Sustainable Farming Gets New Look in the State of Jefferson

The mountainous region of northern California and southern Oregon have an interesting and unique history. It comprises what many in the area refer to as “the state of Jefferson” – an area that since 1859 has officially clamored at least three times to become this country’s 51st state. Had the bombing of Pearl Harbor not occurred, there is a possibility this movement to secede and form a new state might actually have taken place.

A participant at the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge earlier this summer is brewing an exciting new venture that could bring a renewed focus to this region.

To learn more about the Jefferson Farm Cooperative, its fledgling Farm Federation and its unique plan to help farmers work together and be successful, see the full article at

OrganicEnergy fights midafternoon energy drag

Most of us have experienced that midafternoon energy drag. Energy drinks, which contain high amounts of caffeine and sugar to help give you an artificial jolt of energy, are an ever-growing popular remedy.

If you want something more natural, minus the crash-and-burn aftereffects delivered with most energy drinks, Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy is a great choice.

To learn more about this award-winning, great tasting energy drink, go to

Film Fosters Community By Helping to Restore California Delta

If you’ve flown into or out of the Sacramento airport, looking down you’ll see a lush river area meandering through acres of rice fields. That’s part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the biggest estuary in the West Coast of North America and the focal point of the new documentary “Over Troubled Waters”.

The film, which debuted on August 9th, chronicles the complex issues surrounding California’s tug-of-war struggle for water between the north and south state.

To find out more about this remarkable film and the history and issues surrounding the Delta, go to

A fascinating take on “green” housing

This video of a unique, eco-friendly house offers us an idea of the kind of fascinating innovations creative minds can come up with. It’s not science fiction but reality. Who wouldn’t want to try living in a cool home like this!

Kiss-u Tissues – convenience and safety in a tube

Amy Davis, a Connecticut mom, created these handy tissue tubes to help parents and kids stay safer while driving

Distracted driving is the cause of many a car accident. For many, the culprit is texting. Busy parents, however, can get distracted searching for something that kids in the back seat need. One look away from the road can spell disaster.

That was the impetus behind Amy Davis creating the innovative Kiss-u Tissues.

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Streaming Movies is Now Portable with mUVichip

The mUVichip could make DVD’s obsolete!

Some of us remember VHS – those big plastic boxes we used to record and watch movies and our favorite TV shows on. Then came DVD’s and CD’s, which allowed for more portability and higher quality viewing, although there’s still a lot of plastic involved.

At the recent Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, a small start-up company called Flixchip may well make those devices obsolete – and put a lot more fun in movie watching.

To learn more about this truly innovative technology and how easy and fun it will be to use, check out

BluApple – the easy way to keep produce fresh longer

BluApple is a simple way to keep fresh produce longer. You can put it in a fruit bowl on the counter or in the fridge

In our throwaway society, everything is fair game. The Organic Consumers Association reports that Americans toss out on average $600 worth of food each year. That’s over 100 billion pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and grain products wasted, primarily due to spoilage.

A simple blue ball called BluApple can cut that figure down dramatically.

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“Over Troubled Waters” a cinematic and educational eye-opener

The cinematography throughout the film “Over Troubled Waters” is breathtaking

I attended the premiere of the new documentary “Over Troubled Waters” last night at the beautifully-restored Crest Theater in Sacramento. It was the first of 3 California scheduled showings and I’ll be writing more about the film and the water-related issues soon.

I have to say that this is a “must see” film for all Californians. It details visually and historically the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in a way most Californians have never seen or heard about it. The film not only clarifies many of the often murky issues surrounding this beautiful region, it is many times a stunning inditement to the state water agencies and “powers that be” with clear facts and figures that refute information that’s given out to the media and general public. And it’s stunningly beautiful in its cinematography.

The next two showings will be in Stockton on Monday, August 20 at 7:00pm at the Empire Theater and in Los Angeles with a special appearance by Ed Begley Jr. on Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00pm at the Landmark Theater. If you’re in either of those areas, this is one film you won’t want to miss. For tickets, go to

Auto Toilet Could Save Water by the Millions

The innovative Auto Toilet will be six times more water efficient than current low-flow models

In 2009, then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought. That same year, a young company called New Age Hygienic Systems was selected as one of The New California 100 Businesses for its remarkable, water-saving Auto Toilet.

Inventor Dan Andreiu, New Age Hygienic Systems’ founder and CEO, created the Auto Toilet. He says that this invention is the first update to the fundamental design and operation of the toilet in 200 years.

To learn more about this innovative toilet and its potential for water savings, go to

Wexy Lunch & Munch Bags makes healthy snacking fun for kids

Manufacturers of kid-related products have known for years that kids love bright, colorful packaging and capitalize on that. Two Moms on the Go LLC. turned this to an advantage for parents concerned about giving their kids healthy snacks with their new Wexy Lunch & Munch Bags.

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