Kristine Hansen
Farm to Hotel

Photo courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock Hotel culinary staff seek out fruits, vegetables, dairy items and meats at farmers markets and local farms. At some hotels, food choices are the result of culinary staff trolling farmers markets or dialing up local farms in search of juicy fruits, earthy vegetables, artisan dairy items and mouth-watering meats. A few months before […]

Robert Mirabal’s Fight

Photo by Nelson Zink It’s assumed most Native American communities are adept at farming grains and produce. So you can imagine how shocked Robert Mirabal, a two-time Grammy-winning musician of Taos, N.M., and actor in the 2009 Lifetime film Georgia O’Keefe, was to discover the opposite. Instead of sitting back and watching the demise of […]

Two-Wheeled Pizza Delivery

Photo courtesy Zpizza, Seal Beach, Calif. Zpizza locations in Seal Beach, Calif. and Huntington Beach, Calif., deliver pizzas with the help of electric-powered bicycles. The latest pizza trend isn’t about off-beat toppings like elbow noodles, squid ink or fried eggs; instead, it’s coming from some independently owned pizzerias that are taking steps toward improving air quality: […]

Hot Off the Runway: Green Fashion

Photo courtesy of Hemera/Thinkstock During this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, a few eco-friendly designers proved that green can be fashionable. There is more than one way to dress “green.” You can browse the racks at consignment shops for gently used clothing; host a clothing-swap party for your friends; or fire up the sewing […]

FoodCorps’ First Crop

Photo courtesy of Hemera/Thinkstock Hoping to make a dent in the childhood-obesity epidemic, FoodCorps will teach kids how to garden and eat nutrition-packed meals. Paid a small stipend and aligned with partner organizations, the first crop of FoodCorps service volunteers kicked off a one-year term on August 15, 2011. Tasked with seeding and harvesting schoolyard […]

Trend Alert: Locavore Spa Treatments

Photo courtesy BananaStock/Getty Images/Jupiterimages/Thinkstock Many people are looking forward to spending some relaxing, healthy time at spas now using locally grown ingredients in their oils and lotions. Farm-to-table movements — when locally grown fruits and vegetables appear on restaurant menus — have had a ripple effect at spas, inspiring therapists to develop their own interpretations. […]

Package-free Shopping

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock In.gredients will become the first zero-waste grocer in the nation when it opens in fall. When an Austin, Texas, grocer, in.gredients, opens this fall, it will cater to eco-minded shoppers hungry for package-free goods. Every single item sold on in.gredients’ shelves — including household cleaners and edibles such as beer, milk, spices and […]