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FALL HARVEST An Organic Community Grows at Full Circle Farm

October 2009

deep by janine mackintosh,

On the Cover

20 A Diamond in the Rough Organic Farm in Silicon Valley Brings Farmers and Community Together Photo by Lilia Schwartz

Features 24 Decoding Organic 27 Sweet (Green) Dreams: Organic Mattresses 33 Fertigation: Conserving Water and Saving Money

Departments 7 9 11 13 14 17 18

Q&A: Super Foods Path to Wellness: Acupuncture Sandbox Talk: School Lunches Small Steps: Recycling Options Rooted on the Farm: Winter Squash Pets Corner: Natural Home Cleaners Staycation: Simply Saratoga

In Every Issue

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Publisher’s Note Calendar of Events News Briefs Resource Guide Tidbits


MISSION In each edition we profile a successful company or individual provider within the health, wellness, and eco-industries, and provide information on local products and services that support healthy and eco-friendly lifestyles. It is our dream that Eucalyptus Magazine becomes your first resource and companion to living naturally in the Bay Area. All of us here at Eucalyptus Magazine will do our best to help you live in harmony and to connect you with local products and services that will help you accomplish your goals. ADVERTISE AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS Reach our affluent, well educated, environmental- and health- conscious readers who are eagerly seeking resources that will improve their health, well-being, and sustainability. For more information, please contact us at 866.797.6570 or EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS We welcome your news briefs and event listings; please send to DISTRIBUTION Eucalyptus Magazine is a free publication supported solely by our advertisers with wide distribution throughout the Bay Area. To find Eucalyptus Magazine at a location near you, contact us at 866.797.6570 or Let us know if you would like copies placed at your place of business. Please support our advertisers by letting them know you saw them in this publication.

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publisher’s note I am very excited to bring you the story of Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale because I consider it a small miracle. Can you imagine that, in today’s world, a soccer field can be used for community farming instead of real estate development? It is so rare that local values are deemed more important than money. It shows me that people in neighborhoods still care about what happens in their communities, and that most of us are concerned about the quality of the food we eat. I have been a member of a CSA (communitysupported agriculture) for about four years now, and I love it. Each week I get a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes the carrots look and smell like they have been picked that morning, the lettuce is so fresh that you want to eat it by the handful, and the strawberries smell amazing. My two-year-old son sometimes takes a bell pepper or a zucchini straight from the bag and eats it! If you are interested in becoming a CSA member, there are many to choose from: Eat with the Seasons, Farm Fresh to You, Full Belly Farm, Full Circle Farm, and many others. You can find a complete list on In the meantime, enjoy this month’s article on page 20.


Michaela Marek

kyle chesser

Publisher and Founder


upcoming events


Sunday, October 4 / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. GreenPoint Showcase Tour of Green Homes

Saturday, October 24 / 9 a.m. to 12 noon Clean Up the Bay Shoreline

Self-guided tours of South Bay green homes. / 510.845.0472 x106

Ravenswood Pond, Menlo Park / 510.452.9261 x109

Tuesday, October 6 / 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Author Jennifer Cornbleet on Making Raw Cakes, Cookies, and Desserts

Sunday, October 25 / 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Audubon Society’s 18th Annual Wildlife Education Day

Whole Foods Market, Los Altos / 650.559.0300

22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino / 408.252.3740

Wednesday, October 7 / 5:30 p.m. Silicon Valley Green Drinks: Green Business Networking

Tuesday, October 27 / 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No Wheat No Dairy No Problem

Bella Mia Restaurant & Bar, San Jose / 408.761.9442

Wednesday, October 14 / 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Save the Bay Native Plant Nursery Workday Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve / 510.452.9261 x109

Saturday, October 17 / 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gardening with Your Children Common Ground Garden Center, Palo Alto / 650.493.6072

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Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Los Gatos / 408.395.1231

Saturday, October 31 / 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Full Circle Farm Harvest Festival 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale / 408.735.8154

Tuesday, November 10 / 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eucalyptus Magazine Networking Event Tomato Thyme Restaurant, San Jose / 408.499.5619



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By Laurie Swanson

Wheat grass

Goji berries Flax crackers

kyle chesser (2); goji berries: parastou marashi (1)

Super foods

are touted as miracle foods that can prevent aging, increase energy and endurance, stave off disease, and more. But what exactly is a super food and what makes it so super? The term “super food” is used to describe foods that are high in nutrients, especially plant-based phytonutrients, which are considered to be beneficial to optimal health. Examples of super foods include brightly colored fruits and vegetables, nuts, flax and other seeds, whole grains, fish, greens, sulfur-based vegetables like broccoli and onions, and even seaweed and algae. “Every whole food is a super food if it is organic and not processed,” says Susan Arthur, a Certified Nutrition Consultant and the owner of Transformations in Health in Aptos, California, “because it contains the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes our bodies need.” Arthur classifies super foods as staples and boosters. Staples such as fruits, vegetables, and fish provide the calories that our bodies need for energy. Boosters such as spirulina, chlorella, blue-green algae, wheat grass, and barley greens are more highly

concentrated in nutrients, but provide few, if any, calories. It’s the nutrient density of the food that qualifies it as a super food. Super foods generally contain high amounts of phytonutrients—pigments such as carotenes, chlorophyll, and flavonoids— and/or dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. All of these compounds work to optimize health in one way or another.

