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About Julie Norris

Julie Norris is the visionary behind Dandelion Communitea Cafe, the voice of Front Porch Radio and the ecstatic mama of GaiaMama. She's a writer, artist and adventurer.

Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein

Is it possible to have healthy food without healthy community?

Join Charles Eisenstein, visionary speaker and author of Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity, and The Yoga of Eating, for an evening discussing the links between the food we eat, our happiness and health, the music we make, and the myriad crises afflicting our civilization.

Friday, January 20th at 7pm at the Timucua White House RSVP Here

Hear him encompass all of that within a much larger, more beautiful picture of what this moment in humanity’s journey actually is–a vision so new, fresh, and deep, it gives real hope for humanity and makes evident profound things we can do, personally and as a community, to bring about a world that works for everyone.

About Charles Eisenstein:

Charles is an author, speaker, and teacher of the healing arts at Goddard College. He offers all of his work in the spirit of the gift, and this evening will be no exception. He is coming to Florida at his own expense, in order to share his vision with us. We ask that if you feel grateful for his work, in addition to bringing some food to share with the audience, you bring something to give Charles based on your sense of gratitude, propriety and value.

“I consider Charles Eisenstein one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time. Rarely have I met a person who combines such philosophical and spiritual depth with such practical insights into the cultural and institutional origins of the potentially terminal dysfunctions of modern society—and the potential solutions.”
—David Korten, author of The Great Turning

His personal website:

Sacred Economics online:

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Urban Sunshine Garden Class

Come out and learn about the differences in growing organically versus hydroponically.  On December 14th at 6pm the experts at Altamonte Springs Urban Sunshine are going to teach us just that.  Please join us! This will also be a great time to pick-up holiday gardening gifts for everyone you love!

1420 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701


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Sparkle Handmade Festival

Sparkle is back! Your new favorite Local & Handmade Holiday Market is well under way and taking place on December 11, 2011 from 11am- 6pm beside Dandelion Communitea and Florida School of Holistic Living’s Community Garden. There will be live music, local handmade artisans selling their creations, good food, a community art project, and more!

Join us in doing your Holiday Shopping in a sustainable way and keep the money in our local economy, support yourselves and each other, and have a more fulfilling and positive lifestyle while doing it!


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Industrial Tour of Amazon Hose Company

As you may have noticed we are celebrating everything local and independent for the holidays! Including our local industry that makes the things we do possible.
Amazon Hose and Rubber is a woman-owned local independent business in our community since 1919. They build hoses big enough for a fire truck and small enough for your home garden.  As well as tons of custom products.
This Tuesday the 6th we are going to join them for a tour of the facility.  It will start at 6:30 pm.
1625 W. Princeton Street
Orlando, Florida 32804
Come see how things are made!

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Look Local for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

“Cinda Baxter is on a mission: She wants to save America’s small businesses. A little more than two years ago, the Minneapolis-based retail consultant launched the first attack in her battle: The 3/50 Project, a grassroots group that encourages consumers to patronize local brick-and-mortar merchants.

This month,The 3/50 Project announced its next move: LookLocal, an iPhone app that helps users to find locally owned “mom and pop” businesses.”

See full article from DailyFinance:

Independents can sign up to be listed here: The 3/50 Project

and consumers can find local businesses here: Look Local for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

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Indie Power 2010

The Recovery Starts at Home, Tampa, April 8-11th

from the American Independent Business Alliance

An AMIBA conference is different. It’s likely to be the most interactive conference you’ve attended. Learn from and participate in discussions and panels with Localization Movement leaders involved in community campaigns, organizations or government bodies like yours across the continent. You’ll learn what’s been tried, what works…and what doesn’t. You’ll share stories, gain concrete ideas, and head home ready to get started or improve your impact and take your organizational to a new level.

  • Learn how to organize a successful IBA or “buy local” campaign in your community or get the latest ideas to ramp up the power of your existing campaign.
  • Enjoy fantastic food! Social events include Havana Night — our pre-conference poolside social featuring locally-crafted beer, authentic Cuban cuisine and cigar rolling. We’ll dine Friday night at Tampa’s finest restaurant, TIBA member Mise en Place. All included in your fee!
  • Focus on learning, meeting new people, and enjoying yourself — not the details. In addition to delivering great value at a modest cost, we’ve minimized your out-of-pocket expenses (expenses not covered: alcoholic beverages at Friday dinner, Saturday dinner. Conference meals conclude with Sunday breakfast)

See you there! Register by March 31st!

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Slow Money: A Fast Growing Idea

Slow Money is the name of a book, a movement, and an idea whose time has come. The subtitle of the book ” investing as if food, farms and fertility mattered” explains the heart of the movement which is only about a year old, but which is going viral all over the world.

Read More: Political Packrat: Slow Money: A Fast Growing Idea.

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The dirty tricks behind local-washing: How national corporations are co-opting the idea of “local”

HSBC, one of the biggest banks on the planet, has taken to calling itself “the world’s local bank.” Winn-Dixie, a 500-outlet supermarket chain, recently launched a new ad campaign under the tagline “Local flavor since 1956.” The International Council of Shopping Centers, a global consortium of mall owners and developers, is pouring millions of dollars into television ads urging people to “Shop Local”—at their nearest mall. Even Walmart is getting in on the act, hanging bright green banners over its produce aisles that simply say “Local.”

via The dirty tricks behind local-washing: How national corporations are co-opting the idea of “local”: News: Feature.

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Indie producers, meet MOOM

Indie producers unite this Friday at the ungodly hour of 8am for the first meeting of MOOM. (8am, Friday July 10, 2009, Barnies Coffee in Baldwin Park | Facebook event page

What is MOOM? Indie producers coming in to talk about their upcoming projects, ask for help, give help and drink coffee. One hour. In out. Its being sponsored by The Daily City.

via The Daily City: Orlando, Floridas arts and culture guide since 2007: Indie producers, meet MOOM.

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A Locavore’s Fourth: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Really Fresh Produce

The folks at Kitchen Gardeners International might not call it a duty, exactly. But the group — one of the organizations whose efforts led to the planting of a kitchen garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. this spring — argues that buying and eating locally bolsters American communities and economies even as it makes for a more healthful diet, all of which might strengthen the nation as a whole.

Flush with that recent White House success, KGI decided to wage a new campaign: The group asked the governors of all 50 states to “declare their food independence” by planning Fourth of July menus featuring foods from local sources. Among those who have agreed, according to KGI founder Roger Doiron, is Maryland’s Martin O’Malley, whose holiday meal will include Maryland crab cakes.

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