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True Nature Kitchen doing business upvalley

True Nature Kitchen is now distributing its high-prana raw food and drink at the kiosk in the Ute City Building, the Aspen Club and Roxy’s in Aspen.

True Nature Kitchen is a division of True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale.

True Nature Kitchen’s raw, cold-pressed juice offerings are prepared using 2 to 3 pounds of fresh, organic ingredients. The list of offerings includes juice blends such as Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Apple, Carrot Turmeric, Sprouted Cashew Chai Milk and Young Organic Coconut Rehydrate, a statement from the company said.

Requests for clean food have expanded True Nature Kitchen’s offerings, including warmed vegan and vegetarian meals and soups. Chefs Pam Davis and David Avalos have developed a large selection of high-prana raw packaged meals: zucchini noodles with raw marinara, cashew nut Alfredo and arugula pesto, raw falafels and quinoa tabouli as well as raw lasagna and cashew ricotta-filled raviolis made from coconut-based pasta sheets. There also are vegan foods prepared with heat such as Brussel sprouts and mushrooms with Dijon walnuts, roasted stuffed acorn squash and falafel patty sandwiches on gluten-free breads.

True Nature Kitchen also produces raw desserts for the health-minded sweet-tooth aficionados. These desserts are prepared using techniques that bring dessert favorites into the fold of dairy-free, gluten-free and processed-sugar free.

True Nature Healing Arts has been a part of Carbondale’s healing-arts, music and sustainable-food community since 2007. Located at Third Street and Colorado in downtown Carbondale, the sanctuary’s overall design incorporates feng shui principles, eco-friendly materials, solar panels, local artisan crafts and architectural antiquities.

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Wilderness Workshop hires new development director

Wilderness Workshop, a nonprofit advocate for local wilderness and natural resources, has announced that Lindsey Palardy has joined the organization to lead its fundraising and communications efforts.

Palardy brings development and environmental-policy experience along with a deep commitment to the outdoors and her community, according to a statement from the nonprofit.

Before joining Wilderness Workshop, Palardy was the development manager for the Aspen Youth Center, where she grew the organization’s donor relations and community presence in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Trained as an environmental attorney, she has experience collaborating with federal and state government and nonprofit and private entities to protect valued natural resources, the statement said.

Her experience will help with the organization’s fundraising and development efforts, which occur throughout the year. She also will be in charge of overseeing communications.

Palardy was hired to fill the position of longtime employee Dave Reed, who recently left Wilderness Workshop to become the executive director at the Western Colorado Congress in Grand Junction.

Palardy also will engage with the community through a variety of programs and events hosted by Wilderness Workshop, including the second annual Wildfest community celebration planned for next summer and the winter Naturalist Nights speaker series that is currently running.

Wilderness Workshop is dedicated to protecting and conserving the wilderness and natural resources of the Roaring Fork watershed, the White River National Forest and adjacent public lands.

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Hamill appointed president of Haiti help group

Robin Hamill has joined Mercy and Sharing as its president, a statement from the Haiti aid organization said.

Hamill, 49, has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropic work, the majority of it in fund development. He retired from the reinsurance and technology industries five years ago, having moved to Aspen in the fall of 2009. Since that time, Hamill has been actively involved in the Aspen Education Foundation over the past three years as its volunteer president.

In other news involving the nonprofit organization, Susie Krabacher, co-founder of Mercy and Sharing, has assumed the newly created position of CEO.

Mercy and Sharing has been providing diverse services to the most vulnerable of Haiti’s citizens for 20 years. Besides giving a home and 24/7 care to 126 children, Mercy and Sharing also runs three schools to educate over 1,100 students, serves 2,000 nutritious meals to the area’s poorest villagers every day, supplies clean water daily to over 5,000 people, operates a medical care and therapy center and employs 220 Haitians.

Mercy and Sharing’s administrative staff of four in the United States is funded directly by its board of directors, so all donations raised go directly to programs in Haiti. Mercy and Sharing is supported by loyal private donors (no public funding), dedicated volunteer board members and officers, and numerous volunteers.

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