Turnball The Forest People. They are big laughers at funerals. Quite shocking to the Bantu. I am hoping as well to put the Fun in funeral. ~J.E.R.

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Sam Wells* —Flew The Coop Sessions • For the Deflated • Doing Fine • My Body • Dear Black People

in the leaves...

by Trace

To quote Joshua Paquette, “If contemporary American culture knew how to eat, a different ‘diet’ book wouldn’t be on the top of the NY Times Best Sellers List every week!” Without suggesting that every person on the planet needs to eat alike, in light of this long-lasting pop-diet trend, here are two very different resources for food options that might make your body feel good for real.

Nourishing Traditions:

The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition & The Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions is definitely NOT a weightloss-style “diet book” and is infinitely more than a cookbook. With over 700 recipes and page-upon-page of nutritional and historic knowledge, she dives deep into traditional and indigenous diets around the world, while emphasizing organic veggies, free-range animal meat and unpasteurized dairy. Although, I do not follow her suggestions to the letter (by any means), I LOVE so many of her fermentation recipes and definitely geek out on the homesteading/self-sufficiency paradigm, her simple doodles, and her version of nutritional history.

Main Street Vegan:

Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully & Live Compassionately in the Real World by Victoria Moran


Victoria Moran grew up in Kansas City, and felt called to move to New York after 9/11. A prolific author (frequently featured by Oprah), here she wades with us into vegan waters. Each short chapter is punctuated with a single vegan recipe and proves a one-stop shop for veg-curious and those already living or transitioning into a vegan lifestyle.

*Local artist! :) Sam Wells’ voice and lyrics feed the mind and nourish the Soul. Her music—delicious combination of smoky jazz, and melodic folk—satiates the heart. Her debut EP, For The Deflated, emerges with soft and melancholic reflections suitable for recovering from a year like 2020, only to evolve into a playfully vibrant ensemble that celebrates and envelops the senses, inviting hope for the 2021 new year. Through every song, Sam Wells will lead you on a journey of self discovery alongside her own. Listen on Spotify and Apple Music, or buy at BandCamp.


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mixed fruit Rinsing Rice

It is not done until the water runs clear. Cloudiness in the water, Starch in the rice.

Light and airy is its uncovered nature.

It is not done, until each undesirable is removed. Fibers, and stone, Removed from the grains.

Soft and fluffy is its finest pleasure.

6 times I cover the measured rice with water. Stirring with my right hand, Churning its defilements to the surface. And then the left hand slowly pouring water Through the cracks between the fingers of the right, A bodily strainer for rice, or a cleansing of soul, The line is blurry like the water.

My father checks the work.

It is not done.

And I continue to stand at the sink, Rinsing rice, Seeking clarity. ~Ritu Nanos photo & poem by Ritu Nanos

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Over 42 million people experience food insecurity in the United States, including a 13 million children. Six billion pounds of fresh produce goes unused each year.* Not to mention, eating healthy and organically can be very expensive. Yet almost half of the food grown in this country is thrown out because it cannot be sold. People are going hungry as food is being wasted. Once in the landfill, this discarded food creates tons of methane—the worst of the greenhouse gases. Misfit food rescue starts with YOU! *


the funny looking solution

Over 220 Midwest HyVee Grocery Stores (which are partially employee-owned), along with the three delivery solutions mentioned below, rescue all the high-quality—yet mishapen & funny-looking— foods that superficial grocery stores would rather let go to waste. They find the misfits good homes. (Our homes.) Consumers can buy healthy organic foods for a fraction of the normal cost, while farmers can sell produce they would normally have to throw away. And the Earth’s abundance is not wasted. (Check with your local HyVee and ask if they sell misfit produce!)


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community gardens strong girls The KC Community Gardens (KCCG) have been serving neighborhood and backyard gardeners throughout the metropolitan area to improve nutrition, reduce food costs, combat obesity, increase physical activity, encourage neighborhood leadership, and to promote locally- and sustainably- grown food.

KCCG currently support 670 community gardens and orchard sites and 2548 home gardeners, while empowering 37k+ households who grew more than a million pounds of produce in the last growing season!

Developed in 2010 and founded on principles in Sports and Exercise Psychology, Strong Girls is a life skills intervention program that develops positive thinking, goal setting, confidence, stress management and social skills among adolescent girls. The program provides both physical activity and life skills activities for the girls by intentionally creating a positive, caring and cooperative environment. This FREE program allows girls grades 6th - 8th to learn from, connect with and be mentored by college women. Strong Girls is comprised of weekly meetings that incorporate physical activity, team building, life skills, stress management and conflict-resolution.

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KCCG inspires and empowers households, community groups and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruit. Learn more about KCCG’s five programs, and how you can become involved. To get involved and/or donate, visit: KCCG began their own YouTube channel, complete with videos on raised bed gardens, tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes and Garden Soils 101 (a video workshop). To watch their introductory video:

Girls is open to girls in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th; Mentors should who: Strong be female college students Strong Girl gets a journal, t-shirt and weekly meetings include what: Each snacks and other fun activities. when: August—December 2021 (weekly meetings Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30p) where: Two sites: University of KS (Lawrence, KS) and University of Missouri-KC cost: FREE more information, to become a Strong Girl or a Strong Girl mentor, how: For please visit:

Strong Girls was developed by Dr. Mary Fry, Ph.D., Professor of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences (HSES), and Theresa Brown, Ph.D; Administered in partnership with WIN for KC.

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O seio da vida

A amament ação é um vinculo único ent re mãe e filho que fort alece e nut ri o corpo do bebê, e t ambém um moment o ent re ambas as part es. Para criar um regist ro mágico desse moment o, foi et ernizado at ravés desse bordado para uma querida mãe e amiga ~Domus ateliê


The bosom of life

Breastfeeding is a unique bond between mother and child that strengthens and nourishes the baby’s body, and also a moment between both parties. To create a magical record of that moment, it was immortalized through this embroidery for a dear mother and friend

~Domus ateliê



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by M.Silver

I’m not thin enough... I’m not good enough... I’m not strong enough... If I utter these half-statements outloud anywhere near my grammatically-correct English-major mother, she will echo back...

FOR WHAT?! That is not a complete phrase. FINISH THE SENTENCE!

And so I comply.

Not thin enough to fit in my bathing suit. And so she lobs back to me: Then let’s buy a suit that fits you. Not good enough to pass my exam. And so she lobs back: Is there truth in this? Do you need to prepare more to master the material? Let’s make more time for your studies. What do you need?

Not strong enough to handle the breakup-fight with my best friend. And so she hugs me, and whispers in my ear: feel your feet against the ground. Can you stand? (I can.) If you can stand, you can rise.

maiden voyage My mom has corrected my grammar since before I was in gradeschool. So many times, that now I hear her voice in my head.


enough. momma manna

After the birth of my first born, I was certain breastfeeding would be a piece of cake. After all, it is only natural—my baby needs my milk, my body produces the milk, et voilà! (No such luck.) At first, I did not make enough milk, then after a thimbleful of Hops, my breasts engorged, after applying cabbage leaves to bring the swelling down, we could not achieve proper latch-on. And then it dawned on me: where are my teachers—the women who have come before me, who have figured this out and mastered the art since the dawn of humanity, who will share their wisdom? Nursing did not come easy to me, but is worth it for those quiet moments, those rushes of feel-good full-body flushes of oxytocin, and the myriad of unmatched health benefits for baby and me.

According to the CDC, infants who are breastfed for at least six months have reduced risks of: • • • • •

Asthma Obesity Type 1 diabetes Severe lower respiratory disease Acute otitis media (ear infections) • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) • Gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea/vomiting) The babes are not alone! Breastfeeding has proven to help lower a mother’s risk of: • • • •

High blood pressure Type 2 diabetes Ovarian cancer Breast cancer

Chocolate Milk Café Kansas City/ Uzazi Village Chocolate Milk Café National Inc is actively involved in the development of sacred spaces that seek to uphold the centering of all Black lives and families along the journey to Lactation and Infant Feeding. Through education and informed consent; our priority is to meet our attendees and members of our community where they are and ensure their gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, accessibility, language, and bodily autonomy are all considered. Our space is centered around children and families and all of the ways in which we show up as descendants of the African Diaspora.

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. 785.477.4666 The mission of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. is to improve the health and well-being of Kansans by working collaboratively to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. envisions a time to come in which: breastfeeding is normal and supported throughout Kansas.

La Leche League of Greater Kansas City

If you want to nurse your child, find your teacher(s). You are not alone. Leche League International was formed in 1956, by a group of seven mothers who wanted to provide breastfeeding help and support to interested women. Contacts and meeting locations vary by area.

nursing in public As a nursing Mom, you have the right to feed your baby from your body in public. No need to hide out in the bathroom. Brieanne H. of the Northland shares her favorite spots around the greater metro:

According to legal statutes:


Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a mother may, with as much discretion as possible, breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.


A mother may breastfeed in any place she has a right to be.


