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Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Sustainable, Organic Advocacy Legend in Our Backyard

Little did I know yesterday when I was having lunch at the White Dog Cafe I was eating at the restaurant that was started by a legend, Judy Wicks. I've read and heard oodles about the White Dog Cafe and another business trip to Philadelphia gave me the opportunity to witness first hand the cafe known for serving organic and local food. My Sun-dried tomato and hummus sandwich on multi grain bread was served with fresh organic greens drizzled lightly with vinaigrette. It was truly delightful. But what I didn't know was the history of the gal who started the Cafe and her incredible life achievements for building communities through volunteerism, promoting local sustainable foods, and advocating organic and fair trade products. The woman has a list of awards, appearances, and recognitions a mile long for her life-long accomplishments in entrepreneurism (she started a bunch of businesses, one of which is today's well-known Urban Outfitters), socialism, local sustainability, etc. She's written dozens of articles on local living economies. Her and/or the cafe have been featured in all the popular media spots - Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Inc. Magazine, CNN, New York Times, Newsweek and so on. She's a legend, and from Philadelphia -- our backyard. I'd say Pennsylvania is on the map for local sustainability and organics and has been for years. We live in an awesome state for supporting local organics and farms. Make sure you do! (or grow your own!)

1 comment:

DailySAHM said...

We'll check that place out next time we're in Philly. But avoid Urban Outfitters because I love that place too much and my wallet could get a little loose in there...