Our Purpose

Our purpose is to generate awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and to provide a nurturing, open-minded and respectful community for parents to share these ideals. We serve to encourage moms (and dads) in their efforts to parent naturally and to raise their children holistically, to help holistic moms find others with whom they can connect and to continually educate ourselves and our families about alternative health, mindful parenting, natural healing and environmental stewardship.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

November Meeting: Self Defense Seminar for Moms and Kids

Holistic Moms Network of San Jose Presents. . .
Self Defense Seminar for Moms and Kids
Learn tips and techniques to protect yourself from a 3rd Degree Black Belt and the 2006 CA State Champion in Weapons and Forms. Master Chris Black, Chief Instructor for Victory Martial Arts Willow Glen, will be teaching us self defense techniques that will empower us to protect ourselves. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the martial arts and learn more about Tae Kwon Do. This seminar is a hands on event, so casual or work out clothes and gym shoes are preferred. 

Tuesday, November 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cambrian Branch of the San Jose Library, Community Room
1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

October Meeting: Attachment Parenting the Maturing Child

Holistic Moms Network of San Jose Presents. . .

"Attachment Parenting the Maturing Child:
Featuring guest speaker, Justine Saffir, Director of Sunnymont Parent Co-Op Nursery School"
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cambrian Branch Library Community Room
1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA

Attachment Parenting newborns and babies often comes naturally to many Holistic Moms.  Babywearing, breastfeeding on demand, co-sleeping and other AP techniques just seem to make sense and allign with a mother's instinct.  As the child matures and develops her own will, however, many find the new challenges of parenting with attachment in mind much more difficult to address. 

Join us as we host our guest speaker, Justine Saffir, Director of the Sunnymont Parent Co-Op in Campbell, as she speaks on Attachment Parenting the Maturing Child.  Justine will address common questions such as how to provide positive discipline, diffuse sibling rivalry and how to strengthen the parent/child bond during the school years.  Please bring your questions and a friend.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A review of a local sustainable farm; Early Bird Ranch

I just got back from a fantastic day visiting the Early Bird Ranch at Half Moon Bay (actually, Pescadero) with fellow HMN member, Lenore.  Lenore had heard about fresh, locally pastured chickens being available there and pre-ordered some chickens for the fall harvest.  We made a day of it by tripping out to the coast with our families to pick up her chickens and speculate on some Thanksgiving turkeys.

May I say that I am really excited about these farmers!  Kevin and ShaeLynn Watt are a young couple who "risked it all" by abandoning their graduate studies in Comparative Political Science and Animal Behavior to pursue sustainable bird farming.  Adorned in a long, blue butcher's apron, Kevin Watt welcomed us to the farm and offered us a tour of the harvesting facilities.  He and several family members had just finished up the very first harvest on their new farm.  Though their bodies were fatigued from hours of bird butchery, their eyes and voices showed signs of the rushing adrenal effects of success.  Their pride was apparent and well-deserved.  Some buckets of blood were waiting for their trip to the compost pile but, otherwise, there wasn't much indication of the day's work remaining around the slaughter tent.  We had just missed the last bird of the day by 30 minutes.  I admit that I wish I had been able to see the whole process personally. They promised me the opportunity in the future.

In five weeks, another 100 to 200 birds will meet the end of their stress-free existence in this sparkling example of an open-air slaughterhouse (portable tent, really).  The blue and white striped tent covered a raised floor of wood slats.  The slats, Kevin explained, are designed to allow for any solids or splashes from the harvesting process to fall through and return to the soil.  The stainless steel counters, sinks and scalding pots were sanitized and drying in the late summer sun.  This idyllic scene is quite a contrast to the industrial chicken slaughterhouses that can turn stomachs as well as former carnivores into strict vegetarians.

