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4/8/2014

Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves by Unforgettable Fire LLC

Although the Kimberly™ gasifier wood stove manufactured by Unforgettable Fire, LLC, was originally developed for use on a boat, it soon found a niche in other tight spaces, such as off-grid cabins, backyard shops, yurts, RV’s, and for emergency preparedness, due to its petite waistline and 56-pound portability. Producing up to 42,500 BTU's/hour, the Kimberly™stove can heat up to 1500 square feet of well insulated space, helping families to offset rising costs for natural gas and propane.

The Kimberly™ gasifier wood burning stove is a unique heating solution in that it is UL-listed to vent with 3-inch stainless steel double-wall pellet stove pipe. If you’ve ever priced Class A chimney pipe, required for any other certified wood stove, you’ll understand the full advantage of this feature to your family’s checkbook. The Kimberly™ stove also requires just 6-inches of clearance, far less than other wood stove choices. 

Furthermore, Kimberly’s gasification technology squeezes every possible BTU from your fuel, while producing less emissions. This frees more time for family by requiring less time for cutting wood. During EPA testing, Kimberly™ produced a mere 3.2 grams/hour particulate as compared to the 7.5 grams/hour allowed by the EPA for non-catalytic wood stoves, and the 4.5 grams/hour allowed by the State of Washington, the toughest in the nation. More heat from less trees, with less emissions? Truly, Mother Nature wins, as well!

Kimberly™ came to inventor, Roger Lehet, by Divine inspiration after he lost his wood stove shop of 25 years in the down-turned economy. "Along with our business, my wife and I lost our cars, home, retirement savings, and (nearly) our minds," Lehet states. "We took refuge on a 30-foot boat in the middle of the Puget Sound near Vashon Island, Washington, where I grew up." Winter storms brought raw, wet cold and 80 mph driven rain storms; Lehet was desperate to keep his wife and 9-year-old daughter warm and dry.

Lehet next engineered his Katydid™ wood stove. "Many people wrote to tell us how much they love our Kimberly™ wood stoves" Lehet said, "but they begged us to build a wood burning stove that would produce more heat, at less cost, for bigger homes." During preliminary in-house testing Katydid™ promises to deliver up to 85,000 BTU's/hour, while heating up to 3000 square feet of well-insulated space.

To date, the Lehets are the epitome of the American dream, having bootstrapped themselves from their first prototype to an international sensation in just a few years. Nevertheless, the proposed EPA emissions standards, now on the table, will force Roger Lehet back to the drawing board to push Katydid’s performance even further. Therefore, investors are needed for additional R&D and certification testing, which Unforgettable Fire, LLC currently lacks.

In addition, Lehet needs investment capital to bring his optional add-on accessories to market, which remain in prototype. Such accessories would enable people to live off-grid by choice, long-term, or by default, during unplanned power outages. "Outfitted with our optional add-on accessories, our Kimberly™ and Katydid™ wood stoves would provide heating solutions with the means to produce electricity, cook and bake, as well as produce hot water for in-floor heating," Lehet stated. "The Kimberly™ and Katydid™ wood burning stoves are truly an on-grid and off-grid living solution."

The Kimberly™ and Katydid™ wood stoves are manufactured in the United States from American made feedstock, and Windex® is the only chemical that is used. Kimberly™ wood stoves and Katydid™ wood stoves can be shipped to your door within the continental United States.

For readers of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Unforgettable Fire, LLC is offering a $300 credit towards a custom venting kit for Kimberly™ stove orders placed directly with the home office through June 30, 2014.  Use promotion code MEN300 to take advantage of this special offer.  Visit Unforgettable Fire, LLC for more information about the Kimberly™ or Katydid™ wood burning stoves, or call 1-855-872-7868 to place your order today.

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4/8/2014

Worker B returns to their roots as beekeepers, adding raw honey to their collection of honeybee inspired products.  A three-person company centered in Minneapolis, MN, Worker B found their start with local beekeepers and community-based farming.

