Summer 2013

A Note From the Editor

Dog Days of Summer!

No, this issue isn’t devoted to Fido. What it is devoted to is everything that makes Summer more beautiful fun and enjoyable. In the pages of this issue you will find landscaping tips for easy care flower bed options. A wonderful BBQ recipe to enjoy with friends. Welcoming DIY inexpensive wreath ideas, great summer fashion
and much, much more…

Also we are proud to announce the Community Seeds Foundation which is a non-profit charitable fund concentrated on donating and giving back to Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties. 1% of all profits from the Eco Community Seeds magazine will be going directly to the foundation in order to support and better our local communities.

The foundation supports local rescued farm animals including sheep, pigs, cattle, and chickens. It helps keep family farmers in the area on their land by promoting food from their farms and helping their farms thrive. We will also donate to feeding the hungry through member food banks and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger.

The foundation will also help provide hairpieces to local financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss of any diagnosis. As well as supporting Natural Abundance Programs such as donating hair and money to create buoys to soak up oil spills in the ocean. The profits will also go to assisting animals in areas of conflict and disaster and protecting animals that are in risk. It supports rescued abandoned domestic cats within the greater Chico urban area.

Lastly, the foundation will give to the practice of healing massage therapy that tailors to the specific needs of their clients. As always we are always moving and shaking around here and we are always working on ways that we can contribute to the community. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more exciting things to come.


  • Lorianne S. Riley

    Editor-in-Chief, Owner, Publisher, Web Designer, Photographer & Wife. Lorianne holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from CSU, Chico, and is licensed as a Cosmetologist and Certified Massage Therapist.
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  • Mike Hall

    Mike has over 12 years of experience in culinary arts. Starting at Johnson & Wales University where he received a Bachelors in Culinary Arts. Then he worked at the Back Bay Hilton In Boston and the Popponesset Inn in Cape Cod, after that he moved to Germany for a year cooking and tasting food in Germany, France and Italy. Finally ending up at 5th Street Steakhouse in Chico CA. Read Summer Issue

  • Reanna Jackson

    I am a senior attending CSU, Chico for my last semester. I plan to be finished in the Fall of 2012 and receive a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Special Events. I enjoy being a part of the Community Action and Volunteer program at CSU, Chico and meeting new people.Read Summer Issue

    Jennifer Kaplan

    Studied Merchandise Marketing at FIDM San Francisco. She is coowner of the dress up shop ‘A Bit Unruly’in Chico CA and previously was a stylist with ‘Cabbie’. She is now opening a sister store to ‘A Bit Unruly’ that will exclusively sell shoes. Read Summer Issue

  • Morgan Ferguson

    Morgan Ferguson is a well accomplished chef at 5th Street Steakhouse. He has been in the restaurant business all his professional life and is very well rounded in a variety of different types cuisine. Read Summer Issue

    Dr. Jason Gonzales

    Originally from Seattle, moved to California in 2004 after graduating from the University of Washington. He spent 4 years in San Fancisco completing his chiropractic education and moved to Chico in 2008. Dr. Gonzales and his wife, Amy, just had their first child, Leo, and are enjoying living, working, and raising a family here in Chico. Read Summer Issue

  • Dr Anshu Shrivastava

    We at Abhumka Herbal are working on translation of tribal’s traditional herbal knowledge. Botanical Survey of India, Jodhpur was my learning institute where I was associated with the studies of floral elements of Ranthambhore – a famous tiger habitat… in India. Read Summer Issue

  • Sydney Oliver

    She is going into her Senior year at CSU Chico studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management and will be graduation in Spring 2014. During her time at Chico State she has had the opportunity to play on the Chico State Women’s Soccer team her freshman and sophomore years (2010-2011). She was also fortunate enough to join a sorority which allowed her to become involved in the Chico community and numerous other organizations. Read Summer Issue

  • Dr Deepak Acharya

    A microbiologist turned ethnobotanist, a herbal hunter and Director of Abhumka Herbal Pvt Ltd (www.abhumka.com), Ahmedabad, India. He has been involved in scouting, documentation and validation of indigenous herbal practices of indigenous healers in Patalkot (www.patalkot.com) and Dangs. He can be contacted at deepak@patalkot.com. Read Summer Issue

  • Ken Hodge

    Ken Hodge started Hodge’s Nursery in 1986. Ken received his Bachelors degree in Agronomy as well as Pomology and Viticulture in 1979 from CSU Chico. Then he returned for his Masters degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1987. Ken also worked through college doing landscape maintenance as well as landscape contracting in later years.Read Summer Issue

  • Geralyn Sheridan

    Studied at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and Revere Academy Masters Symposium with world class designers. She has been featured in GIA’s Loupe magazine . She also trained at the Drouhard National Jeweler’s School earning certificates in jewelry repair and advanced diamond setting.Read Summer Issue

  • Allison Dowell

    She is a senior at CSU Chico studying communication with an emphasis on Public Affairs and a minor in Broadcasting. She will be graduating in Spring 2013 and relocating to beautiful San Diego, where I was born. She loves being involved in the community service since Chico is such a unique town with so many things to offer. Living here has also enabled me to become more eco friendly and educated on sustainability. Read Summer Issue

  • Katie Robertson

    She is currently a senior attending CSU Chico. She plans on graduating in the Spring of 2013 with a degree in Organizational Communication Studies and a minor in Management. During her time here in Chico she was fortunate enough to be involved in CSU Chico Greek Community. This helped her get involved in multiple organizations on campus and in the community. Read Summer Issue

    Not Pictured:

    Kevin Riley

    Laura Gill

    Jennifer Merlo

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