(breastfeeding selfie) Created through the PicsArt app. (Free 7-day trial) Here are the instructions, courtesy of PicsArt:

1.Download the PicsArt app. 2. Download our free Tree Of Life sticker pack. 3. Open the app and tap on Edit, then select your breastfeeding photo/brelfie. 4. On the bottom panel, tap on the Sticker icon, and choose a tree from the Tree Of Life pack. 5. Add the sticker on and adjust to your liking. 6. Rotate your image or sticker to your liking. You can also tap on the eraser button and erase parts that extend out too far. 7. Tap on Apply. 8. Then, go to Magic Effects and choose the effect you like. Rainbow, Flare, and Midnight are the most popular. You can also adjust the blending modes or opacity. 9. Tap on Apply then save to your device!

womxn wings May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics, the date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries (including 37 where same-sex acts remain illegal). The Day has been given official recognition by many authorities at all levels, from city councils to parliaments and governments, European institutions and many UN agencies mark the Day each year with special events. To find events near you, or to register your event, please visit:



eve’s body


GERD (reflux)

what causes heartburn/reflux?

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a name given to the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis recorded on outpatient doctor visits since 2006.1,2 GERD is colloquially called “heartburn” due to the fiery feeling of stomach acid leaking into the esophagus, which is housed in the chest area just behind the heart. The close anatomical position of these two organs, the similarity in qualitative symptoms, and the fact they share a common path of pain fibers, makes GERD diagnosis an important one to get right.3 Even though conventional allopathic medicine treats this diagnosis uniformly—with pharmaceuticals (over-the-counter antacids or prescription proton-pump inhibitors), dietary changes, endoscopic therapy, and/ or surgery—this single “diagnosis” may have a variety of causes. For some, reflux may be due to: smoking, or eating acidic foods like tomatoes, or fat-fried foods which are slow to digest. Any foods or beverages that increase the level of acid in the stomach, like caffeinated beverages and/or chocolate can also cause reflux. Lying down before digestion completes, can also cause a positional pouring of acid into the esophagus. Or those post-meal peppermints that calm your tummy and freshen your breath, may also relax the opening between the esophagus and stomach (lower esophageal sphincter—LES). —esophagus



Poor posture, sloping shoulders and sitting slumped in front of a computer screen or bent over a cell phone all day can put extra pressure on the LES. Extra mass in the torso area, or even tight-fitting clothing can also add pressure. Please pay attention to your body. Stand and sit up straight, before the LES becomes too weak to stay closed properly. And consult your healing team for the protocol best for you and your health.

1 Kahrilas PJ, et al. (2008). American Gastroenterological Association Institute technical review on the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology. 135 (4): 1392–1413, 1413.e1–5. 2 Shaheen NJ, et al. (2006) The burden of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Am J Gastroenterol. 101: 2128-2138 3 Heatley M, Rose K, Weston CThe heart and the oesophagus: intimate relationsPostgraduate Medical Journal 2005;81:515-518.

how many times should I chew my food? Although most diagrams of the gastrointestinal tract start midway down the esophagus, digestion actually begins in the mouth! Even food that is small enough to swallow whole should be chew-chew-chewed. Using our teeth to break food into the tiniest molecules possible before swallowing is an essential part of the digestive process: • • • • • • •

allows time for digestive enzymes in the saliva/mouth to do their job increases sensory input to the brain signals for the appropriate digestive enzymes to be released down the line encourages the flow of digestive juices prevents choking during swallowing increases surface area to maximize nutrient & energy absorption helps the body feel FULL by encouraging the release of satiety hormones1

I encouraged my young children to chew their food “until it is water.” But the average American chews only 10-15 times before swallowing. Research indicates a minimum of 32 chews per bite, with an average of 40 chews per bite, being optimal.2 (I told my kids to chew each bite 100 times—they were not happy, but they were satisfied!) 1 Cassady, BA, et al (2009) Mastication of almonds: effects of lipid bioaccessibility, appetite, and hormone response. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 89(3):794-800. 2 Jie Li, et al. (2011) Improvement in chewing activity reduces energy intake in one meal and modulates plasma gut hormone concentrations in obese and lean young Chinese men. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 94(3):709–716

art of the nourish bowl Create a beautiful well-balanced bowl of nutrient-dense foods that tickle the taste buds and fill the tummy!

leafy greens

spinach, kale, dandelion greens, arugula

whole grains

quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, millet


seitan, tofu/tempeh/edamame, lentils, chickpeas, beans, spelt/teff, animal & animal bi-products


raw, cooked or roasted! broccoli, asparagus, radishes, artichokes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, carrots, etc.

healthy fats

avocados (although watch “Rotten” on Netflix), fatty fish, nuts/seeds, yogurt, ghee


edible flowers, seeds, nuts, fruits, pickled veggies, hummus, facon made with hen-of-the-woods or oyster mushrooms



Oh my favorite is Sunshine Sauce from Well Fed author Melissa Joulwan. (



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dance of the wise woman * DISCLAIMER: this is NOT medical advice. Before you go listening to ANYBODY, check with yourself and your healing team for professional guidance.

joyful belly = beautiful bones

See more fermentation recipes in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (reviewed this month!) Most of us who have seen the last of our bleeding times have been lectured on osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that affects bone density and quality, leading to an increased risk of bone fractures and reductions in quality of life—especially in post-menopausal women.1 We are told to take vitamin D, magnesium and calcium supplements to ensure strong teeth and bones, but very few physicians are talking about Vitamin K. Most women I ask have only heard of Vitamin K in the context of newborn shots received in the sole of the foot while at the hospital shortly after birth, but this vitamin has been in the books since 1929!2

vitamin K

There are two main forms of Vitamin K:

• K1 (phylloguinone) is essential

in blood-clotting and is found in plant foods like leafy greens.

• K2 (menaguinone) is essen-

tial for proper calcium metabolism/distribution and is found in animal sources and fermented foods.

1 Akkawi I, Zmerly H. (2018) Osteoporosis: Current Concepts. Joints. 6(2):122-127. 2 Newman P., Shearer M.J. (1998) Vitamin K Metabolism. In: Quinn P.J., Kagan V.E. (eds) “Fat-Soluble Vitamins.” Subcellular Biochemistry, vol 30. Springer, Boston, MA.

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K1 is the shot given to infants, and the one included in most supplements, but K2 is the superstar for we wise women! K2 puts and keeps calcium in our bones and teeth, and keeps it out of our blood vessels (where it can contribute to calcification/hardening). Main benefits include: • Improved bone health • Improved heart health • Improved dental health • Possible cancer prevention One study of 16,057 women found that those with the highest intake of vitamin K2 had a much lower risk of heart disease—for every 10 mcg/day of K2, heart disease risk was reduced by 9%3 Another 3-year study in 244 postmenopausal women found that those taking vitamin K2 supplements had much slower decreases in age-related bone mineral density.4 Even our guts know best, in that our local colon-colonizing bacteria create and contribute this vital nutrient towards our wellbeing.5 But a major source is found in fermented foods! 3 Gast GC, et al. (2009) A high menaquinone intake reduces the incidence of coronary heart disease. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 19(7):504-10. 4 Knapen, MHJ, et al. (2013) Three-year low-dose menaquinone-7 supplementation helps decrease bone loss in healthy postmenopausal women. Osteoporos Int 24, 2499– 2507. 5 Conly JM, Stein K, Worobetz L, Rutledge-Harding S. (1994) The contribution of vitamin K2 (menaquinones) produced by the intestinal microflora to human nutritional requirements for vitamin K. Am J Gastroenterol. 89:915-23.

world ferments

Cultures all around the world developed fermentation processes to preserve food during harsh winters and food shortages before the time of refrigeration—these foods and condiments are still savored today! (The following are just a few to try.)


This spicy bean paste is one of the central ingredients in the Sichuan cuisine of southwestern China.


This pungent codfish ferment was likely first consumed by Vikings in what is now Norway. Today, it is considered a delicacy among Scandinavian-Americans.


Technically a Summertime beverage, this fizzy, salty, mouth-puckering Iranian drink is made from yogurt combined with carbonated water. (akin to an East Indian lassi)


This charcoal gray paste is used in Nigeria to flavor soups like ora soup, and is essential to cuisine of the Igbo people.


Popularized in the West by Germany (c.1600s), fermented cabbage has a long history — originating in China over 2,000 years ago.


This deep red ferment paste harkens from the Philippines and is made from shrimp, krill, anchovies or sardines combined with sea salt and set inside large clay pots called tapayan.


This staple starch of the indigenous people of Hawaii, is a sour purple mash made from taro root.


This staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, seasoned with gochugaru, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and more.


diy saurkraut Equipment

A Knife + A Jar with lid + a clean rock


• cabbage • pure unrefined seasalt (with no fillers/ anti-caking contents) 20 grams for every kilogram of cabbage / 9 grams (about 1/3 ounce / {2 tsp}) for every pound. • bay leaves (optional) • caraway seeds (optional)


• Slice cabbage thinly. (save one leaf for later) • Add salt and mix. • Toss cabbage and salt with your hands so it is well distributed. Let rest about one hour. • Knead/massage the cabbage with your hands to encourage more juice to come out. • Add optional bay leaves (about 1 per lb) and/or caraway seeds (about 1 tsp per lb). (antimicrobial for the bod bugs) • Pack tightly into the jar. I usually grab a handful, drop it into the jar, and then use my fist to push it down well. You can also use a pounder, or end of a wooden spoon. • Once all the cabbage is in, make sure there is enough liquid (from kneading) to cover the cabbage by about an inch. Weigh the cabbage down by laying a cabbage leaf over the top of the contents and weighing down with a small jar filled with water or a clean rock. • Put a lid on the jar. Be aware that C02 will accumulate and you will need to occasionally open the jar to free all the gases. • Label the jar!! • Set it out of direct sunlight and let sit for at least 4-6 weeks. 4 weeks is the minimum required for the full cycle of probiotics to develop. Exact fermenting times will depend on ambient temperature and your own tastebuds. • Put in the fridge to slow the fermentation. process. Enjoy probiotic goodness and your dose of vit. K2!