The new Worker B raw honeys are sourced from select beekeepers chosen for their dedication to sustainable relationships with honeybees.  Their honeys are never heated or filtered, preserving all the nutritional and enzymatic virtues of raw honey.  Worker B is offering two individual varieties to start:

The Basswood Blend.  Sourced form the glacial plains of central Minnesota, this variety is primarily fromthe Basswood tree blossoms, featuring bright flavor notes of mint, grass and thyme.  This is the same raw honey used in Worker B’s skincare formulations.

Basswood Blend Honey

Buckwheat Honey.  A stout varietal honey sourced from Worker B’s friends in Quebec, Canada.  This intense honey showcases robust molasses, chocolate, and malt flavor highlights, exemplifying the savory side of honey.

Buckwheat Varietal Honey

“The key to distinct honey varietals is knowing exactly what is happening around a beehive at a specific location and nuances of the harvest season.  The specificity of flavor comes directly from the forage patterns of the honeybee,” said Liesa Helfen, co-owner and founding member of Worker B.  “The goal of the Worker B raw honey collection is to focus on sustainable beekeepers and the locations they collect from, resulting in spectacular flavor profiles of raw honey.”

Worker B ingredients come direct from the hive, forming the base for their Skincare, Candle and Varietal Raw Honey collections.  Worker B performs all aspects of their business from product concept to formulation, from production to fulfillment.  Now in their fourth year, Worker B still maintains a series of their own beehives and continues their hands-on approach to ingredient sourcing that sets them apart from traditional skincare and lifestyle brands.

Worker B products are available at select retailers and online.

Bee Collected. Be Nourished. Worker B. ®

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Basswood Blend Honey
Basswood Blend Honey



4/3/2014

Exmark

Exmark has launched a new Referral Program targeted at its farm and acreage customers. The new program launched in March, and runs through the end of 2014.

Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, said the new program makes it easy for existing non-commercial customers to share their recommendation of the Exmark brand.

“At Exmark, we believe there is no better advertising for our brand than an already satisfied customer speaking with others about the positive experience they’ve had. The Referral Program is an easy way to share the experience of Exmark ownership with friends, neighbors or colleagues.”

Eligible referrals will qualify both the referrer and the referee to receive $100 Carhartt gift cards. To be eligible, the referring party must be a current non-commercial Exmark customer, and the referred party must purchase and register a new Exmark zero-turn riding mower by December 31, 2014.

Exmark has made it easy for customers to make a referral. To begin the referral process, visit Exmark and create a log-in. Once logged-into the system, it’s easy to make a referral using email, Facebook, Twitter or Google +. The progress of a referral is tracked on the site, allowing the referrer to log-in at any time to view their list of pending referrals (referrals who have not yet purchased but have registered for the program), and see who has accepted a referral.

Once eligibility requirements have been met and the new Exmark mower of the referred has been registered by the dealer, the $100 Carhartt gift cards will be distributed to the participants.

For complete program details, visit the Exmark website.

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4/2/2014

Refresh from Cheribundi

To call the 2012 tart cherry harvest a setback for Cheribundi would be an understatement.

It was a disaster.

Two of the largest tart cherry producing states, Michigan and New York, had terrible yields, the result of an early spring heat wave that encouraged blooms 5 1/2 weeks early — and put the tender blossoms, as well as the juice company’s own prospects, at the mercy of the snow and ice that followed.

“It tricked the trees into blooming early,” said Cheribundi CEO Brian Ross. “Then the regular spring weather kicked in and destroyed the entire crop.”

For a brand that should have been putting the pedal to the metal — after all, it had just raised $4.5 million, the resulting increase in the price of its main ingredient put the brakes on all retail programs for the year. They cancelled all promotions with UNFI, took a small price increase, and let some employees go.

“We did a lot of soul-searching,” said Ross, who joined the company a little more than two years ago. Facing a huge supply crisis, the company battened down the hatches and tried to work on a re-brand, one that Ross was set to debut at this week’s Fancy Foods West show in San Francisco.

