the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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ny: wassail and balkan dance party

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Happy Spring! We are please to invite you to our 20th Annual Wassail. This year we will be joined by an unusually robust group of musicians. There will be wassailing, singing, dancing and feasting among the trees. As always, we invite anyone who would like to camp in the orchard, (which is now certified organic!), to do so. Please note the Wassail is being held at Breezy Hill Orchard-just outside Rhinebeck. There is a lot to celebrate this year, especially our purchase of Stone Ridge Orchard. We will be unveiling some exciting new plans for that farm at the Wassail.

RSVPs are quite important to us to make sure we are cooking the right amount of wonderful foods for you all. The wood fired pizza oven will be cranking, the cider will be pouring. We will have wonderful new hard cider releases which you will be the first to taste. Please help us publicize this event by sharing this email with family, friends and colleagues.   flexible pricing, no one turned away


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des colores kites

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Meg Hiesinger is a kite maker who sees her craft as a way to help deepen people’s connections to nature through play. Meg began making kites after pulling a broken factory-made plastic  kite out of a stand of cactus near her home in Laguna Beach, California. It made her wonder how a kite might look if its mass-produced materials were replaced with something more beautiful and environmentally friendly like her own handmade fabrics. She currently sells her kites under the brand “Des Colores,” descolores.com. Des Colores, “made of colors,” is a phrase that describes Meg’s visual response to the earth and its inhabitants.

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do not lick the fox poop

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Echinococcus multilocularis isolated from a fox

Echinococcus multilocularis is a cyclophyllid tapeworm that, along with some other members of the Echinococcus genus (especially E. granulosus), produces the disease known as echinococcosis in certain terrestrial mammals, including wolves, foxes, jackals, coyotes, domestic dogs and humans. Unlike E. granulosus, E. multilocularis produces many small cysts (also referred to as locules) that spread throughout the internal organs of the infected animal. Ingestion of these cysts, usually by a canid eating an infected rodent, results in a heavy infestation of tapeworms.


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smart phones come from mountains

This video is put out by Fairphone, an Netherlands-based company that produces smart phones with opaque, open, and more socially-responsible supply chains. If this sounds like a plug for the company, it’s not, per say. If you’re going to get a smartphone, Fairphone is obviously a great alternative to larger corporations. But, what we  really appreciate about this video is that it draws our attention no only to issues of responsible sourcing but to the larger reality that every new smartphone draws precious minerals out of mountainsides.


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clean food worshipping cult

This article in Elle might seem like a complete joke, but unfortunately it’s not. While recently in Los Angeles, Greenhorns founder Severine VT Fleming ran into some seed schoolers (funded by the Cliff Bar Foundation) and ended up learning about the phenomenology of  the “clean food worshiping cult.”

Don’t compare yourselves to this woman. Besides, it’s cheaper and slightly less pretentious to become a breatharian.

When juggling busy careers and lives, it’s not always easy to find the time to hit the gym or prepare a healthy meal. For inspiration, we’re asking influential women in a variety of industries to share a typical day of eats and fitness, to see just how they balance a healthy lifestyle with their jam-packed schedules. Today, meet Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder and owner of Moon Juicethe Los Angeles destination that serves beautifying herbal powder blends, tonics, and treats to A-list fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley. (Remember that Goop newsletter that included a recipe for Sex truffles?) From ho shou wu to cordyceps and more fantastical-sounding superfoods we’d never even heard of, Bacon’s diet is certainly at the more exotic end of the spectrum, but it’s a fascinating one. Here, her complete routine, from diet to meditation and everything in between. (Including lots of  juice. Of course.)

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