Introducing: Timbercreek Farm


Timbercreek Farm is dedicated to responsible agriculture that celebrates natural diversity and promotes ecological stewardship. Their method is based on the agricultural practices of the permaculture movement.

Unlike the monoculture abstractions that have replaced American farms, Timbercreek utilizes the complimentary interactions of species to benefit one another and the land. By farming in accordance with the wisdom of nature they are able to keep Timbercreek Farm pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer, antibiotic, and hormone free.

Their animals are raised on healthy pasture in a stress-free environment. Their rotational grazing method keeps all of their stock on fresh grass while preventing the soil depletion and erosion common to “free-range” operations. The net result is a neighborhood friendly, sustainable system that continually renews the fertility of their farm.

Timbercreek Farm is focused on local.

They believe that local businesses are an important facet of a strong community and part and parcel to environmental conservation. Local businesses are run and staffed by people who have a vested interest in the future of our area. By relying on local businesses to provide the materials for their farm, they are investing their dollars in people who are accountable to our community. Buying local reduces the carbon footprint of their farm and allows them to be better educated about the environmental practices of  businesses we deal with and the origins of the products we buy. Their focus on local also means that their products are marketed exclusively to the Central Virginia area. They believe that they should provide the same accountability to their customers that they seek in their vendors.

Ellwood’s Health Team Fair

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Thursday, January 29th / 6:30 to 7:30PM


Ellwood’s Community Room


Ellwood’s Health Team Members, including:

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN
Ellwood’s Health Coach, Practitioner of Integrative Herbal Therapeutics & Nutrition at Richmond Natural Medicine

Frances Kimmel
Movement Re-Education Specialist

Dr. Franklin Luke
River City Chiropractic

Pamela Howard
River City Community Acupuncture

Pam D’Arcy
Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach

Kristina Page
Nimbus Massage

Julia Creasey
FIT Richmond

Dr. Anna Hristova

Cheryl Billingsley, DDS, ND
Richmond Family Dentistry

Dr. William U. Roodman, D.C.
Advanced Wellness Center


We are proud to support local practitioners dedicated to helping you live your happiest and healthiest through both traditional and non-traditional methods. Our Health Team has been carefully chosen with those values in mind, and we’re excited to share their knowledge, expertise and passion with you! Stop by to meet the practitioners, learn about their philosophies, and how they can help you make 2015 your healthiest year yet.




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Roasted Coconut Oatmeal Porridge

rsz_roasted_coconut_oatmeal_porridgeFor these chilly and rainy mornings, I find that warming, nourishing and substantial breakfasts help get you up and moving, and provide a sense of comfort and ritual to the early pace of the day. I’ve been practically living off of soups, stews, oatmeals, porridges and kitchari since winter officially began, and this roasted coconut oatmeal porridge has become a favorite of mine and a constant go-to. It’s quick and easy to make, and adjustable with the spices and add-ons to make it a little different every day. This recipe is adapted from Maya Tiwari’s book, Living Ahimsa Diet (where I get a TON of recipes for my daily meals).Try it with your favorite nut milk, and substitute regular oats or quinoa for a gluten free version.


  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut, soy, cashew or regular whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Pinch of himalayan pink salt
  • Maple syrup to taste (optional)

Roast coconut in a skillet over medium heat until edges brown. In a saucepan, bring milk and water to a boil. Add oats, ghee and roasted coconut. Simmer for 5 mites, add spices at the very end Sweeten with maple syrup if desired.


  • 2 tbsp bee pollen
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, goji berries, blueberries)
  • 1 tbsp greens or protein powder of your choice

As Maya suggests, make sure to take a moment to give thanks to the day and prepare the body and mind to accept the first food for the day. Sit in a quiet space and take a few deep breaths, clearing the mind and smelling your food. Keep in your thoughts, “Nature’s foods afford us the greatest opportunity for honing and perfecting our potential for healing. Eating wholesome foods in accord with the seasons preserves nature and life – the material that nourishes our personal, everyday awareness.”. Enjoy your meals. Take your time. Stay nourished!


Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN

Becoming a Fermentation Artist with Farmstead Ferments



Thursday, January 22nd / 6:00 to 8:00PM


Ellwood’s Community Room


Chelsea Wakstein of Farmstead Ferment’s

Farmstead Ferments creates raw, naturally-fermented foods and beverages made by hand in small batches featuring sustainably-grown, fresh ingredients procured from local farmers. Each jar is like a time capsule of seasonal bounty taken from the abundant harvest of the Virginia Piedmont, a region teeming with agricultural history, culture and modern day practice. This workshop will start you on the path to your own fermentation adventures!


