My final resolution for the month and for my financial goals is to seek out companies who give back. Choosing to purchase from companies such as these can help to benefit non-profit programs and encourage community building. One such company is Seeds of Change. We have been patrons of Seeds of Change for a few years. They are a fantastic resource for organic seeds and their food line includes our favorite version of Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce.
Recently, Seeds of Change awarded 12 $10,000 grants to community and school gardens across the nation. Recipients were selected from more than 13,000 applicants. When I asked what set them apart, an executive answered, “The 12 Share the Good grant recipients stood out in their dedication to food education and making an impact in their community. All of the programs innovatively expressed how they teach people where their food comes from and effectively built a connection between the journey from seed to plate. In addition they showed how their program would positively and measurably tie its activities and impact to the community to make a difference.”
The following programs were awarded the grants: Geneva Elementary School (Geneva, FL), Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (Hoboken, NJ), Hunters Point Family/GIRLS 2000 (San Francisco, CA), San Elijo Elementary School “Eagle’s Outlook Garden” (San Marcos, CA), Green Malden Community Garden (Somerville, MA), PS 90’s YWCA Garden (Brooklyn, NY), Henderson Independent High School (Salisbury, NC), Urban Farm Collective (Portland, OR), genHkids Coalition Healthy Seeds Garden Program (Springfield, IL), Saint Claire Evans Academy (Jacksonville, FL), Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School (Buffalo, NY), and Ochoa Peace Garden at Ochoa Elementary School (Tucson, AZ).
Several of the gardens will not only be growing their food, but also incorporating cooking into their programs. One such example is Henderson High, which has a culinary curriculum and will be using their harvest in their classrooms. In addition, many of the gardens will be using organic practices in order to teach students and community members about sustainable practices.
We are living in an age where teaching kids where their food comes from has become so important. So, with a program like this, I can feel good reaching for another Tikka Masala jar on the supermarket shelf and choosing to order our seeds from a company such as this.
What companies do you support that have great give back programs? If you have any financial goals for 2013, please feel free to link up the linky. Thanks to everyone who has joined the hop this month! It has been a great way to organize my goals and write daily here on Crafty Garden Mama.
***Congrats to Alix who is our Green Resolutions Giveaway Winner!***
Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links that help me support more programs like this one.