Guest Blog: Bay Blend from CAN CAN Cleanse

Bay Blend
Make this Bay Blend juice and toast to a healthier Bay.

CAN CAN Cleanse is a nutritional liquid cleanse program that is designed to give the body a break from the stress and toxins of the on-the-go lifestyle. The beverages are made from whole, organic fruits and vegetables, herbal teas, raw nuts, fresh herbs and spices. CAN CAN believes in a holistic approach of nourishing the body with plant-based ingredients to let the digestive system rest and relax. The seasonal practice is very much a mental exercise in willpower, self-control and time of reflection on current eating habits. The purpose behind cleansing is to help people jump-start goals – be it to curb cravings, break bad habits, discover mental clarity, and awaken energy or to ignite weight loss. CAN CAN Cleanse is all about boosting self-esteem and reminding people what it feels like to feel good!  

Founded in San Francisco by Teresa Piro in late 2010, CAN CAN Cleanse is committed to glass mason jar packaging. Discouraged by the amount of waste created by plastic,throw-away bottles and the effects plastic bottles have on the Bay (and our planet), we encourage our clients to keep the glass jars for home use after their cleanse to be used as drinking glasses, DIY crafts, storage containers,gifts for friends, etc. We have also started a recycling program and donate used CAN CAN jars to local children’s schools and art programs for use in the classrooms.   

CAN CAN Cleanse joined Save the Bay earlier this year in an effort to further our involvement to keep the Bay beautiful! We created this special Bay Blend recipe in honor of San Francisco Bay. Enjoy!

Bay Blend Recipe
makes approx 2 cups

 
Ingredients:

  1. 2 lemons, peeled
  2. 3 small cucumbers, peeled
  3. 1 medium fennel, fronds removed
  4. pinch of fine gray sea salt

Directions:

Using a juicer, begin by juicing lemons. Then, juice cucumbers and fennel. Add the pinch of sea salts, stir well and enjoy!

Guest Post | Restoring the Bay Trail with Acterra

Acterra volunteers
Volunteers restore part of the Bay Trail in East Palo Alto.

Over the past year, Save The Bay and Acterra have been working together to restore part of the Bay Trail at the Faber Tract in East Palo Alto. Talia Kirschner is a Restoration Technician with Acterra who works with volunteers to restore critical habitat. 

Acterra and Save the Bay have joined forces to ramp up restoration and community-based stewardship within the baylands of East Palo Alto.  With funding from the Cosco Busan oil spill settlement and the Coastal Conservancy, we are enhancing a 1.3 mile stretch of the Bay Trail spanning from the Friendship Bridge at San Francisquito Creek to Cooley Landing.   

The Bay Trail in East Palo Alto runs along the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, traversing some of the last remaining salt marsh in the San Francisco Bay.  It intersects with the Faber tract, where Save the Bay has been working for several years now.  This important natural space provides critical habitat for hundreds of species of shore birds, fish, and mammals including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and California clapper rail. The trail is part of a larger recreational corridor that will ultimately link the shorelines of all nine Bay Area Counties.

Acterra is leading community efforts to clean up the Bay Trail, remove noxious weeds from sensitive habitat, and landscape key areas of the trail with a diverse palette of locally native plants that provide valuable food and shelter for wildlife.  Save the Bay has been an integral partner to these efforts by co-leading semi-annual community workdays and growing baylands plants for the project at its native plant nursery.  Acterra’s native plant nursery, in turn, provides complementary uplands plants for the project that are sourced from our local watersheds.

The project offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to local youth and adults through community workdays, Citizen Science sessions to monitor water quality, and educational events.  To get involved, please contact taliak (at) acterra.org or check the Acterra website at www.acterra.org for upcoming events.

– Talia Kirschner, Acterra

Prior to joining Acterra in 2013, Talia worked as the development manager at Slide Ranch, an environmental education center in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She has also worked in the for-profit sector doing ecological landscaping and native plant installation and maintenance.  Her volunteer work in wildlife monitoring at Point Reyes National Seashore fueled her enthusiasm for wetlands conservation and ecology, which she has been delighted to apply along the wetlands of the Peninsula. 

Notes from the Field | Deepening our roots at the Palo Alto Baylands

Workshed
Our new workshed at the Palo Alto Baylands provides space to deepen our commitment to community-based restoration.

Over the holidays, as I reflected on this past year at Save The Bay, I was most proud of our commitment to authentically engage in community-based restoration. There is a joy that springs from the simple act of working together to heal wounds in the landscapes of our communities. As we continue to develop our restoration activities and volunteer programs, we deepen our own roots in the process.

Save The Bay has worked at the Palo Alto Baylands since 2004. In December, we celebrated the completion of a new workshed at our Baylands Native Plant Nursery as the final stage of a 3-year process to improve and expand our nursery facilities. The former, dilapidated workshed was little more than a chicken shack; it provided minimal security for supplies, but nothing else. We went through a thorough planning process with the city to build two new structures: a greenhouse to improve seed germination and a workshed to not only store tools, but to create a covered space for volunteers to engage out of the wind and rain. Our long term commitment to developing both the quality of our native seedling as well as the work space for volunteers grows out of deep roots in the community and in the Bay itself.

The workshed is a 625 square foot facility that is simple, functional, and elegant. It is designed to provide better storage for restoration tools and nursery supplies. There are large work tables to improve productivity and wide barn doors to facilitate better flow between the shed, greenhouse, and shadehouse. There are many partners to thank in the planning and building process, the City of Palo Alto, pro-bono efforts by Craig O’Connell Architecture, Santos and Urrutia Structural Engineers, and Cupertino Electric, the contractor Pete Moffat Construction, and major funding provided by the Santa Clara Valley Water District‘s Watershed Stewardship Grant program and Sand Hill Foundation. Of course, these facilities would not exist without the dedicated volunteers like you that desire to get outside, learn about the ecology of the Bay, and help restore critical ecosystems in their community.

We enter the New Year outplanting thousands of native seedlings, creating new habitat with each seedling, each volunteer deepening their connections to this place. Soon, the practice will come full circle and begin again, sowing seeds for the next generation, and deepening our roots in the process. Please join us this winter to help plant thousands of seedlings around the Bay. Sign up to volunteer today.

I hope you all have a wonderful and happy new year!

— Doug Serrill, Nursery Manager