Articles from ‘April 2022’ Issue

27th Annual Bark In The Park May 21 In Forest Park

Grab your friends and your four-legged companion and join us in Forest Park on Saturday, May 21st for the 27th annual Bark in the Park, presented by Purina!

All your favorite activities are back: 5K Race, One-Mile Walk, and Pet Festival for you and your furry friends to enjoy.

Early Bird Registration is $25 ($35 after May […]

Autism Awareness — What have we learned in the last 25 years?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

In honor of Autism awareness month, I would like to share what I have learned in the last 25 years treating Autism Spectrum Disorders and raising a son with severe Autism.

Autism has risen dramatically over the last 25 years. In the 1980’s the rate was 1 in 2500 children. In the […]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Hosts Spring Planting Festival May 8 and 9

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company is excited about the return of its biggest festival of the year. The annual Spring Planting Festival at Bakersville Pioneer Village near Mansfield, Missouri, is Sunday and Monday, May 8 and 9, 2022.

The event that started with a small gathering of gardeners in 2000 has grown to more than 10,000 […]

Clean Air for All

By Sophie Watterson

Communities across Missouri are impacted by air pollution: whether poor air quality is driving up asthma rates or the odors from a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) are driving down property values. We know the importance of clean air, and yet we have shockingly little information about what we’re breathing. There are 63 […]

Conservation Corner: A Fantastic Fungus

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: The morel mushroom is a fantastic fungus, but there’s more than meets the eye.  Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation

There’s a saying that beauty is more than skin deep. It turns out the mysteries of nature can be more than surface deep too. That’s […]

COVID – How Long are You Protected?

by Dr. Amy Davis, MD 

There is a lot of information and misinformation about COVID immunity from various sources. Much of the information has been speculative and emotional. People are confused as to who they can believe and are looking for better answers. I am frequently asked by my patients “How long am I protected after […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Bunny Karma

By Jean Ponzi

Once in the summer I went with friends to a farm with a beautiful swimming pool. This pool was built out on a sunny plateau with a long view of Ozark hills. A glorious holiday time and place.

Frolicking toward a morning swim, friend Joyce and I were shocked to discover a small brown […]

Green Wave of Change

By Karen Luning, Reading Specialist, Crestwood Elementary

Crestwood Elementary School in the Lindbergh School District is amidst a green tidal wave! Crestwood students who are part of a group called the Planet Protector Squad, the school’s environmental club, have been campaigning to turn the school and its community more “Green.” Crestwood has been a proud participant […]

Healthy Planet To Host 40th Natural Living Expo May 15 In Webster Groves

After a 2-year hiatus due to the covid pandemic, The Healthy Planet Magazine is proud to announce its 40th Natural Living Expo May 15, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 33 East Glendale Road, 63119.

Dozens of exhibitors will be sharing information, products and services about how to live a healthier […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Incubating Live-in/Work-in Citizen Scientist Innovation Communities of Practice

By Tom Braford

In classical Greece, “corporations” of metal workers, potters, masons and other craftsmen trained apprentices and spread innovations. In the Middle Ages, guilds played similar roles. Today’s version of Communities of Practice is different and continues to evolve in several fundamental ways. 

Instead of working on their own in isolation, today’s Communities of Practice most […]

It Is Art That Lifts The Heart and Spirit

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Captions: top, Classical guitarist Ana Vidovic performs at the Ethical Society. bottom, Sculpture in Odessa, Ukraine protected from bombings.

(Please note: Covid-19 restrictions continue to change. Please check provided websites for up-to-date guidelines. Be prepared to show proof-of-vaccination at most venues. Masks are still required at many locations.)

Just […]

Make Your Spring Cleaning More Sustainable

At Republic Services, we believe in partnering with customers for a more sustainable world. Often, that starts right in our own homes. When the weather gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom, that is also the time to dust off your spring-cleaning checklist and get to work sprucing up your place. 

