Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. Teaching kids to live healthy, sustainable lives can be a challenge. On April 22, celebrate Earth Day 2013 with an eco-friendly meal and invite Mother Nature to dine with your family.
Grow Your Own Food: If you don’t have a green thumb, a few easy-to-grow herbscan help you make tasty treats like mint tea or rosemary bread.
Visit a Farmer’s Market: At your local market, you can find healthy, organic foods and also support local farmers.
Shop Seasonal: If a farmer’s market is unavailable, explore the option of visiting a local farm to pick your own produce. During the trip, explain the planting and harvesting process to your kids.
Reduce Packaging Waste: Foods packaged in plastic and boxes use a lot the Earth’s resources. Start with a simple switch and make your own bread. Artisanbreadinfive.com gives healthy, fast tips for fresh bread.
Use Cloth Napkins: You can turn this step into a project all its own. White cotton napkins, or faded colored napkins, can be naturally dyed using tea. By upcycling old items, excess waste is reduced and creative expression flourishes.
Create a Centerpiece: Pick up extra fruit and colorful vegetables at the farmer’s market to make a “green” centerpiece for your table; you can always eat it later. Rather have flowers? Keep an eye out for wild flowers growing on the roadside or make a bouquet from backyard trimmings.
Every Sunday we will highlight some of the people who are funding our work creatively or helping us spread the word of our mission online. If you spot Heifer International while you’re surfing the web or know of a fun or creative fundraising effort, please share it with us here in the comments.
Photo credit: redcross.org
The Red Cross website features a story of impact that programs and partnerships have on people living with HIV and their families. The story is about Daoud, and 18-year-old from Kanembwa, Tanzania, he is participating in the Tanzania Red Cross Society’s Integrated HIV program, which has partnered with Heifer International’s livestock experts to teach vulnerable children like Daoud to raise chickens for food and to sell. He is the oldest of five siblings who lost their parents years ago. A very inspiring story.
Fundraisers can be simple and fun, like this one in Madbury, NH. Guests enjoyed dinner and a movie Thursday night and benefited Heifer International at the same time at Union Congregational Church. After enjoying an Italian Dinner, guests watched “Hoot,” and learned a little bit more about the work we do at Heifer International.
Photo credit: presidiosentinel.com
University Christian Church in San Diego yearly rummage sale has become one of the city’s oldest and biggest sales, and has supported many non-profits including Heifer International. This year it was held August 2 – 4.
The Church of the Holy Nativity’s parking lot was turned into a suburban farm for Family Farm Fest, a day of family fun while raising money and awareness for Heifer International.