December News and Events

Conscious Home Open House featuring Joyfully Green Cleaning and Chocolate body care Kitsimg_0270

Join us, along with the Light Cellar and other local conscious businesses for a casual open house and chance to finish off your holiday shopping for the eco and health aware individuals on your list. The Light Cellar will be selling raw, organic bulk foods and delicious raw chocolate. Conscious Home will have stainless steel water bottles, Cleaner/Body Care recipe books, and gift bags for making green cleaners and chocolate body care: easy-to-make, all the instructions and key ingredients.

When: Sunday December 14th 12pm-4pm

Where: The Light Cellar, 4811 22nd Ave NW (Montgomery)

More info: call 403.475.7688

Conscious Home Gift Certificates

Conscious Home will be selling gift certificates for all its popular in-home packages, including the Green Home Makeover. Give a unique, experiential and immensely useful gift to those who would appreciate a little green guidance in your life. Contact lauren(at)conscioushome.ca for more info.

Looking for more non-conventional gift ideas?

Check out the following advice and experience in the Calgary Herald Green Guide article “Thinking Outside The Gift Box”

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Conscious Home November Events

November 4 2008 7pm-8:30 “Composting Successfully”

Prema Sai Wholistic Living 2613 14 St SW

Divert up to 40% of your waste from the landfill through nature’s recycling system: composting! This workshop will teach you the basic necessities for a successful, working compost system that will produce a wonderful aid to a healthy yard or garden. Troubleshooting, winter composting and Bokashi and vermicomposting will be covered.

Cost: $15 Call 403. 263-4040 to register

“Eat Your Chocolate… And Wear It Too!”

Conscious Home and Light Belly would like to invite you to a whole new chocolate experience. Learn how to handcraft organic raw chocolate into edible body care and decadent super food treats. Join us for a fun, light-filled evening that will transform your relationship with chocolate. This chocolate will nourish your body and soul!

When: November 14th or November 29th 7pm-9pm or consider hosting us at your own Chocolate Holiday Party for a unique way to celebrate the season with friends and family

Where: The Light Cellar: 4811 22 Ave NW

Registration: $35/person including lots of chocolate sampling and your own unique handmade chocolate lip balm
To register: email lauren@conscioushome.ca, call 403.475.768

November 18th, 2008 7-9pm “Going Non-Toxic”

Prema Sai Wholistic Living 2613 14 St SW

Learn to create a healthier, greener home for you and your family. This workshop will teach you about the major sources of indoor air pollution and how to clean effectively without polluting yourself or the planet.Learn how to:

  • Make your own effective, and lovely non-toxic cleaners
  • Buy cleaner, greener cleaners and personal care products
  • Buy and use common household plastics, and which to avoid
  • To pack a plastic-free lunch

Cost $30 Call 403. 263-4040 to register

Looking for eco-friendly gift ideas?

Conscious Home will be selling gift certificates, Going Non-Toxic recipe books, and lots of other earth-friendly gift ideas at the Fairly Traded Market Sale from 10am-4pm on November 29th at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Center on 5th Ave and 13St NW.

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Conscious Home Upcoming Events

Conscious Home is looking forward to hosting a booth and giving a presentation at the upcoming EcoLiving Fair, September 27th from 9am-7pm at the Mt. Royal College (Gold LEED Certified) Centre for Continuous Learning.

Visit the EcoLiving Fair Website:http://www.ecolivingfair.ca/index.html

Our presentation: Clean Cleaning: How to clean effectively without polluting yourself or the planet

Details: 5:00-5:45pm room EC2075

Other speakers: http://www.ecolivingfair.ca/speakerseries.html

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localvores/importvores/foragevores

There has been a lot of controversy lately around food source. With the 100 mile diet hitting mainstream, the concept of buying locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and meat, and even further into locally-crafted cheese, breads, etc., is being met with some opposition. In one corner: localvores and just your average green folk trying to do their best to consider the environment, are arguing that the food tastes better, travels significantly less to reach our gullets, supports local economy, and in the case of farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs you can even get to know and have a relationship with the person that grows your food.

On the flip side, these practical and logical cases for buying local have found their devil’s advocate. Researchers studying sheep being raised and bought in the U.K. versus sheep being raised in New Zealand and imported into the U.K. create a much larger carbon footprint with the former. The lush, fertile lands of New Zealand are a more natural host to the animals than the U.K., where the growing conditions have to be forced, simulated, and are just not a sustainable host to sheep. Read the article here.

I will write more about food miles and eating local in later posts. But for this one, I wanted to touch on a little-discussed aspect of eating locally. Foraging within our surrounding environments is something our grandparents and maybe even some of our parents did, and they are a good source of knowledge, but the availability and convenience of foods on shelves of grocery stores has meant that this practice is all but dying out. In Calgary, a forager in the know can load up on saskatoon berries, the succulent and gourmet-friendly morel mushroom, alley raspberries, dandelion greens (great in rice dishes, salads, and green smoothies), your neighbour’s apples (ask first), wild rose petals (a good source of vitamin C- and pretty tasty), nanking cherries, other edible flowers… If you are aware of other available edibles, make sure to post your comment!

The greatest thing about foraging is the connection to the food it allows. Aside from the fact that we were able to walk about 3km from our house and pick a bounty of saskatoons, enjoyed on cereal and in smoothies for days, it was so satisfying knowing we picked it with our own hands, with appreciation, and outside in the setting summer sun. Our food had a story and a history that we know very well. In the same area earlier in the year, with some guidance from a seasoned mushroom-hunter friend, we found our first ever morels. As Rob and I stood, massaging our necks from having our eyes fixated to the ground, and discussed how we didn’t even totally know if we would recognize a morel if we saw one, I looked down again and realized I was standing on one and they were all around us. It was a thrill to gather up these strange, brainy-looking fungi and take them home to fry in garlic and olive oil.

As the growing season ends, have a look in your neighbourhood and see who is picking their apples, or other fruits and who is letting them fall to the ground to rot. Think about how much carbon emission could be saved by eating those apples instead of the ones from New Zealand. Check out this non-profit in Victoria who says, eat them! or give them to us to donate to people that will. Or buy a dehydrator and sustain yourself over the winter with the fruit you collected in the fall (be like the squirrel).

Watch for Conscious Home’s mushroom-forays in the spring!

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