Just give a little
by the Editors
Thank you for supporting the Island’s charitable organizations. Every summer it’s as if a gun goes off over cocktail parties, strolls, auctions—silent or otherwise—for the non-profits which do important work and the donors who support them. But it’s nice to know that you don’t have to spend big bucks for a seat at the Vineyard’s table of philanthropy. Simply invoke Willy Wonka, a smile and pure imagination, and dream up a dark chocolate bar sprinkled with dried blueberries, sea salt, and a crunch of caramelized cocoa beans. Every time you buy an Island Grown Bar, 100 percent of the profits are donated to Island Grown Schools, the Vineyard’s only farm-to-school program.
Island Grown Schools (IGS) supports school gardens and agriculture in the classroom. With skill and sensitivity, it connects teachers and local school cafeterias to local farms. Its crowning jewel may very well be its gleaning program. At a drop of a hat, IGS organizes a cadre of community volunteers to harvest ripe fruits and vegetables from area farms and private properties. Then these folks, passionate about access to healthy, locally grown food, distribute it to school cafeteria directors, elder centers, and even the county jail, all for free. This is fresh, healthy produce that would otherwise be tilled under for any number of legitimate reasons—such as a farm’s lack of labor or an unexpected frost.
Isn’t it a wonderful thing when luscious chocolate that evokes Island blueberries and salty seas does so much good for schools, farms and the next generation? For just a few anonymous dollars—you too are the generous donor.