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Stuff I like...I change this list up from time to time so make sure you visit often....

Food Preservation 

UCCE Master Food Preserver Program

One of the best decisions I made in 2016 was to take the training to become a Certified Master Food Preserver. It has been a source of enrichment that compliment my culinary skills perfectly. A quick Google search and you should be able to locate the nearest MFP program in your area. 


Cultural approach to health

This website is a fantastic resource for people looking for culturally relevant recipes as well as health information. The recipes and tools are free and easy to use. 


The Cooking Gene 

By Michael Twitty 

Michael Twitty is the 2018 James Beard award winner for cookbook of the year as well as writing. He writes about his path to discovering his roots in a way that will make you think about your favorite soul soundtrack. I swear I heard music and started a playlist while reading his poetic words that echoed my own feelings about food and culture. You will not be disappointed when you pick up this book. 

You can purchase his book here. 

Ron Finley

Someone you should know......

Ron Finley became famous when he started planting vegetables in South Central Los Angeles. I was introduced to him through various social media posts and I am sharing his famous Ted Talk about how he transformed a segment of his city. I hope he inspires you to create change in your own backyard. 

See the video here. 

The Ecology Center 

An organization you should know about......

The Ecology Center is an organization I learned about my first year in college. I had to do research on organizations that were combating food insecurity in a unique way. A friend of mine recommended I look into their programs. They have been around for a long time and have become an example to many others. 

Check out their website here.

Vegan Soul Sistuhs 

Curious about veganism? Check out this website.

Vegan Soul Sistuhs is the brain child of Tamera Currington. When faced with her 20 year old daughter's diagnosis of congestive heart failure she realized that the entire family needed to make some changes. She embarked on the journey to veganism and after months of not finding a place on Facebook where other black women could share their experiences she decided to create her own. The group is now over 24k strong and Tamera is traveling the U.S. speaking to the public about making the transition to vegan life. You can find her website here and there is a Facebook group of the same name. Sorry, brothas....this one is not for you. 

Ask The Good Doctor 

Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire, ND

Looking for a Naturopathic doctor? Look no further than the Good Doctor.. I had the pleasure of meeting her this fall as I was a vendor for her event in Las Vegas. Her knowledge is vast. Her resume is long. She is an author, chaplain, and has been a publicist to the stars. Her spirit is genuine. She is all about helping the people to heal from whatever ails them as well as promote good health in those who are already there. She has a show on XM radio Urban View that airs every Sunday. You do not want to miss the knowledge that Dr. Brookshire has to deliver. Following her regimen has helped me heal my torn achilles.  

She Chef

She Ready!!!!!! 

You can now find me listed on SheChef! SheChef is an organization I read about in a magazine and just knew I had to be apart of it. The website serves as a directory for women in the food business and those who support them. It was important to me that I find as many women in the industry as possible and make an effort to connect in a sense of community. Take a look at the website, read all about the creator and make sure you "share" and "like" their social media pages. 

Garden Season 

Grow Something 

There are a lot of health benefits when you garden. If you grow food many of the benefits are simply eating fresh food that you have nurtured from the beginning. But, that just scratches the surface. 

Gardening is a natural stress reliever. Studies have shown that gardening reduces stress and that is partly because of the calming nature of the soil. Grounding is a practice that is often done in the garden. Basically you take off your shoes and socks and stand firmly in the grass or soil for a period of time in meditation. Some make the practice a bit more involved but you can do it how you like. The concept is very old and simple but I believe in it. Something happens to the mind when you are in nature. I have often said that it was my way of connecting to God. 

Consider gardening if you have high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. Being outside in the open air is likely the reason for the boost that you get while out there. 

Let us not forget about the exercise component. Gardening is hard work. All that bending, lifting and carrying tools gives you a great workout with a purpose. I have several injuries to manage so my garden beds are elevated raised beds. They are off the ground almost four feet high. You may see these in senior communities and that is where I first saw one. I looked them up and found someone to make them for me. Now, I do not have to worry about my knees when I am in my garden. 

 Here are a few tips on how to get your hands in the soil. 

1. Join a social media based garden group. There are so many out there to choose from. You can search for houseplant groups, container gardens and micro farms. It all depends on what your particular interest is. YouTube, IG and FB are my go to places for garden stuff. 

2. Start small. Do not overthink the process. If you have never had a garden before do not try and feed the world. Start with a couple of your favorite things and go from there. My first plants were herbs and tomatoes. 

3. Subscribe to a garden club or connect with your local Master Gardener Program Coordinator. When you think of a garden club you probably envision elderly people. But, these days garden clubs have a wide variety of members. They cross ages, genders, and socioeconomic class. 

Let me know if you are starting a garden this season. 

SSI recipients can now apply for CalFresh

The Fight Against Food Insecurity 

Beginning June 1st California residents who are receiving SSI benefits may apply for CalFresh. CalFresh is also known as Food Stamps or EBT benefits. 

Click here for more information. 


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