Which Super Foods Do the Experts Recommend? “Most of my recommendations are in the staples category,” states Arthur. “That’s because boosters are not going to be nearly as effective if a person’s body is not properly nourished to begin with.” Her top picks: Colorful fruits and vegetables “In general, fruits and

vegetables contain lots of protective phytonutrients, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals,” says Arthur. Dark-colored berries, like blueberries, have specific antioxidant compounds that fight free radicals, which may slow certain aspects of the aging process and EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 7


making sense of super foods

help protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Fruits and vegetables also provide lots of fiber, which is beneficial for colon health and the prevention of obesity and diabetes. Garlic The “stinking rose” contains vitamins and minerals, as well as sulfur-based phytonutrients. Garlic protects against high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It is also thought to protect the colon from cancer-causing chemicals. Water Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, headache, and muscle weakness. “People don’t think about water as a nutrient,” says Arthur, “but it is vitally important for our health.” Raw nuts and seeds Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein and fiber, and they are high in monounsaturated oils, which are great for the heart. Seeds contain a compound called lignans that have been shown to reduce cholesterol. Wild salmon This flavorful fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for reducing the risk of more than 50 health conditions including heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, salmon is one of the five most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury.

What about the “new” Super Foods? Aside from the traditional high-nutrient foods mentioned above, many “new” foods on the market come packaged with big claims about their nutrient value. Here are a few common ones that are popular right now: Flax seeds Flax seeds contain lignans, and are a great source of dietary fiber and one of the omega-3 essential fatty acids, alphalinolenic acid. These tiny seeds have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. However, flax seeds are also controversial because they are estrogenic. Some studies are looking at a link between prostate cancer and flax seeds. Wheat grass juice The bright green juice from wheat grass has a high nutrient value and is a good source of chlorophyll, which is believed to be beneficial for arthritis, hypertension, ulcers, heavy metal toxicity, and more. Although the research and support for these claims is limited, diets high in chlorophyll are linked to lower rates of colon cancer. Goji berries These tangy, dried berries have a high antioxidant and phytonutrient content, which is said to protect the liver, improve eyesight, and boost the immune system. However, there is little supporting evidence of goji’s proclaimed benefits.

Personalizing your Super Foods Arthur suggests that you work with a nutrition professional to assess your needs. “He or she can recommend the super foods that would benefit you most. If you want to figure it out yourself, you’ll need to do a lot of research, particularly if you have a health issue. Some super foods, especially boosters, may not be appropriate in all cases.” The good news is that incorporating super foods into your diet is relatively easy. Most staple super foods are available at regular supermarkets and boosters can be found at natural food markets. But when shopping, read labels carefully. If a food is not in its whole form, it loses some of its super powers. “Take cereal,” Arthur says. “A cereal containing a processed super food, like flax or soy, can still be good for you, but you won’t get the full benefit from it.” Laurie Swanson is a nutrition educator who is dedicated to helping her clients improve their health and well-being through nutrition. 8 | October 2009

More than just pain management


needles into the body on points along energy pathways called meridians. A person’s qi is thought to flow through these meridians. If the pathways are blocked or imbalanced, disease can occur. Western medicine believes that acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system in a way that tells our spinal cord and brain to release hormones, which can reduce pain and improve our general wellness. Because the results are not permanent, multiple sessions may be required. However, studies have shown that acupuncture can increase one’s pain threshold, which allows for more relief in fewer sessions over time. Neil Bernardi-Wright, a licensed acupuncturist with

offices in Los Gatos and Santa Cruz, states that acupuncture is an appropriate avenue to investigate for curing just about anything. The obvious question is: Does it hurt? According to Bernardi-Wright, most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and not painful. He emphasizes that the needles are very thin, unlike those used for injections. If you are seeing an acupuncturist for the first time, you may be surprised at the

wide range of questions you are asked before treatment begins. At a Western doctor’s office, you might be asked about your family’s medical history. An acupuncturist is more likely to ask you about the quality of your sleep and your digestion. Bernardi-Wright says this is to help confirm or deny a suspected diagnosis. He states that another hallmark of acupuncture is to feel the pulse and check the state of the tongue, both which help with a diagnosis.

Choosing an acupuncturist Look for a licensed practitioner with a good number of years of experience. In California you can go to and click on License Verification to check a practitioner’s license status and disciplinary action history. n Seek a practitioner who is well trained in the area of herbs as well as acupuncture. Bernardi-Wright uses herbs in conjunction with acupuncture to help his clients extend the benefits of their treatments at home. In California, this training is required for licensing. n Try to find a practitioner who offers a free consultation. This is especially important if you have never visited an acupuncturist before. The consultation will allow you to ask questions and become comfortable with what the needles look like before you actually have any treatments. n

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a form of traditional Chinese medicine, was first introduced to the United States when a New York Times reporter traveling in China received acupuncture to relieve post-operative pain after an emergency appendectomy. That was in 1972. Today, patients seek acupuncture for ailments as diverse as allergy relief, insomnia, sports injuries, stress management, and even infertility. Many insurance companies now cover part or all of the cost for acupuncture treatments (check with your employer or insurance carrier to verify your benefits). From the Chinese medicine point of view, the goal of acupuncture is to rebalance a person’s life-force, or qi (pronounced “chee”), by inserting

By Laurie Swanson


path to wellness


news briefs

San Jose City Council tries to ban plastic and paper bags Starting in 2011, San Jose may become the largest American city to ban not only plastic shopping bags, but also most paper bags. Retailers such as grocery stores and big-box stores would be prohibited from giving out plastic bags. Paper bags made of at least 50 percent recycled material would be allowed, but for a per-bag fee of either 10 or 25 cents. Restaurants and nonprofits would be exempt from the ban. Palo Alto enacted a similar ban in September 2009. Among large U.S. cities, only San Francisco has been successful in outlawing plastic bags. The city of Oakland attempted a ban but gave up amid lawsuits from groups representing the plastics industry. The San Jose City Council will vote on the issue in November.

Building contractors sell tools and inventory online Looking for a ceiling fan, laminated flooring, or a circular saw, but don’t want to pay full price? Go to, where contractors sell all the stuff they can’t use, like windows and cabinets that were ordered in the wrong size, or used tools that are gathering dust in some builder’s garage. Visitors to the site simply click on items of interest to find the e-mail address or phone number of the seller. They then contact the seller directly to make the deal.

