Summer 2020 Update during the Time of COVID

This has been a time different from most any other—living in the time of an incurable, highly contagious virus that has now spread to all major continents. While a small group of us have kept working at our International Resource Center in Indiana our retail store has been closed and continues to lose substantial sales (which would have benefited our producer partners) during now canceled festivals and public events.  This loss of opportunity harms those Read more…

Action Statement on Racism June 2020

Many messages: written, spoken, even shouted.  Here  is one Let’s Be Clear, We Said BLACK LIVES MATTER We NEVER Said ONLY BLACK LIVES MATTER In Truth, We Know That ALL LIVES MATTER We’ve supported Your Lives Throughout History Now We Need Your Help with BLACK LIVES MATTER For Black Lives Are In Danger! (Gene Testimony Hall) After many disturbing incidents, deaths, and repression of personal freedom involving poverty, discrimination, and  unfair treatment, our nation, even the Read more…

Caring for the Earth

When you Throw Something Away, “Where is Away”? For decades, many of us have been separating recyclables for industry to reconstitute or reuse. But now, we are required to ask the question, “When we recycle, where does it go?” Since the first celebration of Earth Day in the 1970’s Americans have made public their concerns for the environment. A whole industry has grown up around products such as recycled plastic lumber, carpeting, insulation, and more. Read more…