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On the cover of our June Men’s Healthy Living issue, we feature Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Taliesin West. Read more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy on page 32.


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Publisher’s Note

une is our Men’s Healthy Living issue. We have interesting and informative articles on health and wellness, nutrition and brain training in our Live section. In the Work section, we feature a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday and his sustainable architecture, plus how to create a successful start-up. We highlight a local artist’s work and how to grow delicious food in the hot temperatures of Phoenix in our Play section. This June, we celebrate all the great men in our lives – from grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, husbands, boyfriends, nephews and sons. Father’s Day is a great time to let your dad know how much he means to you. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing father. He taught me so much about work ethic, responsibility, business, gardening and love. He was a genuine person that had a great sense of humor. He loved playing jokes on loved ones and stretching the truth to see if you believed it or not. I was usually a believer in what he said, even if he was pulling my leg. I depended on him for laughter, guidance and strength. Unfortunately, he passed away last year. Not a day goes by that I do not miss him with all of my heart. His memory, love, laughter and guidance continue to empower me. The quote that my dad always said was: “You cannot worry about things that you cannot change.” Change is the only thing that is constant. We are thankful and grateful for all of the fun and smart work our editor Amanda has accomplished at Green Living magazine. We wish her the best in her new career.

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his is the 28th issue of Green Living magazine that I’ve helped put together from start to finish, from rough ideas to the finished product you see now. I am very proud of all that I’ve accomplished and what the magazine continues to accomplish as it spreads awareness and knowledge of eco-friendly practices. It is with mixed emotions that I announce this will be my final issue as the editor of this wonderful publication. It’s been a great ride – one I will never forget and will cherish always. I have met and worked with some amazing people over the past two years and four months, and I am blessed to have known them all. I am opening another chapter in this book of life and trying my hand at something other than publishing. I’m excited to see what the future holds. I want to thank you, dear reader, for being a supporter of the magazine and all that it sets out to accomplish. I know Green Living magazine will continue to be an important resource for the community. In our June Men’s Healthy Living issue we focus on eco men’s fashion; six green date ideas; men’s healthy eating and sports; a business profile on local reclaimed wood company Porter Barn Wood; the benefits of superfood powders; the cost of clutter; new projects from net-zero-energy developer MODUS; Pomegranate Café’s new location; and more. Don’t miss my last article on local pop-up dining companies throughout Arizona, featuring SENSES, Cloth & Flame and Tucson Pop-Up. We also have recipes for Father’s Day and cool events to take Dad to this June. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I enjoyed helping it come together. We are a community of like-hearted people, and my heart will hold the values of this magazine wherever my journey takes me! “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” – Leonard Nimoy

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ustainable fashion is becoming more available, including options for men! Sustainability includes three pillars: social, economic and environmental. This is often referred to as the “3 P’s” – People, Planet and Profit. When you consider sustainability LOREN NORTH as inclusive of these three elements, it becomes easier to determine where you will be impactful with your fashion choices and how to create a sustainable wardrobe. PEOPLE This can include the garment workers, the store owners or the employees. If you care about fair wages, fair working conditions and/ or supporting local business owners, your apparel choices can reflect that. Look for fair trade made items or clothing with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) logo to ensure fair labor conditions in the supply chain. Additionally, you can support a local business owner versus shopping at a big box retailer. PLANET It is estimated that each year 80 billion garments are produced globally. The average American throws away more than 60 pounds of textile waste each year. Data from 2012 estimates the amount of resources that go into fiber

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production every year are approximately 145 million tons of coal and 1.5 to 2 trillion gallons of water. How do we save the planet with our clothes? Buy less, buy the highest quality you can afford, and make your items last through repairs and alterations. Also, use the “30 wear” rule – before you buy something, ask yourself if you can wear it at least 30 times. PROFIT This includes fair wages and how a business gives back to the community. Shopping consignment is a great option if you are looking for a store that carries more than the current trends, offers clothing in a variety of sizes, and is not only focused on a younger age demographic. You will also save a lot of money compared to retail stores. While consignment fashion is overwhelmingly marketed to women, men now have many options when it comes to sustainable shopping. This can include consignment, shopping online for sustainable brands, or supporting locally owned businesses.

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SUSTAINABLE BRANDS. Look for brands that are transparent about their supply chain, how they define sustainability, what elements of sustainability they incorporate into their business and where their clothes are made.



If it’s difficult to learn the answers to these questions, then they are likely greenwashing. SHOP CONSIGNMENT. See the sidebar for a list of men’s consignment stores. SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES and extract the value from what you own! This means finding a local tailor and/or cobbler to help make the items you have last even longer. Shoes can be resoled as well as conditioned and cleaned. If you have belts that are too long, a cobbler can resize those, too! If you find you aren’t wearing a garment because it is too big or too long, take it to a tailor. Very few men can buy a suit off the rack without alterations. Tailoring is often necessary, even if it’s just for hemming trousers. If you don’t know what to look for in proper fit, a fashion stylist can help. Personal fashion stylist Loren North is a former environmental consultant who traded in her steel-toed boots for high heels to pursue her passion for sustainability and secondhand shopping. She is on a mission to change the world by changing how we shop for and treat our clothes. Her company Through the Closet Door is a personal styling consultancy focused on helping professional men and women improve their appearance. Send Loren an email at loren@throughtheclosetdoor.com to learn more about her styling services or visit throughtheclosetdoor.com. Photos taken by Veronica Wierer at If I Were a Rich Man consignment boutique in Phoenix.

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t’s not just a stereotype; men and women really do work out differently. While gym memberships are pretty evenly split (48 percent male and 52 percent female), only onethird of men participate in group exercise classes, while the male-to-female ratio is closer to 1-to-4 for popular options like Zumba and P90X, according to the latest consumer report from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Men, meanwhile, are much more likely to focus on lifting weights and strength training, says Vincent Perez, PT, director of sports therapy at Columbia University Medical Center Eastside in New York in a recent Web MD article. “Men work out because they like to be bigger. Pecs, biceps, quads – men are after bulk.” Not to say weight training isn’t important, but it can often lead to injuries from a lack of proper stretching. Even more damage comes from focusing too intently on just one aspect of health and fitness (like working out just the upper body muscles that everybody can see), which can lead to an unbalanced fitness routine and even prevent you from achieving your long-term fitness goals. Here are four fitness tips from Corey Degenstein, Fitness Director at Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, that every man should incorporate into his regular workout routine, to ensure he is getting the most out of gym time. BE FLEXIBLE As mentioned above, men tend to avoid yoga/Pilates/stretching classes and head straight to strength training. But you’ll find that your workouts are actually much more effective, and recovery times shortened, if you do strength training followed by stretching your muscles. Even if you don’t have the time to take a full class, make sure you find the time for foam rolling and stretching key areas for even just a few minutes each time you work out. For men, special focus should be put on the hips, lower back, hamstrings, quads and chest.

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HIDDEN STRENGTH Don’t forget to focus on the upper body muscles that you can’t see. Too many men simply concentrate on what they can see: chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps and abs. But focusing on areas such as the rotator cuffs and upper and mid back muscles can help improve poor posture, which is something most men suffer from thanks to hunching over smart phones, driving long commutes, and working desk jobs. Focusing on strengthening these areas will greatly benefit posture, especially combined with strength training such as rows, pull downs, pull-ups and YTAs. JUST ADD WATER It sounds obvious, but drinking water on a regular basis is one of the most important – and most overlooked – parts of an effective workout. Not only will proper hydration help keep your energy levels up, but consuming lots of water helps the body with repair and rejuvenation, especially as we enter summer in Arizona. GET YOUR ZZZZZS It is critical to get a good night’s sleep both before and after working out. Good rest is always vital, but as we age the body doesn’t bounce back as well as it used to from weekend bouts of activity. So getting ample amounts of sleep will help the body recover from exercise, as well as from that long night out overindulging. For more information about Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, visit villageclubs.com or call 480-609-6979. Dawson Fearnow is a marketing copywriter and an award-winning freelance reporter based in Phoenix. A longtime architecture aficionado, travel junkie and food fanatic, when he’s not crisscrossing the state in search of his next favorite dish, Dawson is daydreaming about scuba diving in far-away places. Read Dawson’s latest at fearnowink.com. Find more health & wellness articles at greenlivingaz.com/health






atural wellness, healthy living, longevity and vitality are at the forefront of most everyone’s minds, particularly as we age. Aging is inevitable, but getting old is a much more influenceable and controllable process – as long as we TAYLOR GREWE actively invest in it! The challenge is to understand where and how to invest to get the best health and healthspan return on investment. Who doesn’t want to wake up every morning feeling physically and mentally capable of taking on the day, feeling energized and the best possible version of themselves? Eating the right foods and exercising is a vital component of the equation, but do we really know how to manage these tasks? We must take into consideration that every individual human body is different; every single body has slightly different needs and requirements to perform at its best. Thus, the wellness investment equation is slightly more complex than simply “eat right and exercise.” The ability to solve this equation with confidence lies in the intimate understanding of our inner health and wellness down to our body’s cellular health level. As complex as this may sound, this can be easily accomplished through a series of non-invasive physiological tests that quickly provide baseline data points to enable a data-driven approach to wellness and longevity, which will not only align with the particular needs of a specific human body, but can also be individualized and aligned with a person’s lifestyle objective.

Understand your starting point based on quantitative data rather than how you feel or how you think the path forward should be.

Here are a few reasons why you should get your physiological baseline testing and “know your numbers”:

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Your inner body is the other 50 percent that makes up your entire body! It is as critical to your success as the engine is to a racecar.


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Avoid applying generic solutions to a highly individualized requirement.

Instead, step into the world of Predictive and Quantifiable Results: Follow specific fitness, exercise and diet recommendations that are tailored to your own body. These are likely to generate predictive results because all intricacies of your inner body have been taken into consideration in the development of the plan forward.


Benefit from quantitative positive reinforcement.

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o you remember playing “Concentration” or “Memory” as a child? I’m referring to a game where cards are distributed face down on a flat surface and have to be matched by players who need to remember the positions of the cards as they flip them face up each turn. If you have played it, perhaps you also remember being told that playing such games improves your memory, especially as a child while your brain is still developing. Indeed, the brain is moldable to some extent due to its property of neuroplasticity, an inherent ability to alter its synaptic connections. This can extend from changes in individual neurons in response to day-to-day activity to even large-scale cortical remapping in response to severe injury. Learning anything rewires your neural network, continuously optimizing it toward the newly gained skill. The fact that our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives is also the basis of brain training exercises, such as the memory game.

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Before diving into brain fitness, it is important to understand two aspects of intelligence: fluid and crystallized. Fluid intelligence is a measure of our ability to use logic to solve new problems and identify patterns and relationships in new situations. Crystallized intelligence draws on long-term memory and acquired skills, knowledge and experience. Considering this, most alterations in the brain’s neural network are geared toward improving crystallized intelligence as we learn and gain experiences, while fluid intelligence is generally considered to be fixed at the point when our brains complete development. The dual n-back task is a complex software-based cognitive training process involving simultaneous visual and auditory stimulation. The task is similar to “Concentration” or “Memory,” albeit instead of recalling the location of multiple static items, a single item appears in different locations each turn along with an auditory stimulus such as a letter of the alphabet. The participant has



to remember the position of the item as well as the auditory stimulus in previous steps. The complexity of dual sensory inputs, inability to form strategies, as well as the pressure of being timed pushes participants of the n-back task to their peak level. What is intriguing about this task is that despite its postulated ability to improve working memory due to the requirement to constantly refresh and maintain the “history” of the item’s position, training in this manner appears to transfer gains to fluid intelligence. This is possibly due to the improvement in attention and working memory, both of which are related to fluid intelligence. Nevertheless, a true claim that the task results in an improvement in fluid intelligence requires that the gains remain over a long term or even permanently. While a 2008 study of the dual n-back task by University of Michigan Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab researchers Martin Buschkuehl and Susanne Jaeggi, as well as a second independent study conducted at the University of Technology in Hangzhou, China, found the task to be effective, a meta-analytical review by researchers from the University of Oslo, Norway, as well as subsequent independent studies counter those results. Scientific research has thus not conclusively proven the effectiveness of n-back exercises, but a wide variety of training programs and apps have been developed that make use of the task. Despite many of those currently available espousing miraculous improvements to fluid intelligence with liberal use of neuroscientific buzzwords, the lack of conclusive evidence may mean they are marketing a pseudoscientific snake oil. On the other hand, there is a debate about the possible benefits of the training, and research on the subject continues to take place. Most of all, like the memory games you played as a child, these n-back games are hardly tedious. Give one a shot and have fun while you are at it. Consider any benefits you obtain a positive externality, and you have no way to lose.


