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Community, Local Harvest

Seeds and sheep: finding solutions in the ways of the ancestors

If you live many dusty miles from a decent grocery store (and in the midst of a pandemic, in which your county has the second highest case rate in the state), you might find the no …


Community, Social Justice

This time they can see our pain

Salt Lake City’s recent protests and perspectives from a young black student. You can call the protest violent. By the end, it was. But understand that when you do so, when all you …


Community, Connect, Local Harvest

Building gardens on common grounds

Since its inception in March, the Neighborhood Resili­ency Initiative (NRI) has installed over 20 community gardens in the Salt Lake Valley, from Rose Park to Draper. The project’s …



June Almanac: a monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond

June 1  Average temps today: high 78º, low 54º. Sunrise: 5:58am. Sunset:   8:53pm. June 2  These easy annuals are pollinator-friendly: alyssum, cosmos, calendula, zinnia, sunflower …


Community, Connect, Heal, Social Justice, Think

How to make this moment the turning point for change: basic lessons to draw from the past

As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many peop …


Eat, Food & Health

Passion and restraint: The rise of spicy food in Utah

Sixteen years ago I moved to Utah and was greeted with two jokes: first, that all spicy food was intercepted at the state border and dusted down with a mythical “blanding agent,” a …


Alternative Therapies, Health

Visudddha: the throat chakra, key to self-expression

CHAKRA FIVE Location: throat. Governs: our metabolism during activity and determines our resting metabolic rate.  Main issue: communication and self-expression. Externalizes: as bo …


Local Harvest

Victory Gardens in World War II

Meet the rural and urban gardeners of 80 years ago. Editor’s Note: In April, we invited you to become modern day Victory Gardeners (James Loomis, “Bring Back the Victory Garden,” h …



Mulch: Few things have such a dramatic impact on plant health in our hot, dry climate – and are so simple

Mulching is the art of nourishing and protecting your soil with a layer of organic matter applied evenly to the surface. It mimics the way that nature recycles organic matter to bu …


Alternative Therapies, Garden, Local Harvest

Herbs for a magical Midsummer: Potions you can make to soothe your summertime body and celebratory soul.

Summer Solstice is just around the corner! The last few months have been a bit dark and heavy for many of us, so I’m looking forward to celebrating the Sun, the Summer, and a littl …



Creature of Nature: Jimmy Turner A visit with Red Butte Garden’s new Executive Director

Red Butte Garden’s new executive director, Jimmy Turner, arrived in Utah from Australia on March 13. The same day, in response to Covid-19, the garden shut down. At a time when thi …


Creativity, Expand

Spaceship Earth: A new film to inspire the power of small groups to reimagine our world

You may remember the story—in 1991, in Oracle, Arizona, about an hour north of Tucson, eight people sealed themselves inside “Biosphere 2,” a glass-enclosed space built to mimic Ea …



Spring into a summer yoga practice: Our intention colors the results of our actions.

Yoga teachers often describe yoga poses in terms of their heating and cooling qualities. Many of us sequence our everyday yoga classes with these qualities in mind. For example, I …


Culture, Health

Masking: A survey of the mania

In these uncertain times, one thing we know for sure: People love tacos. The grand convergence of Taco Tuesday and Cinco de Mayo caused a drive- through/pickup gridlock around the …


Astrology, Intuitive Arts, Spirituality & Mysticism

June: Batten down the hatches and prepare for a quantum leap

Osho Zen Tarot:  Completion, Harmony, The Creator Medicine Cards: Turtle, Turkey, Whale Mayan Oracle: Muluc, Ben, Oc Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Five of Disks,  6 of Swords, King of Sw …