“We wanted to go more broad market…and I’m more excited about the products now than I ever have been,” he said. “I feel like we’ve created this platform for becoming the Ocean Spray of cherries.”

The key to the re-branding, which was engineered by the Boulder, Colo. agency TDA, is a new line of 16.9 oz. products called “Refresh.” The eight SKUs — four tea blends with 5 percent juice and five 25 percent juice blends — will join the company’s more functional 8 oz. line, which attempts to exploit the tart cherry’s “superfruit” properties. Those properties include a strong anti-inflammatory component that has put the tart cherry in the training room at dozens of college and pro athletic programs, as well as a healthy dose of melatonin for sleep aid.

The new line is set to debut at Fresh Market in March, while the functional line continues to be available through several Whole Foods regions.

The Refresh line, which features tart cherry crossed with lemonade, pomegranate, blueberry, raspberry and cranberry juices, has about 20 cherries per bottle — an effective dose for the functional properties, notes Ross, although one that drastically expands use occasions. The teas have about five cherries per bottle, while the 8 oz. functional line ranges from 40 to 50 cherries per bottle and carry additional functional tags like “restore” (with electrolytes), “rebuild” (with protein) and “relax” (with l-theanine), along with the original and light formulations.

The company’s ginger and cacao varieties have been dropped.

Ross said the slowdown forced by the crop losses — he was forced to go to Poland to buy tart cherries — while hurtful last year, allowed him the chance to retool the brand.

“The perspective we came at it, when you look at our old packaging, it’s interesting, it’s nice looking, but it’s not very appetizing,” Ross said.  “When you look at it now, it says this is a cherry product, it looks very tasty. And taste sells, and the benefits are a bonus for a lot of people.”

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4/2/2014
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Cheribundi, Inc., is excited to announce that two of their top-selling Tart Cherry Refresh Juice Blends are now available to purchase in all 4600 Rite Aid Stores. These flavors include Cherry Lemonade Refresh and Cherry Cranberry Refresh, and will be featured in Rite Aid's cold boxes next to other chilled refreshments.

CEO Brian Ross says, "We are excited to partner with one of the top drug store chains in America, gaining the opportunity to introduce Cheribundi to their many health-conscious customers." 

Cheribundi tart cherry juice products are available nationwide in grocery, natural and specialty retailers, including Kroger, Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts, Fresh Markets, and more. Please visit Cheribundi for more information. While the Refresh Juice Blends are popular Cheribundi choices, Cheribundi also offers many other tart cherry juice products. Cheribundi products include five Refresh Juice Blends, four Refresh Tea Blends, two organic frozen puree smoothie packs, and five functional tart cherry juices. Cheribundi is a fresh-pressed tart cherry juice made from a proprietary juicing process developed by scientists at Cornell University to yield peak antioxidant levels.  

Regular consumption of tart cherry juice is reported to reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain. Tart cherries’ anti-inflammatory benefits may reduce pain from gout and arthritis, and they have an extensive list of heart health benefits. They also contain significant levels of melatonin that is believed to promote deeper, more restful sleep.

Over 90 NCAA and professional sports teams, plus hundreds of professional and amateur runners, cyclists and triathletes are currently purchasing Cheribundi for muscle recovery, better sleep and less pain.

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4/1/2014

Nuts.com, family owned since 1929

At Nuts.com, we understand the responsibility we have in protecting our environment for future generations. Our beloved family-owned business has been around for three generations already, and we would love to continue making hearts and tummies smile for three more, at least! Over 80 years since our founding, Nuts.com currently offers more than 3,000 products of nuts, dried fruit, snacks, candy, and cooking and baking supplies.

We continue to make strides in the direction of running our business with more eco-friendly practices. To package our products, we use 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard boxes to save trees and reduce the impact on landfills. We recycle all of our boxes and our customers can too. We only use starch biodegradable packing peanuts which will break down naturally once they're thrown away. For even easier disposal, the packing peanuts can also be dissolved under running water in your sink.