Green lecture at Cupertino Library ecoProach, an energy auditing company, is offering a free evening lecture at Cupertino Public Library on how to recognize the often invisible signs of home health and safety hazards, create a healthier living environment, and save money on your next energy bill by going green. The lecture will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, from 7-8 p.m. at 10360 Torre Ave., Cupertino. (Info: or 408.720.8727)

Spice up your turkey or tofu San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company has introduced a new line of barbecue grilling rubs that are salt-free and made of all-natural spices. Apply them as a marinade or just before cooking and add some flavuh to your food. (Info: or 800.227.2830)

Tesla on the move Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. is moving its headquarters from San Carlos to Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. The company plans to build a power train plant there, which will employ 350 to 650 people. Tesla, which manufactures a $109,000 roadster and $49,000 luxury sedan, also makes parts for the ultra low-emissions Smart car, the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in the United States.


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sandbox talk

healthy school lunches Making your child’s midday meal nutritious, flavorful, and fun by Jessica Iclisoy

Getting children

kyle chesser

to eat healthfully is a snap when you set a good example at home. The percentage of kids who are obese in the U.S. has doubled since 1980, and an estimated 16 percent of adolescents between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control. What’s the big deal, you say? Isn’t it just baby fat that will disappear later? Wrong: Kids who pack on pounds when they are young face an increased risk of serious health problems as adults, such as type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and even heart disease. The good news is that unlike some other childhood diseases, obesity and the health problems it produces are almost entirely preventable. The first step is to establish healthy eating habits at home for your entire family. The tricky part is making sure those habits stick when youngsters aren’t at home—particularly when they are confronted with unhealthy choices in their school’s cafeteria. In my opinion, the best way to teach your kids how to avoid unhealthy temptations at school is to pack their lunches with foods that are both nutritious and delicious. Cover both of these bases and kids are less likely to make a run for the snack machines, or “trade” their healthy lunch for another kid’s processed junk. Lean protein and complex carbohydrates provide energy as kids run around on the playground, focus in the classroom, or participate in after-school sports. Whole grains and organically grown fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber. Cheese and yogurt offer calcium to help build strong bones. Aim for a colorful lunch that is loaded with variety. This ensures your kids are getting a balanced diet and also exposes them to a whole host of foods. Give kids choices

whenever possible, letting them pick from different fruits or vegetables or yogurt flavors. Involving them in the process keeps their interest and lets them feel like they have some control. Here’s a tasty trick that is wholesome and kid-proven: Core and slice an organic apple into quartersized wedges, then douse them with the juice of half an orange. The citric acid in the juice ensures that the slices won’t turn brown, plus adds a fresh, juicy flavor. Be sure to pack the wedges in a leak-proof, reusable plastic container. Hold kids’ interest by encouraging them to decorate their lunch container with their favorite cartoon stickers or by drawing directly onto the container with a permanent marker. Who knows, your little darling may become the next Alice Waters, and she’ll have her brilliant parents to thank for it!. Jessica Iclisoy is the founder of California Baby, a natural skincare line for babies, kids, and sensitive adults. Visit her website at

Join KGO Newstalk 810 for an event like you’ve never seen!

A night full of food and wine tasting, classes & demonstrations, music, karaoke and more. The fun doesn’t end there! If you want to make it an all-night event, specially priced rooms are available at the adjacent Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. KGO will broadcast live poolside on Saturday morning with guests on everything from skin care to the latest fitness trends. Friday October 23, 2009 Mission City Ballroom at the Santa Clara Convention Center 6:30pm-11:30pm Saturday October 24, 2009 Hyatt Regency Santa Clara – poolside 8:00am-11:30am Cost: Friday Night Event - $8.10 Saturday Morning Event - $8.10 or free with purchase of overnight stay at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara – special rate of $81.00 per room For more information, a schedule of events or to purchase tickets visit

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Host a swap party with five or six friends. The rules are simple: Everyone brings clean and gently used items, and at the end, everyone takes leftovers to the nearest charity. Results: an afternoon of fun and friendship, a few “new to you” things, and a cleaner home for your host!

curtail mail Sometimes prevention is the best course of action. Have you ever bought something you didn’t need from a catalog sitting around your house? CatalogChoice. org helps you stop unwanted catalogs painlessly, while sparing the natural resources it took to make them. To stop both catalogs and junk mail—an average of 41 pounds per year clogs your mailbox—sign up with

exchange it Got a prom dress, a treadmill, or baby furniture, once perfect for the occasion but now taking up valuable space? Check out, a free, grassroots electronic bulletin board that helps you exchange stuff with others in your own town.

photos: allison malone

let's swap Awash in books, movies, video games, or DVDs? List your stuff on, mail items to others in the Swaptree circle, and choose new items to receive in trade.

recycling more than glass and plastic We all know that recycling reduces garbage and decreases the need to mine and harvest our limited natural resources. But there’s more to recycling than just separating your bottles and cans into their proper bins. Recycling can be a fun activity that helps to build community, whether you are seeking a cheaper version of some big-ticket item or unloading your own cast-offs. by lisa francesca

flea market finds While consignment stores and eBay are low-impact ways to buy and sell, you can’t beat Bay Area flea markets for the local entertainment factor. The biggest are at San Jose (every Wed.-Sun., sjfm. com), Alameda (first Sun. of every month,, and Berkeley (every Sat.-Sun., EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 13

small steps

party time

rooted on the farm

autumn evenings on the farm looks like this: the sun sets on the horizon to the west of us. To the south, a harvest moon glows against a rich blue sky. In the fields closest to our house, Dad’s pumpkin and winter squash patches burst from the earth, their vines intertwined with voluptuous fruits in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and green. A chilly breeze is in the air and the first rain of the year has dampened the earth, creating an aroma like no other. I take in this serene setting as I select a good-sized butternut squash for supper. Although winter squash is named after the season that follows, it is plentiful in fall, too. Several varieties are available, the most popular being the pumpkin, of course, followed by butternut and acorn. I like the kabocha squash, with its rich, sweet, and nutty flavor, just as much as the better-known varieties. Add a little to your Sunday pancakes along with some cinnamon and nutmeg and you’ll have a savory and festive breakfast. My favorite way to enjoy all winter squash is to purée them into bisque. On an overcast, chilly evening, a bowl of this soup with some warmed bread for dipping is the perfect way to bring warmth to your family’s stomachs and hearts. Enjoy! Becky Herbert is the owner of Eating with the Seasons, an agriculture program that delivers local organic food to residents all over the Bay Area. Visit her website at 14 | October 2009