When Kevin's interests strayed from politics to farming birds, he decided to do it right. He interned and worked for a year and a half with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, the admirable chicken farmer featured in Food, Inc.  After learning from the best, Kevin and his girlfriend began dreaming of starting a farm of their own. Kevin and his now wife, ShaeLynn, pooled all of their savings and scrupulously budgeted how they could afford to rent a 10 acre farm in Pescadero.  The land they selected is gorgeous, located in a perfect, pastoral valley just inland of the coast.  Each bird is respectfully raised from chick to maturity on the farm, spending their days in the pasture.  Their diet is supplemented with organic feed.  The Watts are enthusiastic and bursting with ideas on how to not only take from their newly acquired land but to give back to it as well.  They are consciously rotating different animals throughout their acreage to ensure that the soil is growing in sync with their wards. 

Each bird at the Early Bird Ranch is dispatched by hand using a very humane and efficient method; the main artery and vein of the chicken or turkey are cut, causing instantaneous brain death. The windpipe, however, is kept intact so that the heart may continue beating long enough to pump the remaining blood from the bird. The carcasses are then scalded, plucked and bagged for you to take home that day.   These are the freshest birds you can get!

Early Bird Ranch is located at 4900 Cloverdale Road in Pescadero, right off of Hwy 1.  Their chickens and turkeys are available during the dry seasons of the year for about $4 a pound.  Lenore's chickens were all a very healthy 5 pounds each!  These are not scrawny chickens.  They harvest every 5 weeks or so as the new batch of birds mature.  If you would like to join their mailing list or reserve a turkey for Thanksgiving, contact them via email at kevin@earlybirdranch.com or shaelynn@earlybirdranch.com

View their website with more details at www.earlybirdranch.com

Kevin and ShaeLynn would love to have us out for a tour of the facilities with the kiddies.  They won't be able to give us a full tour when they are harvesting, but you are welcome to watch them work when you pick up your birds.  Would anyone like to tour this farm and then go and get some pumpkins down the road in October?  Post a comment if you'd like to join us.

Christina Byard
Co-Leader, Holistic Moms Network of San Jose

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Meeting

Holistic Moms Network of San Jose Presents. . .

"An Evening of Natural Beauty"

Want to join us for an evening of beauty? Wondering what natural and holistic beauty products and treatments others love? Join us for a fun evening of hanging out, pampering, and learning what others use, make, and/or recommend. Bring your favorite beauty products and/or remedies to show and share. We'll try each other's favorites and/or learn what others recommend.

We'll be making a wonderful facial moisturizing cream from the "Doing it Gorgeously" book by Sophie Ulliamo.  (http://www.gorgeouslygreen.com/) Bring a small jar to take the cream home in and a very modest donation to offset ingredient costs.

Click on the blog post title "September Meeting" to R.S.V.P. via the evite.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

August Monthly Meeting Info

"Alternative Education:  
Exploring Waldorf, Montessori and Homeschooling Philosophies"
Ever wondered what the differences are between the Waldorf and Montessori approaches?  Have you considered Homeschooling but are not sure where to start? Join our panel of Educators for a presentation/discussion on the different education options available in the South Bay. Representatives from local schools and homeschool cooperatives will be in attendance to answer our many questions.  Feel free to invite friends that may be interested in this topic and introduce them to HMN.

We are always happy to see new faces at our meetings.  If you are not yet a member, please come to a meeting or two to check us out before deciding if our group meets your needs.  We would love to meet you.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recipe of the Week

Contributed by member, Jennifer Meegan.

I was feeling a bit desperate and uninspired tonight....so decided on the heels of making the chocolate coconut cupcakes that I'd throw something together using coconut and whatever I could scrounge in my fridge/pantry. This resulted in this coconut mango salmon dish and this coconut garlic green bean dish. The salmon in particular was deelish.

Jen's Baked Coco-Mint-Mango Salmon

1 wild salmon fillet (whatever size fits your family)
3/4 cup cream (from a cow) or coconut milk/cream
4-5 heaping tablespoons coconut cream/meat (I used the Tropical Traditions brand. You can also use freshly opened coconut)
2 tablespoons garam masala (I make my own: http://www.ochef.com/r75.htm)
1 ripe mango, sliced into bite-sized chunks
a few fresh mint leaves, chopped
salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 350
Place salmon in baking dish
Pour cream and place coconut cream/meat, garam masala, mango, chopped mint leaves, in baking dish over salmon
Stir gently and pour cream mixture over top of salmon
Salt to taste
Cook for about 25-30 minutes depending on how well you like your salmon done and the caliber of your oven. I recommend "basting" the salmon with the sauce at least two or three times while it's baking.
You could probably eat this with rice to get the most out of the sauce