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onstruction is underway on First Place–Phoenix, a new $15 million residential property for adults with autism and other neuro-diversities that offers a one-of-a-kind approach to combining apartments, a residential training DENISE RESNIK program and a global leadership institute. The 81,000-square-foot property is in the heart of the urban area at 3001 N. Third St. in Phoenix. Developer First PlaceAZ, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is working hard to ensure that housing options for people with autism and other special abilities are as bountiful as they are for everyone else. “Phoenix is proud to be an inclusive place to live and in the forefront of pioneering new housing options for people of all abilities,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “By leading, collaborating and finding creative solutions such as First Place–Phoenix, we continue to be worthy of PBS NewsHour calling Phoenix ‘the most autism-friendly city in the world.’” “First Place models housing innovation,” said Michael Trailor, director of the Arizona Department of Housing. “With the development of First Place–Phoenix, another option is being added to the mix and informing the marketplace through its thoughtful and leading-edge approach.” As First Place AZ founder and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) co-founder, I have been contemplating innovative home options for years. My 26-year-old son, Matt, has autism. First Place is the result of collective and cumulative impact. For 20 years, SARRC and our many partners have built a supportive community, setting the stage for First Place. For most of those years, we’ve been

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researching, planning, collaborating and dreaming with those partners from across the state and North America. Together, we are raising the bar on residential, training and employment opportunities, with plans for replication. Informing the design of First Place–Phoenix is the 2009 “Opening Doors” study by the Urban Land Institute, ASU and SARRC. We are today with housing for special populations where the real estate industry was 50 years ago with senior housing. We need more locations, price points and supportive options to create homes for adults with many different abilities.



FIRST PLACE–PHOENIX WILL FEATURE THREE MAIN COMPONENTS: FIRST PLACE APARTMENTS: 56 studio, one-, two- and fourbedroom units for lease by residents, supported by a suite of independent living services and amenities FIRST PLACE TRANSITION ACADEMY: A two-year, tuitionbased residential training program for participants that is focused on independent living skills, career readiness and interpersonal relations FIRST PLACE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: An international training center for professionals, direct service support providers and medical personnel and a robust site for research and public-policy advancements A $21.3 million comprehensive capital campaign continues, of which $15 million is dedicated to the development of First Place–Phoenix. The campaign represents charitable, private and public sources and also includes start-up operational funding and fellowships for Arizona State University doctoral and postdoctoral students, who are also Teach For America alumni. Hardison/downey construction of Phoenix is the general contractor and RSP Architects of Tempe is the architect. Residents are expected to move into First Place–Phoenix in early 2018. Residents or participants interested in the First Place Transition Academy may apply online.

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For more information or to become involved, email info@firstplaceaz.org or visit firstplaceaz.org. An international autism leader, Denise Resnik is the Founder and President/CEO of First Place AZ (established in 2012), Co-Founder of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) (established in 1997), and Founder and CEO of DRA Collective, and marketing/ communications firm (established in 1986) that serves clients in a variety of fields including real estate, economic development, health care, education and hospitality. Photo at left by Sydnee Schwartz. Photo below by Stephen G. Dreiseszun, Viewpoint Photographers.

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Even though the metropolitan Phoenix area receives only seven inches of rainfall a year, stormwater quality is still a serious concern. Stormwater runoff happens when rain flows over land or impervious surfaces such as streets, parking lots and rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. Unlike the water from sinks and toilets, this water flows UNTREATED into the environment.

Practicing healthy household habits can keep common pollutants like pet waste, trash, yard waste, pesticides and automotive fluids off the ground and out of our watersheds.

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hat do golf, basketball, baseball and football have to do with men’s health? Read on to discover how you can relate healthful lifestyle changes to these four popular sports! TANYA GLOS

VISUAL LEARNERS: GOLF Picture a golf course with lots of “green.” This means eat “clean” most of the time. Avoid anything artificial and opt for organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, grains, meats, dairy products and beverages whenever you can. Picture the water dispersed throughout the links. Similar to the placement of water features on a golf course, get creative with the water you drink daily. Mix it up with lemon, lime, cucumber, pineapple, grapefruit, ginger and herbs such as peppermint or basil. Drink this flavored water warm with lemon in the morning, with hot herbal tea at night, and chilled in the afternoon. Remember to also drink water between meals. Water has been known to have a similar energizing effect to caffeinated beverages. Also, avoid the traps! Meals don’t have to be man-sized, oversized, supersized, full of junk, or just meat-andpotatoes plain and boring. Real men cook and eat real food!

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ACTION: BASKETBALL Basketball is an energetic game in which the players must keep the ball moving, keep their feet moving, look for opportunities to pass, and ultimately score two-pointers, three-pointers and free throws. This means live an active lifestyle! Of course your lifestyle includes daily exercise, but don’t just sit around on a date night or a night out with friends. Think outside the box of dinner and a movie. Do something physical and fun that includes walking around town, through art galleries, or even just the neighborhood. Play pool, darts, miniature golf, or dance. Go see a live band and rock the night away. You can have meaningful or fun conversations while moving and playing games. Fight the urge to be sedentary and get into action! GOAL-SETTING: BASEBALL Keep your eye on the ball, be ready to run, score as often as you can, and occasionally knock it out of the ballpark! This means set attainable health goals for yourself, go for them, achieve them, and even aim to wow yourself by overachieving every once in awhile. When it comes to your health, if you love how you feel and have the energy to lead the life of your dreams, have a goal to remain and maintain. If you don’t love how you feel, or your loved ones or health



practitioners are urging you to make changes, set your main goal for a reasonable time in the future with smaller goals at attainable levels in achievable timelines. Be patient with yourself. Get hooked on the feeling of winning each game in the series. Before you know it, the season will be over and you’ll be on top! TEAMWORK/ACCOUNTABILITY: FOOTBALL Touchdowns, field goals, pass completions, and defensive tackles are all achieved through teamwork. This means being open to getting assistance and forming an alliance with at least one teammate, maybe several. Make it a point to ask each other questions, check in with each other, compete against each other, or even give each other a hard time if necessary to stay on track. Don’t go it alone! Friends are the best teammates and accountability partners in life. Remember, TEAM means “together everyone achieves more!” Tanya Glos helps people gain the benefits of a lifestyle filled with healthful, whole, organic foods. She has a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition Care and has practiced what she’s preached to individuals, families and groups since 1994. For more articles about nutrition visit greenlivingaz.com/nutrition

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r. Jack Wolfson, DO, FACC, is a cardiologist from Paradise Valley who focuses on public awareness work relating to the topics of cholesterol while lecturing on humanity’s ancestral and modern diets. His expertise lays in cardiology, natural heart health, men’s health, nutrition, and the Paleo lifestyle. Together with his wife, Dr. Heather Wolfson, D.C., they operate a thriving medical wellness practice. GETTING TO KNOW THE FACTS In his book “The Paleo Cardiologist,” Dr. Jack Wolfson intimately shares aspects of his personal life, including the tragic early death of his father. Dr. Wolfson names his father, Dr. Paul Wolfson, as his most important mentor. Paul’s health rapidly declined, and his death has served as an example for Dr. Wolfson and many others. Statistically in the U.S., our deaths are related to lack of proper diet and nutritional supplements, constant dehydration, unresolved emotional and mental problems (e.g. stress), and workplace and environmental poisoning through radiation, water, air, soil and food. As stated in Chapter 1, “Cholesterol is King.” But, this idea goes against the old public education mantra that “Cholesterol is bad!” Dr. Wolfson states that cholesterol should actually be called “the can’t-live-without substance.” Wait just a minute…don’t grandpas all over the world die from “eating bad cholesterol?” Cholesterol is actually found in every healthy cell of our bodies. For example, did you know that cholesterol is naturally-occurring in human breast milk? Eating cholesterolcontaining foods is critical to maintaining positive health. Fifty percent of the cholesterol in our bodies comes from our ingested diet, and the other half is collected in our bile. According to the book, “…most of the cholesterol from food is not absorbed, but preferentially passed in the stool.” Each of our own bodies is producing either normal, high, or low amounts of cholesterol. But how much cholesterol do we actually consume each day? Must be a lot, right? The books clarifies that “…the typical daily consumption of cholesterol in the U.S. is 200-300 milligrams, about the weight of three raindrops.” Dr. Wolfson goes on to say that ingesting cholesterol isn’t the cause of high bad cholesterol. The problem, he says, is that “…insulin released in response to sugar and carbohydrate ingestion stimulates…to produce excess cholesterol.” It seems that our individual health habits and lifestyle patterns tip the scales of our physical existence, from healthy to unhealthy. 18 greenliving | June 2017

THE PALEO DIET In Chapter 3, “Let’s Eat Paleo,” Dr. Wolfson teaches about what our human predecessors used to eat. He reports: “We do know grain intake was minimal, animals were not milked, and sugar was non-existent, aside from a rare honey treat or seasonal fruit.” The “Paleo Pyramid” from the book shows foundational nutrition information, and calls for organic, local, free-range and grass-fed foods. The six recognized food categories of the Paleo Pyramid are shown below, ranked from recommended highest to lowest daily food consumption: 1) Vegetables 2) Meat, Fowl, Seafood, Eggs 3) Avocado, Coconut, Olives 4) Nuts, Seeds 5) Animal Fat, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil 6) Fruit In-Season FINAL RECOMMENDATION FROM THE BOOK If you have a loved one who is on a daily cholesterol medication, learn more about what Dr. Jack Wolfson has to say about it all. Many people are taking medications simply because they are being prescribed. For more information, visit thedrswolfson.com. “Alisha Bee” Forrester Scott is an independent journalist and community leader from Arizona. She loves to meet and learn directly from the wisdom and knowledge of expert integrative medicine practitioners. She has been publishing her original works with Green Living magazine for more than two years. For more articles about nutrition visit greenlivingaz.com/nutrition





uperfood powders are powerful health supplements that contain many different nutrients from high-quality plants, fruits and vegetables that we may not be able to ingest in our daily diets. They are convenient and provide a quick and DEBBIE DAVIS easy way to meet our many nutritional goals while keeping the caloric content in check. These powders are carefully processed and freeze-dried to make sure that the whole food nutrients, including fiber and high-quality protein, are intact. This process also allows the superfood powders to retain their nutritional “punch” longer than fresh produce. Various superfood powders contain many different whole food extracts from all over the world, so you are able to get a well-balanced mix of nutrients from diverse soils and plants. Superfood powders have numerous health benefits that inhibit oxidative damage and cellular stress in the body. Many of us are living a “time-crunched” life and have a challenge getting all our required fresh fruits and vegetables onto our plates. If a low-carb diet is the goal, superfood powders allow you to ingest essential nutrients without the carbohydrates or calories. These skin-loving superfood blends include targeted ingredients such as collagen-boosting herbs and compounds, skin-clearing probiotics, and vitamin-rich antioxidant fruits. Our internal health is reflected in our skin. Superfood powders can shorten the road to looking and feeling our best! Simply mix these powders into your morning coffee, tea, juice, or post-workout smoothie and watch the improvements happen. Powders cost much less than capsules and are easier to incorporate into the diet. Be sure to look for powders that combine greens with berries, as well as those that are proteinrich. Also, be aware of your known food sensitivities when looking at blends. Organic powders are best, as are ones that include natural and freeze-dried pure-food extracts. Good blends will contain probiotics (healthy gut bacteria), fiber, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and detoxifying herbs like milk thistle.


