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Raw Apple Pie

Raw Apple Pie

This raw, vegan apple pie from Haley Cloud of Living Raw by Grace is a scrumptious way to finish off any holiday meal you’re preparing this month. Read more

The Grand Canyon Railway’

By Molly Cerreta Smith

One of the first things I heard when I became a mom and Christmastime rolled around was “Have you taken them to the Polar Express yet?” For many years my answer was “No, not this year.” I’m so glad that I can now respond, “Yes! And it’s magical!” Because it is. Read more

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Mark HartmanMark Hartman, MBA, LEED AP
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix

Mark Hartman became intersted energy efficiency in the 1990s while working for a utility running conservation programs. However, he adds, “My interest deepened rather suddenly in 2003, when I was asked by a company vice-president to prepare a presentation on sustainability and I had never heard the term! I have since been immersed in the world of learning what William McDonough describes as ‘how to we love all the children, of all species, for all time.’”

Since recently coming into his role as CSO for the City of Phoenix, Hartman says, “My initial effort has been to identify gaps in the approach to sustainability and I am currently working with departments to bring forward a number of major recommendations to Council, including a plan to engage stakeholders in setting long term sustainability goals.”

Hartman is passionate about helping others understand that making Phoenix a sustainable city will not result in higher costs. He says, “While still valuing the importance of social justice and reducing harm to the environment, I find it exciting knowing that by bringing forward actions that reduce costs, Phoenix could still leapfrog other communities and make significant advances in sustainability.” Read more

Theojary Crisantes of Wholesum Harvest

By Michelle Talsma Everson

With the motto “healthy foods from healthy fields,” Wholesum Harvest, a family-owned and -operated farm and food distributor, has been producing organic fruits and vegetables since before it was chic. With organic tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, squash and mangos grown in Nogales, Arizona and several spots throughout Mexico, Wholesum Harvest has been leading the way in organic produce and sustainable farming practices for generations. Read more

Spiritual Centeredness

By Molly Cerreta Smith

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the bevy of winter holidays? Stressful hustle and bustle? Gifting? Overindulging in heavy foods and loaded cocktails? These themes certainly tie in to commercialized holidays, but they don’t have to be the center around which you celebrate this season. Elaina Love of Pure Joy Academy offers tips on how to shift your focus this season without sacrificing the spirit of celebration. Read more

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Healthy Scrambled Frittata

Healthy Frittata

This healthy frittata from Scramble’s Chef Rick Moses, featuring ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, is the perfect thing to serve to overnight guests in the morning.


16 Hickman’s large eggs
2 cups turkey bacon
2 cups baby kale
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup zucchini, diced
1/4 cup bell peppers, diced
3/4 cup skim milk
3 avocados
1/4 cup soybean oil

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Lemon Orchard

By Anton G. Camarota, PhD

For almost 99 percent of the past 150,000 years of human history, people have lived in small bands of hunter-gatherers. Life was nomadic and people moved about while foraging as part of a subsistence lifestyle. The crux of the hunting and gathering life was finding enough food to eat while maintaining a balance with the natural world. Hunter-gathering people were highly adapted and sensitive to their environment and made a minimal impact, as populations were very small. Read more