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feature she all the while offers up nourishment and compassionate guidance.

[We] need to develop an inner mother that can assess what [we] really want and look beyond the pleas for chocolate to see if there is some hidden need that is not being satisfied. [We] need to cultivate an inner mother who supports instead of judges [our] feelings, who uses intuition and common sense to make decisions, who can bring into consciousness that which has been kept out of awareness. And in my spiritually under-nourished state, I block her, I silence her loving voice in my head, I judge her feelings, I reject her wisdom— even though her unconditional love is what I so desperately seek. Instead, I stand in front of the open fridge, and fill up on food.

in search of mothering I stand in front of the open fridge. Searching. Searching for something that will sate my hunger. Only, I just ate a full meal 10 minutes ago. Maybe it is my pregnant body craving something, or the growing baby inside me, requiring some nutrient missing in my last mouthfuls, but it feels like something more. This is not stomach hunger, this is a hunger of the spirit. I am not going to find what I need in the refrigerator. But still, it is the first place I look. According to Dr. Anita Johnston, author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: ...longing for food is a longing for emotional and spiritual nourishment. It is often a longing for the ideal mother, the archetypal Good Mother who nourishes us, soothes us, and loves and accepts us just the way we are. Frequently, this is the “something” [we] search for as [we] stand in front of the fridge. Our first cries of distress are met with a breast or a bottle. No wonder we seek comfort in food. And typically, our first experience of unconditional love is being held and fed by mom. This powerful association between emotional and physical nourishment stands center stage later in our lives when what we are truly hungry for is love and acceptance.

food + all the feels

I stand squarely immersed in the space between maidenhood and motherhood, I feel all the feels at once. Simultaneously—the mourning of my individual freedoms, the excitement of this new beginning, the worry of finances and employment future, the guilt and shame of getting “knocked-up” (not planned), the dreaminess of raising a babe and holding her in my arms, the exhaustion partnered with


physical changes in my body, the worry that I may become like my mother (in spite of trying to do more/better) and more and more and more. ALL the feels. I stand in front of the open fridge.

Eating can be used to escape from uncomfortable feelings in much the same way that drugs and alcohol have been used and abused. If we are having a difficult time coping with confusing or conflicting feelings, we may discover that by starving, we are able to disconnect from our bodily sensations so that we can’t feel what’s inside, or we may discover that we can plunge into bingeing large quantities of food or eating small amounts of food nonstop whenever those feelings start to surface. You can’t breathe freely with a too-full belly, and if you can’t breathe freely, you can’t experience your feelings. How can I breathe, when the growing babe inside me already fills up my belly? How do I assuage the fear of becoming my mother? I swallow all of my emotions, stuff them down along with a leftover piece of chocolate cake— which is bound to give me heartburn—and this only leaves me feeling greater emptiness inside.

inner mother

Women’s wisdom, gained from their natural connection to nature through their menstrual cycle, was revered. Women were respected for the power of their intuition and their understanding of the earth’s ways. This wisdom was passed on from woman to woman, from mother to daughter, for thousands of years.... Women who taught the way of the circle, who used their connection to the earth for healing, who celebrated the feminine spirit, were imprisoned or killed. Generation after generation after generation watched their mothers and sisters burn at the stake for celebrating and embracing their feminine power. According to Dr. Johnston’s work, very few of us inherit a strong internal mother. How can we, when our own mothers—and their mothers before them and before them and on and on—were raised in a patriarchal taker-culture that devalues and denigrates our femininity? Throughout an unfathomably long herstory, our mothers have raised their daughters in states of isolation, overwork, self-sacrifice and their own undernourishment!

The past cannot be changed; the future is another matter. It is essential to recognize that you have within yourself the capacity to develop a strong inner mother, one that can provide you with the nourishment and guidance you need, not only to survive, but also to grow and flourish. How then do I mature my inner mother? • By treating yourself the way you would treat a child whom you care for very much. • By not judging your feelings or criticizing yourself for having them. • By allowing yourself space to experience all the feels—so you can learn from them. • By following your intuition rather than blindly accepting others’ perceptions and dictations • By ceasing to automatically do what others want you to do in order to please them.

Not all mothers resemble the archetypal feminine spirit that nourishes their young. Some mothers fail to provide nurturance—whether by absence, abuse or inability. Other mothers smother their young in fear-based over-protection and control. Even if our mother won the “#1 Greatest Mom Award” year after year, there will come a day when she is no longer able to love us the way we need. All the more reason to develop, for ourselves, the inner mother we seek.

By offering myself the love I ache for, I am able to grow an inner mother who is keenly conscious and honoring of my core essence. Because of this, she is able to ask me the loving questions that direct me through my eating difficulties.

My inner mother, like myself, is new to this. She fumble-stumbles, doubting herself as she tries to find her footing. She constantly questions her own intuition and her voice. Even so,

The greatest thing about her: she will never fail me, because she knows my heart, and my needs in every moment, and as long as I will listen, she will speak truth to me.


• By vigilantly checking in with yourself, asking “How does this feel? Do I really want to do this?

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feature great mother As I cultivate a healthy relationship with myinner mother, I realize she does not only reside within me, but also all around me—I am awash in her love and abundance. It seems both my inner mother and the Great Mother are in cahoots! There is a reason she is called Mother Nature— this personification of the Earth reflects her life-giving and nurturing aspects. As I heal my relationship with my own mother, and cultivate the maturity of my inner mother, I am eternally drawn to heal my connection to Mother Earth! I am called to deepen my connection to the Earth by tapping into the elemental energies swirling within me and finding new ways to care for her. The Great Mother feeds us, clothes us, houses us—provides all that we have! And once again, our culture devalues and denigrates her, strips her barren and leaves her broken. She whispers in my ear to make better choices, to heal her in whatever ways I can, to commit to walk lightly during my time here. I close the refrigerator door, and step outside. This article was authored by a local KC momma. Dr. Anita Johnston, PhD is an author, storyteller and eating psychology pioneer. Her book, Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, has been published in six different languages. She offers workshops and retreats as well as individual sessions. For more information, please visit:

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*WARNING: Article contains potential triggers—drug abuse and addiction*

sugar: the other white drug

white drugs

A drug is defined as “any substance that causes a change in an organism’s physiology or psychology when consumed.”1 White drugs are a category of drugs that are generally considered to be the “worst of all drugs,” in that they hold a likely chance of addiction. So called due to their color, they most commonly refer to heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and PCP.2

a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down... A spoonful of sugar also creates a surge of dopamine, serotonin and natural opioids (feel-good brain chemicals) that may lead to addiction— just like other white drugs of dependence.3

addiction studies

Drug addiction research traditionally focuses on drugs of abuse, such as morphine, cocaine, nicotine and alcohol. According to neuroscientific biobehavioral research, the diagnostic criteria for addiction can be grouped into four components: 1. Binging: escalation of intake with a high proportion at one time, usually after a period of voluntary abstinence or forced deprivation. 2. Withdrawal: abstinence of the abused substance results in anxiety and behavioral depression. 3. Craving: “the intense desire to self-administer drugs” occurs when motivation is enhanced, usually after a period of abstinence. 4. Sensitization: (in the case of sugar) measured as increased hyperactivity and consuming behavior. Research shows that intense sweetness actually surpasses the cocaine reward!4


Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD spends a fourth of her New York Times Bestselling book, Bright Line Eating, explaining the science of rewiring sugar-addicted brains. Willpower alone will not cut it when it comes to sugar. People in America spend an average of 1 Stedman’s Medical Dictionary 2 3 Avena, NM, et al. (2008). Evidence for sugar addiction: behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews. 32(1), 20–39. 4 Lenoir, M., Serre, F., Cantin, L., & Ahmed, S. (2007). Intense sweetness surpasses cocaine reward. PLOS One, 2(8), e698.


4 hours each day resisting some kind of craving—including resisting checking Facebook, and avoiding sugar. This exercise of willpower in resistance—to anything—costs the body and brains vital energy. Once this energy is drained, individuals turn to sugar to replenish what has been depleted.5


The candy-coated battleground of our own bodies is only one terrain affected by sugar addiction. In fact, there is not a single parcel of sugarcane cropland that was not historically a site of violent conquering—not unlike the battles for territorial surface attributed to illicit drug production. Tiare Lawrence, a native Hawaiian community leader who focuses on environmental and Hawaiian rights on Maui, comments from the frontlines of sugarcane land. “Industrial agriculture in Hawai‘i is the reason we lost our sovereignty. Five sugar barons overthrew our sovereign nation and imprisoned Hawai‘i’s reigning monarch Queen Lili‘uokalani in her own palace, threatening war and bloodshed on Her people and ultimately forcing the annexation. Industrial agriculture resulted in water theft from rural communities, leaving over 115 streams bone dry in East Maui alone. Generations of families were forced to leave their homelands, stop using their native language, and could no longer practice their culture. My family was directly impacted, our lands stolen, our language almost lost. Today the same companies continue to exploit our natural resources for corporate profit.”

