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April 2023 Edition Celebrates Earth Day

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Hello and welcome to our April edition. I’m delighted
to present the many events hosted by our
advertisers. This month we welcome Herbalist Kaki
Bryan, founder of Clinical Traditions Herb Co. Kaki’s
herb farm and apothecary is hosting a farm tour,
tea meditation and the opportunity to pick your
own herbs. See the article on page 14 for more info.
Lullaby of the Rivers Festival is happening in
St. Augustine on April 21-23 in celebration of Earth
Day. This family-friendly festival has something for
everyone. Women’s Wellness Fest on April 22 is
also celebrating Earth Day while empowering women
through community, connection and education.
See the articles on page 6 for complete information.
Achieving sustainable sources of healthy food is the focus of our main feature, A New
Dawn On The Farm Front. Learn about the challenges to stepping away from industrialized
agriculture. The Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROC) standard helps consumers make
informed choices about their food purchases. Its three pillars: soil health, animal welfare
and social fairness, are designed to ameliorate the problems associated with conventional
agriculture. ROC members include Rodale Institute, Dr. Bronner’s and Patagonia. Farming
techniques proposed by the ROC are designed to rebuild soil with a variety of standards
including crop rotation, cover crops, no tillage, no GMO seeds and no synthetic inputs of
any kind. Jeff Moyer, the CEO of Rodale Institute, which champions regenerative organic
agriculture, is interviewed in Wise Words on page 20. Moyer is hopeful about the future
of agriculture and its ability to produce the amount of food needed worldwide.
Eliminating toxins in our water, food and air is discussed in our Healing Ways section.
Our bodies are not designed to handle the accumulation of industrial chemicals,
pesticides, pharmaceutical and radiation that seep into our personal space. Learn about
filtering drinking water, deciphering food labels and improving indoor air quality on
pages 24-25.
Spring is the season when many begin exercise routines or increase their workout
routines. Repairing muscles after exercise with a solid-muscle recovery plan uses
techniques including earthing, hydration, diet, massage and contrast therapy. See our
Fit Body article on page 28 for details.
Be sure to check our calendar of events on pages 32-33. We’re preparing a fantastic
May edition—focused on women’s health—with a live, online event featuring the
Top Women in Wellness. See our back cover and scan the QR code to attend.