Jen's Coconut-Garlic Green Beans2 tablespoons coconut oil
1-2 lbs fresh green beans
garlic powder or fresh minced garlic (about 2 teaspoons)
handful of unsweetened coconut flakes

Place oil in skillet and put on medium heat
Place green beans in skillet and cover, cook for about 10-15 minutes until beans are crisp and bright green
Throw in coconut flakes and garlic, toss and recover, cook for about 5 more minutes
Salt to taste, toss, remove from burner, and enjoy!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Kid-Conscious Recipe of the Week

Here is a great gluten-free and healthy recipe for Mothers' Day Brunch, courtesy of Danielle Hunt.  Whip them up tonight and freeze/refrigerate them so that your kids can just pop them in the oven tomorrow while you sleep in. 

Buttermilk Currant Scones

1 cup sweet white sorghum flour
1 cup almond meal
½ cup tapioca flour
½ cup cornstarch
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup currants ( sub anything you want even  GF choc chips!)
several pinches of turbinado sugar

Combine all the dry ingredients together and stir them well. Sift them into a large bowl. Set aside.

Cut the butter into small pieces, dropping the pieces into the flour mixture as you cut. The pieces should be no larger than your thumbnail. Once you have cut all the butter, combine the butter pieces and dry ingredients with a pastry fork (or your fingers). Once they are all blended well, and the mixture feels like bread crumbs, then you are done.

Combine the buttermilk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the liquid in. Slowly, stir the liquid in a counter-clockwise pattern, from the center out, until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated into the wet. When everything feels combined for the first time, stop. Add the currants.

Put the dough into the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours. This is important.

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Take the scone dough out of the refrigerator. Divide the dough in half with your hands, and then divide it again, until you have a ball about the size of the palm of your hand. Flatten the ball, slightly, and shape it into a scone-like shape. (That might mean something different to each person.) Sprinkle the top with a bit of turbinado sugar, and put that scone onto parchment paper (or silicone mat) on top of the baking sheet. Repeat until you have finished with all the dough.

Slide the baking sheet into the heated oven and bake the scones for fifteen to eighteen minutes. (In our oven, it was more like eighteen.) The scones are done when you can put in a toothpick and have it come out clean, as well as when the top is warm and browned. Allow the scones to cool for about five minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes about eight scones.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Kid-Conscious Recipe of the Week

Yana Connors submitted this recipe that both her and other members' kids have adored.  Coconut flour is a wonderfully nutritious alternative to traditional grain flours.  It's great if your family has gluten/grain sensitivities or if you just love coconut like I do!

Raspberry Chocolate Coconut flour Cupcakes
makes 8-10

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla (make sure your vanilla is gluten free, if needed)
1/2 cup of honey or coconut sugar paste (maple syrup would work too, I bet)
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
3 eggs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1-Grease muffins tins, or put in muffin papers.

2-Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

3-Add the wet ingredients (but not the raspberries) and whisk well, until all lumps are gone.

4-Fold in the raspberries, and fill muffin tins, 2/3 full.

5-Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top if firm and a toothpick comes out clean, when poked in the middle of the muffin. Take out of the muffin tins and cool on cooling racks

Tagged as: Dairy Free, Gluten Free

May 4th Meeting: Holistic, Yet Frugal: Living Well on a Budget

As mindful moms shopping on a budget, making the transition to holistic living can seem like a monumental investment in time and money.  As our standards for quality and healthfulness go up, so, it seems, do the associated price tags.  With creativity and a like-minded community, the budget barrier to living well can be overcome.  Keeping your home and family healthy need not leave your bank account in the red.

Join us for our May meeting to learn the techniques of frugally financing a holistic lifestyle.  Co-leader and bargain finder extraordinaire, Jennifer Oh, will present her extensive bag of tricks and lead the discussion to follow.  Please bring your own ideas to contribute.  Bring a friend to this meeting -- especially the ones who are afraid to enter "Whole Paycheck" for fear of losing their life savings.  We can help!