As of 2016, Hawaii no longer produces sugar. Lawrence’s ideal vision now is to implement the ways of her kupuna (ancestors), utilizing the ahupua‘a system, a land and sea tenure system that organized local communities and resource systems—a system designed to ensure a constant supply of food, materials and resources for the island peoples.6

sweet grams

Cravings for sweetness do not necessarily indicate your body is suffering from a sugar-deficiency! In fact, a craving for sweetness might illuminate a need for more “sweetness” in your life, or perhaps a need to become “sweeter” in the eyes of others. Next time you eat anything containing sugar, check your pulse before and after, to see if your body responds physiologically. Over and over, articles report the effects of added sugar intake on the body—cavities, higher blood pressure, inflammation, glycation of organ tissues and vessels, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease—which are all linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.8,9 If you are ready to eat less sugar, reading nutrition labels and choosing products with the lowest number of grams might be a good way to start. Perhaps, when presented with soda, juice or water, reach for the water! Choosing whole foods and high fiber foods can naturally limit the amount of sugar in your meals. And, as always, listen to your gut! 8 Yang, Q, et al. (2014). Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(4), 516. 9 Danby FW. (2010) Nutrition and aging skin: sugar and glycation. Clin Dermatol. 28(4):409-11.

Each American eats an average of 42.5 g of sugar every day, for a total of over 150 lbs of sugar each a year, and a grand total of over 11.18 metric tons annually as a country.

In the 2020/21 fiscal year, over 903,400 acres of American soil was still dedicated to growing sugarcane—a non-essential substance. In contrast, a single acre of farmland could grow a variety of nutrient-rich food crops, including 50,000 pounds of strawberries or 2,784 pounds (46.4 bushels) of wheat.7 5 Baumeister, RF (2014). Self-regulation, ego depletion, and inhibition. Neuropsychologia, 65, 313–319. 6 “Voices from the Frontine: Tiare Lawrence” voices-frontline-tiare-lawrence. (Retrieved April, 2021) 7




local harvest &


For anyone who has had the privilege of eating a fresh fruit and/or vegetable directly from their home garden, you know full well that the closer that nourishment was grown to your mouth—and the quicker it was eaten once harvested—the tastier and more nutrient dense the offering! Some local entrepreneurs/restaurateurs apply this secret while supporting local farmers and their families in the sharing. Those listed below are locally owned and those with the are woman-owned.

Blue Bird Bistro

Green Dirt Farm

The Farmhouse

Room 39

1700 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108 816.221.7559

300 Delaware Street Kansas City, MO 64105 816.569.6032

Fields & Ivy Brewery 706 E 23rd Street Lawrence, KS 66046 785.274.8429

Fox & Pearl

2143 Summit Street Kansas City, MO 64108 816.437.7001

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1099 Welt St. Weston, MO 64098 816-386-2156 1719 W 39th Street Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 753-3939


3931 W. 69th Terrace Prairie Village, KS 66208 913.236.9955

Westside Local

Re-opening May 7th! 1663 Summit Street Kansas City, MO 64108 816.997.9089

open table

A divided world requires honest dialogue in order to strengthen and heal. Believing in the dignity of all people, and that the sins of racism and injustice harm that image, The Open Table provides trainings about racism, organizing and de-escalation that work across racial lines. Creating a space for dialogue that acknowledges systemic cultural sins, The Open table offers strategies and skills to challenge institutional barriers. With trainers trained by Tseng Development Group, an organization with over 20 years of experience in anti-racism curriculum development, all the trainings are interactive and facilitated by both people of color and white folks together. Evenings at The Open Table provide a time for community, conversation, hospitality and learning. Folks of all ages and from diverse backgrounds gather for a shared meal and dialogue twice each month. After dinner, everyone gathers together to sing and to engage in facilitated discussion by diverse, locally-sourced speakers on topics that integrate spirituality, theology, and social justice. Previous topics have included: community organizing, immigration, racism, poverty, the environment, mental health, spiritual practices, biblical culture, and politics. Open Table KC also has a sabbath rhythm of hosting quarterly musical Taizé services with meditation, silence, and songs based on scripture. Creating spaces that bring together experts, activists, theologians, and those looking to learn from each other, Open Table KC believes in a community where everyone belongs, a city where all have the power to pursue their dreams and ambitions, and a people who are committed to each other’s liberation, until all are at the table together. At The Open Table KC, space is created for hospitality, conversation, peace, and reconciliation, with a theology rooted in contemplation and liberation. If this community nourishment calls to you, join them every second and fourth Sunday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for food, music and conversation. Childcare is provided after the meal for children 0-5 years old. For upcoming trainings, events, to join the email list, or for more info, please visit:




rest (is a dirty four-letter word)

dear ms. warwick...

You are one of my personal heroes. You are a Rock Star (literally)!

All my friends and peers keep asking me when I’m going to rest—I just tell them it’s another dirty four-letter word!

I have lived by your quote for most of my life, and am only now discovering that rest finds me, even if I hide from it. Whether it’s a whisper or a shout, I am asked (required) to pause. To ignore the pause, to ignore my breathing, is to ignore the still small voice within me—the absolute refractory period.

inhale, exhale, pause. lub, dub, pause. ovulaton, menses, pause.

~Dionne Warwick

This rhythm is built into our body—every breath, every heartbeat, every neuronal impulse, every moontime. This rhythm is built into the universe—every 24 hour rotation of Mother Earth, every week, every lunar cycle and every season. There is a pause for rest built into all life.

dionne warwick

Ms. Warwick turned 80 years old in 2020, and this year she is scheduled for another world tour! The proceeds from her engagements will be donated towards eliminating food insecurity in the United States, by supporting Hunger: Not Impossible.

hunger: not impossible + bento

The Not Impossible Labs addresses the “absurdities” of our world, and dedicates some great minds and hearts towards providing solutions— hunger and food insecurity being one of these absurdities.

Bento connects people with convenient, nutritious, pre-paid meals from nearby restaurants in a stigma-free way, all through text messaging. The simple, text-based service connects kids and families in need with prepaid, nutritious, to-go meals from nearby restaurants. Built to directly empower community organizations’ efforts to feed families with urgent needs, the tool empowers trusted organizations to recruit participants struggling with food insecurity. Through connecting community organizations, local government, and the private sector, Not Impossible Labs can prove that no one needs go hungry. In its first year, Hunger: Not Impossible provided over 120,000 meals to people in need across 7 cities in the United States.

A friend used to brag “There’s time enough to rest when I’m dead.” And for many of we women—moms especially—we cannot find a space and time to rest. We even feel rest-less when trying to quiet ourselves. Even so, if we ignore the gentle call to slow/the tug to quiet, our body will demand we shut down and reboot—this “request for rest” cannot be denied. I have learned, then, that “rest” is not such a dirty word (although it will always be a four-letter one). Sincerely, Your Biggest Fan PERMISSION SLIP I give my permission for to have a




Beginning on (date)


[other] of pure REST.

Ending on (date)

Comments/Notes Signed

For more info, visit:

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unbakery & juicery

Robin Krause is a life long Kansas Citian and builder of empires. She began with a successful chain of Filling Station Coffee shops throughout Kansas and Missouri—featuring artisan coffee, baked goods from Soho Bakery, fresh live juices and healthier lunch options for local neighbors, commuters and businesses. But as any mom-entrepreneur may attest, the toll of 80+-hour-week ownership has the potential to wreak havoc on health! So Robin sold her business chain, and began a personal healing journey that would ultimately lead her to the next big entrepreneurial venture. In 2014, after the passing of her father, Robin began taking her own health to heart, and studying nutrition through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she discovered her passion for an even healthier way of living. She started juicing, and eating more raw/unprocessed fruits and veggies. Wanting to share her new found wisdom with the KC community, she launched the Unbakery & Juicery. Once open, Robin ventured down the rabbit hole of herbs, spices and teas, which led to a year long herbal apprenticeship with Lynn Soulier through Gardens of Delight. And resultantly birthed Apothé Wellness—a modern internal wellness apothecary.

