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Fire & Light: Many Colors, But Green All the Way Through


As Earth Day approaches, it's worth our while to reconsider what "going green" actually means. As the buying power of the green consumer increases, plenty of companies have remade their image as “eco-friendly.” And, at first glance, their practices seem to fit the bill. They use recycled paper. They encourage carpooling. They post polite reminders to customers reminding them to only take a few napkins at a time. But Humboldt County isn't interested in good intentions, we're interested in action. We were composting before composting was cool. It's for that reason that we're home to a thriving community of innovators and small businesses who are taking green to the next level. Some Humboldt Made members are producers of environmentally-friendly technology, others create organic, ethically-produced specialty food items. Others have a more subtle green profile. Fine tableware might not be your first thought when it comes to a green product, but Fire & Light, makers of hand-poured colored glass tableware, is one of Humboldt County's best examples of a environmentally-conscious business that redefines what it means to truly “go green.”

Nice to meat you! I got beef.


This is a quick tutorial on tackling a massive topic: cows. In this town they are all over, so you know they're big! Most are also grass-fed and finished, like Clint Victorine's Pacific Pastures and Eel River Organic Beef. Let’s look out on the pasture to see what the cows are bringing home.


You might think, it is too hard to learn all the parts of a thousand pound creature. In fact, you might be tempted to “graze” right over it, but trust me: this is simple! I will teach you a little bit about anatomy then you can match the part of the animal with the type of preparation it requires. When you visit the meat counter find out what general region each piece comes from. You can ask the butcher or Google it. Knowing some anatomy, you will be able to understand how to prepare it.


Mad River Brewing Company Wins Award at World Beer Cup®


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 Photo (from left): Packaging and Brewing Staff

Sean McSmith, Kevin Fischer, Robert Lemon, Morgan Phillis, Karl Modell, Nick Pires-Moore, Evan Spragen, Josh Da Silva, Dylan Schatz (Head Brewer) with World Beer Cup Award

Down front: David Cook

Blue Lake, CA • April 15th, 2014 — Mad River Brewing claimed a bronze award in the 2014 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers. The 2014 competition was more competitive than ever—4,754 beers were judged.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 94 beer style categories were presented April 11, 2014 during the World Beer Cup award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.

Competing against 67 entrants from around the world, Mad River Brewing Company was awarded a bronze award in the Golden or Blonde Ale beer style category for its Flagship Ale, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale. "I raise my glass high to our production crew at Mad River. Our dedication to excellence, everyday, has set a consistent benchmark for the USA and the world for craft brewed ales of the highest quality." says Dylan Schatz, Head Brewer.

Springtime for ... Stinging Nettles???


Yes, stinging nettles are good for a lot more than stinging you! Heirloom Tomato Lauren Cohn Sarabia has her own favorite patch of nettles – and her own favorite recipes, some of which she shares below.

Nettles thrive on nitrogen-rich soil, so you’ll likely find them growing in areas that are a bit damp or under trees where birds might be nesting above so their droppings enrich the soil below. Besides being one of the tastiest wild plants around, nettles also have many beneficial medicinal properties. There’s more protein in nettles than any other wild plant, and they’re high in iron, calcium and silica, as well as being rich in vitamin A, B, C, D and K.

“Reducing” Our Way to Zero Waste

In honor of Earth Day, Humboldt Made is reprinting articles originally written for EcoNews by Margaret Gainer of Zero Waste Humboldt. Besides being an excellent writer and valued Humboldt Made supporter, Gainer has a talent for looking at the big picture when it comes to sustainable solutions and explaining that big picture in an engaging, accessible way. We hope you are inspired by her thoughts on an overhaul of how we handle waste.

Pictured: A Scrap Eater, produced by Sun Frost.

“Reducing” Our Way to Zero Waste

Zero Waste Humboldt is a new organization advocating for a reprioritization of public policies and business practices with regard to waste: Reduce- first, Reuse-second, and Recycle/Compost- third.  The current primary focus of local waste management systems is on landfill diversion to comply with state regulations. With success measured by the amount of material diverted from landfills, there is no incentive to conserve natural resources and prevent waste at the source.  For example, it takes 4.3 grams of wood, 4.1 grams of petroleum, and 1.8 grams of chemicals to produce one paper coffee cup.  Our current recycling and composting efforts concentrate on keeping that cup out of the landfill, not on preventing its production in the first place.


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