Turtle Lake Refuge director Katrina Blair has stuffed 11 years of life experience into a single cookbook."It's a journey surrounding the health of ourselves, our planet and local and wild food," she said.
Local Wild Life: Turtle Lake Refuge's Recipes for Living Deep, is a blend of raw- and wild-food recipes and "juicy life" philosophy around sustainable living.
Profits from the 222-page book will help support sustainability education.
Turtle Lake Refuge has 10 employees, hundreds of volunteers, interns from FLC and community-service workers. It offers a variety of public activities centering on living foods. Here's a short list. For more information, visit www.turtlelakerefuge.org.
- Living food lunches are held at the Local Wildlife Café, from 1:11 to 2:22 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 East Third Ave. in Durango. The cost for the four-course meal and drink is a $10 donation, or $5 if you volunteer to prepare foods and clean up.
- A variety of classes are offered on living-foods preparation, organic gardening and sustainable living practices. A dinner-and-lecture series with local speakers is planned for once a week beginning in May. Visit the Web site for a current list.
- Three greenhouses help produce food for the retreat lunches as well as salad-bar microgreens and sprouts for students in 10 local schools.
- Turtle Lake is coordinating an inaugural dandelion festival, to be held May 16 at Rotary Park in Durango. Plans include wine, food, music and dancing. Information also will be available on a new, organic composting and lawn-care program.