Butternut Bisque 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt pinch of rosemary fresh ground pepper 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 3 tablespoons dry white wine (sauvignon blanc works nicely) 2 egg yolks 1 pint half and half Combine stock, squash, apples, onion, sugar, salt, rosemary, and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 1 hour. Purée squash until very smooth. Return to pan and bring to a boil. Melt butter in another heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Whisk in squash purée. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Mix in wine. Beat yolks and cream in a small bowl. Blend in some of the soup. Whisk mixture back into the soup. Re-warm if necessary, but be sure not to boil.

kyle chesser

My favorite evening of the year on the farm

by Becky Herbert


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pets corner

clean your home naturally for your pet's sake By barbara kohn

kyle chesser

On the loose in your neighborhood, your cat or dog may face a number of hazards—cars, other animals, and poisonous plants are just a few. But just how safe is your pet inside your own home? That’s a question many pet owners should ask themselves, especially when cleaning the house. While many household cleaners are safe for cats and dogs, some can be very dangerous to your pets if ingested. In some cases, even inhaling the fumes can be harmful. Toilet bowl cleaners, for example, can burn your pet’s mouth, tongue, and esophagus. Cats are particularly sensitive to products with chemical compounds known as phenols, such as Lysol and Pine Sol, because of the low detoxifying efficiency of their liver enzymes. If swallowed by your pet, products with bleach can cause stomach upset, drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea. Inhaled in a high enough concentration, bleach-based products can also irritate a pet’s respiratory tract. The ASPCA advises that the key to using household cleaners is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. Watch for labels stating: “Keep pets and children away from the area until dry.” Follow these instructions to the letter. Even better, consider natural and green products to protect your pet’s health. While there are many that are available commercially, you can easily make your own to save money. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your home. Here are just a few basic cleaner recipes: Carpets Sprinkle baking soda on carpeting with a flour sifter or shaker and let it sit for about 15 minutes before vacuuming. General Cleanup Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle. The solution makes a great all-purpose cleaner for countertops, quick cleanups all over the house, and even kitchen and bathroom floors.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Mix 1⁄4 cup baking

soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into the toilet basin, and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with a brush and rinse. A mixture of two parts borax and one part lemon juice will also work. Tub and Tile Cleaner Rub in baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with

fresh water. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar (use sparingly since it can break down grout). Follow with baking soda as a scouring powder. Wood To clean wood and give it a healthy luster, add 1⁄4 cup of olive oil to warm water. Olive oil contains natural antibacterial and anti-microbial power. EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 17


simply saratoga The easygoing vibe of Saratoga is the perfect departure for a weekend away from the bustle of Silicon Valley. This former logging town boasts two unusual gardens— one Japanese and one Italian—plus a passel of wineries and a walkable downtown lined with shops and eateries. Skip the hassles of a road trip and stay close to home this weekend. by Ann Marie Brown

Villa Montalvo

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San Jose Cupertino



Santa Cruz


Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards

Hakone Gardens

Saratoga Farmers Market

Casa de Cobre

meander Linger among the bamboo forests, koi ponds, and stone fountains at Hakone Gardens, a Japanese estate founded in 1917. A mile away on the other side of Saratoga, stroll through Villa Montalvo’s formal Italianate garden. Ambitious walkers can explore the estate’s 175 acres by following the Lookout Trail to a high overlook of the valley., 408.741.4994;, 408.961.5800 ride Feeling aerobically challenged? Let Trigger do

the walking for you at Garrod Ranch. Sunday morning wine-tasting rides combine the best of two worlds: one hour in the saddle followed by a vintage-paired breakfast buffet., 408.867.9527

walk through its historic cellar on weekday afternoons (reserve in advance)., 408.741.2934;, 408.867.5832 dine Spice things up with a nouveau-Mexican meal

at Casa de Cobre, the antidote to the boring burrito. Sit on the front patio and nosh on fresh tortillas, goat enchiladas, vegetarian black beans, and of course, margaritas., 408.867.1639 stay A two-minute walk from the heart of Saratoga Village is the serene Saratoga Oaks Lodge, framed beneath a trio of gnarled valley oaks. Furnishings are elegant yet unpretentious, rates are under $200, and the continental breakfast will jumpstart your day.

victoria alexander, 408.867.3307 sip Just a few miles up the hill from Saratoga,

Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards handcrafts small lots of pinot noir. Purchase a picnic at the tasting room and wander amid the grapevines. Or, if you’d rather tour than taste, Mount Eden Vineyards offers a guided

shop Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Sara-

toga Farmers Market is the place to be. Get there early to have the best pick of everything that’s good for you. 14000 Fruitvale Ave., 800.806.3276 EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 19

full circle farm The youngest community members help celebrate the fall harvest in the farm's u-pick pumpkin patch.

