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5 Questions for Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Love and kindness (it's really one!)

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

Seeds, because they multiply and grow on forever.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Being in nature. And friends and family.  Being with friends and family in nature is the best of all.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

The smell of the woodlands in the fall, or maybe even more, a garden on a summer afternoon.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

I'd have to think about this...I've received some very good advice throughout my life....


Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont. For more on Rosemary check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!

5 Questions for Howard Garrett

Howard Garrett

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Freedom.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

Trees by Woods.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Traveling and learning new things.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

Almond verbena.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Read more widely.


Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by This Speaker:The Organic Manual. For more on Howard check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!

5 Questions for Shawn and Beth Dougherty

Dougherty

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

A determined and unwavering faith in the essential goodness of Creation!

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

Shawn loves his Stihl chainsaws, and Beth is a big fan of her Hoss wheelhoe.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Shawn:  Playing basketball with my kids (some of whom aren't kids anymore!)  Beth:  well, today it was blue speedwell along the path to the barn at six a.m. under a limpid sunrise.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

Fresh whole wheat bread just out of the oven, and new-grazed clover under a hot summer sun.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"Have courage, this too shall pass . . ."  It applies to everything, from a dry spell of weather or an infestation of bean beetles to a bad case of poison ivy or a bout of discouragement.


Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants, and animals. For more on Shawn and Beth check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!

5 Questions for Claudia Lucero

Claudia Lucero

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

If I look past food, water and sleep...books! When I think of something I use everyday and that has made a huge impact on my life it's definitely books. I fell in love with a neighborhood library that I could walk to as a young kid. Books opened up my world then and they still do.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

My home. It's not grand but it was a goal once I paid off my student loans, allows me to grow food, host people, a comfortable home office and security in an insane Portland, Oregon housing and rental market! Oh and I could finally get a dog, our Chihuahua, Lil' Mama.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Learning, creating and sharing. It's been very consistent in my life. Whether with my family growing up, in the non profit organizations where I've worked, or in my work now as a cheesemaking teacher and author. I'm happiest while making something but the key piece seems to be that I share it.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

The blend of charred tomatoes and peppers mingled with fresh corn masa.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Meet people where they are.


Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com. For more on Claudia check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!

5 Questions for Sandor Katz

Sandor Katz

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Go outside. Listen to birds and water. Watch insects and worms and the moon and stars. Be part of nature.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

I love my ceramic crocks.

What brings you the greatest joy?

I love teaching people about fermentation. Often they start from a place of fear, and as I address their fears and demystify the process, they see how safe, fun, and rewarding it can be.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

Koji, grains with the fungus Aspergillus oryzae growing on them, has the most alluring sweet aroma. If you had told me years ago that I would fall in love with a mold I would have laughed at the absurdity of it, but I did....

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Follow your passion!


Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, he has been called “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene” by the New York Times. Katz is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors. For more on Sandor check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!

5 Questions for Jessi Bloom

Jessi Bloom

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Hmm.. that is a tough question. I'd have to say that it is a must to make time to enjoy your life. Do what you love, whatever makes your soul happy!

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

I absolutely love, love, love my Berkey water filter and recommend them to EVERYONE I know.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Connection - with plants, animals and people! I love building relationships with every living being I meet!

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

The smell of jasmine makes me melt. Rosemary makes me feel strong. Fresh cut grass - alive and awake!

What is the best advice you've ever received?

It was actually at the first Mother Earth News Fair I spoke at - Puyallup 2012.  Joel Salatin came to my booth and I asked him what was his secret. At the time I was struggling with confidence, both professionally and personally, and he said "once you stop caring what everyone else thinks of you, your life gets a whole lot easier!"


Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. For more on Jessi check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!

5 Questions for Ananta Ripa Ajmera

Ananta Ripa

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Compassion. There is an increasing body of academic research proving the importance of compassion for mental health. Ayurvedic sages, however, have always known this. Ayurveda is defined as a science of healthy living that teaches you how to distinguish between actions that bring you joy and those that bring your sorrow (as our mental states greatly impact our physical wellbeing). And the sages proclaimed happiness-giving actions to be those that benefit you and society. In other words, individual health has always been equated with having a compassionate attitude in all that we do by Ayurveda.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

Marigold flowers. I love having them in a planter on my balcony, and have developed a deep relationship with them. As with many things in the Ayurveda tradition, there's a spiritual, psychological, and practical component to their healing potential. Marigolds are the color of the sun. Because the sun is considered a symbol of the bright, shining spirit within you, marigolds are the color of spirituality in India. They represent inner spiritual fire. I love making marigold garlands to honor the spiritual dimension of my teachers and ancestors. At a psychological level, marigolds imbue you with a quality known as Sattva, or clarity, optimism and cheerfulness. They are tremendously helpful to smell anytime you experience grief. My teacher shared how she had received a marigold garland from her own teacher the day her mother died, and how wearing it in the following days helped her to cope with grief during childhood. I have also experienced the healing power of marigolds when experiencing sadness. At a practical level, marigolds are a medicine for all of your five senses. They are a truly amazing gift from Mother Nature.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Sharing the healing power of Ayurveda, the world's oldest healing system, with people who've never heard of it before. Ayurveda has changed my life in countless ways, helping me overcome years of eating disorders, insomnia, anxiety, stress, digestive disturbances, and so much more that I could not find solutions for anywhere else I searched (and believe me, I looked far and wide!). Today, nothing gives me more joy than sharing what I have been blessed to learn from my teacher, Acharya Shunya, with all those seeking ways to take health into your own hands.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

The scent of jasmine flowers. I love going outside and smelling jasmine flowers. In Ayurveda, flowers are connected with the earth element. When you smell beautiful flowers like jasmine, it immediately grounds you and imparts a deeper sense of stability. I also find that simply smelling jasmine flowers is one of the best ways to immediately come back to being fully present in the moment whenever my mind starts to wander into the past or future. As the gift of living unfolds here and now.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Give from a place where you feel full. I used to give a lot when I felt empty inside. I sought fulfillment from the outer world, which I quickly learned couldn't give me the deep fulfillment that ultimately comes from cultivating a relationship with my own higher Self. When I gave while feeling empty, I often felt even more empty and depleted afterward. I was deeply affected when my teacher advised to "give when you feel full." To me, this means regularly devoting myself to activities that give me a sense of nourishment, including all the 108 simple Ayurvedic practices I have introduced in my new book, The Ayurveda Way. Giving from a place of inner fullness means being able to give from a space where I feel completely satisfied - and don't need anything in return. Not even a thank-you. I find that giving from fullness allows abundance to multiply and grow in beautiful, often unexpected ways in my life.


Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post. For more on Ananta check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!