Short Stories of Sustainable Living and Earthly Innovations
Community Season 2
AFTER THE HARVEST
After the Harvest (ATH) rescues nutritious fruits and vegetables from going to waste and donates them to agencies that serve hungry people, primarily in Greater Kansas City. Our volunteers glean after the harvest, picking what’s left in farmers’ fields and picking up already harvested leftover produce. The majority of the funds we raise helps secure semi-truckloads of donated produce that might otherwise end up in landfills.
DOÑA FINA CAFÉ
Combining old world wisdom with modern day awareness, the Noguera family is proud and honored to bring you Doña Fina Café. Our family farm, Los Caulotes, is located in the mountainous region of Quetzaltepeque, Guatemala. For generations our family has grown and harvested coffee with a commitment to the land, our legacy, and our people. We work hard to ensure the highest quality product and love working together to share it with the world. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Our work transforms our environment, enhances learning and renews the homeless. Learn how we care for our Kansas City community.
ScrapsKC had already diverted over 12 tons of materials from the landfill by the time it launched in September 2016.
GOOD ENERGY SOLUTIONS, INC.
Our mission is to provide our customers with honest, real solutions to reduce their fossil fuel consumption and lower their long-term energy costs. “Energy with Integrity” isn’t just a company slogan, it’s how we do business.
Founded in 2007 by Kevin and Shana Good, Good Energy Solutions has earned a reputation for our expert reliable service, long workmanship warranties, and quality commercial and residential solar installations. We’re a family-owned and operated small business that aims to educate people about the benefits of solar power. Good Energy Solutions has made a commitment to providing our customers with solar installations that generate at least as much, if not more, energy that is quoted on our bids.
New Reflections Technical Institute (NRTI) began as an entrepreneurship, business, and socialization program. In 1996, our initial focus was on youth in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. We pride ourselves on exemplifying a diverse and innovative Institution dedicated to providing skills training and education, cultural enrichment, and and life skills support to our students. Beginning in 2011, NRTI graduated nearly 3,011 students through its' then GED program. From those initial programs spawned a new purpose past a high school/GED education and highlighted need for a skilled workforce. Keeping that in mind, Founder and Owner of New Reflections Technical Institute, Mark Byrd, spearheaded the drive to close the skills gap created by a workforce no longer qualified for the slate of jobs and careers available to earn a living. In 2015, New Reflections Technical Institute announced the addition of new courses in an attempt to do its' part in bridging the gap. This introduction included the addition of the following courses: CDL Class A, Bookkeeping & Accounting, Computer User Support, Secretaries & Administrative Assistants, Carpentry Fundamentals, and Call Center Representative. These courses were an early attempt to begin to create a new skilled workforce in in-demand industries. Since then, we continue to provide excellent training opportunities with an eye on the future.
WINDExchange provides resources to help communities weigh the benefits and impacts of wind energy.
CONNECT WITH THE AMAZING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS YOU HAVE SEEN ON MY WORLD TOO!
Madison Flitch is a studio and art gallery that creates and curates the best functional and sculptural art in the midwest. Our purpose is to make these works available to designers and direct to the public.
We have developed a unique set of perspectives and processes through our on-site workshop that allows designers and clients the ability to collaborate within our in-house style. We strive to maintain a fresh, forward-thinking perspective for our clients and partners. By hosting artists-in-residence, we aid in the development of their sculptural skills in the medium of wood, and they help us maintain our fresh perspective.
Exhibitions of work are held throughout the year.
Madison Stitch was founded by John Pryor out of the Madison Flitch furniture studio during the COVID-19 crisis in Spring 2020. Looking for a way to stay afloat during the pandemic, John started making and selling face masks. Expecting to sell only a few dozen per week, John made, sold, and donated over 35,000. To meet demand, John connected with stitchers across the city, including refugee communities from Myanmar and Afghanistan who understood how to make things by hand with quality workmanship. Now selling bags and other hand-stitched products, Madison Stitch platforms the original designs and craft of the stitchers who rose from the margins to provide critical supplies to local hospitals during the pandemic.
AY YOUNG: THE BATTERY TOUR
AY raises awareness for energy storage, Beneficial Electrification, Sustainability, united nations SDGs, Demand-side management, utility companies, movements, companies/corporations, sustainable solutions, social media influencers, artists, bands, producers, entrepreneurs and more!
BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEED CO
At Baker Creek, our mission is to provide the seeds of a sustainable food supply for everyone and keep heirloom varieties alive for future generations. We believe that farmers, gardeners and communities have the right to save their own seed, and in so doing preserve seed diversity and food security in an age of corporate agriculture and patented, hybridized or genetically modified seeds. All the seeds we sell can be saved, shared and traded, and we encourage people to save their own seed.
Charitable giving is a foundation of our business. Working with non-profit organizations, a significant portion of our annual profits goes toward providing food, emergency aid, sustainable development and education to people in the U.S. and abroad. We also provide free seeds to hundreds of community and educational groups each year, because we believe that everyone should have access to nutrient-dense, delicious food, season after season.
Founder Jere Gettle started Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. in 1998 as a hobby, and though it has since grown into North America’s largest heirloom seed company, we’ve never lost our passion for growing and sharing heirloom varieties.
Baker Creek offers one of the largest selections of 19th century heirloom seeds from Europe and Asia, and our catalogs now feature about 1,000 stunning heirloom varieties.
Our headquarters in Mansfield, Missouri includes trial gardens, greenhouses, a pioneer village and a seed store, all on the homestead where Jere started the business as a teenager. We also operate a seed store in Petaluma, Ca. Baker Creek began hosting festivals in 2000 as a way to bring gardeners, homesteaders and natural foods enthusiasts together to exchange ideas and seeds, learn from renowned experts, and enjoy vendors, old-time music and more. Our public events include the National Heirloom Exposition, which draws more than 20,000 people to Santa Rosa, Ca., each year, and our Spring Planting Festival and smaller monthly festivals at our Missouri farm throughout the growing season.
DANCING RABBIT ECO VILLAGE
At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR), we understand how difficult it can be to live sustainably and responsibly within modern US culture. We believe that we can work to build a healthy alternative: a social structure that is both non-exploitative and vibrant. As our village grows, we see this ideal take shape more clearly every day: a diverse range of people living ecologically sound lives in a community that truly serves as an example of positive human action within the natural world.