SOME EXAMPLES OF SUPERFOOD POWDERS AND THEIR PROPERTIES: COCOA POWDER – Produced from raw cocoa beans and loaded with antioxidants, fiber and magnesium (a nutrient many don’t get enough of). It can improve memory, boost immunity and shed fat. MATCHA GREEN TEA POWDER – Contains a specific antioxidant called EGCG, known for its cancer fighting properties. Terrific for boosting energy, it has the unique effect of relaxing the mind while allowing you to remain alert by promoting the production of alpha waves in the brain. It also boosts memory and concentration, burns calories, fortifies the immune system, and is great for the skin. BEET POWDER – Helps reduce bad cholesterol and raise levels of the good cholesterol called HDL. It contains the nutrient Betaine, which prevents the buildup of a harmful amino acid called homocysteine, a key contributor to heart disease and stroke. This is great for the complexion, lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity, and improving liver health. MUSHROOM POWDERS – As a superfood powder, they contain 20 different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, potent fat-burning ingredients, and immune-enhancing and cancer preventive phytochemicals. Specific mushroom powders aid in building lean muscle, increasing the body’s ability to burn fat, and enhancing the libido as well. The mushroom’s ability to block excess estrogen production also inhibits weight gain. This article reflects only a partial view into the world of superfood powders! You can try different ones and see how you feel. Stick with the ones that you enjoy, but be sure to rotate your choices for nutritional variety and taste. Enjoy adding these health-and-beauty-promoting powders to your diet! Debbie Davis is the owner of Sleekskin Aesthetics in Scottsdale. She is a Licensed Aesthetician and has a certification in Holistic Nutrition. Contact Debbie at 480-315-1364 or sleekskinaz.com. “Remember: How old you are is your business, how old you LOOK is mine!” For more articles about nutrition visit greenlivingaz.com/nutrition

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FUN GREEN FACTS Green Living magazine has a new section! Check here every month for some fun facts and stay green! In our June Men’s Healthy Living issue we focused on fun green tips for Dad.



that contain propylene glycol, a pressurizing agent that is “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA. There’s no need to lather in toxins when you can make your own luxurious shaving cream with these simple ingredients: • 2/3 cup Shea nut oil or Shea butter • 2/3 coconut oil • 1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils (optional) • 2 Tbsp baking soda (optional) • Contents of 2 vitamin E capsules In a double boiler, melt 2/3 cup of coconut oil and Shea nut oil/ butter together, then turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 cup of olive oil or grapeseed oil. When melted, add in 1020 drops of your favorite essential oil. Give it a good stir, and then set it in the fridge to harden. Once it has solidified, remove and let it soften slightly. Add the contents of two vitamin E capsules and the baking soda and beat until light and fluffy. Transfer to a clean jar with a lid, and use as you would any shaving cream. You can omit the baking soda and, if you prefer unscented, the essential oil as well. Store in a cool dark place for up to a month.



by picking up a goodfor-the-planet scent. This Father’s Day, request a nontoxic, natural fragrance as a gift instead of the traditional chemical-laden cologne.





Save water by using chemical-free waterless car wash products or skip the hose and use a spray bottle for touch-ups to eliminate large amounts of water waste. Make your own nontoxic cleaner for your car’s upholstery by mixing the following ingredients into a spray bottle, then spray upholstery, scrub the area with a clean brush, and wipe dry with a towel. • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar • 1 cup club soda • 1/2 cup nontoxic dish soap • 1/4 cup lemon juice


“Round Up” has been declared a “probable human carcinogen.” Don’t let those toxins hang around your family and pets – eliminate them by making your own weed killer. Combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle and get rid of weeds without risking your family’s health: • 1 gallon of white vinegar • 1 cup of salt • 1 Tbsp of nontoxic dish soap


This summer, try your hand at brewing your own beer! If homebrewing seems complicated, visit one of Arizona’s numerous breweries to support local businesses and learn the tricks of the trade.

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rather than charcoal for your summer barbeques. Charcoal grills emit more carbon than a gas grill does and contributes to ground-level ozone. To make cleanup easier, use compostable plates and flatware.

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e like our stuff. We are acquirers and we are accumulators. Many of us think that shopping makes us happy, and sometimes it does. But what happens when we continue this path of acquiring and accumulating, ANDREA BRUNDAGE yet we never move out the old stuff? And what are the costs associated with having and storing all this stuff? Homes are often filled with “had-to-haves” and “it-wasa-great-deal” purchases. Closets are bursting at the seams with clothes, shoes, purses, suits, ties and baseball caps. In kitchens, our pantries and cupboards are overflowing with canned goods and boxed foods, yet many of us eat out at least once a week. TRENDS AND STATISTICS: • Garages are frequently used for on-site storage rather than housing our vehicles (which is often our second largest investment). • Many spare rooms and extra closets are nicknamed “the disaster area” or “the black hole” and have become unusable space for daily living. • Sales of home organizing products reached $8.5 billion in 2014, and is forecast to surpass $10 billion by 2019.1 • In the U.S., self-storage facilities have become a multibillion-dollar industry. In 2014, these facilities consumed 2.63 billion square feet of land.2 • Charity drop-off sites and their associated stores are overflowing with donations, and very often the things that do not sell end up in landfills. • Landfills are processing tons of our discards every single day. TANGIBLE COSTS OF ACQUIRING “STUFF”: • The time spent online or at the store browsing and shopping. • The actual cost of purchasing the item. • Interest charges, if carrying balance forward on credit cards. • The waste of throwing away spoiled or expired food.

• The cost of supplies for hobbies and craft projects that do not get completed. • Space required to store all the stuff. INTANGIBLE COSTS OF ACQUIRING “STUFF”: • Wasted time looking for lost items. • Embarrassment over condition of cluttered home. • Guilt over money spent. • Stress! If you see yourself in the habit of acquiring and accumulating, and if you are ready to remove the heaviness of clutter, you must start clearing out the excess. Become acutely aware of shopping habits and tendencies to procrastinate putting things away. WHERE TO BEGIN: Start clearing clutter with the easy things. Empty boxes, shopping bags, junk mail, newspapers, and toys that have been forgotten or outgrown. Then move on to books, DVDs and CDs that will not be viewed or listened to again; electronics that have been upgraded; clothes that no longer fit or are out of style. Once you get into the groove of letting things go, it will become easier. Set aside time to clear out the things you no longer love, want, or use, and then arrange pick-up or drop them off at your favorite donation spot. If your home is cluttered to the point of embarrassment, and you find that you avoid being there or you wouldn’t dare have people over, then perhaps it is time to clear the clutter and get organized. The chaos and clutter is standing between you and the priceless memories that are yet to be made, and that is much too high a price to pay! Andrea Brundage, MBA, is a Professional Organizer & Bringer of Calm. She helps people clear clutter and get organized, at home and at the office. Andrea teaches organizing principles and time management throughout the Valley and she is releasing her first book later this year. If you are ready to turn your “Chaos into Calm” visit professionalorganizeraz.com or call (480) 382-1085. 1 Source: packagedfacts.com; 2 Source: sparefoot.com. For more articles about reducing waste visit greenlivingaz.com/waste


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ucked between the population centers of Maricopa County to the north and Pima County to the south, Pinal County was until recently an agricultural DAVID A. SCHALLER stronghold best known for its year-round harvest of cotton and other warm-weather crops. Cotton – the county’s most famous crop – has been grown in Arizona for two and a half millennia. Though planting acreage peaked in 1963 at over 600,000 acres, cotton still contributes some $300 million annually to the state’s economy. Much of the 200,000 acres remaining in production are grown on large plantations south and west of Eloy, the heart of Pinal County cotton country.

While Eloy is known for agriculture and ranching, the largest city in Pinal County remains Casa Grande. In recent years, rapid population growth throughout the county has come to rival that of Phoenix and Tucson. With more than 400,000 people, Pinal County is now among the fastest growing counties in the U.S. Homes are being “planted” more than crops these days. When fields once covered with cotton are retired from farming, the open land is vulnerable to great dust storms. Some of these are miles long and thousands of feet high, able to choke interstate traffic and cover neighboring Maricopa County with blankets of sand. While these storms are triggered by natural weather events like summer monsoonal flows, they are only possible due to surface disturbances of a human nature brought about by

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the fallowing of farmlands, plowing of active fields, and overpumping of groundwater. Most of the time, discerning the effects of climate change is a matter of connecting the dots. More extreme rainfall translate into floods in areas already prone to such risks, while desiccated forests and rangelands are prime candidates for insect infestation and wildland fires. In Pinal County, connecting the dots requires no more than mapping tools and a walk in the desert. Earlier this year, a massive, two-mile-long earth fissure opened up on state land outside of Eloy. This 30-foot deep crevasse continued a pattern of land rupture and subsidence in response to several decades’ worth of massive groundwater extraction to irrigate thirsty fields of cotton. About 70 miles of fissures have now opened in this area of Pinal County alone, according to the Arizona Geological Survey. The Survey adds that the valley floor around Eloy has subsided as much as 20 feet in the past 50 to 60 years, while water tables once tens of feet from the surface are now hundreds of feet deep. Currently, the prospects of extended drought across the county due to climate change, coupled with reductions in Central Arizona Project (CAP) allotments for agriculture, are driving a renewed dependence on groundwater for irrigated agriculture. Today’s earth fissures connect the dots between less reliable surface water from the CAP, aquifer overpumping, and regional subsidence. These are combining to limit options

for business-as-usual agriculture in the county. Even recharging aquifers with treated wastewater is largely off the table, as the state’s Water Agency says that too much damage has already been done. Soil compaction during subsidence now limits aquifer recharge, and subsidence will continue to expand the network of deep crevasses across the county. Says a state spokeswoman, the subsidence “is permanent and irreversible.” Much of Pinal County’s groundwater savings account has been spent in a cotton boom lasting less than a century while CAP reinforcements may prove elusive. Going forward, every year that Pinal County residents can duck CAP cutbacks will buy the time needed to adapt to a new climate and economic reality. Every new fissure that opens in Pinal County will be one more dot connecting its current overconsumption of groundwater and its new climate and economic future. For Green Living’s climate change series, each month we will focus on one of Arizona’s 15 counties and how climate change is affecting it specifically. Next month’s installment will focus on Santa Cruz County. David A. Schaller is a retired environmental scientist living in Tucson where he writes on climate, water and energy security. Photo by Joseph Cook, Arizona Geological Survey. Read more environment articles at greenlivingaz.com/environment

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eeping our highways litter free is a big, expensive job. There are 7,000 miles of state highway in Arizona, and it costs taxpayers more than $6 million annually to tackle the problem. That’s a lot of money, and we all know that it’s an ongoing challenge. In addition to the cost, litter-strewn roads have a negative impact on everyone. Litter spoils the view, degrades the environment, attracts vermin, and endangers people and wildlife. As the director of a statewide organization dedicated to helping communities combat litter, I often hear from people across the state who are frustrated by trash on the highways and are looking for ways to make a difference.

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Raising awareness is the first step to changing behavior. Although anti-littering messaging has been around since the early 60s, there are still people who haven’t gotten the message. If you see someone tossing litter from a car, you can call the statewide litter hotline at 1-877-3LITTER (1-877-3548837) or visit the Keep Arizona Beautiful website and fill out a short form to report it. ADOT also sponsors two different Adopt a Highway programs that enable individuals or businesses to help combat litter on our state roads. The Sponsor Program works with businesses that contract with maintenance providers to clean up roadside litter. The Adopt a Highway Volunteer Program enables community members to join with neighbors and friends to adopt a portion of highway as their own.