REAL • RAD • RAW A grab-n-go raw-foodery, juicery, and coffee shop offering healthy breakfast options, salads, flavored mylks, teas, delicious raw desserts, and amazing juices. 634 E. 63RD Street KCMO 64113

apothé wellness

A modern internal wellness apothecary offering tinctures, smoke blends, powders and bulk herbs to empower people to increase self awareness and help change the way they approach discomfort and wellness. online + available at unbakery & billie’s

As Robin’s mind continued to open to the science behind nutrition she sought Certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and became a member of the Nutritional Therapy Association. Robin hopes to continue her success with the opening of her healthy food, drink and cooking classes offered through Billie’s Grocery (named after her late father). Currently she is studying under Michael Tierra at East West school of Planetary Herbology to practice traditional Chinese herbal medicine as a clinical herbalist, which will no doubt be integrated into her current empire or blossom into yet another business!




echinacea, ginger, burdock, sarsapirilla, nettles, astragalus, elderberries

billie’s grocery

A dietary- and lifestyle-friendly restaurant & bakery near Union Hill in Midtown KC, serving California-inspired dishes and Australian-inspired cocktails and mocktails, Billie’s menu offerings are made to make you feel good. 3216 Gillham Plaza, Suite 100 KCMO 64109

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Our Beginnings

We first began in March of 2018 as a collective and self-care gift shop on 41st and Troost, selling loose leaf herbal teas and handmade local goods by women of color. The collective was the foundation for building a concept that promotes self-care—inspiring hope, healing, and restoration to the community we serve, however the name Soulcentricitea was born long before the gift shop. Soulcentricitea is a tea room with soul. We are a social business, and community organizing is at the heart of our mission to provide hope, healing and restoration to the community we serve our offerings to. We are now located on 30th and Troost in Kansas City, Missouri. We offer herbal tea-based products including: hot tea, iced tea, 54 flavors of loose leaf tea, tea smoothies, tea lattes, herbal lemonade and herbal coffee. All of our signature drinks are named after Black Women authors, and customers can also check out our Tameka Robinson Bell free black women’s library, leave-a-book-take-a-book concept while in the shop.


By Nika Renee of Soulcentricitea tea is presence joy and peace tiny bag of sympathy soothes the aching of my soul warms the cold of growing old the kettle whistle calls my name says it’s time for tea again lets me pause to take a breath heals the pain inside my chest sea of love inside my mug bright green nettles herbal drug steaming essence live in me from my sorrows set me free

I am also on a mission to innovate a Black Womanist business concept where we could really see ourselves. I studied and evaluated feminist business principles and tweaked the values to make them culturally appropriate. Black women find ourselves at the intersections of patriarchy and white supremacy and are forced to navigate in the business world in ways that can be devaluing and soul crushing. In the beginning I thought about what it would look like to sustain myself off of my own vision and to see other Black Women sustaining themselves from franchising the vision. I was challenged by my business coach to look beyond “sustaining.”

From Sustain to Flourish

Having lived most of my life in survival mode, I had a hard time thinking about what more than sustaining even looks like. I had a hard time even coming up with a word that meant more than sustaining. I eventually settled on the word flourishing. The leap that it took to transition my mindset from an idea of having enough to survive to having enough to also nourish my community was even greater than the leap it took to launch my business venture. In a time of social distancing it has become necessary for us to reevaluate the ways in which we spiritually nourish ourselves and one another. Nourishment looks different when the goal is sustaining than it does when the goal is flourishing. Self-care is when we pour into our own tea cup. The overflow onto the saucer below is what we have to offer to everyone else— this is the essence of communal care. May your tea cup run over.

Tea As Ritual

It was my vision to share my love of tea with my community in a way that balances self-care with communal care. I have always loved tea and found comfort in how such a simple thing could bring so much peace. One of my favorite quotes by Muriel Barbery:

“When tea becomes ritual it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things”

Nika Renee is a Poet and Community Organizer from Kansas City, Kansas. She holds a BA in African & African American Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Kansas. Nika is owner of Soulcentricitea tea room in Kansas City, Missouri.

This sums up my philosophy on the significance of my simple daily cup of tea. Some days all we need to keep us hopeful is some simple greatness to cling to with both hands.

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Black Womanist Business




the roots that nourished my infant soul Nivi Jaswal


If there is a pendulum of duality that our human consciousness has spent the most intimate moment of our lives swinging on, that would be Food— seductive pleasure on one hand and survivalist purpose on the other. Just shy of the fourth decade of my human life here on Earth, I had the most elevating realization that Food was not just a picture of this duality, rather Lord Shiva’s Trident itself… with the third aspect of it revealed to me once my Third Eye chakra opened, so to speak. This is the story of that profound life-altering revelation. Right from the moment an infant latches onto its mother’s bosom to the last meal before one’s last breath, at three meals per day a human will have 89,970 meals if they live to 82 years of age and do not live in conditions of food scarcity. Such is our fascination, nay fetishist obsession, with food that there is even a comprehensive list1 published as early as 1858 by a professor of “gastronomic art” in the London Times as to the amount of “flesh, fowl and fish” a man will consume in a lifetime, exotic foreign birds included—testifying to human carnist curiosity above everything.

Carnist curiosity Before I dive into my own story a la Cecil Rhodes, let me share the definition of Carnism as stated by Dr. Melanie Joy of Beyond Carnism.2 She says,

Carnism is the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism. My adventure with Carnism actually started with my dad. My parents were anthropologists living with and studying indigenous cultures in the North Eastern Himalayas in that geopolitically tumultuous region called Indochina. It was not geopolitics that took them there but the genetic complexity of this area where two ancient civilizations and cultures came head to head, quite literally —India and China. 1 Soyer, MA (1858) The Sciences: The Amount of Food Consumed by a Man During his Lifetime. Scientific American. article/the-amount-of-food-consumed-by-a-ma/ 2 Beyond Carnism.


Mom and dad could not be more different from each other though—mom, a devout vegetarian raised in the Arya Samaj,3 a sect of Hinduism that shuns idolatry, worships Agni the Fire and arose in late 19th century India as a social reform movement that promotes values based on the belief in the infallible authority of the Vedas. Dad was a self-professed atheist despite being raised in a devout Punjabi Sikh4 family and knowing the Guru Granth Sahib5 by heart, the Sikh Scripture that focuses on mutual co-existence of the miri (political/temporal) and piri (spiritual) realms. They found themselves together in the remote inhabited regions of the North Eastern Himalayas surrounded by an indigenous value system that challenged and stimulated both of them—in very different ways. My dad embraced it and participated in the culinary traditions, including ones involving animal sacrifice. Participant observation at its best, Margaret Mead would have said. When I was born, my mom would carry me on her back like indigenous moms did and even practiced premasticated kiss-feeding, an ancient human practice that combines food and mother’s affection. As I grew older, my dad’s travel stories influenced me a lot—especially his work amidst the primitive, ecologically conscious Apatani6 tribes in the Ziro7 valley that cultivate rice and other plants without the use of any farm animals or machines. With other tribes such as the Nagas and Mizos, he would talk about having tried red ants, larvae, snakes, and frogs on the tribal menu. He was fascinated and almost consumed by how indigenous societies lived, worked, forged relationships and understood concepts of power, kinship, inheritance and marriage. I needed no storybooks of lands far, far away. I was living inside that adventure and loving every minute of it. All mainstream interactions with organized religion felt boring and binding as compared to the carefree abandon of cultures that came long before

human beings’ churches and temples! My carnism flourished and, in parallel, my compassion deepened for my two cats, a dog and all the animals at the petting zoo. None of my worlds—neither the mainstream one nor the indigenous one—pointed out the irony.

Consumer Hypnosis & Carnist Hypocrisy: We pat some, we eat others. I joined my dream consumer goods company right out of Business School. The floodgates of consumer research opened in front of me and, like my dad, I felt like an anthropologist walking into consumers’ homes around the world trying to capture a glimpse of how they lived, used our products, consumed our brands and communication, and most importantly— what were their dreams, desires, values. The uninitiated might wonder why on earth does a shampoo, mayonnaise, hamburgers and chicken wings maker become obsessed with every tiny moment of the consumer’s life. That is because consumer marketers understand that real sustainable behavior change is not about forcing, but rather about nudging. The face cream seduces its users to believe moments of magic in their life, and a ketchup reassures them their kids will eat everywhere they serve them with joy. A burger with melting cheese on top it says it is ok to eat a cow while loving our pet dog! Consumer goods advertising, more than anything, sells hope and visualizes what we want to make happen in our lives —almost like a 24/7 positively-affirming vision board online and on TV cheerleading us at a drive-thru, a pharmacy or on game night. The temptation and seduction is well produced, sophisticated and bears the influence of a thousand suns on our minds completely mesmerized by an increasingly interactive, dopamine-heavy social media environment. Even while we are still on our ancient Earth, we could very well already be on an entirely different planet. My Carnism followed me everywhere I went. Frogs in Shanghai to primates in Vietnam – there was not anything I did not try. I would sometimes skip meals during the day and survive on bulletproof coffee8 only to have heavy convenience dinners. I was also a workout fiend taking pride in my ability to get into deep ketosis! As I said early on, if there is a pendulum of duality that our human consciousness has spent the most intimate moment of our lives swinging on, that is Food—seductive pleasure on one hand and survivalist purpose on the other. My life mirrored that swing for decades. I was working for so-called socially responsible blue chip companies with lofty vision statements of “health and wellness” of their customers, with mega human resources and internal communications budgets that kept their employees hypnotized and co-opted into the social responsibility and sustainability definitions that were neither authentic nor compassionate. We were peddling carnist hypocrisy and creating worldwide consumer hypnosis. This realization happened soon after a series of diagnoses.

