Archive for September, 2008

Oregon Ridge: Nature Center

photo by: kidbaltimore.com
Oregon Ridge Park is host to one of Marylands largest year round recreation and events venue. The Nature Center & Park Council is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the conservation of natural history and enhancing the enjoyment of nature through seasonal programs, topical seminars, weekend workshops for kids and adults, festivals and trail walks. View their Events Calender PDF for recreation and courses from Sept 08 –Jan. 09 that include HAWK MIGRATION ACROSS THE RIDGE, WILDERNESS FIRST AID, MINERS PICNIC,
CANOE DAYS COVE, AFTER SCHOOL NATURE EXPLORERS, SIGNS OF LIFE HIKE, BOW MAKING COURSE and much, much more.

Ojas Wellness Center

photo courtesy of: Ojas
Voted Baltimore’s best wellness center by Baltimore magazine, the Ojas Wellness Center has locations in the Hunt Valley, Mt. Washington, and Owings Mills areas. With an expert team of therapists and instructors, the center offers the best in massage therapies, yoga and pilate classes, skincare, acupuncture, and wellness products like naturopathic medicine and healing modalities. To aid in the experience, the center developed a unique environment, complete with natural fragrances, falling waters, tranquil hues, and soft music. The design of the center is also eco-friendly, with elements like cork flooring and wall coverings, no animal products, and eucalyptus cabinetry.

Maryland Online Farmers Market

photo arranged by: alyssa
Maryland Online Farmers Market

is where you can buy, sell and trade locally grown food. Their website has a list of members that are able to post what they’re selling and how to connect. You’ll be able to find everything from eggs to okra.

Village Green Apothecary

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The Village Green Apothecary , now a full-functioning online marketplace for all things healthy, was once just "The Apothecary in Bethesda, MD", created by two pharmacy doctors named Mickey and Irv in 1965. Both with years of study and experience in nutritional pharmacology, they began to find that both traditional and alternative health care could do the most good for the most people. They see their store as a gathering place for sharing knowledge and building community, where they can also provide an abundance of wellness resources from pharmaceuticals to educational aids to body care supplies. Visit their website for more information and product listings, or visit in person: 5815 W Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

Amity Organics

photo by: alyssa
Amity Organics offers energizing herbs, healing plants, vitamins and soothing oils as part of an extensive line of organic skin, body, hair, cosmetic and nutritional products. They support sustainable agricultural practices and insure all their products are completely organic and certified to food grade standards. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to the David Suzuki Foundation to help preserve the environment. Learn more about Amity, check out there locally held events to encourage healthy, organic living and collective well-being.

Shaklee Products

photo courtesy of: Shaklee
Living in Baltimore, Antoine and Melanie Gray are independent distributors of Shaklee products. Find many things for your home living needs including; beauty, nutrition, air purification systems, cleaning products, water filters and weight management care. All products are certified environmentally safe.

One Straw Farm

photo arranged by: alyssa
One Straw Farm is the largest organic vegetable farm in Maryland and has been in operation since 1985. Located in White Hall of I-83 and a pit stop away from Heathcote Community in Freeland. The farm supplies families, restaurants and wholesalers with a seasonal collection of certified organic produce. You can receive produce individually through a member fee or visit over 30 different markets, grocers and restaurants in the Baltimore area including Mill Valley Garden Center and the Waverly Farmers Market. The farm has 750 members all of which are within a 50 mile radius. Their website has a helpful harvest chart which lists when and what produce will be available. There’s a great article in Baltimore Eats, November 2008 Vol 3-#11, about how Drew and Joan Norman got One Straw started.