HOW DOES THE ADOPT A HIGHWAY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM WORK? A volunteer applies for a two-year permit to adopt an available section of road for their group (generally about six to 10 people). The permit covers a two-mile stretch of highway. ADOT provides the group with a safety briefing and two recognition signs that mark the ends of their adopted section. Volunteers are required to wear ANSI Class II safety vests, which are sometimes available from ADOT. Additionally, volunteers will need to wear hats, gloves, and closed toe shoes and carry their own water. Once a group has received a permit, they schedule the date and time of each cleanup with an ADOT contact who will help get trash bags for the event. Groups are asked to commit to cleaning up between two and four times per year. Because volunteers are cleaning up on the side of highways, safety is key for everyone involved. (Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to participate.) ADOT provides a Safety Briefing that is revised regularly to include critical updates regarding potential hazards. It is important that all participants review this briefing before every cleanup. When a group finishes a cleanup event, they simply leave their filled trash bags on the ground at least six to 10 feet from the roadway. The group leader then fills out an activity report online, and ADOT arranges to pick up and remove the filled bags. The Adopt a Highway Volunteer Program is a fun and easy way to spend time outdoors with other engaged citizens and help to keep our highways clean and beautiful. Some groups have been together for years and even award each other prizes for the weirdest piece of trash collected or the best story told about some discarded item. As we all work to raise public awareness and overcome littering behaviors, working as a group to help maintain a stretch of beautiful Arizona highway is a great way for each of us to make a difference!

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Learn more about the ADOT Adopt a Highway Volunteer Program and apply for a permit at azdot.gov/business/programs-and-partnerships/ AdoptaHighway/volunteer-program. Jill Bernstein is the Executive Director of Keep Arizona Beautiful, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering communities to take care of their environment through litter abatement, recycling and beautification. Read more environment articles at greenlivingaz.com/environment

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ou’ve got an idea; your friends and family tell you it’s good. You’ve decided to pull the trigger and go after your dream and start a business. Maybe your new venture is for supplemental income, or it could be you will someday leave the DERRICK MAINS rat race and take over the world. Regardless of your intention, congratulations, you are now an entrepreneur! After you get done patting yourself on the back, you’ll feel something else. Usually, it starts in your head and works its way down into the pit of your stomach: fear. You’ve never done this before. What if it doesn’t work? What if you aren’t smart enough? What if people hate it? That fear is a result of being on a new path, one that is unfamiliar and sometimes outside of your control. Unlike having a child who eventually becomes their own person, your new venture – and its success or failure – is, to the outside world, a reflection of you. One way to conquer these fears is through clarity. Most challenges in early-stage business are the result of unclear expectations or instruction. In young companies, this is the byproduct of having not yet explored the level of detail needed to bring the idea to the market. This lack of clarity creates unintentionally vague instruction and can allow too much latitude in the creation of the product or service. So, it is important for you to be clear and to think through the details of your business. Who is accountable for what and to whom? What is the defined process that you will follow?

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What measurements will you use to determine both shortterm and long-term success? Words like “ASAP,” “kind of,” and “sort of” need to depart entirely from your vocabulary. Do you want projects to be kind-of-sort-of done ASAP? Or, do you want a precisely executed business? Vague words that are up for interpretation are the bane of new companies and result in a bad execution, frustration, rework, cost overruns and eventual failure. ONE TECHNIQUE TO IMPLEMENTING CLARITY CAN BE REFERRED TO AS THE “CLARID’S.” To provide clear instruction, one must: • DELEGATE a responsible party. • DEFINE the expected outcome. • Set a DEADLINE. • Arrange regular status upDATES on the progress. Memorize these four Ds and recall them anytime you are giving instruction, be it to vendors, employees or even with your own tasks. The Ds will make you a better manager and help settle your fears. By embracing clarity and eliminating vagueness, you are on your way to startup success. Derrick Mains is a serial entrepreneur in sustainability and technology fields. He currently consults for more than a dozen companies on business strategy and operations and is the founder of the AMP Business System, which holds group consulting classes throughout Arizona. For more, visit ampyouroutcome.com. Read more business articles at greenlivingaz.com/business


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rom building his own skateboard ramps as a kid to owning his own lumber shop here in Phoenix, 36-yearold Thomas Porter has always enjoyed working with his hands to build something from the ground up. Porter’s local business started after taking extra wood from his friendturned-business-partner Craig Suiter, who had brought it back from Pennsylvania to put on his own property in Colorado. Porter quickly realized the high demand for reclaimed barn wood – which is sustainable lumber that is gathered and reused in new projects. He started selling it to architects and builders for their projects and eventually needed more hands on deck. Thus, Porter Barn Wood was formed in 2012.

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Porter’s goal is to responsibly use resources like wood instead of throwing them out, inspiring people to do great things with them. Porter Barn Wood has been able to source some of its slab materials locally after forest fires, controlled burns, and even after bark beetles have killed the trees. “By supporting reclaimed wood, we change the face of what it means to be environmentally conscious,” said Porter, who emphasizes that every piece of salvaged wood at his shop is one that was saved from the landfill. Something unique about the business is that they don’t shy away from working with other materials, such as metal. Additionally, customers can even bring in their own wood and materials to have made into a new piece of furniture. “Arizona is kind of a melting pot – people end up here, and they bring a piece of their history with them. So a lot of the time people bring us in old pieces from their grandparents or other family members that they want to integrate into a piece of furniture,” said Porter. Porter and his team are big on building the community and supporting the people who are in this business with them,



as well as their customers. With that in mind, they provide do-it-yourself tutorials and classes for those who wish to take on their own projects. Generally, all of the work demo classes are free. In addition to offering free woodworking classes to the community, Porter has recently started a nonprofit called Porter Industrial Arts Corporation with the intent to provide education to the general public with a focus on the industrial arts. The goal is to bring more attention to the skills of industrial arts, design and manufacturing. Those classes will be sponsored or paid classes where people can come in and leave with a project. The pricing will go toward material cost. The trend of making something new from something old and discarded comes with a major environmental impact. By supporting the reclaimed wood business and integrating reusable materials in our homes, we limit the need for new materials made from unsustainable sources. This simple idea is not only environmentally conscious, but also beautifies homes with furniture that is personal, meaningful, and built to last many lifetimes.

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y year’s end, Arizona will have its fifth Net Zero Energy (NZE) multi-unit housing development. This is quite the feat, considering just last year Arizona-based MODUS Development built the very first of its kind in the state, which was also among the first in the nation. For those unfamiliar with this type of build – one that will be a requirement for all community residences in some states by the year 2020 – a building is NZE when the total amount of energy it uses in one year is equivalent to the amount of renewable energy it creates on site. “Creating multi-family NZE housing was considered the unicorn of eco-friendly living; something that couldn’t be done and didn’t exist,” said Ed Gorman, founder of MODUS Development. With his proprietary formula in hand, Gorman defied the odds when he built MZ Townhomes in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2016, followed by Equinox Apartments, also in Scottsdale. He now has three more projects in the works for 2017. Eclipse is the first project to be unveiled this year – named after its architecturally unique shape – and is currently being

built on 1.4 acres located on the southeast corner of McDowell and Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. This 20-unit luxury townhome residential community is expected to be completed by fourth quarter and will feature three tri-story buildings with townhomes ranging in size from 1,811 to 2,065 square feet, each with a two-car garage, two bedrooms, two baths, a third guest bedroom option and a community pool. Home prices will start at $399,000 and be adjusted for view premiums, upgrades and size. “It is my goal with each project to not only accomplish the build out at the same cost as non-NZE communities, but to also create a more earth-friendly (and budget-friendly) way to live without sacrificing style and comfort,” said Gorman. This is something he accomplishes by bringing in a team of experts – from architects, contractors and interior designers, to brand names like Bosch and Tesla to streamline the inner workings of each home. MODUS Development’s fourth project, which has already broken ground, is in bustling downtown Tempe just two blocks from Mill Avenue. The Roosevelt will be an urban community featuring 32 three-story residences, each MZ Townhomes

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ARCHITECTURE including more than 1,800 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two baths, large recessed windows, decks and two-car garages. The fifth project on the horizon for Gorman will be a continuation of his first nationally acclaimed project, MZ Townhomes in Scottsdale, located just one block east of the Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road intersection. The new community will feature 11 townhomes within two three-story buildings ranging in size from 1,313 to 2,171 square feet with both one and two-bedroom units with one and two-car garages, respectively. “MZ’s second phase will differ quite a bit by featuring large balconies, private ground-floor patios, plus a heated community pool and spa with a barbecue,” said Gorman. Construction is set to begin this summer with a planned completion date within the first quarter of 2018. Could community living in Arizona become NZE by 2020? It may not be a state requirement, but Gorman is building the foundation for a much greener future in Arizona. For more information on MODUS Development, visit moduscompanies.com. Kendra Riley is the owner of Dawning Public Relations, a boutique PR agency based in Phoenix, specializing in PR and social media management for a variety of eco-friendly brands in real estate, wine, fitness and hospitality. For more information, visit dawningpr.com. Read more architecture articles at greenlivingaz.com/architecture

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’ll remember Frank Lloyd Wright. All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.” −Simon & Garfunkel, So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright (1970)

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright this year (1867−1959) in many ways, so inspiring is his song. From the early Prairie Style, exemplified by the masterpiece Robie House (1907) in Chicago, Illinois, through the later work in the Southwest such as Taliesin West (1937), a National Historic Landmark in Scottsdale, he affirmed a truly American architecture, reflecting the unique topographies of our national landscape. We praise his innovativeness, too, such as audaciously building Fallingwater (1935) in western Pennsylvania for the Edgar J. Kaufmann family on a waterfall of Bear Run – a river rock becomes hearthstone – or designing the Guggenheim Museum (1959) in Manhattan as a spiral of galleries rather than in an angular array – a brush stroke, not a T-square. He continues to ask us to see our buildings as part of the land, not apart from it, and to build our cities as peoplecentric organisms, not networks for cars. His legacy is one of innovation, such as using new materials represented here in Arizona by his signature textile blocks at the Biltmore Hotel (1927) in Phoenix, for which he was a consultant to student Albert Chase MacArthur. DAVID M. BROWN

We honor him as well for his practical Usonian Homes, conceived for those who – unlike the Robies, the Kaufmanns or the Prices, winter residents in Paradise Valley – didn’t have the finances to contract with a world-famous architect for their homes. In the Valley, the Raymond Carlson Home (1950), built for the first editor of Arizona Highways, represents a Wright custom on a budget. America’s greatest architect can also be lauded for pioneering ideas that helped promote today’s sustainable thinking, even though he would not have thought himself an environmentalist intent on world-saving. “As far as I am aware, sustainability was not part of the lexicon of Wright’s day and age, nor a conscious element of his practice, at least not as we would describe or define it today,” said Ron Jones, sustainability advocate, co-founder and president of Green Builder Media in Lake City, Colorado. “He was able to see the inextricable relationship between the natural world, often in minute detail, and the built environment through a fresh lens that provided an ongoing interpretation of not only the aesthetic beauty of nature’s elements but also the subtle structural nuances they offered to only the keen observer,” Jones continued. His “organic architecture,” prescribing these natural/ synthetic connections, has offered today’s designers and builders “a raised platform of awareness that evolved into what we now describe as ‘sustainable.’ In a sense, his most important and lasting contribution to sustainability is expressed in the abstract,” added Jones, who spent time at continued on page 34

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“A good building represents a partnering with Nature, with each making the setting more beautiful by the presence of the other.”

