Welcome to the March edition of Natural Awakenings! I’m truly enjoying my new adventure with the Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties’ natural living environment, getting to know many of you and hearing your views on our magazine and our mission.
A real highlight of the past few months was our experience at EcoFest in downtown Sarasota in early February. Not only did I get to meet, personally, many of our supporters and advertisers, but I heard from our readers as well. And that was so assuring. Comments ranged from, “I get your magazine every month at (Whole Foods, Pixie Dust, Special Nutrition, Richards Foodporium… you name it) to, “I just moved here, accidentally found your magazine and then found a great yoga studio at Garden of the Heart.” People walked by the booth, smiled broadly and said, “I love your magazine. Wouldn’t miss it for the world.” What a great feeling.
It’s feedback like this that helps us give you, our dear readers, the information and entertainment that you seek. As the new publisher of Natural Awakenings, I welcome your comments, both good and not so good, as we strive as a team to produce a publication that will nurture your well-being and feed your soul. This issue is no different. You’ll fi nd the usual local news up front, where it should be, as well as articles from nationally recognized authors like Kathleen Barnes, Judith Fertig and Linda Sechrist. Food trends are featured, including herbs, glutenfree, allergies and aquaponics, and you’ll read about a local eatery, Café Evergreen, that works to blend healthy eating with great taste for all patrons.
Of course, the environment is always top of mind at Natural Awakenings, so we’ve done some investigative reporting on Warm Mineral Springs in North Port. I think you’ll be surprised at what we’ve discovered.
Our coverage on pet issues remains strong. Check out our Dog Scouts Training article on page 76 and get some tips from Sandra Murphy. There are multiple dog trainers in our area, and here are ways to fi nd the one that’s right for you and your dog.
As you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings, please know that I’m available at any time for your feedback and input. My goal is to make this your magazine, and I look forward to hearing from many of you in the future.