Archive for October, 2012

Holiday Toy and Kids Book Drive

Whole Earth is beginning a new initiative for 2012: we will collect new toys and new children’s books in all our stores.

We hope to help make this a much happier holiday season by collecting these as gifts for children who are in need.
As the name implies, our New Toy & Kid’s Book Drive is an effort to amass as many fun gift items for children of any age as possible. The agencies listed below will be our partners in getting these gifts into the hands of children around the state, particularly in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, who need them most and are unlikely to be able to afford them.

For each brand new toy or book, with the original wrapper and tags intact, of a $10 value or more (or very close to it), we will present the donor with a $5 gift certificate good towards anything we sell. Please donate these new toys and books for the kiddos at any of the eight Whole Earth stores around Texas.

Please drop these items off before Monday, December 17th because that is the date we will be transporting them to the great charity organizations listed here. These items must not be in wrapping paper please.

Note that you can make as many donations as you’d care to – and receive a $5 gift certificate for each one worth $10, but the gift certificates cannot be combined, but must be redeemed on separate transactions.

Please contribute today for the good of those less fortunate. Thank you!

Take a moment to learn more about the community organizations partnered with us for this special promotion.

In Austin: Manos de Cristo

Since 1988 Manos de Cristo has been providing services for the homeless and working poor of Austin. Manos provides basic needs like food and clothing, but they also operate a dental clinic and conduct classes for the poor in computer skills and financial literacy. Their goal is to promote dignity and self-reliance among those less fortunate.



In Dallas: Community Partners of Dallas

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing support to the Dallas County Child Protective services agency. In 2011 they fulfilled this mission by serving more than 16,000 children in the Dallas metro area – and they have performed this exceptionally for more than two decades.


In Houston: Star of Hope Mission

For more than a century, the Star of Hope Mission has ministered to the greater Houston area, meeting the needs of nearly 1000 men, women and their children nightly. Star of Hope focuses on employment, life management, education, spiritual growth, and recovery from substance abuse. Whole Earth has partnered with them for the past several years.

In San Antonio: The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas

As the sole provider in South Texas of grief support programs for children (through young adulthood), The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas (CBCST) devotes its energies to addressing the grief and loss needs of children from every culture and social circumstance to help them heal and move forward. They foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education and outreach.


Amazing Ice Halo Display

Yesterday, sky watchers around the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, witnessed something amazing: A complex network of luminous arcs and rings surrounded the afternoon sun. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” says eyewitness Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Solar physicist David Hathaway snapped this picture of the display:

Ice halo display during Hurricane Sandy, 2012

Image credit and copyright: David Hathaway/NASA/MSFC

The apparition is almost certainly connected to hurricane Sandy. The core of the storm swept well north of Alabama, but Sandy’s outer bands did pass over the area, leaving behind a thin haze of ice crystals in cirrus clouds. Sunlight shining through the crystals produced an unusually rich variety of ice halos.

“By my count, there are two sun dogs, a 22o halo, a parahelic circle, an upper tangent arc, and a parry arc,” says Chris Brightwell, who also photographed the display. “It was amazing.”

“Very impressive,” agreed onlooker Kyle Winkleman. “This was a once-in-a-decade event for our area.”

If the display really was a result of Sandy, sky watchers might not have to wait a decade for the next show. Some researchers believe that superstorms will become more common in the years ahead as a result of climate change, creating new things both terrible and beautiful to see overhead. Sky watchers in the storm zone should remain alert for the unusual.

From October 31, 2012


Chaco Gives Back to Enchanted Rock

Whole Earth Provision Co owner and founder, Jack Jones presents a check nearly $3,800 to Friends of Enchanted Rock Board of Directors, 2012

Whole Earth and Chaco sandals contribute to Enchanted Rock.

Shown above are members of the board of directors of the Friends of Enchanted Rock receiving a check from Jack Jones (left), founder and co-owner of Whole Earth Provision Co. From left to right, they are: Jack, David Cain, Melissa Mial, and Mike Lewis. The check for nearly $3800 is courtesy of Chaco Sandals with whom Whole Earth partnered to raise the funds this past summer so that Enchanted Rock State Natural Area might make improvements to the Park that were unfunded in the state budget.

A huge “thank you” goes to all our thoughtful and generous customers who purchased a fine pair of Chaco sandals during the promotion period. The Chaco footwear company contributed these funds based on the number of Chacos sold, so we are grateful to Chaco for their contribution as well.

Read more about the 2012 Chaco Give Back partnership with Whole Earth benefiting Enchanted Rock.

Get Out More Tour

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The 2012 Get Out More Tour is coming to Texas this month. The tour features outdoor pros Sheri and Randy Propster who share their trail tested knowledge on the best gear and practices for outdoor living at their presentations and on their blog Advice from the Experts.

They have spent much of the past five years on the road, sleeping under the stars and visiting some of the most beautiful wild places in the country. They have also hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail and coast to coast on the American Discovery Trail.

Get Out More encourages everyone to get outside and discover the world around them. According to Randy, “There’s something that makes every place unique. And if you take the time to sit and absorb it and search out what that unique thing is, you’ll find those hidden gems. They’re everywhere. Sometimes people are moving too fast to see them. You’ve got to slow down, get out in the elements and enjoy it.”

Get Out More Logo

In San Antonio:
October 25th at 6:30 pm

Whole Earth Provision Co. @ Quarry Market
255 E. Basse Rd.
San Antonio Texas 78209
(210) 829-8888

In Houston:
October 27th at 3:30 pm

Whole Earth Provision Co. @ Post Oak
2501 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056
(713) 526-5440

Whether you’re an old hand or considering heading out to the woods for the first time, the Propsters will have helpful information for you.

Patagonia Advocacy Weeks October 13th – 28th

During the two week promotion period, Oct. 13th - 28th—known as Advocate Weeks—any Patagonia shoe purchased at a Whole Earth store will earn $10 for these Audubon efforts.Whole Earth Provision Co. and Patagonia Footwear are teaming up to raise funds for the Texas initiatives of the National Audubon Society. During the two week promotion period—known as Advocate Weeks—any Patagonia shoe purchased at a Whole Earth store will earn $10 for these Audubon efforts. This donation adds no cost to the customer purchasing Patagonia shoes. The organization known as 1% For The Planet has certified that Audubon Texas and its programs are worthy of all our support.

National Audubon has long been active in Texas in many ways. The three programs that will benefit from Advocate Weeks are these:

1) Trinity River and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centers, both just minutes from downtown Dallas. Collectively, these 400-plus acres set the stage for phenomenal outdoor experiences for schoolchildren, families and individuals – more than 25,000 people each year.  Activities include nature-based science education programs, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking.

2) Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in south San Antonio. This unique habitat of 1,200 acres is a wildlife refuge and a hiking, birdwatching, and nature-viewing opportunity that serves more than 5,000 students each year.

3) Texas Gulf Coast Stewardship. Audubon maintains habitat and island sanctuaries up and down the coast of Texas.  Some of these areas became release sites for birds that were rescued and cleaned up from the oil spill in April 2010.

Please stop by the Whole Earth store nearest you between October 13th and 28th to purchase a great pair of shoes and, in so doing, provide $10 for the worthy efforts of the National Audubon Society in Texas.