Writer, Editor, Public Speaker & Graphic
in Environmental & Community
Writer, Editor, Public Speaker & Graphic
Specializing in Environmental & Community Topics
"Thank you so much for your contributions to our
newspaper. People are clearly reading your [Ask
EcoGirl] column and you're such a delight to work with.
You meet deadlines and your work is well-done and
thoughtful. I like your writing style, thorough and upbeat,
and encouraging people to actually do things. I love what
"Dear Patricia -- Thanks for the story on Sonoma
Compost. It's a great read that our readers will find both
interesting and educational. We are happy to have the work
of a pro and welcome further stories by you on topics
related to the agricultural industry in Sonoma and Marin
"Yay, Patricia! I am thrilled that you're going to write
for us... I love the unbridled enthusiasm and creativity
of the Ask EcoGirl column. It engages people. I like
your writing in general, and I want Peace Press readers to
catch onto your enthusiasm and know-how. Thanks
"I've worked with Patricia very closely in creating
The Next STEP newsletter for the last two years.
She is an excellent researcher, a dedicated worker, and
an exceptional writer. She can distill a tremendous amount
of information down to the core ideas, and make the final
result look easy. She consistently keeps both her clients
and her audience in mind, and always comes up with solution
that pleases them both. I highly recommend her."
"Patricia -- You are doing a wonderful job with the
[STEP] newsletter. I can't even begin to tell you
how many things I have learned and use in my daily life.
I take your newsletters to work and hang them up in the
workroom to share with people. Keep up your hard work.
Sebastopol is a better place to live thanks to people
like you. Best wishes for a beautiful New Year."
"I love The Next STEP newsletter! It's
given me so many ideas and is so friendly not
"Excellent articles Patricia -- and fun to read!
Congratulations on the colorful front page placement and
thanks for continuing to make a difference for the masses
by educating via your passion and talent for writing.
EcoGirl will soon be flying into other communities and
publications, I can feel it. Good luck with her."
"Dear Patricia -- I just read your article, 'Taming our
Tiny Ant Friends.' I think it's just great that you write
these articles, and always with such conscious respect for
the earth, and in this case, all those amazing little
"Hi Patricia -- I met you at the CNPS Chapter Picnic
yesterday & recognized your name from the columns ...
then when I got home, I noticed that the page I had torn
out of the West County Gazette to pin up in the kitchen was
actually your column for this month, "Discarding Your
Stuff...[Ecologically]"! This is SO useful. I wanted
to thank you.
the moment I met Patricia in 1995 at a Sonoma County health
fair, I was impressed by her passion and enthusiasm for
bringing awareness of important issues to the public. I have
been deeply touched by her perseverance and dedication over
the years. No matter what the issue, Patricia has
incredible insight and a great ability to organize and
present relevant information so that "we the people" are
better educated about the state of our world. I can only
imagine how many people's lives have been changed for the
better because of the work of this one committed
"Hey Patricia, Good work [on the latest STEP
newsletter]! Keep up the good green amazing work.
"Solar financing is a complex topic and you nailed
"The Organic Guide [offers a] cornucopia of
organic delights .... If a visit to northern
California's wine country is in your travel plans, be sure
to pick up a copy .... A wealth of healthful information
you're not likely to find in Fodor's."
"I honestly believe that The Organic Guide should be
required reading for any institution of higher learning
teaching classes on agricultural sustainability and food
systems. Check it out for yourself."
"The conference was seamlessly run, high energy, great fun, ignited hopes, and nurtured visions. I'm leaving with some specific ideas and contacts and new interest in government involvement."
"I liked the entire program from beginning to end. I've done workshops and conferences all my working life -- this was the best."
"I left feeling empowered and positive, rare for this topic."
"The resources book is fantastic. It helped my listening because most of my notes were already taken! I look forward to reading it and to making contact with the panelists."
"It was really a wonderfully-coordinated and highly-informative opportunity. Thank you!"
Attendee comments after the Conference "Better Not Bigger: Grappling With Growth in Sonoma County" (Ms. Dines created the event book, led in the educational design, and was on the Conference Steering Committee which co-created the overall event)
"I appreciate your ability to fully grasp complex and
critical issues and make them clear to people who
aren't familiar with them."
"I like the way you choose words and evoke vitality in
your writing. Very nice! You're a great ambassador for
organics! I'm amazed at how well you can sum up a complex
movement and (hopefully) motivate readers. Brava!"
"I am writing to express my deep appreciation for Patricia Dines' outstanding and unique work in writing, editing, and providing the graphics for the widely successful [STEP] newsletter.... The community response has been overwhelmingly positive and I believe the use of toxics in Sebastopol has declined significantly as a result of [it].
Patricia applied her writing and organizational talent when appointed to the "Citizens Advisory Group on Energy Vulnerability" (CAGE), which addressed sustaining City services in the face of upcoming peak oil impacts....Patricia clearly demonstrated her ability to bring the committee focus on producing the final report using her communication and organizational ability .
Patricia's more recent venture into writing "Ask EcoGirl" provides helpful answers to the many questions people have related to environmental and energy issues. The writing style presents the information in an easy to understand manner which raises the interest level of the reader.
Patricia has provided valuable contributions of her talent to Sebastopol and Sonoma County.
I unhesitatingly recommend her to any company or
agency that is looking for a highly creative individual who
can deliver the desired product for customers or audiences
of any community."
"Thank you for your continued efforts to let everyone
know what is going on. I appreciate your diligence as
well as the quality and spirit of your efforts. They are
"Your work is tremendously helpful to everyone in
the [organic] movement -- every farmer, business,
and, of course, the consumer."
"Thank you for all your wonderful resources and
references. Your information is always useful and
valuable to me. You are a light-worker for Mother Earth,
that much is obvious!"
"I'm seeing your writing here and there and am
appreciating your spirit, wisdom, and voice ... Thanks
for all the great work you do in this community. You are
really a force, making the world a better place!"
"Many thanks for your devotion and energy and
"Thank you for caring so greatly about our
Also see The Organic Guide reviews page at www.healthyworld.org/OGReviews.html.
The photograph of Patricia Dines at the top of this page is by
Chris Stewart, San Francisco Chronicle.
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