“We...stand by our way of life, which we see as the only way to live in balance with our environment…”
Happy Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! This month, we would like to recognize Aleta Baun (or “Mama Aleta”) of Indonesia.
Baun is from the native Mollo people on an Indonesian island. Many of the Mollo people still follow the traditional belief that they are interconnected to their surrounding environment, including animals, plants and nature. Even for those who have adopted other religious followings, many of the Mollo people hold their lifestyle and togetherness with the environment as a large part of their identity. Unfortunately, their settled forestland near the Mutis Mountain is also very rich in natural resources including gold, oil, and marble, which attracted many large mining companies to begin operations without the local’s consent.
When two mining companies prepared to mind on the Mollo’s most sacred mountain, Bukit Naususu, that is when Baun decided that action was needed. For the course of a year, she lead about 150 women in a peaceful protest of weaving whilst sitting atop of large marble blocks at one mine’s entrance. Quite outspoken in her activism, Baun was forced to flee into the forest for a year after assassination attempts. Eventually, the peaceful weavers garnered the attention of the press and the public, leading to the halting and closing of the mines.
In 2013, Baun was awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize and continues today to work hard for the rights of indigenous peoples in her nation and around the world. We commend her strength and commitment to stand up for her beliefs.
This month, we would like to talk about one of our favorite herbs: rosemary. It has a sage-like, slightly peppery, slightly minty and bitter flavor with a woody aftertaste. Rosemary is a versatile herb, and can be added to almost any savory recipe, used as an essential oil, or added in small amounts to smoothies and herbal infusions.
-1 cup water
-3 tablespoons olive oil
-1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
-1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to the pan in a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
2. Select the white bread cycle; press Start.
3. Enjoy the deliciousness of freshly baked bread!
Rosemary and Chocolate Brownies
-3 ½ ounces bitter chocolate (70% cocoa)
-¾ stick unsalted butter
-1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
-⅞ cup sifted all purpose flour
-2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
-1 large sprig of rosemary, leaves plucked and finely diced
-1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
-½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line square cake tin with baking paper or cooking spray.
Use double boiler to melt chocolate and butter together. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy. Fold egg mix into melted chocolate mix.
Add flour, dates, rosemary, salt and oil.
Pour mixture into tin. Bake for 35-40 minutes. The brownie should still be gooey in the center.
Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes.
Are you feeling like you need to stimulate your higher consciousness? Check out our NuroFocus capsules, which are infused with rosemary to help you reconnect with a sense of mental vigor and vitality.
Rebel of the Month
Every month, we recognize a member of our team for their hard work and honor the unique talents that they bring to the family. This month, we recognize Chandler Brinegar. Chandler is our Trade Show Supply Specialist and Groundskeeper. Not only is he an efficient worker, he is also our youngest full-time employee. Chandler tackles all of the difficult physical tasks at our main office, and keeps the grounds looking pristine and functioning effectively. He is able to condense our large amount of recyclable materials into one truck load, and ensures that it is tightly packed and organized before arriving to the recycling center. He is always looking for ways to help others, and takes great pride in all that he does. We are lucky to have Chandler as one of our family members!
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