Archive for March, 2014

American Red Cross of Central Texas Check Presentation

Walter Wakefield of Whole Earth Provision Co. presents American Red Cross of Central Texas staff members Reihaneh Hajibeigi and Janet Hutchison with a check for $900

Walter Wakefield of Whole Earth Provision Co. presents American Red Cross of Central Texas staff members Reihaneh Hajibeigi and Janet Hutchison with a check for $900. The money was contributed by our Austin customers and Whole Earth to help in the recovery effort following the Halloween flood. Many thanks to our Austin customers who made this generous gift possible!

April is Texas State Parks Month

April is Texas State Parks Month at Whole Earth Provision Co.

For the third year in a row, April is Texas State Parks Month at Whole Earth Provision Co. Throughout the month you’ll be able to make donations at the cash register to help support our Texas State Parks. You can make a donation in any amount, but when you donate $20 or more you’ll receive a $5 Texas State Park gift card redeemable for Park entrance fees and merchandise at State Park stores throughout Texas.

The donations will be used to help with day-to-day operational expenses at more than 90 State Parks. Enhancing visitor programs, maintaining Park facilities and purchasing lawn mowers are just a few of the ways our donations can help.

On your next visit to your favorite Whole Earth store, don’t forget to pick up a free copy of the Texas State Park Guide. It offers a wealth of information about Parks all around Texas. Few states can boast of the range of landscapes, historical sites and outdoor activities available in our State Parks. Whether you’re looking for a daytrip destination or for an extended stay, the Park Guide is filled with great ideas.

On Sunday, April 27th from 2 to 4 pm, Park Rangers will be on hand in all Whole Earth stores to answer your questions. If, in the meantime, you’re looking for suggestions about Parks close to home, check out your city’s location page on our website. It includes a list of State Parks close by.

Another way to support Texas State Parks is to purchase tickets to the Banff World Tour and Radical Reels film festivals World Tour will be shown in Austin at the Paramount Theater on Sunday April 13th and in Houston at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park on Tuesday April 15th. Radical Reels will be shown in Austin at the Paramount on Saturday April 12th. World Tour and Radical Reels present some of the best outdoor adventure and high adrenaline sports films from the recent Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Alberta. The proceeds from these shows will also be directed to Texas State Parks.


Last year, Whole Earth raised more than $31,000, combining in-store customer donations and ticket sale proceeds. We hope you will join us in supporting our Texas State Parks once again and help us beat last year’s total with a donation and a visit to see Radical Reels and Banff World Tour films. And last of all, one of the best ways to support our Parks, is to
visit them!

Green Fest 2014 in Southlake

Green Fest 2014 in Southlake

Green Fest is returning to Southlake on Saturday, March 29th. The event is sponsored by the Bob Jones Nature Center and takes place at Southlake Town Square’s Rustin Park. Green Fest is a celebration of Going Green. The focus is on learning how we can become better stewards of the Earth’s resources and how to invest in a sustainable future. There will also be entertainment, a raffle, prizes and representatives from some of your favorite businesses including Whole Earth Provision Co.

Whole Earth will be joined by our SmartWool reps who will be introducing you to their sustainable, Earth friendly and incredibly comfortable socks. SmartWool socks are made of Merino wool, which is both breathable and non-scratchy. SmartWool uses only Zque accredited Merino Wool. Zque ensures that environmental, social, animal welfare (including sheep dogs), and traceability from source to product issues are addressed in the production of New Zealand Merino wool. The SmartWool reps will be offering free sample socks while supplies last!

We hope you’ll stop by for the Whole Earth booth for a visit and meet our SmartWool reps!

More information can be found here.

Zilker Kite Festival Raffle Winner Announced

From left to right: John Duck of Communities in Schools, Rebecca Gindele of ABC Home & Commercial Services, the organizer and representative of the Exchange Club of Austin and Bert Peeples, Outreach Coordinator for Whole Earth

From left to right: John Duck of Communities in Schools, Rebecca Gindele of ABC Home & Commercial Services, the organizer and representative of the Exchange Club of Austin and Bert Peeples, Outreach Coordinator for Whole Earth

And the winner is … Ralph V. of Round Rock! He was declared winner in Whole Earth Provision Co.’s Zilker Kite Festival Day in the Park Raffle supporting Austin’s Communities in Schools. The winning ticket was picked by Rebecca Gindele of ABC Home & Commercial Services. The Raffle raised $600 for Communities in Schools, even though the Zilker Kite Festival was cancelled this year due to bad weather on both the original and the rain date. The cancelation of the Kite Festival was a great disappointment to the Austin community. But we have been assured that the Festival will return in 2015, and be bigger and better than ever.

Keen River Clean Up – Give with Purchase

Keen Give with Puchase

This Spring, Keen is sponsoring the Keen River Clean-up Tour in 14 cities across the country with its Give with Purchase campaign. In Texas, they’re partnering with the River Network to help the Galveston Bay Foundation. Here’s how it works. For every pair of Keen CNX shoes sold at Whole Earth Provision Co. between March 16th and March 31st, Keen will donate $5 to the Galveston Bay Foundation to help with their annual Trash Bash Clean-Up Campaign.

Keen Logo

Keen CNX shoes offer the comfort and protection you’ve come to expect from Keen, but lightened up. These are low profile, lightweight shoes perfect for water, trails and town. Whole Earth has Keen CNX shoes for men, women and kids in an assortment of rainbow colors.

This year’s Galveston Bay Foundation’s Trash Bash takes place on March 29th. It’s the largest water education conservation event in the state of Texas. Simultaneous clean ups are coordinated throughout the Houston Metro area with thousands of volunteers from school groups, organizations, families, friends and individuals taking part. Want to sign up for this year’s event? Read more.

Galveston Bay Foundation

The River Network is a group of more than 2,000 state, regional and local grassroots organizations whose primary mission is protecting our most vital natural resource: water. The River Network helps to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore watersheds across the country. The Galveston Bay Foundation is a Texas member of the River Network. Read more about the River Network.

So stop by your favorite Whole Earth store and try on a pair of Keen CNX shoes. If you like them enough to take home with you, your purchase will help fund next year’s Trash Bash Clean up Campaign on Galveston Bay.

OluKai Shave Ice Fun in San Antonio

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On Friday, April 4th from 6 to 8 pm at our San Antonio store, you can try on the new Shave Ice ‘Ohana flips and meet Hawaiian legend Archie Kalepa. Kalepa gained fame as one of the first tow-in surfers to brave the 70 foot waves at “Jaws” at Peahi, the first to solo stand up paddle across the Molokai Channel and the first to stand up paddle down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He’s traveled to Tahiti on traditional voyaging canoes and is dedicated to resurrecting the traditional Hawaiian sport of canoe surfing. He is also a life guard captain and an expert on water rescues.

Archie Kalepa – Hawaiian Waterman

Archie Kalepa – Hawaiian Waterman

OluKai Shave Ice flips are available in delicious tropical colors like: Passion Orange Ice, Plum Ice, Punch Ice, Sour Tart Ice, Lemon Ice, Tropical Ice and Tiger’s Blood Ice. These flips are lightweight, comfortable, quick drying and durable. They’re built for life in and around the water and out and about town. ‘Ohana Shave Ice flips are vegan friendly, made with 100% high quality synthetic materials. A portion of each sale of an ‘Ohana flip benefits the ‘Ohana Giveback Program, which supports the efforts of those working to preserve local cultures and traditions.

Hope to see you in San Antonio for this fun event!