One World One Ocean

by Derek VanDyke 9. October 2012 10:32

Check out this great infographic from One World One Ocean.  Please share this graphic and consider doing your part in helping preserve our oceans for future generations.  Consider using a high quality resuable water bottle or reusable shopping tote.  Together we can make a difference.

One World One Ocean is a great organization with the goal of inspiring people to protect our world oceans.  The ocean is our life support system.  They generate most of the oxygen we breath, regulates our climate and provides us with the food we eat.  Our oceans are in danger and need our help.  

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Spice Fundraiser: A Fresh Look at Healthy Fundraising

by Tylor J. 22. December 2011 14:07

 

The spice fundraiser is a new entry into the healthy fundraising realm as an alternative to popular and less-healthy food fundraising options. Green Benefits is partnering with San-Francisco based Community Spice Company to bring healthier eating options to communities across the nation. A spice fundraiser offers organizations a way to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles while providing impressive margins to achieve their event’s goals. As an added social benefit Community Spice Company will donate a portion of its sales one of the many charities it supports. It’s win-win for everyone!

Meals have always created a time and place for conversation, family and friends, and simply enjoying the moment. Community Spice Company provides a wondrous array of premium spice blends that are handcrafted with carefully selected ingredients and credibly proven by top chefs, restaurants, and charities worldwide. Jennifer Johnson, personal Chef to the Gordon Getty Family, was instrumental in creating Community Spice’s first product line. Jennifer, formally trained chef, worked in the famous Chez Panisse Restaurant which is the birth place of the healthy California Cuisine Movement. For over the past 40 years Alice Waters has operated Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.  Community Spice supports Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard Project (LINK TO EDIBLE SCHOOL YARD) whose mission is to transform the health and values of every student by building and sharing a food curriculum in every schoolyard.

Janis Callon is owner and founder of Community Spice Company. Her mission is to save the world with flavor. She firmly believes that foods and food ingredients should be healthy, accessible, and disclosed. Callon is a Licensed Registered Nurse and has a strong clinical background in health sciences. She believes in using only real food – raw – products in her spice blends. Janis is a master at crafting balanced spice blends that have bold fun flavors. What is remarkable is the blends have less than half the allowable sodium content as proposed by the Obama’s Healthy Eating Children’s Program. The blends are finely ground and are easily applied to vegetables, grain dishes, soups, sauces as well as being used as rub for meats.

Community Spice Company believes in saving people time, money and energy. You simply apply the spice blends and cook.  There is no need to take extra time to marinate foods. Each blend boasts 10-13 ingredients. Exotic ingredients as well as local favorites are used. The blends provide anti-oxidants and truly will help you feel better.  Even better and true to form, CSC’s packaging is fully biodegradable and made using sustainable printing practices. Every spice packet and gift box provides peace of mind and amazing taste! Can it get any better?

Why a spice fundraiser? Community Spice Company’s spices are not your average spices. These spices are food inspirations and there are plenty of options for any kind of meal, any time of year. Grilling is not just an outdoors affair. CSC designed the blends to be easily used on indoor grills for super easy tasty healthy meals. Global fusion names such as Mz. Curri and tran Doori  will add a simple, exotic, and tantalizingly sweet and savory taste to any burger or chicken breast on the planet.  South of the Border delights are easy to make with Chimi Chimii and mia Mole. For those who hanker for super hot meals, CSC’s chili Wilii will add  inspiration to chicken wings and ribs. Signature names like “barbi Q” and “tale Gator” make it easy to imagine a summertime or football season barbeque surrounded by good friends, family, and memorable moments. Heck, they even have an SNP 400 spice packet for corporate giveaways! Brilliant! CSC also provides an amazing range of recipes for each spice that are sure to make weekly meal planning not only easier, but a lot more fun.

Our goal at Green Benefits is to spread the special meaning behind meal times and rejuvenate these most important times in our day. The importance of food in our communities is finally beginning to take hold across our nation as families work to regain balance in their lives during harsher economic times. Food grown and shared in our community and from our backyards is recreating the innocence and quality of life lost to the ever-increasing speeds of individuals’ lifestyles. Healthy fundraising and a spice fundraiser are great ways for us to promote greener living and an even better way for organizations to promote healthier lifestyles within their own communities.

This leads to another consideration about healthy fundraising in general. Shouldn’t all fundraising be “healthy”? Would more people give to a cause they felt supported their family, environmental, and community values? Fundraisers are organized around a central theme and organizational need in the hopes of raising extra funds towards that cause, correct? A spice fundraiser offers a package deal for healthy fundraising because it encourages quality food preparation and family-oriented values while simultaneously raising much needed funds for great causes.  

The influence of a good healthy fundraising event, and the products it sells, should not be dismissed. Sure, many people may contribute to the cause if it is an organization close and meaningful to them but there is something about food that gets everyone excited to participate. Food is meant to be shared and inspired food is exciting to share.  Consider a spice fundraiser as a fresh and healthy method to inspire your community to enjoy food the way it is meant to be enjoyed. As well, take a look at Community Spice Company for yourself and check out what they are doing around the country to reestablish the meaning of good cooking and good times!