Join us for a inspiring workshop on how to become a fermentation artist at home! Farmstead Ferment’s Chelsea Wakstein will lead a discussion on the history, culture, and health benefits of lactic acid fermentation. The class will focus on the practical application of vegetable fermentation techniques including the skills needed to make sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles.

Class attendees will have the opportunity to make sauerkraut to take home and will leave with the knowledge of how to experiment further in a home kitchen. Please bring a quart sized jar to the class so you can bring your kraut home with you. If you do not have a jar, we will have fermentation vessels for sale that you may purchase at the class.

Workshop Admission

$20 (includes sauerkraut attendees will make during the workshop)



Register for the Fermentation Workshop

Space is limited, so please register in advance. Register and pay online for the class below.

Fermentation Workshop


Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email

*Rescheduled* CLEANSING: A Mental, Physical & Emotional Journey of Self-Discovery



Wednesday, January 14th / 6:00PM  Rescheduled due to inclement weather to Wednesday, January 21st / 6PM


Ellwood’s Community Room


Dr. Franklin Luke of River City Chiropractic Wellness


Are you gaining weight around your waistline?  Are you hungry between meals?  Is your eyesight getting blurry?  Do you suffer from poor circulation?  Are you waking up multiple times in the night?  A cleanse may help with these issues by rebooting you mentally, physically and emotionally.  Learn the basics of cleansing in a safe, healthy way from the professionals at River City Chiropractic Wellness and determine if a cleanse is what you need to give yourself a fresh start in the New Year!

All participants in this class will be entered to win a complimentary cleanse!


FREE (Please RSVP below for head count purposes)

Register for class

Register online for the class now.


Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Unleash Your Writer Within

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Saturday, January 17th / 1:00 to 3:00PM


Ellwood’s Community Room


Stacy Hawkins Adams | “The first step toward your tomorrow begins today. Decide to invest in your dream. Gain the momentum you need to go from idea to finished manuscript. I’m eager to help you birth your dream.”

Stacy is a former journalist with 20+ years of professional writing experience. She is the author of one nonfiction book and eight women’s fiction novels, and pens a freelance parenting column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She has co-taught adjunct writing classes at the University of Richmond and leads workshops at writing conferences nationwide. Learn more about Stacy’s work here.


Turn your writing dreams into a reality in 2015 with this informal seminar for aspiring authors and those interested in exploring their love of writing. Join award-winning author and journalist Stacy Hawkins Adams in RVA for a “writers meetup” to receive tips and strategies that will help jumpstart your writing and make it compelling.

Learn why tell your story matters and how you can best craft it for:

  • Mass appeal (books, blogs, articles or essays)
  • Personal reasons (through journaling)
  • Small audiences (creating family history; sharing with friends)
This seminar is ideal for…

Beginning writers who are exploring whether and how to write. You will leave with tools for your journey and insight on how to move your projects forward. This two-hour class will focus on nonfiction writing; a future session will be scheduled for writers interested in penning fiction.


$40 (closes Thursday, January 15th)



Register for class

There is limited seating for this workshop so register ahead of time.

Register online here.


Call our customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email Stacy at

Cleansing Check-In

Obviously, January is a pretty big month for cleansing. Every headline I read is telling me to cleanse and why it’s such a great resolution. I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve seen in the past 3 weeks wanting to start a cleanse, and how many customers come through the Nourish department at Ellwoods looking for all the right supplements to kick off their new years resolutions.

I’ve definitely heard some of the same questions being asked from person to person, and wanted to share my thoughts on cleansing (by addressing some myths and truths) and also answer some of the common supplement questions that almost everyone seems to have.

I want to start a cleanse but dont know where to start. What should I try?

Anything in the produce department of your grocery store. Your body is pretty darn good at detoxifying itself with the foods that you eat, and there are zero pre-packaged cleanses on the market that will make any difference whatsoever if you don’t clean up your diet. Cleansing is not a quick fix, but a long term commitment to supporting your organ systems. Food is the best way to do that, and fresh fruits and veggies are number one.

Its the new year, so I should cleanse. What are some things I should consider before starting?

First and foremost – you should never start a cleanse if you are ill, fatigued or otherwise depleted in any way. You should be in relatively good health before embarking on a cleanse. Cleanses (depending on what they consist of) often break the body down to some extent, and you need a strong internal system to handle that. You need to build yourself up before you can break yourself down.

If you are depleted, it’s best to focus on “cleanses” that are rich in well cooked, nourishing foods, and ideally seasonal. Avoid the raw food or juice cleanses if you have a weak digestive fire (also called Agni) or it is in the colder months.

Also consider your intention for cleansing. What do you hope to gain from the cleanse? What will the cleanse include in your life (just foods? lifestyle? emotions?). Make a list of things you would like to focus on with a cleanse and set a solid intention for what you would like to experience and gain from the cleanse.