When you’re clearing out […]

Makers Market April 30 In Sunset Hills

The 3rd Annual Sunset Hills Makers Market is a one day event featuring a variety of artists, crafters, and makers. It is part of a larger vision to support and implement creativity throughout the City of Sunset Hills and Neighboring Communities. This is a free event for everyone rain or shine

The Makers Market mission is […]

Medical Acupuncture on Nerve Degeneration Meridian: ALS, MS and Parkinson’s Disease on the Rise!

By Simon Yu, MD

ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease are often overlooked, poorly understood, serious chronic diseases, after cancer and heart disease. These three neurological diseases are rising at an alarming rate. An aging population, and environmental pollutants and toxins which are often seen as the price of industrialization, are implicated. Diagnosis of ALS is […]

Missouri Invasive Plant Council & Partners Offer Callery Pear “Buy-back” Event April 26

With their white blooms, Callery pear trees are most obvious in spring. This highly invasive tree threatens native wildlife and causes difficulties for private and public landowners. Homeowners are invited to cut down their Callery pears and receive a free, non-invasive tree at this event.

The Missouri Invasive Plant Council (MoIP), in partnership with Forest ReLeaf […]

New Urban Landscape is a Natural

By Judy Good

I’ve become a homebody over the past two years. And not just because of the pandemic. It’s an ever-increasing longing to connect with nature. I’m one of those nuts that views yard care as a valuable way to spend time rather than one more chore. My husband agrees. Especially with the part about […]

Perennial City, Coming Full Circle Into Their 5th Year

Perennial City was founded in 2017 with a mission to help transform vacant, unused land into beautiful and productive urban farms through full circle food production. Now into their fifth year, founders Beth Grollmes-Kiefer and Tim Kiefer, along with their team of couriers diverts would-be waste from area landfills and transforming it into nutrient rich […]

Plants That Will “Blue” Your Mind

By Abby Lapides

Bring beautiful shades of blue to your garden all summer long with these delights.

‘Stand By Me’ Bush Clematis (pictured). Once it starts blooming it never stops! Stand By Me Bush Clematis paints the garden with dangling bell shaped blue flowers  from late May into October. Its fantastic flowers, tremendous vigor, and proven performance […]

Plastic Bags and Wraps Impact the Single-Stream Recycling Process

Most people know that recycling is good for the planet and that it’s the right thing to do. People also understand they play a role in recycling efforts, that’s why so many people regularly participate in recycling programs offered in their communities. But few people are sure of what exactly to do with the various […]

Publisher’s Corner: We All Have The Same Mother Earth

I think we take our planet for granted. Earth offers us an abundance of food, fuel, habitat, etc. It provides us like a mother provides for her children. And yet we often don’t show our appreciation. In fact, we continue to take, take, take and give little in return. As new telescopes are shot into […]

Solid Waste Management District Grant Recipients Share Success Stories

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling.  The District includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.  These programs and services […]

St. Louis Water Garden Society Hosts Pond-O-Rama June 25 & 26

You’re Invited to the 22nd Annual Pond-O-Rama Tour! The tour is on Saturday June 25 and June 26, 2022, 9am–5pm each day. Pond-O-Rama is not just the premiere event for the St. Louis Water Garden Society, it is an attraction to locals and tourists alike. The tour includes some of the area’s most stunning water […]

Stray Rescue Of St. Louis Closes On Property

Building the Future Home of Stray Rescue of St. Louis Sanctuary, Adoption & Humane Education Center

Stray Rescue of St. Louis has been a staple in the metro St. Louis region for a quarter of a century. Throughout that time, the organization has rescued and saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of at-risk dogs and […]

Sunflowers – For Beauty, Food & Ukraine

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

As the world focuses on Eastern Europe and Russia wages an evil war against Ukraine, there are many ways to honor and show solidarity to the people of Ukraine. Sunflowers are their national flower and a symbol of peace. In 1966 sunflowers were planted at a […]