I never thought I'd say that, seriously. *But* Whole Foods is doing something awesome for the next two days: they're donating 5% of the net proceeds from throughout the Tri-State area to two very worthy organizations. Also, does it make me crunchy granola that I have all of the items, except for brown rice flour, from this list (it's not mine, I totally jacked this image from one of the organizations)? Which organizations you say and which stores in particular?
Well, today's proceeds from Whole Foods White Plains, Darien, Greenwich, Ridgewood, Paramus, Edgewater, & West Orange are going to go to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills. Yes, they have Blue Hill there to help support them, but Stone Barns does some really great work including throwing the National Young Farmers Conference which helps them gain knowledge while networking. With the average age of farmers at 57, the young ones need all the help and support they can get. Now on Thursday, the New York City stores get in on the mix. They'll all be giving their proceeds to Just Food's Farm School NYC. This school provides one of the only training programs specifically designed for urban agriculture. No, it's not as easy as putting some dirt on a rooftop or raising a chicken in your community garden, and farming in a city is different than farming in wide-open spaces (see: rooftops and drainage). I know that I'm going to try to stop by one of them to do my part and so should you.