In Search of Sattva March 9, 2015: I had survived on coffee and candy most of the day in Hong Kong. Wrapped up a workshop, declined offers for dinner and instead went back to my room… 8 Lindsey, D (2018) How to Make Bulltproof Coffee at Home. The Everygirl.

3 Arya Samaj. Wikipedia. 4 Sikhism. Wikipedia. 5 Guru Granth Sahib. Wikipedia. Sahib 6 Apatani. Wikipedia. 7 Ziro. Wikipedia.


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feature and collapsed. Half hour later, I woke up on the hotel room floor. Ran a basic checklist through my head— Did I remember my name? YES. Did I recall how I got to the room? YES. Could I tell what date and year it was? YES.


Summer 2015: I was a “patient.” Tachycardia. Pre-Diabetes. Abnormal Lipid Profile. Suppressed Thyroid. High Visceral Organ Fat. PCOS. Edema. Insomnia. Dysmenorrhea. The list went on…! I knew I would never identify with that label: “patient.” Fall 2016: I finally quit the corporate world knowing I needed answers and set upon a quest. I climbed glaciers, trekked volcanoes, bathed in sulfur springs, meditated upon the banks of rivers, shores of mighty oceans and jumped out from an airplane 5 miles above the earth’s surface – hoping to get answers as I floated down like a leaf. I was adrift. I needed to dig deeper. Spring 2018: A series of coaching programs, books, and documentaries later—The China Study, Forks over Knives, Plant Pure Nation, Precision Nutrition, Mastering Diabetes, The Satvic Movement —especially, the last one, I picked up that divine song that is The Bhagwada Gita.9 In Samkhya10 philosophy, a guṇa is one of three “tendencies, qualities”: sattva, rajas and tamas. This category of qualities has been widely adopted by various schools of Hinduism for categorizing behavior and natural phenomena. The three qualities are: • Sattva is the quality of balance, harmony, goodness, purity, universal-ism, holism, construction, creativity, positivity, peacefulness, and virtue. Example: Juicy fruits, multi colored vegetables, legumes, nuts and leafy greens. • Rajas is the quality of passion, activity, neither good nor bad and sometimes either, self-centeredness, egoism, individualization, driven-ness, movement, and dynamism. Example: Pungent stimulants like garlic, certain spices, chili peppers, onions. • Tamas is the quality of imbalance, disorder, chaos, anxiety, impurity, destruction, delusion, negativity, dullness or inactivity, apathy, inertia or lethargy, violence, viciousness, and ignorance. Example: Animal flesh, addictive substances. In Indian philosophy, every one of us has all three, only in different proportions and in different contexts. The living being or substance is viewed as the net result of the joint effect of these three qualities. In Indian mythology, Vishnu is envisioned with more Sattva, Brahma with more Rajas, and Shiva seen with all three Gunas. I was in search of Sattva, the essence, the truth. I started my practice of the Satvic approach to nutrition – whole food, plant-based, oil-free living. I decided to open my heart, empty my cup and receive.

The Third Eye Chakra Growing up in India, one is surrounded by the Vedic tradition, yogic philosophy and the wisdom of pranayama—should one choose to embrace it. You do not have to join a yoga circle necessarily. You learn through cultural osmosis and socialization. I recall thinking about the Third Eye Chakra as a teen and wondering what happens if it were to “open,” so to speak. Will I be able to tell the future? Manifest all my dreams? Intuit everything about to happen? Including predict questions on an upcoming quiz? Three months into the Satvic Diet, I was sleeping better, my PMS was better, and my monthly cycle improved. Six months in, my body-fat% melted away and digestion got better. A year in and I could not believe my labs—every single one of my bio markers was normal. I had not only reversed all the lifestyle illnesses, and lost 38 lbs in the process, but also got off medications. All of a sudden, I looked like a younger version of myself.

Were the plants I was consuming any less than an offering to the divinity that lay inside of me? Was that divinity the microbiome that ran my gut, my body, my mind and even my mood? Of the 110 trillion or so cells that I am composed of, if 90% of them are the microorganisms on me and inside me—then WHO AM I? Am I simply an energetic being who is in a certain physical form today and might find myself in a different form tomorrow? What is meant by “from ashes to ashes, from dust to dust”? Was it this very Sattva—the truth—that all faiths and all religious traditions point towards? Is THIS what one calls opening of the Third Eye Chakra? This profound realization has stayed with me ever since. Every single time we sit down for a meal, we are offering prasad—holy food—to the deities that reside within this transient temple known as our physical body. When we choose not to hurt another sentient being, we are honoring the divine power living and breathing inside of it. When we choose to be compassionate towards our fellow humans and the Earth, we are acknowledging our infinitesimal role in this unknowable universe. I dream of one day returnisng to the Northeastern Himalayas amongst the Apatani people in the Ziro valley. I want to know what is their relationship with plants and sentient life around them? What is their source of prana shakti, in a world that is threatening their habitat, their culture, their everything? I have a feeling that these so-called “primitive cultures” are the only oases of true civilization still left on Mother Earth. With every move, every dance, every planting and every harvest—they acknowledge their finite and infinitely small role in this unknowable universe. Like every quest, mine too urges me to return to the roots that once nourished my infant soul.

Satvic Movement is a non-profit health education platform, formed with an aim to bring humans close to Mother Nature. We provide holistic knowledge about health, coming from our vedas & scriptures.

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And, then in meditation, a revelation occurred. Was the pranashakti—that primordial force that powers every cell of every living being in the Universe—was it somehow finding its way back into me? Had I unwittingly hooked myself up to a universal power source that was allowing my body to heal?

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MAY 2021




Beyond Skin Deep Nourishing Self-Care

If you are the least bit ingredient-conscious when choosing the safest beauty, personal and household products, The Think Dirty® app is for you! Just scan the barcode to learn the ingredients in your beauty, personal care and household products, and Think Dirty will give you

an easy-to-understand score along with info on the product, its ingredients, and opportunities to shop cleaner options! Visit:

CoCo Shea: Natural Body Care

After seeing her son’s cured and clear skin, everyone she knew wanted her shea butter and this led to the creation of Coco Shea Natural Body Care.

tions—the main cause of itching and unpleasant odor in the intimate area or anywhere on the face and body. Also, due to its astringent properties, Queens Soap tones up the vaginal walls to help reverse the loss of elasticity due to aging, hormonal changes, and childbirth. A portion of the proceeds of this soap goes to the “Orchid Project.” This charity’s sole purpose is to end FGC (Female Genital Circumcision).

We are nourished by more than what we swallow down our esophagus! Our skin is one of the largest organs in our body, and it is just as discerning when it comes to ingredients.

As time went on, Asiya researched and created new products to meet all skin and body care needs. Coco Shea has evolved into a line of products made from all natural ingredients that she stands behind proudly!

“Coco Shea was created to provide customers with affordable skincare that is made from our home, the Earth. We pride ourselves in using the highest quality ingredients while keeping our products at an affordable price.”

Asiyah Lites-Rasheed— Queen of CoCo Shea and Co-owner (with her brother) of Brown Sugar Restaurant in Kansas City, KS

Asiyah Lites-Rasheed only realized the beginning of her cottage-industry self-care empire in hindsight.

“It all started in 2013 when my son had eczema. I was frustrated filling prescriptions made from chemicals I couldn’t pronounce that delivered minimal results. I knew there had to be a better way.’ Using a recipe for whipped shea butter she inherited from her Great Aunt Rae Rae, her son’s skin improved. “My made-with-love shea butter solution was doing the trick!”

Peace in Pain Candles

To purchase CoCo Shea products, please visit any of the four Made In KC stores around town, or online at:

​ One of The Red Fruit favorites is an amazingly effective product known as Queen’s Soap—A soap made just for Queens! One of her best sellers, this chemical-free vaginal cleanser claims a dual purpose as both an anti-yeast and a tightening soap. Made from oak gall manjakani—Quercus infectoria, one of the popular medicinal plants used traditionally in Malaysia for postpartum care, uterine toning, and treatment of various other ailments—Queen’s soap contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. When used one-to-three times over a seven-day period, the antiseptic properties qualitatively help eliminate bacteria, yeast and fungal infec-

“I became so scared of death around me, I developed anxiety that would lead into an asthma attack.” As a single mom of two, Champagne stressed herself to the point where she would go days without eating or sleeping, suffering the worst migraines and more—the list goes on and on and so did the list of medications she took.

“I got tired of taking meds for everything and the fear of what my kids thought of seeing their mother drowning in pill bottles before 30 didn’t sit well with me.” She began researching natural remedies and practices to find peace in her pain.

Queen’s Soap $10 A portion of the proceeds of Queen’s soap goes to the Orchid Project. This charity’s sole purpose is to end FGC (Female Genital Circumcision)—still occurring in over 90 countries globally and impacting over 200+ million girls and women, with 4.1 million girls at risk every year. To learn more about the Orchid Project, please visit:

ing to Snapchat where her viewers started to request their own personalized candles! This is how the seed was planted for an all natural product to address mental health issues suffered by people in her community. The wax itself is so natural that as it melts it can be applied to the skin and body for an even deeper connection with the healing essential oils.

