If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate fair trade into your lifestyle starting with pantry swaps and food items is an easy starting point! Consider swapping these items you purchase regularly for fair trade brands. Your simple swap will make a huge difference in the lives of farmers and the environment.Read More
My friends at Tony's Chocoloney were so kind to send me some of their newly released flavors and a few of their traditional chocolate bars! Tony's Chocoloney crafts sweet, slave-free chocolate bars! Their chocolate bars come in a variety of unique flavors and can be found online or in certain stores.Read More
During our stay in Rome our Airbnb host was nice enough to share some suggestions for affordable pasta shops in the area with us! We stayed in the Colosseum area which was a great location! These hole in the wall places in the Colosseum neighborhoods were way cheaper and way better than most of the actual restaurants we ate at.Read More
One of the things I was most anxious about when traveling to Paris was communication. Jake and I don't speak any French and we heard the stereotypical rumor that French people aren't very welcoming towards Americans. We had good experiences for the most part! Here are a few restaurants that I felt went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and were happy to speak to us in english.Read More
With Valentine's Day coming up chocolate sales are on the rise. Thankfully our friends at Tony's Chocolonely are giving the chocolate industry some much needed love. Child labor and human trafficking are major issues in the chocolate industry. It is estimated that in Ghana and the Ivory Coast 2.3 million children work on cocoa farms, 90% of which are under illegal conditions.Read More
I am OBSESSED with Three Huggers Beeswax Wrap. This is an essential product to have in your kitchen! This life changing wrap is a sustainable alternative to saran wrap and plastic baggies. Wrap up your fruits, sandwiches, cheese, or just about any other item (except meat). When you’re done with the wrap you can run it under the sink with a drop of soap, let it air dry, and REUSE!Read More
When walking into this chic ice cream shop, you will be greeted with a warm smile followed by a welcoming HOWDY. Howdy Homemade is an ice cream shop in Dallas that trains and employs young adults with down syndrome or autism.Read More
As many of you know I am in Haiti through my university's study abroad program. Today we visited the social enterprise of REBUILD Globally, Deux Mains Designs. The work done by Deux Mains Designs is incredible! Deux Mains Design creates shoes and accessories using locally sourced leather and recycled tires.Read More
Nine-year old Luke started his own business selling pickles to raise money and buy his homeless friend a house.Read More
My sweet cousin and I celebrated National Smores Day a day late, but we celebrated Cafe Momentum style! So yummy! Check out how they are making a difference!
Connecting City to Farm is a non-profit organization working to bridge the gap of city and farm life. Founder Kris and her family are working to educate people on food; where it comes from and how it is grown. Kris was raised on a farm, in a small town, in Arkansas. She eventually moved to the Dallas area and noticed a gap between life in the city and life on the farm. Kris also observed that while many people in the Dallas area have the freedom to purchase high end organic groceries, there are too many people living in food desert, without access to grocery stores, just minutes away.Read More
I am moved and inspired by Bonton Farms founder, Daron Babcock. Bonton Farms is an oasis in the midst of South Dallas where poverty, crime, and unemployment rates are high. This farm is life changing for the Bonton community as it is creating jobs, supplying healthy food, and offering hope to its residents.
Daron was a successful business man living in a suburb near Dallas when he first started volunteering in Bonton. Daron begin visiting this South Dallas neighborhood every Saturday, but never felt like he was doing enough. Eventually Daron quit his job, sold his house, and moved to the struggling neighborhood to follow his calling and do more for the people of Bonton.
After moving to the neighborhood, Daron realized he was in the middle of a food desert with the nearest grocery store four miles away. With most residents relying solely on public transportation, Daron decided to experience the bus system first hand. After a three hour bus trip, he returned home with few groceries as it was all he was able to carry on the bus. This lack of access to food cripples the health of residents and increases their risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. This was an eye opening experience for Daron. In addition, he became acutely aware of the high unemployment rate in Bonton. Many of the residents struggle with substance abuse, domestic violence, criminal records, or other hard times which makes employers hesitant to hire community members. Daron decided to combine the need for food and jobs by starting Bonton Farms.
Since opening a year and a half ago, Daron has created three paid positions and a program for individuals who are ready to better their lives. To participate in the program, residents are required to commit to hard work and drug testing. Daron keeps weekly records of all participants who show up on time, work hard, and complete designated tasks. Since this program started, one member moved on to a security guard position and another received a college degree.
Bonton Farms is currently located on ten abandon lots in South Dallas and is working to expand on the eighteen acres they recently acquired. Bonton Farms is home to chickens, goats, turkeys, rabbits, and bees. The farm produces a variety of fresh, organic vegetables, eggs and honey which are all sold at local farmers markets and to local restaurants. A portion of the food is offered to Bonton residents at discounted rates to give community members the opportunity to include healthy foods in their diets.
Daron Babcock is truly a local hero bringing hope and opportunity to the Bonton community. He is incredibly dedicated and passionate. I sincerely admire all he has done and was honored to hear his story. I highly encourage you to visit Bonton and talk to Daron. The farm is open to the public and there are approximately a hundred visitors each week. Go see what all the excitement is about! Witness the amazing team work and the residents working towards change. While I was there I felt a wonderful sense of community and dedication. I also had a fun time feeding baby goats!
Daron is striving to keep the farm funded locally. There are many ways you can help:
- Share this post and raise awareness of the extraordinary work Daron is doing.
- Stop by the farm and offer your skills. Not just with gardening and farming, but any skills that would be useful for running a business.
- Stop by the farm, learn more, and make a donation.
- Order honey or shirts from their website.
- Make a donation online.
Look at all the delicious snacks I got in my June box from Love With Food! For every box sold Love With Food donates meals to homeless shelters all across America. If you missed my full write up on Love with Food, I have linked it below. Happy reading!
LOVE TO SNACK? Snack for a cause with “Love with Food.” By subscribing to this monthly box, you will receive an assortment of healthy treats and provide a meal to a food bank. So far Love with Food has donated over one million meals all across America. That is amazing! The snacks Love with Food sends customers are all natural, organic, and delicious.
I spoke with founder Aihui to learn how Love with Food got started. Aihui had been working in engineering, when she decided to take a break and travel. Once she returned from traveling she was helping a friend sell food at her local farmers market. Aihui quickly learned it is challenging for small health food brands to reserve shelf space in large supermarkets. She wanted to use her experience with technology to assist these smaller brands in selling their products to consumers, while giving consumers a trustworthy outlet for healthy snacks.
Why “Love with Food?” Aihui is on a mission to help customers fall in love with junk free snacks! Products are carefully selected based on ingredients and the season. The snacks in the box are either all natural or organic, allowing you to munch, guilt free! In my last box I received, Skinny Pop Dusted Dark Chocolate Popcorn, Glee Gum Pop, Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans, Smooze Pink Guava + Coconut Fruit Ice, Kutoa Peanut Butter & Jelly Bar, Biena Foods Chickpea Snacks, Emily’s Chocolate Northwest Trail Mix, Sheila G’s Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle, and Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins. My favorite item from the May box was the brownie brittle! It was delicious and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth.Read More
WOW! My heart is so full! Hugs Café is an incredible establishment filled with positivity, friendship, and purpose. This amazing café employs special needs adults with a true passion for their job. Just look at the smiles in the picture! You can tell this is a group of bright individuals.
Hugs Café employs twenty-two men & women with special needs including down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and more. These conditions do not define or set boundaries for this hardworking team at Hugs Café. After the training process, jobs are assigned based on the individual’s skill set. Responsibilities include bussing tables, working the cash register, washing dishes, baking, and more.Read More