a diamond in the rough Organic farm in Silicon Valley brings farmers and community together In the fast-paced urban world, the activities that connect us to nature are often limited to visiting our local park. Many of us have only a vague idea of where our food comes from, the miles it may have traveled, or the hard work it took to bring it to our table. As a society, we are accustomed to instant gratification, and sometimes that includes the act of pressing a few buttons and having a hot meal ready for dinner. But what about the long-lasting satisfaction of having an emotional connection to the earth and a direct link to the food we eat? 3 We can still have it. The healthy simplicity of life on the farm thrives at Full Circle Farm, an organic, sustainable farm right off Sunnyvale’s Lawrence Expressway. 

by jennifer robertson Photograhy by lilia schwartz


Located on 11 acres of land owned by the Santa Clara Unified School District, Full Circle Farm broke ground in 2007, bringing new life to land that sat unused for 50 years. Rows of fruits and vegetables now line what was once a barren patch of dirt and grass—land that might just as easily have been used for building another strip mall or condominium development. Full Circle Farm leases the land from the school district for the bargain price of $1,000 per month. In turn, students get hands-on instruction in sustainable farming, ecology, and nutrition, and half of the farm’s produce goes to school cafeterias, where 45 percent of the district’s students receive free or reduced-priced lunches. Students from nearby Peterson Middle School take part in a hands-on program at Full Circle Farm. Sixth graders spend one class period every two weeks volunteering at the farm. Working in groups of ten, the students plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, giving them the opportunity to witness the full cycle of farming. Full Circle Farm’s Interim Executive Director Liz Snyder says, “One thing that happens out here is that we build a connection to fresh, healthy food—an emotional connection—that can last a lifetime…The kids have the chance to plant a seed, watch it sprout, put it in the ground, watch it grow, harvest it, and eat it.” This is in sharp contrast to the “medical model” of nutrition that is taught in most schools. “Kids don’t respond to that very well. There’s nothing to engage them,” says Snyder. One of 85 like-minded farm-to-school programs in California, Full Circle Farm is a project of Sustainable Community Gardens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal of continued on page 36

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full circle farm Clockwise from upper left: Mansi Patel, age 6, celebrates the summer harvest in the educational garden; beekeeper Mark Patterson demonstrates beekeeping; Amie Frisch shows off a basket containing one of the farm's first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares; Kristin Sterling, a farm intern, gets her hands dirty during a warm summer evening in the fields; a young volunteer digs in the educational garden; a CSA basket; Melissa Patel, the Educational Garden Manager, tends starts in the greenhouse.


by Shannon Johnson

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decoding organic

Food with the “USDA Organic” label can be found on almost every major grocers’ shelf, yet many consumers are confused by the meaning of the words “certified organic,” or don’t understand why foods with this label carry a higher price tag. Organic foods have been around since the 1960s. The organic movement was set into motion by consumers who were concerned about health risks from the farm industry’s use of pesticides and insecticides. But until the 1980s, most organic farms were small mom-and-pop businesses. That changed with the passage of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990, which was the first major legislation to set regulations and standards governing the growing and processing of organic foods. Since then, the organic market has become a multibillion-dollar industry. With over $17.7 billion in organic-food-based consumer sales, and $938 million in non-food organic products in 2006, the organic farming industry has morphed overnight, resulting in small organic farms being outnumbered by largescale organic farming operations. The Organic Trade Association defines organic foods as those that are “produced within a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.” They must be grown and/or produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or genetic engineering. The use of sewage sludge, which is wastewater from sources such as homes, hospitals, and industrial complexes, is prohibited. Irradiation—the process of treating food with gamma rays, x-rays, or high-voltage electrons—is also prohibited. Animals that are raised as organic livestock must be fed an organic diet, be antibiotic- and growth-hormone free, and have regular access to the outdoors. Food or non-food products must be certified in order to carry the organic label. The USDA utilizes third-party certifiers, both private and state-owned, to act as certifying agents. These agents are in place to ensure that farmers or producers adhere to a stringent set of standards, including providing information regarding the types of chemicals or substances that were applied to the land over the prior three years; the types of organic products that are being

grown, raised, or processed; and an organic system plan that covers how standards will be implemented and maintained. Inspections of organic facilities are done yearly to ensure that standard organic practices are being followed. Farmers must keep detailed records of their production, harvesting, and handling methods. Once the farmer or producer is certified, they are then allowed to place the “USDA Certified Organic” label on their products. The USDA organic label has three levels or categories. The label “100% organic” means exactly that—the food or non-food product is made from 100% organic ingredients. The label “organic” means that the product contains at least 95% organic ingredients. The label “made with organic ingredients” means that the product contains more than 70% organic ingredients. The manufacturer of any foods or non-foods labeled as organic without being certified is subject to a fine of up to $11,000 for each instance of illegal labeling. The organic sector has the most impressive growth rates in the overall food market, with a 21% increase between 2005 and 2006, and projected increases of 18% a year between 2007 and 2010, per the last industry study conducted by the Organic Trade Association. This growth can be attributed to the number of medical studies that have concluded that organic foods are much more beneficial to our health than non-organic foods. Additionally, many consumers are now aware that eating organic is eco-friendly. Organic farming promotes soil health and fertility, reduces global warming, and reduces the pollution of water supplies from chemical residue runoff.

know your labels

Made with Organic Ingredients The product contains more than 70% organic ingredients.

Organic The product contains at least 95% organic ingredients.

100% Organic The product is made from 100% organic ingredients.

top foods to eat organic According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, the 12 fruits and vegetables that consistently test the highest for pesticide residue—and the ones you should always try to buy organic—are peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, grapes, carrots, and pears. Among those that test the lowest for pesticides are onions, avocados, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and broccoli. EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 25

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All our rare & exquisite products are lovingly handcrafted in small batches from the highest quality ingredients. Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultations, Pancha KarmaDetox Therapies & Yoga Therapy for internal and external vibrant health & beauty.