**Please note that this meeting is taking place at the Rozenhart Family Chiropractic Offices since our Library Community Room is unavailable this month.

See you Tuesday!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kid-Conscious Recipe of the Week

Since we have so many great cooks in our membership rolls, I am adding a new feature to the blog; Recipe of the Week.  Through this weekly feature, we can share our tried-and-true, family friendly, nourishing recipes.  I am always looking for a fresh approach to presenting nutritious food to my family. I would appreciate that you send your recipe submissions to my email at holisticfreckles@sbcglobal.net.  These can be family recipes, links from your favorite blog, excerpts from recipe books or your own creation.  When you find something that works, please share it with us!

I'll kick this off with something I've been talking about on the loop.  Fresh whole wheat sandwich bread.  When I first got my breadmaker as a gift from my in-laws, I wasn't exactly sure about it.  I liked the thought of less work in the kitchen, but breadmaking was one of the tasks I didn't see as a chore.  I enjoyed the mental and physical therapy that kneading the dough provided.  Taking something from a chaotically sticky mass to a smooth and manageable ball was so satisfying.  This was, however, when I made bread only on special occasions.  Once I started truly making bread on a daily basis, I embraced and came to adore the convenience of my breadmaker.

When I first began baking bread in the breadmaker, each and every recipe I tried turned out as a heavy brick.  Whole wheat?  Forget it.  I finally got a recipe from Co-Leader, Jen Oh, and had my first semblance of success. I used it for months before I came across a technique for a lighter loaf involving the additions of natural acidity, starch and gluten.  I began playing around with this technique and eventually developed this recipe.  The pictures I'll post show the amazing difference in rise and crumb between the two recipes using the same amount of flour and water.  If you like the flavor of wheat bread but loathe the heavy texture, you will love this bread!

Original, unmodified recipe (pictured left)
1 cup warm water
3 cups whole wheat flour (I used freshly ground,  
   sprouted white wheat) If you want a less dense 
   loaf, use half/half white to whole wheat flour.
3 T Coconut Oil (or your preferred oil)
2 T Honey(or 3T of your preferred dry sugar)
1 T Kosher Salt (or 1.5 tsp. fine sea salt)
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

Mix all ingredients in breadmaker for 5 minutes, turn off machine.  Add yeast to top of mixture and set timer for machine to complete its "whole wheat bread" setting in 9 hours.  This will give the dough time to soak and absorb the liquids.

Christina's Light and Fluffilicious 
100% Whole Wheat Bread (pictured left)

I am writing this recipe for a breadmaker with a timer to delay the start of the dough/baking process. You can certainly make this recipe without the assistance of a breadmaker, but you may not get the same results due to not being able to soak the dough overnight without the yeast.  Experiment with the timing of adding the yeast and see how it goes.

Add to bread machine in this order:

1 Cup warm water
2 T Orange Juice
4 T Ghee or Butter or Coconut Oil
2 T Honey or Malted Barley Syrup
Heaping 1/4 Cup Dried Potato Flakes (or 2 T potato flour -- again Bob's Red Mill makes one)
2 T Buttermilk Powder (or nonfat milk powder)
1 T Kosher Salt (or 1.5 tsp. fine sea salt)
3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (again, I used freshly-ground, sprouted white wheat, but King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour is a good substitute)

*At this point, start the machine mixing.  Let the machine mix until all ingredients are moistened and well incorporated (about 5 minutes).  Stop the machine and reset.  I set the machine on "Whole wheat," 1.5 pound loaf with a light crust.  I then set the timer so that the finished bread will be ready at 8:00 in the morning, when I am up and getting breakfast ready. 

NOW, don't forget to add:

2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

I add the yeast at the end so that it will not activate during the overnight soaking process.  When the machine starts in the morning, the yeast will mix thoroughly into the dough and begin the rising process.  When the bread finishes baking, take it immediately out of the machine and empty loaf onto breadboard to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.



Also featured on Pennywise Platter

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April Meeting Recap: Emergency Preparedness

This month's meeting on Emergency Preparedness was so enlightening. With all of the earthquakes that have occurred in the last few months, the timing couldn't have been better. We had two representatives from the SJ Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) come to speak with us and go over what to do in the event of various emergencies and what to have prepared in case of emergencies.