Architect: John E Sather; Photographer: Dino Tonn

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Taliesin in Wisconsin with one of Wright’s apprentices, the late Charles Montooth, as well as with John Rattenbury at Taliesin West in Scottsdale. “Frank Lloyd Wright was deeply influenced by nature in everything he did. He called nature his church, and frequently spelled it with a capital ‘N’,” said Jeff Goodman, director of Marketing and Communication for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Architecture should respect and enhance the natural environment. “He did everything with intention and was extremely thoughtful about how his work would affect the site on which it would be built. During his lifetime, Wright carefully selected materials and was always acutely aware of the impact his work had on the land he considered sacred,” Goodman added. “I guess you could say this made him a pioneer in sustainable practices.” A century and a half after his birth on a farm in Richland Center – on June 8, 1867 – Wright asks us to continue to rethink the relationship between the human-built and the natural world. “He was from a family of farmers, so he was born with that sense of Midwestern resourcefulness that made buildings work well because they had to,” said Victor Sidy, AIA LEED AP, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, 2005−2015, at Taliesin West, and now principal of Victor Sidy Architect in Phoenix. He is coordinating the effort to renovate the David Wright Home (1952) in Arcadia, designed for the architect’s fourth child and precursor of the Guggenheim. Structures should be indigenous to place, interacting with the site and, if possible, using materials nearby for the construction. Hence, at Taliesin West, onsite schist forms the walls instead of bricks or blocks trucked in from miles away. Today, of course, the LEED certification for construction rewards credits for building with as many local materials as possible. 34 greenliving | June 2017

More forgiving than the harsh Midwest, the desert allowed Frank Lloyd Wright to celebrate shade and other passive cooling methods that are today highly promoted because they save energy and reduce pollution. At Taliesin West, for example, the breezeway provides cool afternoon breezes, rising up from the Valley, to pass through the building without energy costs. At the Price House (1955), probably the finest of the handful of homes Wright designed in Arizona, he created an atrium with decorative flaps built by his associate, Eugene Masselink, which can be opened for natural breezes from the Phoenix Mountains and daylighting. “The essence of Wright’s lifetime body of work…was his ability to have a project result in an undeniable ‘sense of place,’” Jones said. “Even today, when one experiences a Wright building, it is with that intuitive sense that it belongs exactly where it is and nowhere else, as if it grew from the landscape, that it had always been there and just needed to be released from the landform.” Sustainability isn’t just sticks and bricks themselves but about relationships, essential to today’s environmentalism: “His buildings make us want to preserve them, to protect them, to keep them safe as enduring examples of the highest expressions of the relationship between shelter and art,” said Jones. For Wright, it was not so much saving the planet, nothing so monumental, Sidy said. “It was doing as much as you can with as little as you have. It is the affirmation of the beauty of simple things.” And that’s a sustainable notion, for sure.

Price House Tour Taliesin West in Scottsdale for $1.50 in celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday on June 8. For more information and updates, see franklloydwright.org. This article was supported by Frank Aazami at Private Client Group, Russ Lyons|Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale: privateclientgroupagents.com, 480-266-0240. David M. Brown is a Valley-based writer at azwriter.com. David Lloyd Wright Home photo by Andrew Pielage. Taliesin West photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Price Home photo by Jason Roehner. Read more architecture articles at greenlivingaz.com/architecture






here’s a spot on this earth where your family laid down roots. It’s almost magnetic. Just being there makes you feel connected, solid, as if your soul goes backward in time and forward to the future. And if we’re not careful, says Paul Bogard in his new book “The Ground Beneath Us,” that future may be bleak. Think about the last time you spontaneously kicked off your shoes. Chances are, that was somewhere indoors and, says Bogard, that’s a shame. The earth beneath our feet is too interesting to avoid. It’s more than just a plowed furrow, a place to grow tomatoes, or mud to keep the dog from. Dig in the dirt a few inches and you’ll find “far more microorganisms than there are people on Earth.” Loft “just a teaspoon,” and you’re holding “millions of species;” dig a few centimeters away and you’ll find totally different life. Scoop a little deeper, and the dirt itself changes. If you’re digging in London, go just 30 feet down and you’ll no longer see evidence of past human life. Now imagine you’re looking out of an airplane window. It may come as a shock to see so much pavement: there’s “some 61,000 square miles of paved ground in the United States” alone, and that amount grows every year. Says Bogard, it’s hard to find a place in the contiguous U.S. that’s more than 100 miles from pavement. Everywhere he traveled for this book, Bogard took off his shoes to feel the earth, and says our very existence depends on soil (“some 97 percent of the food we eat comes from the ground”). Research shows that humans also need an overall connection with nature for our wellbeing. In Mexico City, Bogard learned that one could go an entire childhood without touching grass. In Virginia, he saw historic sites being overtaken by buildings. He learned about farming in Iowa, grass in Minneapolis, fracking in Ohio, permafrost in


Alaska, and what the Nazis tried to hide at Treblinka. “It turns out,” he says, “that the soil – the living entity beneath our feet – is the most amazing world that we know almost nothing about.” Though there are a few times when you may cringe (author Paul Bogard is less than complimentary while in the Appalachians), most of “The Ground Beneath Us” is pretty mind-blowing. Fact after convincing fact layers each page of this book – so many that there are times when you almost can’t comprehend what you’re reading. Bogard takes us from London to laboratory to lawn in a barefoot trip that can feel overpacked and over too quickly in any given locale. Even so, the sometimes-sprightly, sometimes-dismayed tone of his words will spur readers to find out more about history, agriculture and turf, and it will change the way you look at what you’ve tracked inside. For the science-minded, this book is a dream and conservationists will want to share, share, share. If you’re curious about what’s underfoot or under-pavement, “The Ground Beneath Us” will keep you rooted in your chair. Terri Schlichenmeyer, also known as “The Bookworm,” is a professional book reviewer. Terri has been reading since she was three years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in Wisconsin with her two dogs and 14,000 books. For more book reviews visit greenlivingaz.com/bookreviews

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o doubt about it, summer has come to the low desert! With 100 degree days (and even nights), our spring garden items are done and making their way to the compost pile. Even so, if you are still up for some more gardening, there are RIC COGGINS a few varieties you can plant today that love triple digits as much as reptiles! Topping this month’s U of A Cooperative Extension Planting Calendar for Maricopa County are Yardlong Beans. Also called Chinese Beans or Asparagus Beans, these varieties are very vigorous climbing vines that are easy to grow. Yardlong bean varieties bear loads of slender, long pods that are best when picked less than 18 inches long. They have a delicious, nutty flavor when steamed, stir-fried or sautéed. They are easy to grow and are not affected by any serious pests or diseases. Keep fresh bean pods picked for continuous bearing, or shell dried pods and use as dried beans. Next on the list is Black-eyed Peas, also known as Cowpeas (though by either name are not peas at all, but rather beans). Black-eyed peas require hot days and warm nights to develop properly. Luckily for us, that’s pretty much all we have for the next few months! Mature pods are 6 to 8 inches long and well-filled with medium-sized beans that have a distinct, delicious flavor. They can be cooked fresh or dried. Blackeyed peas are vigorous and productive vines that are resistant to both wilt and nematodes. Armenian Cucumbers, another misnomer, are really a muskmelon family member. These fruits of Middle Eastern origin can be grown on the ground or on trellises. They can be eaten at almost any stage of their growth. Armenian cucumbers have no bitterness and are almost always eaten without peeling. They thrive in full desert summer sun and will produce fruit in 55 days.

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If you missed planting your cantaloupe in February, it is not too late! There are a number of great traditional heirloom varieties to choose from, but here is one place you might want to have some fun. Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson has curated a number of varieties, originally cultivated by Native Americans of the Southwest for centuries. These varieties are better acclimated to the desert and offer shapes, colors and flavors you will likely not find in a supermarket. Next on the list is the Sweet Potato Vine. Only a very distant relative of an actual potato, the sweet potato is really a Morning Glory family member! While listed as “full sun to partial shade” they generally appreciate some afternoon shade in our hot, dry summers. Last but not least for planting this month are Sunflowers. Whether you want to grow these giants for floral purposes or as a seed crop for you or the birds, it’s still a great time to plant them. Sunflowers were first purposely cultivated by Native Americans in the Southwest as a source of medicine, fiber, seeds and oil. They take full sun, heat and drought… things we will have plenty of for the next few months. Because sunflowers emit substances that will inhibit growth in some other plants, they should be separated from your potatoes and beans. Sunflowers tolerate about any kind of soil as long as it’s not water logged. HUNKERING DOWN FOR SUMMER For the rest of your garden plants, perhaps not so tolerant of heat and sunshine, it’s time to make survival plans on how to get them through to fall. Unless you have a cactus-only garden, you are likely growing things that are not native or even really adapted. With any experience, you have learned that “Full Sun” on the tag does not mean “Full Arizona Summer Sun at 115 degrees!” At best it means “Full Morning Sun” with some kind of shade provided from the blistering afternoon rays. If you did not plant in a “micro climate”



derived from the afternoon shade of a structure or a tree canopy, you will need to consider creating one that allows the milder morning sun to reach your plants but provides a solar rescue in the afternoon. For this, a variety of shade cloths can be purchased locally that will meter out some if not most of the damaging rays. If you are unsure how much sun a plant gets, you may want to invest in a meter that can provide data on the cumulative sunlight a plant gets during the day. Careful consideration to plant hydration must be given to non-native plants if they are to make it to fall. In addition to creating shade, a plan for hydration must be created. Developed in the deserts of Israel, drip irrigation is a great solution here, especially when controlled by a timer. Drip irrigation is also the most water efficient. A properly timed system affords moisture replenishment in amounts and at times that will offset the natural transpiration of the plant, whether you remember to water or not. Controllers are inexpensive, can be connected to a garden faucet, and can even be run on batteries. Your plants will respond better to regular, deep watering in the summertime. Timed drip watering is your best insurance against forgetting to water once and having to start all over. For more on soils, raised beds or what to plant in June, ask a Master Gardener! Call the “Plant Help Desk” at (602) 827-8201 or email maricopacountyplanthotline@gmail.com. Ric Coggins is a University of Arizona Master Gardener (Maricopa County) who grew up on a one-acre garden tended to by his father, who was a regular contributor to organic gardening and farming magazines. Ric continues his father’s “green” traditions, owning and operating The Fool on the Hill Farm, a one-acre organic garden homestead in Mesa. Read more about gardening at greenlivingaz.com/greenthumb

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op-up dining, the practice of eating in temporary restaurants set in unique or mobile spaces, is experiencing an 82 percent increase in popularity, according to a recent study done by Eventbrite. Arizona is ahead of the trend, with several pop-up dining experiences available throughout the Grand Canyon state, from Prescott to Tucson and everywhere in between. Find out more about the inspiration behind three local pop-up dining companies in our roundup. NORTHERN – SENSES, PRESCOTT The backbone of the SENSES team is comprised of Executive Chef John Panza and Pastry Chef Cassandra Hankison. “We were both working at a private golf course and wanted the opportunity to showcase Chef John’s food to a larger group of Prescott’s population, so we decided to venture off on our own. We knew pop-up dining was a fast growing food trend, and Prescott has so many unique places to show off – it seemed like a no brainer,” said Hankison of how SENSES was created. John and Cassandra love bringing people together to experience great food in unique locations. Pop-up events are also a great way to meet people of a similar mindset. “Everyone is there for the same reason: have great food and meet new people,” said SENSES customer and Prescott