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Sweet (Green) Dreams Organic mattresses are a cozy way to improve your health

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by Jennifer Moscatello

Your bedroom is your oasis, your haven, your sanctuary. But what if that sanctuary is tainted by off-gassing and toxic chemicals? To ensure a restful slumber, invest in an organic mattress and bedding. Âť


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Consumers must ask questions to ascertain whether a mattress is truly organic, or just being hyped as such.

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Why not conventional?

Most conventional mattresses have the potential to cause a variety of health concerns. They are made with synthetic materials derived from petrochemicals, including polyester and polyurethane foam. Another concern is the use of formaldehyde and chemical fire retardants, which are suspected of causing serious health and environmental repercussions. (The most commonly used retardant, known as PBDE, has been banned in Europe and a large portion of the United States.) Children’s mattresses are often encased in vinyl covers, which add to their toxic load.

According to a 2008 article by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy group dedicated to protecting public health and the environment, “laboratory tests conducted on fire retardants found that in 19 of 20 U.S. families, concentrations of…PBDE were significantly higher in 1.5- to 4-year-old children than in their mothers.” Many mattress manufacturers have stopped using PBDE, replacing the fire retardant with other chemicals. But this may create another set of problems. Bridget Biscotti Bradley, author and owner of Reclaim, an eco-friendly home store in Menlo Park, cautions that “many of these non-PBDE chemicals that are now being used

Choosing the right mattress material

What it is

why it works for bedding

Organic cotton

Cotton grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers

Soft; absorbent; breathable

Organic wool

Untreated fiber from sheep raised on organic feed; produced without chemicals

Warm; absorbent; naturally fire retardant; insulating; resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew

Natural latex/rubber

Harvested from the tree sap of the Hevea Brasiliensis tree

Durable; breathable; supportive; antibacterial; hypoallergenic; resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew



is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." —Thomas Dekker

haven't been tested and we don't really know how humans react to them, especially in conjunction with other chemicals.”

The cost factor

Healthier mattress alternatives do exist. Organic mattresses typically come in two varieties: natural latex/rubber or innerspring. Natural latex mattresses use latex as their core, enveloped in layers of organic cotton and organic wool. Innerspring mattresses are comparable in feel to conventional mattresses, as they are constructed similarly with innerspring coils surrounded by organic cotton batting and organic wool quilting.

Although pricing for organic mattresses tends to run higher than for conventional ones, the benefits are greater. When faced with an expensive purchase, I employ my “cost per wear” equation—in this case, cost per use—to help make my decision. When applied to a mattress, let’s assume an initial outlay of $1,800. As most natural latex mattresses have 20-year warranties, the cost per use averages out to about $90 per year, or a mere 25 cents per day. Which means that whether you choose a natural latex or innerspring mattress, you can rest assured that your investment in your bed—and your health—will be worthwhile.


Local organic mattress resources

Healthful options

A number of certifications exist that limit harmful substances in consumer goods—Greenguard, SKAL, and Oeko-Tex, to name a few. Still, there is no government regulation of mattress labeling. As a result, consumers must ask questions to ascertain whether a mattress is truly organic, or just being hyped as such. According to Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst at EWG, "the term ‘organic’ often just refers to the use of organic-certified cotton or wool in a product, but doesn't imply that other green criteria are met.” Which means an “organic” mattress may be manufactured with polyurethane foam, covered with organic cotton, and cleverly marketed as an organic product. 30 | October 2009

Savvy Rest Natural Latex Tranquility Queen Mattress with Organic Cotton and Organic Wool Fill To buy: $1,749 at Reclaim; Menlo Park; 650.329.9480; OMI Organicpedic Mattress To buy: $1,595-2,095 at Ergo Sleep Systems; Berkeley; 510.525.3746; Eco-Cloud Mattress To buy: $1,200-2,500 at The Natural Mattress Store; Palo Alto; 650.321.8700; Natural Organic Cotton Soy Memory Foam Full/Double Futon Mattress To buy: $1,249 at The Futon Shop; San Jose and Palo Alto; 800.443.8866;

Fertigation conserving water and saving money

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or the first time in the state’s history, California is facing a water crisis that reaches far beyond a solitary drought. Factors such as the deterioration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, state water cutbacks, decreased snowfall, and climate change contribute to a situation that threatens the quality of life Californians rely and depend on. California is now in its third consecutive year of drought, forcing the California Department of Water Resources to declare that “conservation is critically important to maintaining our water supply.” The projected outlook remains bleak when population growth is taken into account. According to the Association of California Water Agencies, “state officials recently projected that California’s population will reach 50 million by 2032 and 60 million by 2050,” creating a huge strain on the state’s water supply system. In the face of such a seemingly insurmountable problem, you may wonder what efforts you can make to conserve water, aside from turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or taking shorter showers. One major solution to California’s water problems may lie in a landscaping process called fertigation, which involves fertilizing your yard through your irrigation system.

by kristin carey Fertigation makes use of bio-stimulants such as bacteria and fungi instead of traditional fertilizer chemicals such as nitrogen. A tank is installed in your yard, then filled with water that is “spiked” with these bio-stimulants. Hooked up to the water line from your home, the tank provides your landscape with a dose of vital bio-stimulants every time your yard is watered. Alex Cartwright, owner of CK Management Systems, makes fertigation systems available to residences, homeowners’ associations, and small businesses throughout the Bay Area. Previously fertigation was used almost exclusively at large commercial establishments such as golf courses, but now even Cartwright’s residential clients are able to enjoy lower water bills and increased growth and vitality in their lawns and gardens. Cartwright says, “Have you ever wondered why the forest does so well in a drought without irrigation and without any fertilizer? It’s because [the forest] has its own microbiology—living organisms, bacteria and fungi, otherwise known as bio-stimulants, which feed the plants on a continual basis. For example, there are certain bacteria that literally pluck nitrogen from the air and give it to the plant on a continual basis. Also, there is a fungus that adheres to the root EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 33

zone, making it twice as long and feeding the root moisture found in the soil.” These are the same bio-stimulants CK Management Systems uses to fill their irrigation tanks. Why fertigate as opposed to spreading traditional fertilizer and watering your landscape? Most importantly, a fertigation system can reduce water usage by as much as 40-70%. Plants that receive bio-stimulants on a regular basis simply don’t need as much water. Also, fertigation eliminates environmentally harmful fertilizer runoff. The key ingredient in pellet fertilizer is nitrogen, of which only 20-30% gets absorbed, and the rest runs off into gutters and