We learned different emergency scenarios: fire, hazardous materials, earthquake, etc., creating a family plan and how to handle these situations.

Some really great quick tips:
  • Know where your gas, water and power meters are and how to shut them off, if necessary.
  • Discuss with your family what you would do during an emergency and create a family plan of action.
  • Create emergency kits - GO Bags - for various places: work, car, and in your bedroom. These bags are not your entire emergency kit, but the supplies you need immediately: shoes, glasses, clothes, flashlight. Imagine if it were the middle of the night and an emergency happened. You'd need to be able to grab a bag and run. You won't have time to grab clothes, shoes, glasses, et cetera.  The "Go Bag" would be indispensable.
  • Make sure your kids know what to do and how to react. A common reaction for kids is to hide and in an emergency, this would be the scariest thing for a parent.  Explaining and teaching them from a young age how to react and what to do during an emergency could save their lives.
  • Have an out of state contact. This would be the point person that ALL family members could contact and let know they are ok. Most often, local phone service is cut off (to keep lines open for emergency personnel), it will be easier to call out of state than locally. Let your out of state contact also have copies of any vital documents: passport, drivers license, insurance papers, etc (scanned on a USB stick is great).
  • Carry a photo of your loved ones in your wallet. In the event of an emergency, you will have a photo of your loved ones, in the event you need it. It is much easier to find someone when you have a photo for people to look at than just a verbal description. Cell phones may lose battery power, so an old fashioned photo is still best.
For a complete guide on how to create a family plan and what should be in your emergency kit, visit

One of the biggest concerns I have regarding an emergency is dealing with the aftermath.  An emergency happens and you are required to eat rations.  A majority of people survive actual emergencies only to get ill afterward due to lack of nutrition, stress, fatigue, et c etera. It is vital to keep the body as healthy as possible.  Most MRE's (Meal, Ready to Eat) are highly processed. Yes, they are fortified with vitamins and minerals...and lets face it, if it's all you have, you'd eat it...but they are not as nutritious as what most of eat day to day. The best thing to do is to dehydrate, store bulk grains, beans, etc, or to look for healthier MRE alternatives. Here are a few links to some options we have found on the internet.While most are expensive - they do give you a starting point and making your own kit will save substantially, but these links are a great starting point.

Posted by Jennifer Oh

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March Garden Planning Meeting Recap

Tuesday night's meeting was a great one!  Not only did I get to get out of the house after a crummy, rainy, shut-in day with the kids, I got to talk gardening with some very wise women!  Everyone brought their favorite gardening books along with any other community info they had.  Some books that our members recommend are:

The Backyard Homestead, Carleen Madigan
Golden Gate Gardening, Pam Pierce
Turtle Tree: Biodinamic Seed Initiative
How to Grow More Vegetables, John Jeavons
Square Foot Gardening

First, the best news -- our official "frost date" in the Silicon Valley was February 23rd.  That means that we can begin planting with a reasonable expectation that our little seedlings won't freeze overnight before establishing themselves.  This is just a guideline, however, so don't hold me accountable if you go on a planting escapade this weekend and we have a cold snap!  Many of us have started our seedlings indoors and will begin "hardening them off," or, adjusting them to the great outdoors, in 4-6 weeks or so.  If you don't want to bother with seedlings, organic starts are available at several local nurseries and are safe to plant in the ground after the first week or two of April.

Everyone had some great ideas to share.  Jessica W. has had really positive experience with a local program in San Jose called "La Mesa Verde."  This is  a  non-profit organization that will assist San Jose residents in establishing their own organic vegetable gardens in their front or back yards.  Not only will they come out to consult with you on your prospective plot, this organization's volunteers (including the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County) will help you build raised beds, irrigate and plan your garden for the season.  They provide free classes to grow your knowledge of gardening along with your vegetables.  Throughout the season, a Master Gardener will check in with your garden to monitor progress/problems.  I think that this is a wonderful way to bring home gardening back into the community's focus -- especially among those of us who believe organic produce to be beyond our budgets.  This FREE program (can you believe it?) is limited to 100 families, so if you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact them at (408) 278-2160.