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resident Shelley Moran. When she and her husband recently moved from California, she found SENSES’ pop-up dinners a great way to meet local people with similar interests. “It’s always different. It’s fun not knowing what the menu is going to be,” she continued. “I like the atmosphere. I think John and Cassandra are warm and inviting – they make you feel like they’re inviting you into their home. That makes it unique.” SENSES recently purchased the restaurant BiGA in Prescott, changing the name to BiGA by SENSES. Though they are now the proud owners of a brick-and-mortar restaurant, they still plan to host at least one pop-up event per month. They also created Farm-to-Fork Family Suppers, which will take place the last Sunday of the month at the restaurant. “We shop at the Prescott Farmers Market the day before to offer our guests fresh and locally sourced produce. Dinner is typically three courses served family style on big platters and everyone sits around large tables and passes the food around. They are a ton of fun and are still a unique way of dining,” Hankison explained. On shopping locally, Hankison said: “We know what it’s like to be a small fish in a big pond, and we like to support local because we know it makes a difference. Why not support the town where you live by supporting the businesses within?” To learn more about SENSES, visit squareup.com/store/senses



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CENTRAL – CLOTH & FLAME, PHOENIX Cloth & Flame started as a hot air balloon company that morphed into an unforgettable outdoor dining experience. Owners Matt Cooley and Olivia Laux share a passion for the beauty of the outdoors. “We run an adventure balloon ride outfit [called Float] and have the opportunity to fly over (and land in) the most beautiful desert areas that, for many, would be totally off the map. We wanted to share some of these things that we love the most – wild spaces, exploration, big alfresco dinners, and community collaborations – with more people,” said Cooley. Thus, Cloth & Flame was born. “When you attend a pop-up of any kind,” said Cooley, “you’re experiencing something that is going to happen once, in one place, and you’re sharing it with everyone present. Our first open-reservation dinner was December 31, 2016, and the response since has been staggering.” Cooley and Laux work with local chefs to create a unique and picturesque dining experience in the Arizona desert. “I love seeing the extraordinary reactions from our guests,” said Cooley. “Ours behaves as much as a tour as it does a dining experience. The attendees don’t know what’s next, but it’s clear that they’re thrilled by what might be next. The whole thing is a process of discovery.” In addition to the several pop-up events they’ve hosted in the deserts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Cloth & Flame also offers curated picnic delivery to those who want a surprise on the trail. The team will also be traveling to other areas this summer to escape the heat – Northern Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Alaska. To learn more about Cloth & Flame, visit clothandflame.com.

degree at age 19. Chandler began his foray into pop-up dining one year ago with the creation of Pop-Up Tucson. His favorite thing about pop-up dining, said Chandler, is “it’s basically a fresh way to literally dine outside the box. All my locations are unique and places you wouldn’t normally dine: rooftops, canyons, lofts, historic rooms. And you get a chance to eat food that you otherwise would never experience.” One of his favorite things is pairing up with other local chefs. “Collaboration is huge,” stated Chandler. “Combining talented chefs for special events is always a hit because you never know what fabulous new experience you are going to get from any two great chefs working together.” Chandler is passionate about local ingredients and the Tucson food scene. “Seasonal ingredients from the region taste the best, hands down. Working with farmers is awesome because it really creates a connection with the food and guests can learn about where their food comes from,” he said. Chandler is planning on spending the summer rebranding his pop-up dining concept with his friend and co-chef Kyle Nottingham and their front-of-house manager Ryan Moore. He has plans to take the concept statewide and to increase the frequency of their pop-up events. To learn more about Pop-Up Tucson, visit rileychandlerpc.com/ pop-up-tucson.

SENSES photo by Brooke Stevens-Patrick of Brooke Photography. Cloth & Flame photo by Kate Nelle Photography. Pop-Up Tucson photo by Monica Sherpa. Find more restaurant articles at greenlivingaz.com/restaurants

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SOUTHERN – POP-UP TUCSON, TUCSON Riley Chandler started his culinary career at age 17, when he became an intern at Janos Wilder’s restaurant in Tucson. Chandler was inspired by his Italian grandmother and her delicious homemade cooking. “Learning what she knew inspired me to want to work in a real kitchen,” said Chandler. He attended culinary school at Pima College and received a


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or the past seven years, Pomegranate Cafe (POM), located in Ahwatukee, has made its niche as an organic vegan/vegetarian, family owned neighborhood cafe. Now, the popular eatery is expanding to a second more MICHELLE TALSMA central location, and is turning to its EVERSON supporters to help improve the kitchens at both locations through a crowdfunding campaign. “The Indiegogo campaign is actually to fund expanding the kitchen at our current location in Ahwatukee and our second location,” explained Cassie Tolman, who owns the restaurant with her mom Marlene. “We have expanded twice already in Ahwatukee. We can now seat more people and have a larger prep area for pastries and more. However, our little hot line has stayed the same size since we opened seven years ago.” “We get very busy some days, and our hot line just can’t keep up with the crowds,” she continued. “We need a bigger oven, hood, flattop, etc. We are opening a second location and still growing in Ahwatukee. We want to grow right and take care of our current POM. We are asking our community to holistically support our expansion. The better we can serve

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our community in both locations the better our chances for expanding into more neighborhoods.” Cassie said that they have already signed the lease on their second location, which is located in Central Phoenix at 7th Street and Missouri. Like their first POM, the second locale will focus on healthy food and drinks. “We make everything from scratch with pure, wholesome ingredients,” said Marlene. “We serve brunch, lunch and dinner and have a full service juice, smoothie and coffee bar. We also offer craft beer, organic wine and fresh cocktails.” The Indiegogo campaign has a flexible goal of $55,000 and runs through July. Supporters can donate an amount that works for them, and different amounts include various perks, including seed packs, an invitation to the eatery’s upcoming “gratitude party,” the donor’s name on the POM LOVE wall, and more. At the new location that is still being prepped for opening, Cassie said they are keeping with the local theme. “Artist Joan Baron is helping us with our eco-friendly design, and Pink Puddle is going to paint a beautiful mural on our wall,” she said. In addition to working as a mother-daughter team, Cassie added that several members of their family work at and



support POM. “It has been an adventure and a journey,” she said. “My mom and I have different strengths; we complement and balance one another. My brother Justin now oversees our coffee, beer and wine, and my daughter Chloe works at POM over the summer. My grandma was a professional ballerina and helped invest in our business before she passed away.” In addition to their tenure with Pomegranate Cafe, both Marlene and Cassie have professional backgrounds and training in the food and restaurant industry. “We are a little cafe with a big heart and a big vision,” Marlene said. “We really are here to nurture our community while doing what we love. This is a joy for us, and we are so grateful to see our little dream blossoming.” To learn more, visit pomegranatecafe.com or indiegogo.com/projects/ pomegranate-the-little-cafe-with-a-big-heart-love-local. Michelle Talsma Everson is a freelance writer, editor, public relations consultant and mom based in Phoenix. With degrees in both journalism and PR from Northern Arizona University, she writes for several Valley publications. Find out more at mteverson.com. Find more restaurant articles at greenlivingaz.com/restaurants


Marlene and Cassie Tolman

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e see it all around us. Pieces of artwork designed to impress, make people think, and simply entertain. For Valley artist Robert Miley, it is about so much more. Miley is not only an artist but a humanitarian as well, using his work as GRETCHEN PAHIA a way to bring communities together. As he explains, “My mission, through my art and efforts, is to have people understand that anything is possible.” For Miley, the art is set to speak for itself in ways of encouragement, community support, and even healing. “I have been told that my artwork has been used as a healing tool, encouraging people to reach for their fullest capabilities whatever their focus may be,” he said. Miley discovered his love of art as a teenager, receiving his first major art award and a scholarship to the Wallingford Art School in Pennsylvania. Then, in 1974, Miley was accepted to the prestigious Hussain School of Art in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1978 and moved to Phoenix where he opened a full-service advertising agency. That trail lead to Miley’s amazing art pieces and sculptures that are displayed throughout Arizona. Miley’s social conscious also grew when he started the nonprofit Release the Fear. The organization works with disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Arizona. “We teach

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character education along with social skills through team building and interactive programs,” said Miley. For Miley and his team at Release the Fear, it is about empowering these kids, as many of them come into the program feeling defeated and lost. However, he adds, “to see their improvement to opening up and learning to accept and change throughout

Billie Jo Herberger and Robert Miley



our three-day programs is amazing. We have learned that our programs have helped teens get clean and avoid becoming a statistic, even keeping them from being a repeat offender in juvenile facilities.” Miley’s work is recognized in several locations across the Valley and the state. Some of the locations include the Westin Kierland and Spa, Notre Dame Preparatory School and his Release the Fear sculpture in downtown Phoenix. If you would like to learn more about Robert Miley and his work, visit rjmiley.com. For further information about Release the Fear and how you can get involved, check out the organization online at releasethefear.org. Gretchen Pahia has 15 years experience in both media and public relations and is an award-winning television news producer in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Portland. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Phoenix, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She lives in the Phoenix metro area with her husband, their two children and their dog. Find more arts and entertainment articles at greenlivingaz.com/artsentertainment


Robert Miley at various functions and ceremonies. “Release the Fear” sculpture at Roosevelt and Central in Phoenix, made from recycled weapons.

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ake time this month to celebrate the special men in your life. What’s better than a date night – or an entire day – dedicated to something just for the two of you? Here are some great ways to celebrate around Arizona this June.

HIKE AND PICNIC IN WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT If you head north of Phoenix to the 35-mile Sunset CraterWupatki Loop Road, you can explore both Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the pueblo remains at Wupatki (pronounced wuh-POT-kee) National Monument. The first part of the loop takes you past Sunset Crater and the hardened lava flow. The moonscape is rugged and unexpected, like something out of a science fiction movie. If you pull out at the Lenox Crater Trail or the Lava Flow Trail, it gives you a great look at Sunset Crater. But for the ideal date weekend, the treasure is to continue on the Loop Road for another 15 miles to the Wupatki

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Pueblo. The landscape is a brilliant display of color and a look back at a unique culture. After the visitor center, continue on to the Doney Mountain Picnic Area. After dinner and a glass of wine, take a half-mile hike to the top of Doney Mountain, another volcanic cone. Visit Lomaki Pueblo, down the Loop Road toward Highway 89, where there is a bit more of an isolated picnic area with more pueblo ruins to explore. It’s a great spot to watch the sun getting low and casting shadows across the red rocks, but the trail does close at sunset. nps.gov/wupa SCOTCH TASTING AT WESTIN KIERLAND The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in North Scottsdale has a unique Scotch Library that celebrates the whisky regions of Scotland as a nod to the contributions of early Scottish immigrants to Arizona. The Scotch Library has a collection of more than 200 different labels, giving both Scotch aficionados and newcomers a chance to sample Scotch. The Scotch Library features offerings ranging from 175 single malts, 30 blends and some rare offerings from limited run distilleries and even a distillery no longer producing whisky. There are also three super-limited vintage single malts available for tasting. Best of all, the Scotch Library Ambassadors – experts in whiskies from Scotland – are available to help answer your



You can arrange for a dinner or wine tasting and also see some of the finished products at Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills. amethystminetour.com

questions. The Scotch Library is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly and tastings are served in two-ounce pours. There is also a Friday “Evening of Scotches” at 6 p.m., priced at $50.00 per person that includes three selections. kierlandresort.com MUSIC NIGHT OUT AT THE MIM The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in North Phoenix is an interactive musical experience with more than 6,500 instruments from 200 countries around the world. There is a live performance almost every evening in the 300-seat theater. Go early and have dinner at Café Allegro, with its daily-changing menu using fresh, local ingredients. Different stations feature global cuisine, local and regional dishes, grilled options and desserts. The menu marks humane, vegan, vegetarian, farm to fork, organic and those items made without gluten ingredients. After exploring the museum and satisfying your taste buds, it’s off to the concert for the evening. Entertainers range from singer/songwriter Jackie Greene and the folksy tones of Sarah Jarosz to the jazzy beats of Big Sam’s Funky Nation or the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to the global sounds of Mariachi Flor de Toloache. mim.org TAKE AN ARIZONA AMETHYST MINE TOUR This isn’t your typical mine. This is a chance to experience something quite unique to Arizona – a tiny amethyst mine on Four Peaks high above Fountain Hills. The mine had somewhat of a tumultuous past because of the damage to the environment from trying to get equipment into the mine. However, when Kurt Cavano purchased the mine as a hobby in 1997, he worked closely with Tonto National Forest to help heal its past scars. He mines everything by hand without the use of electricity. You can book a tour of the mine for an unforgettable date with your sweetie. There are group tours offered a couple of times each year – in spring and fall – or you can book a private tour. You will be whisked from the East Valley by private helicopter, taken to a tiny landing spot perched on the side of Four Peaks. Standing on the edge of your vantage point, you can survey the entire Valley. Then, don safety gear and make your way into the mine. With just a screwdriver, you will have a chance to chip away a few pieces of this dark purple prized amethyst to take home with you.


