Letter From The Editor
There's nothing like having kids to make you stress more about the need to make the world a better place. Unfortunately just as this noble desire goes into overdrive, so do the demands on you as a parent... those little bundles of need!
We get asked all the time to help make a difference by making a donation, volunteering our time, or helping to spread the word for worthy causes. Finding the time and figuring out where to put your energy is never easy. Over a year ago I had the privilege of hearing philosopher Vandana Shiva give a presentation about her environmental work. She spoke about how our issues with food were at the root of all our world problems. She truly inspired me. The time to act was now! Of course "now" meant a year later for me. I still hadn't even been able to remember to pack my kid's lunches on field trip days. I didn't have time to go undercover, join marches, visit third world countries or tie myself to trees. How was I going to make a difference? The Edible Schoolyard NYC came to my rescue. Fortunately beyond helping me, they help thousands of wonderful little bundles of need everyday!
The Edible Schoolyard NYC is a non-profit organization that works within the public school system and aims to provide students in low-income areas of the city the hands-on knowledge, skills and environment needed to cook, cultivate a garden, plant seeds, and learn healthy eating habits. I have been lucky enough to watch their work close up and I am in awe of all they accomplish day in and day out with remarkable, curious, blossoming children.
The new goal of Moomah's Make Nice Mission is to provide busy parents and curious kids with fun, easy ways to give back and participate in their communities and their world. Who better to start our new mission off then The Edible Schoolyard NYC? Rather than tying ourselves to trees, we sat under the trees at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn with the students participating in the Edible Schoolyard program. They shared their drawings, their knowledge and their admiration for the earth and its delicious, fragile treats. In return, we shared new teaching materials- visuals and riddles for the scavenger hunt portion of their curriculum, a prettied worm worksheet and a seed packet design to rock their next fundraiser. In this issue, we'll share with you some of the great lessons, fun crafts and recipes we learned while there. We hope you have fun and get inspired! There's lots more to come!!
P.S. You will notice that Moomah the Magazine has a sponsor for the first time ever. Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for incredible non-profits. If we love your company and products and you're willing to make a donation to the non-profit we're working with, we're happy to share the page with you! This month we thank Sprout Home for their generous donation to the Edible Schoolyard NYC!
Editor in Chief
Moomah the Magazine