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This Monday is Martin Luther King’s birthday, as well as a national day of service. In celebration of great community projects to come, the Krrb team has rounded up some interesting bits of do-good news from all ends of the world. Read on and get motivated!
UK’s First Farm Hack
The UK farm community held its first ever Farm Hack event last year. If you are unfamiliar with the Farm Hack collective, it’s a worldwide community of small-scale farmers, engineers, inventors, and community organizers that come together to create farming tools, demonstrate skills, and share ideas. All information gleaned is shared online and made open-source with the idea that better farmers create a stronger community. This year will mark the 4th year Farm Hack is in the US with more small-scale farmers joining everyday. If you are interested in how to create better crop yield in your garden with more effective tools and know-how, check out Farm Hack to see how people around the world are changing how we cultivate the food we eat. —Mateo
The Bronx is Heating Up
I’ve been breaking out my Bronx Hot Sauce at every meal. This little bottle of heat is the result of a brilliant partnership among GrowNYC, Chef King Phojanakong and Small Axe Peppers. Made with Serrano peppers because of the crop’s adaptability to New York City’s climate and soil type, this hot sauce is grown in community gardens all over the Bronx. For the past two years (and again this spring), Small Axe donated peppers seeds to community gardens in the borough, then during harvest time the company buys back the ripened peppers and turns it into delicious hot sauce. Not only is production kept local, it also supports neighborhood gardens and gardeners, even providing them with horticultural assistance. A majority of the profits from the hot sauce sales also goes to programs that assist low-income communities in the Bronx and throughout New York City, see where to purchase. —Vee
I love to eat at Hearts Café whenever I visit my family in Peru. It’s located in the village of Ollantaytambo, not far from the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, and all of the profits go directly to supporting Living Heart. Living Heart is a local charity that gives to abandoned children and the elderly who struggle to survive in the Andes Mountains. While the food at Hearts Cafe is locally-sourced, homemade and absolutely delicious, the love and care behind these sister organization is all of that and more. Living Hearts has an ongoing wish list for the families they serve daily. To contribute to their current projects in Education, Nutrition and more, view their wish list here and send a few items snail mail to Hearts Café Av. Ventiderio s/n Ollantaytambo, Peru. —Alexandra
Muralist Help 300+ Endangered Bird Species
If you don’t associate graffiti as something that can influence change, this might change your mind. The National Audubon Society has enlisted the help of muralists to paint images of endangered bird species, to raise awareness of the impact human-caused climate change has had on the animals. All 314 threatened bird species are featured, in diverse locations across Manhattan that are sure to catch your eye. Because it’s one thing to say you care about fixing climate change, but being faced with larger-than-life examples might actually encourage you to act on it. —Lauren
Although the spaces are already filled for volunteers this winter season, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the cuteness of this call for help. At the Caromont Farm in Esmont, Virginia they’re about to have a lot of baby goats on their hands! About 90 goats are going to be born in February and volunteers are needed to bottle-feed and cuddle them. The baby goats (kids) are bottle-fed from birth on the farm so that the milk from their mothers is able to go towards the cheese that the local farm produces. The only requirement for this volunteer position is that you have “lots of love to give” and boy do I ever! The farm was simply seeking folks who would donate their time in shifts in order to feed the goats and keep them warm and clean when the temperature started to drop and their mama’s were busy. I’m a sucker for helping animals so this volunteer opportunity completely melted my heart! —Chrissy