HORSEBACK RIDING AND WEEKEND GETAWAY AT HACIENDA DEL SOL Hacienda Del Sol opened in the desert wilderness at the foot of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Foothills as a girls’ school in 1929. It reopened in 1948 as a guest ranch. While once popular with Hollywood celebrities, it fell into disrepair. A group of local Tucson residents bought it in 1995 and nursed it back to its former grandeur. Today, the beautiful resort embraces its Southwest history. Book one of the 32 rooms overlooking the Santa Catalina Mountains for a romantic weekend escape. The grounds – a botanical garden that brings the Sonoran Desert to your doorstep – are filled with custom artwork. Walk about two minutes from the lobby to the stables for a sunset horseback ride for two. You’ll wind along the dry creek bed, past massive saguaro and climb to a high plateau to watch the sunset. After your ride, soak in the infinity pool overlooking the Santa Catalina Mountains. The Grill serves up great meals with creative dishes from local growers and ingredients from the organic gardens, which are under the careful direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. Some early mornings, you might just catch a glimpse of him harvesting something to take back to his own kitchens. haciendadelsol.com Susan Lanier-Graham is a Phoenix-based freelance food, wine and travel writer. You can follow her adventures looking for “wow moments” online at wanderwithwonder.com. Find more arts and entertainment articles at greenlivingaz.com/ artsentertainment

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JUNE IS A GREAT time for grilling! Try your hand at this delectable fresh grilled peach caprese salad for the perfect accompaniment to a Father’s Day BBQ. Also, utilize Chef Viverito’s grilling tips to get the perfect grill every time. INGREDIENTS: 2 ripe tomatoes 3 ripe peaches 2-8 oz. balls of fresh mozzarella 1 bunch of fresh basil Malaysian red palm oil for brushing Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

DRESSING INGREDIENTS: 2 fl. oz. honey or agave syrup 2 fl. oz. raw apple cider vinegar 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 fl. oz. Malaysian red palm oil 1/4 tsp celery seed Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Starting at the stem, cut the peach in half. Remove the pit, then slice the peaches into 1/4-inch rounds. 2. Preheat a clean and seasoned grill to high. 3. Brush both sides of the peach slices with palm oil. 4. Lay the peach slices onto an oiled grill and close the lid. After about 90 seconds, flip the peaches and grill for another 90 seconds. 5. Remove to a cutting board and allow slices to cool while you prepare the rest of the salad. 6. Make the dressing by placing the agave, vinegar and garlic in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the oil until emulsified. Season to taste with celery seed and salt and pepper. 7. Slice the mozzarella rounds into 1/4-inch slices. Slice the tomatoes crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. 8. Shingle the slices onto a platter, alternating them on top of each other: tomato slice, basil leaf, grilled peach slice, fresh mozzarella slice, basil leaf, and repeat until all are used. 9. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and then drizzle with salad dressing. 10. Serve as-is or with Dad’s favorite protein.

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Chef Gera rd Viverito’s Grilling Safety Tip s BEFORE YOU THROW THAT FATHER’S DAY STEAK ON THE GRILL: 1. Thaw meat in the refrigerator. Defrosting food on the counter encourages the growth of disease-causing pathogens such as listeria and salmonella. 2. Thaw proteins completely before grilling. That’s the best way to ensure food cooks evenly. 3. Use a meat thermometer in the thickest area to ensure doneness. Healthy internal temperatures are: Poultry, 180 degrees; Burgers, 160 degrees; Pork, 160 degrees; and Steaks, 145 degrees for medium rare and 160 degrees for medium. 4. Marinate with the right cooking oil. A lot of people marinate their proteins in olive oil before grilling. Overheating olive oil can cause it to break down into dangerous carcinogens. It’s better to use an oil that will stand up to high heat, such as Malaysian sustainable palm oil. COOKING WITH CHARCOAL OR PROPANE: 1. To avoid inhaling smoke and to help prevent accidental fires, position the grill away from your house and out from under eaves and tree branches. 2. Start with a clean grill. A buildup of extra grease and fat can cause a flash fire, in addition to contaminating your food with potential carcinogens. 3. Only use charcoal starter fluid with a charcoal grill. Stay safe by never adding flammable fluid once a fire is started. 4. Keep meat and vegetables separate on the grill. You want to keep meat drippings from falling on your vegetables since they don’t cook long enough to destroy any bacteria present from the drippings. SERVING YOUR FOOD: 1. Always transfer cooked food onto a clean platter. Don’t use the same plate that you just used for the raw food. 2. Keep food hot until it’s served. Move it off the fire but keep it on the warm grill. 3. Toss burned or charred portions before eating. The char and soot may contain dangerous chemicals or carcinogens.

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AS SUMMER HEATS UP, it’s a great time for solar cooking! Cook outdoors and keep your oven off and your house cool. These stacked chicken enchiladas are a simple dish made from whatever ingredients are on hand – you can use that leftover rotisserie chicken or crumble up that extra turkey burger patty. Not cooking for just yourself? Then simply double or triple the ingredients to make more. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped 2 corn tortillas, cut or torn into smaller pieces 1/4-1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup Mexi-blend cheese, shredded 1/2 cup canned enchilada sauce, or make your own DIRECTIONS 1. Put the solar oven out to pre-heat while preparing the ingredients. 2. In a single-serve dish appropriate for solar cooking, layer the ingredients in the following order: add a layer of the tortillas to cover the bottom; spoon a tablespoon of sauce over the tortillas; add half of the chicken and spread evenly; add half of the chopped onions and spread evenly; add 1/3 of the cheese and spread evenly. 3. Add a second layer. Starting with the tortillas, repeat the above steps to make a second layer of sauce, chicken, onions, and cheese. 4. For the top, add a last layer of the remaining tortillas. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. Cover with a lid, or aluminum foil, dull side out. 5. Place in the hot, pre-heated solar oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the cheese is melted and the enchilada is hot. Cooking time will vary depending on the temperature of the solar cooker, which depends on the type of solar cooker being used, the weather, and how focused the cooker is to the sun. For more solar cooking recipes, visit sunshineonmyshoulder. com, a complete guide to solar cooking. Merry Bevill has been solar cooking since 2008 and has more than 300 solar cooking recipes on her website.



LIGHTEN UP YOUR SUMMER with this refreshing and healthy pasta salad, featuring a plethora of fresh veggies: tomatoes, asparagus, bell pepper, squash, zucchini and onion. INGREDIENTS: 6 cups pasta, your choice 4 fl. oz. olive oil, divided 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 1 medium yellow squash, sliced 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4 of a red onion, chopped 3 fl. oz. red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, oregano) 1/2 tsp salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: 1. Follow pasta cooking procedures on package – cook al-dente. Strain pasta. 2. Add 2 fl. oz. of olive oil to the strained pasta and place in bowl. Set aside in refrigerator. 3. Wash and chop all vegetables. 4. Place veggies on a large sheet pan in a flat single layer and drizzle 1 fl. oz. of olive oil on top. 5. Place in oven under broiler set on high for about five minutes. This will give the veggies some char with a little crunch to them. Mix during the cooking process using tongs. 6. In a large mixing bowl, whisk remaining 1 fl. oz. olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. 7. To plate, mix fresh herb vinaigrette with chilled pasta and roasted vegetables and toss gently. 8. Garnish with more fresh herbs and cheese if you prefer. Enjoy! Serves 5

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought



World Environment Day


6/10-11 Experience Brazil

6/18 Master Gardener Class: Raised Bed Gardening

6/23 Women on Fire: Nourishing Spirit, Mind & Body


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7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Roosevelt Growhouse 1025 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Connect with your community at the 3rd annual CultivEAT Farm-to-Table dinner in downtown Phoenix. With a menu centered around a locallygrown and prepared meal, you won’t be disappointed. Chefs Sacha Levine and Walter Sterling of Ocotillo, Casey Hopkins of Welcome Chicken + Donuts, and Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals will collaborate to prepare a beautiful meal paired with local beer and wine. Tickets cost $70.00. bit.ly/2rZKref

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Indulge in the sights and sounds of Brazilian culture at MIM this summer. Enjoy vibrant musical performances, dance workshops and a menu completely inspired by Brazilian fare. You can also purchase Brazilian merchandise from the Museum Store. Ticket is included with $20.00 museum admission price. mim.org/events/experiencebrazil/2017-06-10

June 10 PROWL AND PLAY AT THE PHOENIX ZOO 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix The night comes alive with music, magic, art and more! Kids will enjoy face painting, juggling lessons, sidewalk chalk art as well as games and prizes at the Street Fest Arcade, plus waterslides, splash zones and Slip ‘N Slides. The cost for members is $6.00, non-members $8.00. Children 2 and under are free. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/prowlplay-kids-street-fest 50 greenliving | June 2017

June 15 GREEN LIVING LAUNCH PARTY 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Cattle Track Arts Compound 6105 N. Cattletrack Rd., Scottsdale Join us at the Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale for a night of fun and networking! Meet and mingle with like-minded people in the green industry, enter to win eco-friendly door prizes, buy exclusive film festival tickets and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. Tickets cost $12.00 online or $15.00 at the door. greenlivingaz.com/party



World Oceans Day

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Maricopa County Cooperative Extension 4341 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix Ever wanted to test out your green thumb? The Desert Institute of Gardening is offering a class that will teach the proper techniques you will need to grow your very own raised bed garden. Whether you’re learning to grow your own grocery list or how to frame raised bed gardens, this class will be the perfect start to becoming a master gardener. Tickets cost $20.00. extension.arizona.edu/dig-raised-beds

June 23 WOMEN ON FIRE: NOURISHING SPIRIT, MIND & BODY 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Marriott McDowell Mountain 16770 N. Perimeter Dr., Scottsdale This healthy living event is targeted to all the women running around dealing with this crazy thing we call life. The program begins with a Yoga Stretch followed by a continental breakfast, then a conference of leading speakers on nutrition, safety, fashion, inspiration, intuition and impacting our community and world. Tickets cost $69.00. foxfireeventsrock.com/events/ women-on-fire



World Sea Turtle Day


Coral Triangle Day

6/10 White Mountain Forest Fair

6/24 Sunset Crater Volcano Solar and Star Party

6/24 Miracle of Mariposa – 2nd Anniversary Celebration


June 10 WHITE MOUNTAIN FOREST FAIR 10:00 a.m. The White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center 425 S. Woodland Rd., Pinetop To promote healthy forests for safe communities, the White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center will be holding presentations and demonstrations on the benefits of thinning our forests to protect communities and the ways thinning material is put to use in local industries. Admission is free. whitemountainnaturecenter.org



Solar Viewing from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Astronomy Presentation from 8:00 p.m.8:45 p.m. Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:45 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Coconino National Forest 6082 Forest Service 545 Rd., Flagstaff Whether you are a stargazing aficionado or want to add it to your list of hobbies, this event will help you get the most out of night skies. Admission is free. nps.gov/sucr/planyourvisit/summernight-sky-events.htm