We also take pride in how we keep our warehouse lit. We replaced all HID (metal halide) lights with energy efficient fluorescent light fixtures, which consume nearly 60% less energy. When we aren't working in one area of our warehouse, our lights aren't either; we use motion sensors so that the lights go out when there's no one around.

We're proud to provide a healthy and environmentally-conscious snacking alternative with our offering of over 250 certified organic foods. From cooking staples like organic quinoa to nutritious snacks like organic almonds, we believe in making nourishing food options accessible to our customers. We also offer nutrient-dense organic superfoods like organic chia seeds, which can be hard to find in local grocery stores.

Our facility is organically certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), which holds our business to the highest standard available for organic foods. We maintain our certification through regular inspections and monitoring by both the CCOF and the USDA. Our certification is your assurance that our organic foods are grown and handled according to the strictest procedures available.

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3/31/2014

Patagonia logo

Patagonia, Inc., the outdoor apparel company, today launched its Simple Fly Fishing campaign — a program designed to demystify fly fishing and make it more accessible. The centerpiece is Patagonia’s Simple Fly Fishing kit, which contains a tenkara-style fly fishing rod, box of flies, line and leader, quick set up guide and a new book by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo entitled Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel.

The kit is available in Patagonia retail stores across the United States, Canada, Japan and online starting today, and remaining stores on May 1. In addition, anyone visiting Patagonia stores can also get instant advice about the best places to go fishing in their local areas, as well as information about tenkara fly fishing clinics — open to the public — to be held in select retail locations in the coming days. This is the first time the company has sold gear for fly fishing, except for apparel.

“This is for the young person who has wanted to learn, but is intimidated by the complexity, elitism and expense of fly fishing,” notes Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder and owner. “This is for the woman and her daughter who are put off by the image of the testosterone-fueled, good-old-boy bass and trout fisherman who turned the ‘contemplative pastime’ into a competitive combat sport. And for the long-time angler who has everything and wants to replace all that stuff with skill, knowledge and simplicity.”

The wisdom behind the campaign includes a belief that the way towards mastery of any endeavor is to work towards simplicity, and to replace complex technology with knowledge. Patagonia's Simple Fly Fishing kit aims to achieve just that. The tenkara fly rod contained in the kit — which has no reel — comes from a centuries-old Japanese fly fishing technique, which has been all but lost in modern-day fly fishing.

The rod is light, sensitive and elegant. Chouinard has found this incredibly simple technique to be highly effective at catching even the most difficult, highly selective fish. Patagonia developed the kit to promote the simplicity of this technique and bring many new people to the sport of fly fishing.

The book aims to teaches readers, from beginner anglers to master fishermen, how to discover where the fish are, at what depth and what they are feeding on. It then describes the techniques needed to present a fly at that depth, make it look lifelike and hook the fish. With chapters on wet flies, nymphs and dry flies, the authors employ both the tenkara rod as well as regular fly fishing gear to cover all the bases. With paintings by renowned fish artist James Prosek, and inspiring photographs and stories throughout, Simple Fly Fishing reveals the secrets and the soul of this captivating sport.

One percent of the sales from the book go to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. In addition, the authors are donating their entire proceeds from the sales of the first edition to the Native Fish Society, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and 1% for The Planet. Finally, Temple Fork Outfitters, which produces the fly fishing rods for Patagonia, is donating $10 for each rod sold to organizations dedicated to river and creek restoration.Simple Fly Fishing Kit

Simple Fly Fishing kit details:

Tenkara fly rod, available in 8'6", 10'6" or 11'6" lengths
Simple Fly Fishing (book) by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews & Mauro Mazzo
• Simple Fly Fishing quick set up guide
• Box of Yvon-recommended flies (12 count)
• Line & leader

Kit components are also for sale individually.

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