Archive for October, 2011

celebrating wangari maathai

October 26, 2011

I was so saddened to find out recently that someone so inspirational to me had passed. Wangari Maathai was a beautiful human being with a great vision. She founded the Green Belt Movement to repopulate deserted land with trees. She saw that without trees, our lives were lost.

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.

We can honor her by following in her footsteps to do those “little things” that make a difference:

It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.

On Monday, November 14, we can also come together to celebrate the life and passionate work of this incredible woman. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Wangari Muta Maathai (1940–2011) A Memorial Ceremony Philosopher, environmentalist, educationist, political activist, freedom fighter, mother, grandmother, guiding light. We will miss her. We will celebrate her. We will emulate her. We will never forget her.—H. E. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative at Kenya Mission to United Nations The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street) New York, NY November 14th, 2011 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   All are invited to attend. The ceremony will begin promptly. Please, no flowers or presents. Donations to Green Belt Movement (

get dirty nyc! harvest festival, friday, october 21

October 10, 2011

It’s time to celebrate the abundance of this year’s harvest! Come on down to the Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons Harvest Festival fundraiser. All of the requisite ingredients for such a fest will be represented: local food & beer, bluegrass music, raffled prizes, and a lotion-making demo by me! Full details below…

Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons Harvest Festival fundraiser

Friday, October 21, 2011
7:30pm – 11:30pm
The Commons
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
(btwn Hoyt & Bond)

Celebrate the close of a productive growing season over food, drinks, demos, bluegrass music and merry-making at a joint fundraiser to benefit Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons! The party will be taking place at The Commons’ beautiful space in Brooklyn, which includes a working rooftop farm.

A $30 ticket includes seasonal hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket. All proceeds benefit GDNYC! and The Commons.

  • Food by the Heat & the Coven
  • Drinks donated by Heartland Brewery and Bionade
  • Music by the Dust Busters bluegrass band
  • Demos by Raganella
  • Raffle Prizes include $65 worth of coffee from Stumptown Coffee, a $100 gift certificate from Jimmy’s no. 43, a $50 certificate from Cook’s Companion, and a $50 certificate from Bierkraft!

Space is limited so please RSVP on this Facebook event page or email You can also pay in advance on the Get Dirty NYC! website by clicking “Donate”.

If you’d like to volunteer at the party, please sign up at our wejoin page Volunteers at the party will receive free entry which includes food!

Get Dirty NYC!’s mission is to connect New Yorkers to hands-on gardening and farming opportunities around the city. GDNYC’s hope is to see New Yorkers working together to share skills, cultivate community relationships and nurture our city’s green spaces.

The Commons is a community & educational center dedicated to healthy communities, individuals and environment. Also home to the Foodshed market, open every Sunday 11-5 and Tues 4-8pm.

reminder: crafts in chelsea, october 15

October 3, 2011

The Annual Fall Crafts in Chelsea Festival put on by Brooklyn Craft Central is less than 2 weeks away! I’ll be tabling with none other than Erica Rothchild of Pumpkin & Honey Bunny (and P&H Soda Co.). A wide range of Raganella’s Botanical Solutions will be on sale, including herbal remedies, body care goods & cleaning solutions. I’m really looking forward to being part of this great local event. More details below…

The Annual Fall Crafts in Chelsea Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2011
West 21st St. between 8th and 9th Aves.
10:00am – 5:00pm.  Rain or Shine.

Benefits PS11’s amazing arts programs.

All info:


not-so-scary halloween makeup – it’s edible!

October 3, 2011

This post is a tip from Emily Doubilet of SustyParty, a rad company that promotes eco-friendly celebration-making

Calling all do-it-yourself, natural mamas & papas! This Halloween, why not paint your little one’s adorable face with completely non-toxic edible face paints? The paints from Wee Can Too are organic, food-based powders that are also vegan, wheat-free, sugar-free, and preservative free. They’re made from organic fruit & vegetable powders, rice cereal, and rice flour. And while I haven’t tasted them, they’re said to have a sweet-tart taste.

Wee Can Too’s edible face paint comes in 4 colors: Purple/Blue made with REAL blueberries, Red/Pink made with REAL beets, Yellow made with REAL pumpkin and Green made with REAL spinach. The paint powders come in jars, which are housed in a convenient tote bag. Each kit comes with 10 ounces of powder paint, which makes 30 oz. of paint. All you do is add water in separate cups and let your (or your sweet child’s) imagination run wild! If they can eat, they can paint! Wee Can Too’s paints are CPSIA Compliant.

Wee Can Too was founded in 2007 by a momma who sought a safer and more nutritious art product for her infant daughter… Voilá… Edible Art Supply was born!

You can get We Can Too’s Edible Face Paint and other fun party goods at SustyParty.

This is so much cooler than the corn syrup & food coloring face paint I made last Halloween.