7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill 700 W. State Route 89A, Sedona To celebrate the restaurant’s second anniversary and benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Chef Lisa Dahl will host the evening filled with live Latin American music and dancing, stargazing, and a decadent spread of regional cuisine and wine. There will be a collection of Mariposa’s most popular menu selections including traditional handmade empanadas, grilled meats, salads, desserts and a selection of wines. Tickets cost $125.00. mariposasedona.com


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11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Okland Construction 1700 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe Melisa Camp of Greenhab & Elite Education will discuss eight national and local research studies about solar homes at this month’s USGBC Arizona Lunch & LEED event. The studies vary – their methodology is different, comparison approaches vary, criteria studied is altered and geographic regions are diverse – but their findings are similar: solar homes are valuable in today’s market. Tickets cost $20.00 for members; $25.00 for nonmembers. usgbc.org/event/lunch-leedwhats-solar-home-worth

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. The Esplanade Conference Center 2501 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 50, Phoenix Learn from successful speakers as they teach you the new tactics developers and builders are employing to smooth delivery efficiencies, as well as ways to finance on niche housing markets. This is a great opportunity for those with a desire to learn about how homes of the future are being transformed. arizona.uli.org/event/main-programhousing-our-future


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June 14 GREEN CHAMBER LUNCH AND LEARN 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Goodwill Corporate Center 2626 W. Beryl Ave., Phoenix Join Tim O’Neal, CEO of Central and Northern Arizona Goodwill, as he talks about how Goodwill aspires to empower individuals, strengthen families and build stronger communities. Learn about their mission and enjoy lunch provided by Wadaa Street Tacos. Tickets cost $25.00 for members, $35.00 for non-members. thegreenchamber.org

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World Giraffe Day


Global Wind Day

6/26-28 Pima County Home & Garden Show

6/28 Sustainable Living Forum: Water Harvesting

6/29-30 8th Annual Garlic Festival and Benefit


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Friday: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tucson Convention Center 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson Get to know the companies around your city; learn from the latest strategies for green building, remodeling, gardening; and save some money with show-only discounts. You can see demonstrations and seminars by the leading experts in home remodeling, landscaping, cooking and more. Admission is $8.00. tucsonconventioncenter.com/events/ pima-county-home-and-garden-show/

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Laura Tanzer Atelier 410 N. Toole Ave. #110, Tucson There is a lot to take from this free 10-part series of speaking events where experts in the community share their thoughts and encourage discussion. This month’s event focuses on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle by harvesting rainwater. Refreshments provided. Admission is free. bit.ly/2qI2bwL

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Triangle T Guest Ranch 4190 Dragoon Rd., Dragoon Indulge in not only food, fun and games, but also in helping a cause. This year’s Garlic Festival will benefit the Wounded Warrior project and Emilio “Memo” Vasquez who was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. There will be prizes, crafts, a garlic cooking contest, farmer’s market and more! azretreatcenter.com/events3.html

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G R E E N CHAMPIONS Each month in our Green Champions section we feature three people – one each in northern, central and southern Arizona – who are making strides in the green community. In our June Men’s Healthy Living issue, we focused on those who are passionate about health and fitness.


Jesse Coddington opened his first personal training studio back in 2008 in Glendale, AZ. After realizing that the “big box gym” style of personal training was not what he wanted to do, he went on to open his second personal training studio, New Roots Personal Training, in Flagstaff in 2013 with his wife Mandy. The new revamped studio catered to the average person that wasn’t necessarily a gym-junkie. Coddington wanted to help everyone reach their fitness goals, not just athletes. The name “New Roots” comes from the idea of starting over, and that your fitness journey should be a new beginning. Coddington focuses on a strict nutrition program and workout regimen to promote life-long fitness and a positive attitude. NEWROOTSPERSONALTRAINING.COM


A former professional baseball player and NCAA basketball player, Eric Guilleminault used to train professional athletes in the NFL and NBA, as well as Olympic finalists and collegiate national champions. Guilleminault is the owner of Off the Grid Fitness in Scottsdale. Off the Grid is the first eco-friendly fitness center in Arizona. The building was remolded with recycled construction materials and the floor is made out of bamboo and recycled tires. In addition, the gym equipment in the studio is refurbished, rather than brand new, to cut down on waste. Guilleminault continues the green trend into the bathrooms and locker rooms with low-flow faucets and showerheads as well as dual flush toilets. All of the lights are compact fluorescent lights and the televisions in the studio are special LED monitors, which consume less power. Guilleminault prides himself and his studio on not only taking a green initiative, but that his studio represents a sense of community for those in the greater Phoenix area. OFFTHEGRIDFITNESS.COM


You could say Darren Rhodes has been practicing yoga since birth. His mom did yoga while she was pregnant with him, and taught classes out of their living room. His father also played a large role in Rhodes’ love for yoga, as he taught him meditation at an early age. Rhodes took his passion for yoga and made it his career – he has been the director of YogaOasis, which now has three locations in Tucson, since 1999. He wrote a book, “The Yoga Resource Practice Manual,” founded a company named YogaHour (which prides itself on being one of the most accessible and difficult one-hour yoga classes), and is the model for Penchant for Practice, a poster that features 350 yoga poses. Not to mention, Rhodes was named one of Yoga Journal’s 21 Talented Young Teachers Shaping the Future of Yoga. His goal is to make yoga accessible to all. He strives to make his classes doable for all attendees but also has them push their limits. YOGAOASIS.COM

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HE’S GREEN SHE’S GREEN PROTEIN BARS Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart I’m not sure anyone has ever been excited to reach for a protein bar – they’ve historically been hardly more than a glorified hockey puck with questionable ingredients. Apparently, though, they’ve come a long way – a very long way. Whether your preference is organic, glutenfree, vegan, chocolate or fruity, there’s a bar for you. Read on to see which ones you may want to reach for after your next workout. PRO BAR | BASE PROTEIN BAR, MINT CHOCOLATE, NON-GMO, GLUTEN-FREE HE SAID: This Pro Bar runs the razor’s edge of high protein and good taste. It has 20 grams of protein, so I expected it to be a chalky, gluey mess. Instead, I got a tasty mint-chocolate snack with a nice crunch. They used crisp flax and chia seeds like a sleight of hand magician to distract me from the gritty protein, and the chocolate coating made me think I was eating a candy bar.

SHE SAID: It was a nice surprise to bite into a protein bar that didn’t require a set of shark teeth to get through. The two crispy and smooth layers created a nice texture. I wasn’t crazy about the thought of mint here, but it was refreshing and motivated me to get my 20 grams of protein.

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SQUARE ORGANICS | ORGANIC PROTEIN BAR, CHOCOLATE COATED COCONUT, ORGANIC, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN HE SAID: I know what you’re thinking: Chocolate-covered coconut equals a delicious Mounds candy bar, right? Wrong! This was like eating a Mounds bar with dirty chalkboard erasers for hands. The grit was so bad I almost couldn’t finish it. Flavor-wise, it had a nice chocolate and coconut taste – but you had to get through that awful texture first. The nutrition facts say it has 11 grams of protein, but it tasted like it had 400 grams.

SHE SAID: I have to disagree with my husband. This one was definitely more like a candy bar than a typical protein bar. It’s covered in chocolate and had a soft filling (okay, yeah, a bit grainy) with plenty of shredded coconut. With 11 grams of protein and tasty organic vegan ingredients, what’s not to love?

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VEGA | PROTEIN + SNACK BAR, CHOCOLATE CARAMEL, NON-GMO, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN HE SAID: This one was downright delicious. Crispy caramel flavored brown rice and a smooth protein layer covered in yummy milk chocolate. It also had a little of every fruit, nut and vegetable you could think of. Seriously, the ingredients list was astounding for such a tiny thing. Only 11 grams of protein, so it’s not a body builder’s bar, but it is a healthy snack that you could put in the candy aisle and nobody would notice.

SHE SAID: Chopped nuts and chocolate drizzle on top – is this from a fancy chocolate shop? It was pretty, but it wasn’t my favorite. There was a weird sweet flavor I couldn’t quite place (maybe the caramel?), but they pack tons of goodies inside! The extensive ingredient list includes all recognizable foods like pea protein, kale and organic date paste.

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GO MACRO | MACROBAR PROTEIN PLEASURE, PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP, ORGANIC, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN HE SAID: This Go Macro bar was much like the Powerbars of olde. It was very dense with a gluey texture. They were smart to add crunchy peanuts and chocolate chips to these, because without them this could have been a peanut-butter-flavored mess.

SHE SAID: “Protein pleasure?”Hmm, not so much. It was super dense and chewy, with a boring, mild peanut butter flavor. The only saving grace was finding a chocolate chip here and there. Go Macro, I’m gonna “go” find another protein bar...

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OATMEGA BAR | WILD BLUEBERRY CRISP, NON-GMO, GLUTEN-FREE HE SAID: This Oatmega bar reminded me of those chewy Quaker oat bars I used to get in my lunch box as a kid. A little on the gluey side, but the crisp oats broke it up well. The blueberry flavor was a nice surprise in an overly chocolatey protein bar market, and at 14 grams of protein it’s no slouch. This is where you should go when you can’t bring yourself to eat another chocolate peanut butter bar.

SHE SAID: I love their business model of “heart first, business second, nutrition shared.” This company “shares” bars to local food banks – awesome! And their bars taste awesome, too! Super soft – likely because of those heart-healthy omega-3’s – a little chewy and crunchy, and full of a blueberry-cream-danish-like flavor. This tasted more like dessert. I’ll definitely grab one of these again when I need a quick snack!

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Serve up Dad’s favorite beer on tap any time with Fizzics’ Waytap. Simply place a can or bottle of beer into the Waytap system and let it pour at a controlled rate. Push the handle back to start the “sonication process” which adds sound waves to control the process of converting the beer’s natural carbonation into an ideal micro-foam. This creates the natural taste brewers intended for you to experience right at home. $129.99 FIZZICS.COM



Having a safe and healthy environment for your family is always a top priority. With Stoneworks Laundry Detergent Pods from Grab Green, laundry becomes an eco-friendly and simple experience. Each pod is made from naturally derived ingredients and a non-toxic formula. Unique scents inspired by nature include Birch Branch, Olive Leaf, Oak Tree, Rose Petal and the scent-free Rain. $12.99 GRABGREENHOME.COM





Wrap Dad’s favorite gaming system with a gorgeous real wood cover from Toast. Make it personal by sending in custom artwork or lettering to be etched onto the wood. The single layered veneer creates a smooth look from your choice of four sustainable wood types: walnut, bamboo, ebony and ash. Toast also donates one percent of net sales to environmental nonprofits, and plants one tree seedling for each Toast cover made through the Trees for the Future program. The company also makes phone, tablet, laptop and accessory covers. $49.00-$79.00 TOASTMADE.COM


They are that good. Dang’s new vegan sticky rice chips are the perfect road trip or on-the-go snacks for summer. Each bag is made with at least 30 percent less fat than regular potato chips and contains no gluten, soy or dairy. With flavors such as Sriracha Spice and Coconut Crunch, you won’t ever go back to your unhealthy snacking habits. $2.99 DANGFOODS.COM



Have you ever owned a briefcase that is committed to giving back a minimum of five percent of revenue to charities benefiting animals, people and the environment? Doshi offers non-leather vegan briefcases for men and women who live smart, savvy and environmentally conscious lifestyles. This classic briefcase protects the planet and your shoulder with its padded, slim strap. $149.00-$219.00 DOSHI.SHOP



Remodeez does not mask odors, it completely removes them from shoes, gym bags, cars and pretty much anything else with an unpleasant smell. The non-toxic and hypoallergenic solution uses activated charcoal derived from coconut husks to eliminate odor at the source. Each deodorizer is uniquely shaped to fit in the environment it’s placed in and is safe around pets and children. $9.99 REMODEEZ.COM

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