Archive for November, 2014

Teva Donation for HAAM

Check Presentation to HAAM

A great big thank you to everyone who donated to HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, during the Teva ACL Block Party at our North Lamar store in Austin. The Block Party, which took place during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, included DIY Teva, live music and a barbeque lunch. The combined total of your donations and Teva’s came to $3460. That’s a lot of health care for Austin musicians.

Pictured from left to right: Jack Jones of Whole Earth, Sean Marmion of Teva, and Reenie Collins, Chris Alberts and Brandi Kinslow of HAAM

New Toy and Kids Book Drive for Holiday 2014

2014 New Toy and Kids Book Drive

November 22nd through December 19th

For the past three years, Whole Earth Provision Co. has collected new toys and books for children who, through no fault of their own, might not have received gifts for the holidays. Your generosity provided children in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake with presents to brighten up their day and year. The charitable organizations who distributed the gifts declared the New Toy and Kids Book Drive a success.

And so, once again we are asking for your help to make this year’s Drive an even greater success. Here’s how it works: for each new toy or new kid’s book, in its original packaging with a value of $10 or more (or very close to it), you will receive a $5 Whole Earth gift certificate. All Whole Earth stores will accept donations beginning November 22nd and running through December 19th. Our beneficiaries ask that you please not wrap the gifts.

The toys and books will be distributed by these organizations: in Austin – Manos de Cristo; in Dallas – the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center; in Houston – Star of Hope Mission; in San Antonio – The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas; and in Southlake – GRACE, the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.

You may make as many contributions as you’d like, and receive a $5 gift certificate for each one worth $10, but the gift certificates cannot be combined. They must be redeemed on separate transactions.

Thank you for helping to brighten the holidays for a disadvantaged child.

Please read on to learn more about the organizations in each city who will receive your contributions.

Manos-de-Cristo-logoIn 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.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center LogoIn Dallas: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
When a child is in need of protection from abuse, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) springs into action. DCAC coordinates the work of the police, Child Protective Services, medical, mental health, and prosecutorial agencies in the Dallas area, sparing the child from multiple, unnecessary and traumatic interviews so that healing can begin as soon as possible.

Star of Hope LogoIn 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.

The Children's Bereavement Center of South TexasIn 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.

GRACE LogoIn Southlake: Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange
Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with limited income or a recent emergency. Their Christmas Cottage creates a wonderland setting for GRACE’s clients to choose, with dignity and pride, holiday gifts for their children. More than 1600 children have been helped each year.

TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway at our Austin Westgate Store


TreeFolks, a group dedicated to growing Austin’s urban forests, will be giving away saplings at Whole Earth Provision Co.’s Austin Westgate store at 4477 South Lamar on Saturday, November 15th from noon to 2 pm. This year, Treefolks will be offering Montezuma Cypress and Carolina Cherry Laurel saplings for planting. Approximately 300 saplings will be given away while supplies last. You can also enter a drawing to win a six foot, container-grown Montezuma Cypress!

Montezuma Cypress
Cherry Laurel

Across the country Arbor Day is usually a Springtime event, but here in Central Texas Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. Cooler weather gives trees a chance to develop their root systems before being blasted by the summer heat. You may ask, why plant trees when we seem to be living in a time of perpetual drought? First of all, these trees are natives and have been chosen for their drought and heat tolerance. They will need to be watered – about one and a half gallons a week – but this amount can be easily captured from your morning shower or veggie washing water. Secondly, when it does rain, these trees provide a net gain for the water cycle, helping to recharge ground water and to slow and clean runoff.

Trees are also vital in reducing the urban heat island effect. On a hot summer day, streets, roofs and parking lots can be 50 to 90 degrees hotter than the air, while shaded surfaces remain close to air temperature. All these super-heated streets and parking lots can increase average temperatures within the city by as much as five degrees Fahrenheit. Strategically planting trees to shade streets, sidewalks and roofs is one of the best ways to help keep our city cooler.

Since 1989, TreeFolks volunteers have been planting trees in the Austin schools, parks, medians, right of ways, community gardens and greenbelts These trees help preserve Austin’s quality of life by cooling the air, cleaning precious water and providing an urban forest that keeps Austin green and in touch with the natural world. TreeFolks have also been taking part in the restoration of the pine forests at Bastrop State Park in the wake of the devastating fires in 2011. Earlier this year, they planted their 1,000,000th tree. To learn more about their volunteer programs, classes and sapling giveaways visit the TreeFolks website.

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What We’re Reading – Dogs in Cars

Dogs in Cars by Lara Jo Regan

Our new favorite book so far for this season is Lara Jo Regan’s Dogs in Cars. It’s a vicarious joy ride that captures those amazing moments when our canine companions are one with the wind.

“Most dogs become downright delirious over a car ride, and I wanted to capture this amazing primal energy in photographs beyond what I’d seen before.”

In order to get these shots, Regan built a special light, which jutted out over the roof of a the car, a harness that allowed her to lean out of the window, and various other contraptions to make the images come alive.

Need a lift? Dogs in Cars will put a smile on your face. You’ll find copies at all of our Whole Earth stores except the Campus store in Austin. Here are a couple of our favorite photos to give you a taste of the good things to come.

Dogs in Cars Photo

Champ and Jordan

Dogs in Cars Photo