Herbal Pain Relief Workshop 11.21.17 – Handouts

Greetings Friends, Here are the handouts that you may not have gotten at the workshop because we ran out:                 You can also view the photo gallery from the program here. … Continue reading

Raíces Spotlight on Eco-Warrior Kira Herzog

by Francisco G.Gómez We affectionately call her Kirita Bug because she’s always moving from task to task in almost total silence and never quits! This young lady has proven herself in so many ways, to be humble, loyal, hardworking, talented, … Continue reading

Water is Life Exhibit – Post Presentation Reflections

by Francisco G. Gómez Water is Life Presentation – Highland Park, New Jersey – October 28, 2017 Time is always a great factor when doing an arts installation show, and I was at the mercy of the clock! I briefly … Continue reading

Eco Responsibility vs. Cognitive Dissonance

by Francisco G. Gómez Having electricity at the flick of a switch, running water at the turn of a faucet knob or gas heat by raising the thermostat really makes us subconsciously irresponsible to a fault. Those of us who … Continue reading

Lower Raritan River Cleanup last Saturday

by Francisco G.Gomez We headed out for Johnson Park last Saturday for a river clean-up of the Raritan. There were about a dozen people gathered as we were given our trash bags and long reach garbage grabbers to tackle the … Continue reading

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS: UNDERGROUND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

by Francisco G. Gómez Since the Republicans took power a little over a month ago, the issues of illegal immigration have dominated the political landscape in an unprecedented way. Even if you attempt to turn a blind eye  to the constant … Continue reading

Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp Ceremony

by Francisco G. Gómez Last Sunday, January 22nd we attended a wonderful ceremony at the Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp in Mahwah, N.J.. It turned out to be a real treat because of the unexpected presence of Sophia Wilansky, … Continue reading

Hidden Figures

by Francisco G. Gómez As a non believer in any heritage month celebration,  it is imperative that I share this with our readers. It’s only during these periods that the achievements and accomplishments of outstanding and extraordinary visionaries emerge on … Continue reading

Finca Mi Casa – Don Luis Soto of Camuy, Puerto Rico

by Francisco G. Gómez At first glance, you may think that Don Luis Soto is just an ordinary man; you may even look at him and not believe he’s a farmer. In fact, he’s a retired agronomist who’s always been … Continue reading

Food, Music and Culture = EcoCulture

by Francisco G. Gómez Recently I was asked why Raíces’ mission had strayed so far away from the Arts. As all things evolve through the processes of experience, connections and new understanding, I pondered the question for a moment before … Continue reading