Archive for August, 2008

Cedar Summit Certified Organic Farm Field Trip with the EcoMoms

Host: Jose Brizard/Ecopaulitans
Location: Cedar Summit Dairy Farm
2580 Drexel Ave, New Prague, MN 56071 US
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When: Tuesday, August 26, 10:00AM
Phone: Jose 651.695.1855
Please join us for a tour of the now certified organic Cedar Summit Farm. You may have already tasted their delicious milk and other dairy products from grass fed cows. We will tour the farm and the plant where they process cheese and ice cream, we might be able to see other farm animals such as chickens. The tour takes about one hour and is completed with an ice cream cone. For more information on the farm and a map, please visit their website. http://www.cedarsummit.com It takes about 50 minutes to get there from St. Paul.Tour is $7.50 per adult and $5.00 per child. Please RSVP.
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For Your Information

This was sent in by a Highlands parent. It was several years ago that my father’s oncologist suggested that he not microwave in plastic…interesting.


No plastic containers in microwave.



No water bottles in freezer.



No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers…

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body…

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food… You get the same results, only without the dioxin So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.


He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons…


Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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EcoMoms, EcoDads, EcoTeacher’s & EcoAll!

CorePower Yoga & EcoMom Alliance Evening

Sustain Yourself, Sustain Your Home, Sustain the Planet

Date: Saturday, 8/23
Location: CorePower Yoga Edina Yoga & Spa
Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $10 minimum donation to the Chrysalis Foundation
A night of self-rejuvenation and inspiration to make change for a more sustainable planet! Enjoy free yoga, complimentary mini spa treatments, & EcoMom Edutainment. Mingle & shop fair trade with other like-minded Moms who care about the earth; OR, book yourself a spa treatment! Enjoy special discounts on yoga, spa packages, and retail this evening only.

Call Edina Yoga & Spa to register: 952.835.9642 – space is limited!

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Green Pilot Project Planning Meeting and Green Highlands Conversation Part II

Pilot Project Planning Meeting & Highlands Green Enthusiast Conversation Part II
Thursday, August 21, 2008
RSVP juliemcjones@gmail.com

8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
5813 West 61st Street
FREE sitter and activities for all ages provided
All our welcome to this working session with the pilot project team. We hope you will support and replicate the ideas in your sphere of influence, and volunteer your time and talents to the greening of Highlands.

Please pass this on to interested parties.

Contact me, if you would like to be on Core Pilot Project Team or on the Earth Day Event Planning Team. Julie juliemcjones@gmail.com
Don’t Do What I Say…Do What I Do.
Never has that phrase been more appropriate then when describing my journey to lower our family carbon footprint, with my own children participating (and monitoring) in the process.

Michael Anderson shared with me his desire to focus on SUSTAINABILITY next year and I believe as a collective community we can do our part to model this concept and get the ripple effect going.

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