Another wealth of resources in our community is the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.   Click on the link to find some interesting -- and free -- classes surrounding gardening and sustainability. 

A favorite spot of mine is Common Grounds Garden Supply and Education Center in Palo Alto.  This is the little shop that supports the Common Grounds Research Garden at Stanford.  They have a fantastic selection of heirloom, open-pollinated seeds and starts as well as books, supplies and a very knowledgeable and helpful staff.  Click on the link for their schedule of classes and events.

I managed to finish building the Salad Table (click for construction plans) I had hoped to demonstrate on Monday night in about 4 hours.  I think that the salad table and pots are great options if you want to grow just a little something but don't have space or time to allot to a full-fledged garden.  I think that it will be well worth the minimal effort it took to build and I really am looking forward to having a beautiful and easy to access plot of greens right outside my kitchen door.  Check out the University of Maryland Professor who designed the table showing Martha how it's done on this video.

If you would like some ongoing help with your garden planning and maintenance, check out www.groveg.com.  They have a free trial period during which you may use their software to plan out your garden and get tips on planting.  

We spent the evening exchanging resources, ideas and seeds.  Our gardening goals for the season ranged from the simple "I wanna grow stuff" to the ambitious "retro-fitting the front yard for veggies."  No matter where we are in our gardening path, I hope that we all get the reward of at least one yummy veggie by summer's end.  Please post any tips or questions you encounter on the email loop as they come up. Thanks to Kimberly N. for bringing seeds to exchange I had been wishing I had bought this year.  I am excited about mini persian pickles and sweet peppers.  It was great to see faces that we know through the email loop but had never met in person.  We hope that you can all make it to a meeting soon!

Happy Gardening!


Friday, February 26, 2010

March Monthly Meeting: Vegetable Garden Planning

We have had several requests that we get together and plan our vegetable gardens for the springtime, so let's do it!

March is the perfect time to start our seeds and prepare our beds for the season.  We'll let you know about a wonderful program in San Jose that helps new gardeners get started growing their own fresh, organic vegetables as well as a demonstration on how to make your own salad table for growing greens outside your kitchen door. General discussion on what works and doesn't in the bay area and tips for gardening in small spaces.

If you are a seasoned gardener, bring ideas and resources to share.
If anyone wants to swap seeds, bring your extras and we can exchange. You can't beat your own yard for eating locally! 

When:  Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Rozenhart Family Chiropractic
              4620-B Meridian Avenue
              San Jose, CA 95124

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free Screening of the Documentary, "Food, Inc"

Holistic Moms Network of San Jose Presents
a free screening of
"Food, Inc."

Please join us for the screening followed by a discussion of the film!  Please note that we are holding the screening at a different location than our monthly meetings.  We have secured the community room at the Cambrian Branch of the San Jose Public Library (1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose)

for this event.  The room's capacity is 100, so make sure to R.S.V.P. soon!

How much do we really know about the food we buy at the local supermarket and serve to our families?

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

February, 2010 Monthly Meeting

 Holistic Moms Network of San Jose Presents. . .
Money Management: A Woman’s Perspective

When:   Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. 
Where:  Rozenhart Family Chiropractic 
              4620-B Meridian Avenue
              San Jose, CA 95124

Please R.S.V.P. at the Evite


This is a topic that we all can relate to -- money management!  Our financial needs and priorities completely change when we become mothers.  Learn how to organize and plan your finances for the future.  Join us for a presentation by Linda S. Tjiputra, MBA, CFP followed by questions and discussion.  Hope to see you there.

A sample of topics covered in presentation:
  1. The “What If” question.
  2. Taxes: Strategies to minimize your taxes :

    1. Before and After-tax investing
    2. Tax-deferred vs Tax-free investment

  3. Retirement Planning
  4. Sending Your Kids to College: What you need to know:

    1. Funding Strategies
    2. Which Strategy is best for you?

  5. Estate Planning: Beneficiary Reviews, Titling your Accounts, Deed of the House, Living Trust vs. Will.