30 October 2010

Holton Farms Is Bringing Fresh Food To NYC

Now we have all heard about food trucks. Everyone loves them because the food is fresh and tastes amazing (at least in my experience with them). Holton Farms is taking food truck to a whole new level, actually a whole food level.
Holton Farms has been in the same family since the 1700s. That's a long time. Now the newest generation, Seth Holton, who took over the farm from his father, is making his farm more 21st century. He wanted to expand his farms reach to all of New York City, and the best way to do that was to open a food truck. Seth Holton teamed up with several organic farms in the NYC area to help with this expansion. Holton Farms food truck provides fresh, organic veggies, meats, eggs, cheeses, desserts, ice cream, coffee and more. Basically, it's a farmer's market on wheels. With almost 30 drop off locations in Manhattan everyone in the NYC will be have access to the best produce from the area. Holton Farms customers can make custom orders online, where it shows what foods are fresh for that specific week, insuring that all the customers have freshly picked food every time they order. Their program offers over 80 varieties of fruits and vegetables, and that not talking about the dairy and the meat.
Holton Farms is also helping out the community by giving 20% discounts to low income families, to help them eat healthier and have access to fresh organic foods. They also accept food stamps as well. Here's a link with all the info they are doing to help their community http://www.holtonfarms.com/community/good-works/

Holton Farms is also getting all Jamie Oliver 'd up in this joint. Their goal is to have "a complete overhaul of the way our children eat by going to NYC schools, showing school officials and other decision makers how to cook inexpensive healthy meals for all NYC students using fresh ingredients from local farms." Once I read this I got even more excited about Holton Farms. For one, I love Jamie Oliver. For two, I love it when people go out of their way to help end childhood obesity.

Check out what Holton Farms is doing in East Harlem, NYC

Holton Farms is all about providing food with integrity. They are providing food that is high quality and always fresh. They will tell you exactly where your food came from. Promoting healthy eating in communities where obesity and diabetes are high. Educating communities about how to prepare fresh foods. These are high integrity activities and I'm happy that I found out about Holton Farms. If you live in the Manhattan area please support Holton Farms!

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs

Here is a link to the Holton Farms website, you can find out about their products and order food there.

24 October 2010

Nika Water --Working Hard To End The Clean-Water Crisis

I was reading Entrepreneur Magazine yesterday and I got really excited about an article I read about Nika Water. Jeffrey Church is the co-founder of Nika which is a philanthropic bottled water business. I'd like to call Jeffrey Church a PHILANTHROPRENEUR. Anyway, the article I read talked about all the humanitarian things Nika is doing and planning on doing to help with the clean-water crisis around the world. Clean-water is a huge humanitarian topic right now and I believe that many businesses are wanting to help with this crisis because it can affect so many lives in a positive way so quickly.
Jeffrey Church wants Nika to grow massive for sustainability in developing countries. "At NIKA we are all about helping to end poverty through bringing clean water to those who don't have access to it." For every 98 bottles of water they sell, Nika plants a tree through Carbonfund.org. And last year Nika pledged nearly $350,000 in relief to villages in Kenya, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Sri Lanka. Nika is donating wells to villages all around the globe. I am so grateful for philanthropic businesses like Nika. They are really taking charge and leading the way for other businesses to do the same. And an awesome benefit of philanthropic businesses like this is that the projects don't have to rely on donation. The majority of people will by a product, as long as they knew that proceeds were going to help end world hunger or end the clean-water crisis. So really marketing and distribution is what is needed to fund the projects. The bigger Nika gets the more people get clean-water, it's that simple. With 100% of profits donated there is sure be lots and lots of wells built all over the world.

Watch this video to see more ways that Nika is giving back:

Nika Water Crisis from Nika Water on Vimeo.

Please visit http://NikaWater.org for more information on how you can get involved and help!
And visit http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217454 to read the full article from Entrepreneur Magazine.

21 October 2010

Sustainable Health Enterprises

I have been very passionate about helping women for years and recently I found this AWESOME organization that adresses the world's social-economic problems with sustainable market-based solutions. This organization is called SHE Sustainable Health Enterprises. They focus primarily on health issues in developing countries. One major health issue in developing countries is when the women and teenage girls begin menstruation. The women in these countries lack access to affordable, eco-friendly sanitary products and services for the menstruation needs. As of right now millions of women in Asia, Africa, South and Central America cannot afford sanitary pads. Since they can not afford pads they use rags, bark and even MUD instead. It's not enough protection, and is unsanitary and can cause many other health issues. Most of these teenage girls miss up to 50 days of school every year, and the older women miss about that many days of work because of the lack of access to sanitary pads. That's A LOT of time lost every year. Not only are the women losing out on money and education, the communities are losing at as well. SHE was established to find a solution to this problem.

What does SHE do to solve this problem?

Well, first they get money to buy sewing machines for women in the areas where they need sanitary pads. Then they teach them how to make sanitary pads out of banana fibers (which is now made into a cash crop, instead of just being thrown away) and then the women can sell them to their friends in the community (for much lower prices than regular brand name pads).

It's a win-win situation all around. SHE wants to fulfill the unmet needs for sanitary napkins and help the women start businesses of their own, which brings more money to their families and the communities as a whole. And since they use local materials the low prices and availability are ensured.

I love how this organization is all about SUSTAINABILITY. Instead of giving the women boxes of pads or tampons, they are teaching them how to make them and sell them.

To learn more about SHE visit their website at www.sheinnovates.com/index.html

20 October 2010

The Water Project-- Everyone Deserves Clean Water

I have done some more research on establishing clean water wells in Africa and India. Clean water is essential for many communities to thrive and live healthy. It is also a human right to have access to clean water. A great organization called The Water Project works exclusively with communities who need water the most. They spend a lot of their time building wells for schools and churches. They have built many wells in Kenya, Sudan, India and Sierra Leone. Their website http://www.thewaterproject.org/ has many useful resources about water scarcity and ways that you and I can help.
A major thing that interested me is the fact that this organization highlights the negative things about bottled water. Here is an except from their site:
Fact #1. Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become "litter." Source: ValleyWater.org

Fact #2. Recycling is only feasible in limited circumstances because only PET bottles can be recycled. All other bottles are discarded. Only 1 out of 5 bottles are sent to the recycle bin. Source: SunTimes

Fact #3. U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone. Source: idswater.org

Fact #4. It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. This amount of oil far exceeds the amount needed to power 100,000 for a year, which does not include fossil fuel and emissions costs of green house gases needed to transport the final product to market. Source: SunTimes

Fact #5. It is estimated that actually 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water. Source: ValleyWater.org

I personally did not know any of these things before I went to this site. I knew that drinking bottled water was wasteful but I didn't think it was THIS wasteful.
Anyway, this information is not exactly what I wanted to write about, but it is something for you and I to think about for sure.
You may be thinking, okay, why is Kimra writing about water. This is why: I read this statistic on the Water Project website, it is as follows:  "A child dies every 15 seconds from a lack of clean water."
WTF? That is A LOT of children! This should NOT be happening. Seriously. It is a human right to have clean water. This is 2010, why do people still not have access to clean water? The answer to this is that it costs money to build wells. Sometimes up to $30,000 for one well. Most the people who do not have access to clean water do not have governments that have money to build wells.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs