Thanks for picking up the July Food Watch + Natural Medicine Cabinet edition of Natural Awakenings magazine! Inside, you’ll find freshly prepared pieces to help keep you healthy and happy this summer.
This month’s feature article, “Stewards of Earth’s Bounty: Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change,” is a roundup of farmers across the nation who are working hard to provide consumers with local, organic, non-GMO, secure and healthy food stock. To complement this national perspective, our Community Spotlight shines a light on local farm heroes right here in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Additionally, one of our local news briefs features information on a regional food security project currently underway at Virginia Tech. The Appalachian Foodshed Project is creating a network to improve food access, expand food security and enhance food economies.
For our Natural Medicine Cabinet feature, we explore “Essential Oils for Summer Maladies,” which includes a simple, toxin-free recipe for summer bug repellent. And, if the healing power of essential oils interests you, check out our calendar listings for two local essential oil workshops coming up in July and August. In other local natural medicine cabinet news, we highlight the new Virginia Tech Farmacy Garden project, in which doctors in Montgomery County will be “prescribing” visits to the Farmacy Garden for qualified patients. The goal of the Garden Prescription Program is to emphasize the importance of diet and moderate physical activity as vital components in a patient’s wellness plan. Keep reading our news briefs to learn how you can get your own personal food prescription for healthier living through Holistic Nutrition Source.
Thinking about summer family camping opportunities? Our Healthy Kids feature this month explores how parents can transition kids away from mind-numbing video games and into consciousness-expanding outdoor experiences. Our Blue Ridge Green Travel article highlights three regional family camping venues: Middle Creek Campground, in Buchanan; Camp Karma, in Bedford; and Camp Easter Seals, in New Castle. They offer low-cost, high-return opportunities for kids to plug in to nature.
There are so many fun and diverse events and learning opportunities happening this month, so please check out our calendar listings and find something to get you moving. We’re busily preparing our August Transformative Education + Children’s Health issue, and welcome your ideas and input. In the meantime, stay cool!