“I love what I do now, because it not only helps me find my peace while going through my pain, but I get to help others find their Peace in Pain.” To purchase Peace in Pain Candles for mood-shifting and/ or chakra balancing, as well as custom orders, please visit :

“No more of the man-made medication that never seemed to help as much as it made things worse.” Champagne— Candle-Creatrix Extraordinaire

Champagne lost her father to gun violence in 2012.

“I slipped into a six-year- long depression causing me to become someone I was not happy with.” By 2018, the death toll among loved ones was overwhelming, and too much for her to bear.


Champagne began practicing Kundalini Yoga, found her breath again, and continued to incorporate natural ways of healing her body, mind and soul, leading her to give up religion and focus more on being spiritual (yes she still believes in God).

“Each day, I started feeling better and better.” After a while, she turned her passion for arts and crafts into making her own personal candles—the perfect hobby to keep her busy—post-


Anxiety Candle $15.99

The Anxiety Candle is made to bring you peace of mind when your mind is playing a trick on you. An aroma so strong just opening the jar calms you. The Anxiety candle honestly speaks for itself. A chill mood indeed.

MAY 2021


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Fighting. Every day fighting. Not just to breathe, but to live whole. I am not talking about domestic arguments, I am talking about racial inequity, cultural incongruity, women’s sovereignty, maternal and infant health, trans and gay rights, turning up the volume on marginalized voices, global warming, clean water and air. I am talking about saving the planet for ourselves and those down the line. I am talking about common sense, people! (which does not seem to be in common supply). All this fighting. It exhausts me. It depletes me. It leaves me hoarse, and body-broken. I need to find ways to replenish my reserves so I can ‘keep up the good fight.’ I could spill and spin a bunch of science about the fight or flight (or f*ck it) stress response, but I am tired from hearing that too. Chronic stress is bad. Yeah. We get it. Our bodies and minds are on overload. Add modern cell phones and computers that keep us super busy—filling up our minutes with ‘important’ work and constant communication with the outside world. There is no “off” switch. Add a bunch of “normal” stressors, like motherhood, elder care, family and job roles and responsibilities, living arrangements, food insecurities, relationship shtuff... Ugh. Are you tired yet? I am.



Oh, I am there.

When I used the Ecosia1 search engine to do my own “self-care” search, over 53,900,000 results were found. Scamazon showed over 40,000 items for sale—from scented bath bombs, to inspiring card decks, to collagen eye masks, teeth-whitening kits, and more and more and more. Plus more than 60,000 books on the topic!

Sherrie Bourg Carter, PsyD (writer for Psychology Today) talks about burnout as a state of chronic stress that can cause “physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.”


Everybody touts self-care in the face of burnout, but this word is a trigger for me. It has some ugly roots in colonizer-sentiment believing women, immigrants and slaves were “incable of caring for themselves” and “unfit for self-governance.” But the term has been reclaimed in the last half-century by mental health workers and civil rights activists. According to Dr. Maryam K. Aziz, PhD—Martial Artist and all ‘round brilliant academic—during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, “Black women, often queer, pushed other activists toward caring for themselves as a necessary, everyday revolutionary practice.” In the 1980s, self-care became “wellness-care” associated with California-based cult-like trends (starting in San Francisco). But as Yoga practice went mainstream, self-care became less politicized and more popular.

0-3 minute rechargers • Say some kind words in the mirror—YOU ARE A FIERCE QUEEN! (feels weird at first, but you need it and you’ll love it—eventually)

• Turn off Insta, TikTok, FB, etc. Turn off the news • Do an emotional check-in (ask Danie’s questions above) • Favorite song dance fest (crank it up and shake it up) • 3 minute phonecall with your BFF

Given these results, “self-care” appears shallow, self-indulgent, narcissistic and consumerist. But like most things in my world, I am not content with a media-dictated one-size-fits-most approach. And, I do not have a lot of time to indulge. So here are some time-honoring (and time-honored) ideas... Before running out and buying into the current self-care trends, burnout specialist, Danie Sanchez, recommends: • Taking inventory of how you spend your minutes—what drains you? what recharges you? • What is your true north, hold all things up to this, and do not get pulled off course • What do you crave (not talking food) in your life? stimulation? relaxation? quality time with others or solo? • Would a morning and/or evening of self-focused routine work for you? • How comfortable with saying “no”? And for those of us who need a breather, please see the 0-3 minute rechargers in the side-bar. 1 Ecosia is an alternative to google and other search engines. For every search, Ecosia will plant a tree in areas most needed.

REFERENCES *the good stuff* (each about a 3 minute read)

Interview: Dr. Maryam Aziz, Black Scholar and Karate Practitioner. Burn It All Down Podcast: Feminist Sports Podcast. Bourg Carter, S (2013) The Tell Tale Signs of Burnout... Do You Have Them? Psychology Today. Conlin, J (2019) The $10-billion business of self-care. LA Times. health/la-he-business-of-self-care-20190508-story.html Houseworth, LR (2021) The Radical History of Self-Care. Teen Vogue. Mandybur, J (2018) Self Care 101: Where Did “Self-Care” Even Come From? GirlBoss.

• An open-door deep breath of outdoors • Go barefoot (earthing/grounding) in the grass (unless allergic)

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After the 2016 election, the term “self-care” was searched twice as frequently as ever before, and during the 2020 doozy-of-a-year, the searchterm skyrocketed.


Medaris Miller, A (2018) Yes, You Can Do Self-Care ‘Wrong’: When misinterpreted, selfcare can be counterproductive. Sanchez, D (2020) Compassion Burnout. The Indigo Woman Academy.



big fat lies

bad press

In 1980, many scientists were consulted in the creation of the first ever US Dietary Guidelines, designed to address an exponential rise in childhood obesity after 1950. British physiologist and nutritionist, John Yudkin1 warned about sugar consumption, while other, more charming and politically-affiliated scientists blamed fat. Seemed reasonable at the time: eating fat makes you fat. WRONG! Due to the vilification of fats, many consumers reduced or eliminated all fats, including essential fats from their foods. As low fat diets were adopted with society-wide religious-like ferver, children born of women eating low-fat diets during their pregnancy, and then fed low-fat diets as infants/toddlers, resulted in less myelination in their brains, smaller brains, and learning issues.2 Essential Fatty Acid deficiency weakens the immune system, increases the risk of degenerative diseases, leads to chronic inflammation, is bad for the cardiovascular system, and increases likelihood of depression and asthma. If a low-fat diet is consumed, the body will inevitably seek out a high-carb diet to compensate for the loss of energy-dense nutrients. If moderately high levels of saturated fats and cholesterol are consumed, serum cholesterol and triglycerides do not necessarily go up from this. (Excess carbohydrates elevate serum triglyceride levels.)

not all fats are equal

Not all fats are created equal: Saturated vs unsaturated. Essential vs non-essential. Healthy vs unhealthy. The hard part is knowing which fats are good for you and which you might want to avoid and/or replace in your daily nourishment. Most of the research consulted during the US Dietary Guideline decision-making period was based on the following American dietary trends: 1 Yudkin, J (1957) Diet & Coronary Thrombosis Hypothesis & Fact. The Lancet. 270 (6987):155-162. 2 Beckett, P. G. S. (1970). Social factors in growing a brain. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 3(1), 5–14.


Inspired by lectures by Anne Lelong MS, RD, CCH and Paul Bergner (Master Herbalist) provided by the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

• Consumption of highly processed fats that contain trans-fatty acids, are rancid, and cause free-radical damage and systemic inflammation. • High consumption of Omega 6 fatty acids and low consumption of Omega 3s. • Deficiencies in a wide variety of nutrients that the body needs to metabolize fat (vitamin B6, Niacin, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium) • Consuming high-glycemic diets, and blaming the results on fats instead of on sugar/insulin. (We have been taught in the past that ‘low-fat’ foods are healthy. In reality, a low fat intake makes us crave carbohydrates.) Sugar laden, fat free foods are lauded as healthful. When we decrease fat and increase refined carbs, we see dietary imbalances and increased hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, PMS, obesity etc. Sugar very easily becomes body fat. • Misunderstandings of how fat functions as part of a healthy diet, so we are afraid of it. (The media fuels this. Fat has 9 cals/gram as opposed to the 4 cals/ gram found in carbs and proteins.)

But healthy fats are essential for a healthy body. Every cell of our bodies is made up of the fats we eat. The quality of those fats determines the integrity of our cells. They provide a myriad of benefits. Healthy fats: • • • • • • • • •

Are high-energy fuels Regulate stomach emptying; feelings of satiety Aid absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) Help regulate body temperature (adipose tissue is an insulator) Offer physical protection of our organs (e.g., kidneys) Provide integrity/hydration of our skin Primary component of cell membrane construction (phospholipids contain fatty acids) Vital for myelin sheath construction (Nerve & brain cells are up to 80% fats.) Increase palatability: flavor and aroma of foods

time for an oil change

Traditional-living peoples place high value on (wild) animal and plant fats with 40% or more of total calories coming from fat. Rather than working on the quantity of fat we eat, we need to focus on fat quality.