A fertigation system can reduce water usage by 40-70%. streams. Not only is this extremely harmful to the environment, but adding nitrogen irregularly and in high doses creates stress and shock on the root zone of the landscape, which creates an even greater need for water. The bio-stimulants used in fertigation have a 100% absorption rate, eliminating fertilizer runoff. Installing a fertigation system is not something for the average do-it-yourselfer. The process involves setting up an irrigation tank, irrigation lines, and a unit that prevents backflow, then troubleshooting pressure issues and points of connection. CK Management Systems and other professional landscaping companies will install a fertigation system that includes a warranty on their tanks, then provide consistent check-ups on both the system and your landscape’s health. “A typical residential tank installation will set you back about $800, with periodic tank fills around six times per year. Very large residences and small commercial sites can expect tank installations to cost around $1,600, with refills approximately eight times per year,” says Cartwright. The efficiency of a fertigation system can be increased by using it in conjunction with an ET clock, a “timer” that measures your microclimate’s temperature, humidity, wind, and solar radiance, thus determining how best to efficiently water your yard. Utilizing gray water recycling and rainwater catchment, today’s fertigation systems are twice as efficient as systems available just three years ago, and can cut down on water usage by 50-60% within the first year. One of Cartwright’s clients, Richard Tate of Dublin, has written proof that his fertigation system works. He says, “I went to Dublin San Ramon Zone 7 Water District and got a copy of our water usage (bills). Our fertigation system was installed in September 2008. The November 2007 two months’ usage bill was for 518,364 gallons— before the system. The November 2008 two months’ usage bill was for 47,872 gallons—after the system.” Not everyone sees results that are quite so dramatic, but there is no question that fertigation reduces water usage. Shorter showers, limiting toilet flushing, or turning the faucet off while brushing our teeth may have been enough during the last major California drought in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But today we are faced with different circumstances that require different measures. Fertigation introduces the most accessible way for Californians to make an individual difference through their conservation efforts. 34 | October 2009


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local, sustainable food systems throughout Silicon Valley. The group’s premise is to provide affordable access to locally produced food, as well as education in environmental living, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and gardening. Full Circle Farm receives a third of its financing from donations, a third from grants from organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University, and a third from produce sales. The farm’s harvest is offered for sale at local farmer's markets and at its produce stand on Dunford Way near Quail Avenue (open Wed. and Fri. 3-7 p.m.). Full Circle Farm also offers community members the chance to buy crop shares through a program known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA members invest $300 per quarter, before the crops are planted in the ground, thereby sharing in the farmers’ risk. After the harvest begins, each member’s “share” results in a weekly basket filled with enough produce to feed a family

you are invited In support of the farm's educational mission, fun facts adorn the chicken coop to inform kids and adults alike.

LEE HOLDEN, international instructor in meditation, tai chi, and qi gong will be the featured guest speaker.

When Tuesday, November 10 time 5:30 P.M. Cost Free Where Tomato Thyme Restaurant

1560 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose Please RSVP by November 8 to Visit us at

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of four. The farm has already sold out of memberships through May 2010, and there is a waitlist for the next quarter. Last year, the farm produced 26,500 pounds of food. Their goal is to reach 120,000 pounds annually. Community members can also get involved in Full Circle Farm in more personal, hands-on ways. Take a leisurely stroll down the dirt paths that lead past the greenhouses and through rows of vegetables, each one labeled with the names of the volunteer farmers. Visit the 140-tree orchard or join community volunteers and students in the educational garden. Roll up your sleeves and sink your fingers into the earth; drop-in workdays are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to sundown. Activities may include composting, planting, or weeding the crops. For more information about Full Circle Farm and its public offerings, visit

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4133 Mohr Avenue, Suite H, Pleasanton, CA 94566 925.484.0903

*Vegetarian House

Organic Vegan Restaurant 520 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112 408.292.3798 |

Established in 1994, the Vegetarian House is an organic vegan restaurant located in downtown San Jose. We offer a wide range of vegan dishes from all over the world, and use freshly grown organic ingredients from local sources whenever possible.

Planet Orange Nathan Cocozza

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Small, award winning multi-disciplined architectural firm emphasizing green technology in custom home design, remodels, and additions. Covering Northern California, we incorporate green products into every residential and commercial project. Free consultation.

Planet Orange is the bay area’s leading property services company, providing orange oil termite treatments, Eco Smart pest control services and property remediation to Bay Area residents.

Rayna Lumbard, LMFT

Wild Bird Center of Los Gatos

InnerSuccess Transformations

20688 Fourth Street, Suite 8, Saratoga, CA 95070 408.358.3756 | Rayna is a Holistic Marriage and Family Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Psychospiritual Energy Healer, and Workshop Facilitator. She empowers individuals, couples, and families to live joyful, authentic, and abundant lives by healing core issues on all levels mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Freddy Howell

792 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 408.358.WILD (9453) | We are a mini department store for nature lovers, specializing in everything to do with bird feeding and bird watching. We offer a complete line of products including feeders, birdbaths, nest boxes, binoculars, nature themed clothing and jewelry; books and field guides, kids stuff and many great gift items. $5 off your purchase of $20 or more.