Finally, you should consider your overall diet currently and also in the future before starting a cleanse. Cleanses are not meant to give you a free pass to continue eating what is causing toxicity in your body. Instead, think of ways to clean up your diet in small steps so that your daily diet will ultimately support your body’s detoxification systems on a daily basis rather than a “one week wonder” diet.

What are some specific things I can take or do to support the bodys natural detoxification?

My favorite food for cleansing and nourishing is called Kitchari – an Ayurvedic one-pot dish that includes basmati rice, mung dal and spices that is easy to digest and nourishing to nearly all of the body systems. You can eat this alone for several days as a cleansing mono-diet and reset and recharge your digestive tract. I use the recipe from Banyan Botanicals when I make Kitchari.

Increasing your water intake (and I mean room temperature or warm water – not ice or cold water!) with a squeeze of lemon throughout the day will enhance and support your overall digestion while gently cleansing your liver at the same time.

In regards to supplementation, Triphala is helpful for mild cleansing of the lower gastrointestinal tract (most specifically the colon) while also being building and nourishing. Taking 2 capsules in the evening will help to support daily bowel elimination. I really like Triphala by Himalaya, Gaia or Banyan Botanicals.

Ultimately, a good cleanse should not only support all of your organ systems, but it should also bring you a sense of mental clarity, overall body awareness and also allow for significant self care time (including movement, meditations, cooking rituals and rest and relaxation). When you plan your cleanse, make sure to take into account all of these factors, and allow plenty of time for small changes to be made, never drastic shifts. Remember, if you want some one-on-one guidance, contact me to set up a free 30 minute appointment at Ellwood Thompsons on Thursdays!


Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN


ellwood thompson's, food advocate, kirk schroder, richmond virginia
According to the most recent research study on the topic: more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  In general, rates of overweight and obesity are higher for African-American and Hispanic women than Caucasian women, higher for Hispanic men than Caucasian and African-American men, higher in the South and Midwest, and tend to increase with age.

31.8% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese and 16.9% of child are obese. 30.4% percent of low income preschoolers are overweight or obese. The figures and a summary for all of these findings come from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and can be found here.

U.S. Prevalence of Adult Overweight and Obesity (NHANES 2011-2012)

Overweight or Obesity

BMI >/=
25 kg/m2


BMI >/=
30 kg/m2

Extreme Obesity

BMI >/=
40 kg/m2

All 68.5% 34.9% 6.4%
All Females 65.8% 36.1% 8.3%
63.2% 32.8% 7.4%
82.0% 56.6% 16.4%
Hispanic 77.2% 41.4% 7.6%
All Males 71.3% 33.5% 4.4%
71.4% 32.4% 3.8%
69.2% 37.1% 6.9%
Hispanic 78.6% 40.1% 3.7%

Source: Ogden C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B.K., & Flegal K. M. (2014). Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association, 311(8), 806-814.

According to the Pew Research Center, public health researchers define obesity and overweight more generally, in terms of body mass index (BMI). A person’s BMI is his or her weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in meters), rounded to one decimal place. A BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight; 30 or more is considered obese. The Pew Research Center Study reviewed the correlation between income levels and obesity and found a few surprises. That study can be found here.


In the United States, “rich” white women and poor black men have the lowest rates of obesity. “Rich” men are most likely to be obese (including black men and Hispanic men). However, poorer women are most likely to be obese in all ethnicities according to The Pew Research Center. These findings surprisingly suggest that obesity is not a “poor man’s disease.”  The more financially successful a white woman is in her career the less likely she will be obese while all men, regardless of ethnicity, face a higher risk of obesity as they become financially successful. However, women who struggle financially are the most likely candidates for obesity while their male counterparts are significantly less likely to become obese.

Obesity continues to be one of the top threats to health in the United States and it is being passed along to our children.

Kirk Schroder / Food Advocate /

Ayurvedic Recommendations for Winter

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Wednesday, January 7th / 6:00 to 7:30PM


Ellwood’s Community Room


Kevin DeCamp | Kevin teaches Ayurveda classes for the Soma Matha Spiritual Center under the guidance of Swami Gananathamritananda.  He works closely with Swamiji in learning all aspects of the practice of Ayurveda, such as diagnosis, treatment, and making herbal medicines.


Ayurveda recommends certain diet and lifestyle choices in order to balance the effects of the different seasons.  In this class, we will discuss the causes and treatments of ailments which are more common in the cold season, such as cold, flu, depression, insomnia, and arthritis.  We will also discuss simple and effective recommendations that anyone can follow in order to maintain optimal health during this time of year.


By donation, at the door.

Reserve Your Seat

Advanced registration is highly recommended. Please pre-register here now.


Email Taylor at here.