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Natural Awakenings Tucson

March 2022 Letter From Publisher

Feb 28, 2022 11:00AM ● By Holly Baker
Holly Baker

Holly Baker

Happy Spring! As you can hopefully feel from our bright, beautiful, veggie-ful cover, we are celebrating food this month. March marks the shift toward the spring growing season, when we are planting seeds and looking forward to what fresh, local foods we will get to try from other nearby gardens and farms.
       
Do you yearn to grow your own food, but don’t know where to begin? Meet Ashlie Thompson, of Niche Organic Gardens, in this month’s Community Spotlight. She uses her vast knowledge of gardening to help design, build and even tend to gardens in local backyards. Learn more about her passion for organic gardening and teaching others how to grow food in the southwest, on page 16.
   
We are also diving deep into plant-based and vegan eating in two articles this month. On page 18, “Plant-Based Foods Go Mainstream” gives a great overview of the state of the plant-based diet in the world, how companies are making the shift away from meat easier and some neat ideas to try to incorporate more vegetarian options in your family’s routine.
   
“Easing into a Vegan Lifestyle”, on page 21, will also look at some foods that have gained momentum as great alternatives to meat. Plus, new recipes, more reasons to shop your local farmers’ markets, tips for weekend workouts and more!

In good health,
Holly


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