*Certified Bay Area Green Business


Classical Homeopathy

Deborah Hayes CCH RSHom(NA) MBRCP(H) CCHH 2672 Bayshore Parkway, Suite 810 650.557.2160 |

Homeopathy is a versatile, safe, and effective system of natural medicine, with in-depth health consultations and individually selected remedies to improve your energy, mood, and well being and address your unique health concerns.

*Healthy Smiles Dental Care Arta Vakhshoori, D.D.S.

5595 Winfield Blvd. #108, San Jose, CA 95123 408.226.6683 |

Yoga Fitness

Linda Bonney Bostrom & Jito Yumibe 1 West Campbell Ave, B29, Campbell, CA 95008 408.777.YOGA (9642) |

We offer Yoga classes taught in the Iyengar tradition. We have classes 7 days a week, and we have classes for every level of student from brand new beginners to more experienced and advanced. Our studio is newly remodeled and fully equipped. We welcome you.

e11even salon & boutique Kandi Armstrong

2360 S. Bascom Ave., Suite H, Campbell, CA 95008 408.371.4155 |

Arta Vakshoori, D.D.S. and her team provide state-of-theart technology in biological dentistry, including drill-less laser for your comfort, early detection, safety in removal of mercury fillings, and preservation for your natural tooth in a healthy, healing environment.

A hip, vibrant and comfortable space—that’s what our guests experience at e11even. We boast skilled staff that continually seeks education and inspiration. Our boutique offers unique and whimsical items to complement your new look. Experience it for yourself!

Studio3 Design

Qiworks—Return to Balance

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1585 The Alameda #200, San Jose, CA 95126 650.575.1941 | Well known for creating award winning home spaces that reflect individual style and aesthetic, Bess Wiersema combines visionary design and seamless project management. Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Administration, and Consultation (finishes, fixtures, color, landscape, master plan).

Healing the Zebra Arts Center Nancy A. Ries

3648 Hoover Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 650.299.1194 |

7291 Coronado Drive #1, San Jose, CA 95129 408.761.2679 |

At Qiworks we are dedicated to instilling wellness into your being while enhancing your vital energy through Qigong and bodywork. Qigong is an ancient, potent, Chinese Medicine. Call and mention this ad and receive a free Qi evaluation.

Annette’s Gluten-Free Bakery Annette Droher

PO Box 5036, Pleasanton, CA 94566 925.426.1985 |

A new healing arts center in a geodesic dome offers creative arts classes focusing on the body-mind-spirit for personal development. More than fifteen instructors teach workshops including tantric yoga, health movement, painting, creative writing, enactment, and more

Gluten Free and Dairy Free products for individuals with dietary restrictions or those looking for a healthier lifestyle. Organic ingredients are always used. Baking lessons available; recipes on website. Will ship. Catering for Gluten Free events also available.

Peter Lyon General Contractor, Inc.

Steven E. Smith

Peter Lyon

1610 Dell Avenue, Suite D, Campbell, CA 95008 408.871.8665 | Award winning residential remodeling firm, serving discerning Santa Clara County homeowners for over 32 years. Personalized customer service, combined with sustainable and healthy design, yield unique remodeling experiences.

*Certified Bay Area Green Business

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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 409 E. Campbell Ave., Suite 220, Campbell, CA 95008 408.910.4257 |

Holistic therapy and counseling for emotional & spiritual health. Individuals, Couples, Men's Groups, Workshops. Heal, grow, and learn to experience more freedom, joy, love, and abundance.



gas guzzlers ˙

A decade ago, most Bay Area motorists viewed hybrid vehicles as something you might see in a Jetsons’ cartoon. Today they are as common as stoplights and freeway traffic. If you aren’t ready to buy a new, fuel-efficient car, consider other ways to conserve gas, such as driving less. BY steve scheifer

3.3% $19,800 The sticker price for a base-model 2010 Honda Insight hybrid.

The amount your gas mileage can improve by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.

1000+ 20lbs Each gallon of gasoline burned creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, a climate-changing greenhouse gas.

The number of patents applied for in engineering the 2010 Toyota Prius.

$3750 The amount of money you can save in a five-year period by driving a vehicle that gets 30 MPG instead of one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and $3 per gallon).

Advertiser’s Index

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Annette’s Gluten-Free Bakery Arta Vakhshoori, D.D.S. Babycoo Bikram Yoga San Jose California Baby Claire Adalyn Wright, MFT Confidence Landscaping, Inc. Debbie Wachsberg Deborah Hayes Classical Homeopathy Decor Outdoor Living & More Dr. Douglas Larson, D.D.S. Dream Wedding Giveaway e11even salon & boutique Eating with the Seasons Ergo Sleep Systems

38 8 10 15 C2 12 35 39 15 4 16 12 39 12 8

The average increase in fuel efficiency experienced by people who traded in their clunkers for a more fuel-efficient car under President Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program.

58 percent


Healing the Zebra Icing on the Cake KGO AM 810 Newstalk Radio Los Gatos Health and Fitness Oak Meadow Dental Center Peter G. Shutts Architect Peter Lyon General Contractor, Inc. Planet Orange Qiworks—Return to Balance Rayna Lumbard, LMFT REC Solar San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Co. Santana Row Schurra's Fine Confections Spring Training, Inc.

38 12 12 C3 5 37 15 32 38 26 36 15 31 6 39

Steven E. Smith, Enlightened Mind Stirling Properties Studio3 Design SunWize Technologies Supreme Court 1 Athletic Club The Spa—Los Gatos Tina Deane, CMT Tomato Thyme Vegetarian House Wente Vineyards Wild Bird Center of Los Gatos William H. Fry Construction Company Yoga Fitness Iyengar Tradition Yogic Beauty Yogic Medicine Institute

26 35 38 34 5 16 26 6 6 C4 37 15 6 26 5

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