According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) established acceptable ranges for total fat intake for children and adults include: • Ages 1 to 3 years: 30–40% of calories • Age 4 to 18 years: 25–35% • Age 19 years and older: 20–35%

The types of fatty acids consumed are more important than the total amount of fat in the diet.

Animal fats tend to have a higher proportion of saturated fatty acids (seafood being the major exception), and plant foods tend to have a higher proportion of monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fatty acids (coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil being the exceptions). (MUFAs and PUFAs are the best!) Increasing foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids is essential for health. Without enough Omega 3’s, our bodies convert all the other fats we eat into inflammatory agents.3 Great Omega 3 sources include: • Fish (mackerel, salmon, herring, cod liver oil, oysters, sardines, and anchovies) • Nuts & Seeds (flax, chia, walnuts, hemp, perilla) • Algae & Spirulina (algal oil, spirulina powder) • and Brussel Sprouts!

take home message

First we thought cholesterol was the devil; then LDL cholesterol; then saturated fats; and in the popular mind, fats in general. The latest research is changing all of that. Now we know that sugars and trans-fats are much more strongly correlated with heart disease than any of these. Since we are made of what we eat, and fats are a critical component of every single cell in our body, adding more of the essential fats to balance out our American Diet, would certainly seem to go a long way towards healing our bodies and our relationship with listening first to our own guts. 3

MAY 2021





New Roots for Refugees

Beet ‘n’ Greet!

9:00 am — 11:00 am (CST)

Warmer days are ahead, and that means it’s time to get out in the garden! Bring home some of the goodness from Juniper Gardens Trainings Farm with transplants grown by New Roots farmers. Meet the farmers, check out what’s new on the farm, take home a few plants, PLUS a bonus: Cafe Cà Phê will be there selling their delicious coffee! Please wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols.

Juniper Gardens Training Farm 100 Richmond Ave., KC, KS 66101

National BailOut for Black Mamas

10:30 am — 12:00 am (CST)

Find out about and join the VEG (Vegetable Emergency Glean) Squad this season. Come to the Beet ‘n’ Greet! Join our VEG (Vegetable Emergency Glean) Squad in 2021! This quick response volunteer team comes together on short notice for weekday morning gleaning. Retirees and others with flexible schedules are invited to meet with old and new friends at Lenexa’s Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park Grand Pavilion to learn more about this season.

FREE Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park Grand Pavilion Lackman Rd & W 87th St Pkwy Lenexa, KS 66219 RSVP:

In our 2021 BailOut/Keep Out we are supporting incarcerated survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Black survivors of domestic violence are sometimes charged along with their abusers when defending themselves. Survivors should never be punished for defending themselves. It is also a fact that some abusers will use the court system to gain custody of their children only to hurt the protective parent. Unfortunately judges in the United States hand over 58,000 children per year to the custody of their abuser. This practice is wrong and disproportionately affects Black womxn.


KC Black Mamas 2021 Bail Support Survey Please fill out to request support for yourself or a loved one:

Join us for The Open Table’s Got Talent for an outdoor, socially distant fundraiser! Featuring loads of local artists, musicians, puppeteers and more! And a headliner act of Calvin Arsenia.

4:00pm — 6:00pm (CST)

The Open Table’s Got Talent

7:00pm — 8:00pm (CST)


Help us bail Black mothers out of jail for Mothers day by supporting our fundraising event. Join us for an amazing celebration of womanhood through poetry. Justice Gatson and M’Vyonne Payne will drop some jewels and invite others to take the mic!! All proceeds will go to the Kansas City Mama’s Day Bail Out. Please support our work by donating in the following ways: PayPal: Cash App: $RealeJusticeNetwork Mail checks to: Alliance for Global Justice/Reale Justice Network 225 E. 26th Street, Suite 1 Tucson, AZ 85713

9:00 am — 12:00 pm (CST)

Super Soil-with Marty Kraft

This workshop will be outside at KC Farm School. Participants must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing. Marty Kraft, Director of All Species Project, will demonstrate how to sequester carbon into your soil with biochar at home. Find out how this sustainable practice helps plants grow and decreases carbon emissions that cause global warming. Learn how to make a Johnson Su composter. This innovative composter is easy to make SUPER compost quicker. When mature small amounts of this compost will change the fungal to bacteria content in your soil while increasing the growth of your garden plants.

FREE KC Farm School at Gibbs Road 4223 Gibbs Road KC, KS, 66106

may7 May 3, 2021 Local Conversation: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge Join us for this virtual event series where we’ll discuss and reflect upon issues and articles presented through the Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge and how those ideas affect or apply to our food system in KC. This is a partner event with After the Harvest. On Thursday May 7th, 2020, SS-KC is hosting a virtual seed saving class! Watch the one hour video at 6 PM, download class notes here, write down your questions, then at 7 PM we will have the amazing Dayna and some of the seedy board available to answer questions! Q&A session on Zoom. FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 AT 5 PM MDT – 6 PM MDT Bruised But Not Broken: Survivors Talk Beauty & Healing Event by Reale Justice Network and Stacy Uyai-Abasi Yeager Online Event Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5 PM MDT – 6 PM MDT Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

6:00pm – 11:00pm (CST)

Live Show!

Going now by her married name, and having found the support of Team Love Records, Homecoming Queen is Kianna White’s first solo release. The song’s hazy mood and hypnotic guitar lines take indie pop through the looking glass. What emerges on the other side is not flower child psychedelia, but a modern, luscious, psyche-pop, where lyrics of stoned introspection and longing float around on haunted, seductive melodies. Kianna’s voice keeps the trip from spinning off into a hall of funhouse mirrors, becoming a trusted and sober co-pilot, allowing you to surrender, close your eyes, and dance.

Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming St, KCMO 64102

4th Annual “Word To Ya Mother” Poetry Slam (online)

FREE (fundraiser) Register in advance for this meeting: Xk?fbclid=IwAR0i7nXYiPbrWXRJQsYFfVZ40XsbV27vmsTZdzZ3SgApq5znlDulsoJpSb4

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

may9 6:00pm — 7:30pm (CST)

Getting to Know The Open Table without the Table (online)

Join us as we reflect on the practice of finding a neighbor in the stranger and how we build community during pandemic times. We will learn from each other about how we practice being good neighbors and experience hope as we create new connection with each other. We will be together on Zoom and Facebook Live with Emily Bartlett, Chi Nguyen, and Abhishek Butt facilitating our space.

FREE The Open Table KC 318 E. 55th Street KCMO 64113

may23 3:00pm — 4:30pm (CST)

Historic Herbal Beauty Class

Taught by Tania Rose Rounds of Ivory Isis Herbals

Historic Herbal Beauty: The history of herbs in traditional toiletries, and modern-day applications of historical recipes as basis for future formulations. Learn how to make herbal toners, beauty creams, sachets and salves from astringent and emollient herbs. Full basic historical recipes with alternative ingredient ideas given in this class. Learn, change, and experiment with the recipe formulas as you see fit. Topics: Ancient Roman Face Cream • Queen of Hungary’s Water • Rose Salve • Compound Orris Powder • The History of Lipstick • Victorian Lipstick Recipe • Rose Glycerin Face Cream • Camphor Balm • Sachet Powders • Ingredient Substitutions • Natural Preservatives • Resources

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may10 6:00pm — 7:30pm (CST)

Metro Organization for Racial & Economic Equity — MORE2 (online)

Online: FREE

Join us for our monthly meeting, online via zoom. There will be breakout groups by issue task force for both Missouri and Kansas teams.

Register at: and you’ll receive a link in your email inbox

may17 9:00 am — 11:00 am (CST)

Sacred Yoni Yoga + Meditation

Have you ever done yoga that’s focused on the Sacral Chakra and strengthening the reproductive and center of creation? Ever done it with a Yoni Egg inserted?!? Wooooo baby, it is 🔥 … Join this Sacred Practice every month!!! Join Dr. Auburn, our exclusive Kemetic Yoga Teacher, as she guides you through a hyper-focused yoga routine while incorporating the Sacral Energy Center soundtrack made by our Founder, affirmations to awaken the energy of the Sacral/Yemoja, and chant for balancing the second center for all creation.

The Laya Center - Afrivedic Wellness 601 Walnut Street KCMO 64106

MAY 2021

FREE (fundraiser) The Open Table KC 318 E. 55th Street KCMO 64113

june16 6:00pm — 7:30pm (CST)

Seed Class

Our mission is to promote and propagate heirloom (non-GMO/non-terminator) seeds through the sharing of seeds and seed saving techniques and information. What We Do: • Teach new generations the age-old skill of saving open pollinated seeds from prior harvests to use at planting time. • Promote sustainable gardening practices. • Offer advice to help growers use sustainable gardening practices. • Negotiate with the Land Bank Trust to acquire vacant neighborhood lots for use as community gardens. • Present on seed saving related topics at public speaking engagements. • Operate Kansas City’s first Seed Library. (816)356-9892

july18 12:00pm — 5:00pm (CST)

KC Nutrition & Wellness Festival

The Festival will provide our community with a fun and casual event to learn about a variety of nutrition and wellness resources and products available to support their journey to better health and a better world.

Presented by The Midwest Mermaid Muse - Kathleen Foland Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery Tickets · On Sale May 15 at 11 AM





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