Sustainably Sweet A Green Dessert Party. Hosted by Patrick Morales. The Task: A Green Event. Budget: 200 dollars Attendance: 20 people Food Sources: Whole Foods, Ralphs, and Trader Joes
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To gather people together the party will be centered around a Mini Chocolate Fountain ($50) dripping with Fair Trade Organic DAGOBA chocolate ($52).
Founder Frederick Schilling’s vision for DAGOBA chocolate was a company that addressed the Quality, Ecology, Equity and Community in each step from cacao farms to the factory to the consumer.
Check out DAGOBA’s Full Circle Sustainabilityprinciples http://www.dagobachocolate.com/full_circle_sustainability/default2.asp
DAGOBA is also a member of the World Cocoa Foundation, a broad-based partnership dedicated to promoting a sustainable cocoa economy through economic and social development and environmental conservation in cocoa growing communities. Learn more athttp://www.worldcocoafoundation.org
Lundberg Farms: utilize cover crops, crop rotation, they don’t burn the rice straw but let it replenish the organic matter in the soil, during the off season they encourage migrating birds to live in their fields (provides natural fertilizer and aids in straw decomposition).
Whole Foods 365 Organic Ladyfingers ($3)
Whole Foods 365 Organic Lemon Wafer ($4)
Whole Foods 365 Organic Fig Bars ($4)
Whole Foods 365 Organic Honey Graham Crackers ($3)
Whole Foods 365 Organic Pretzels ($3)
Whole Foods own 365 store brand offers organic and natural foods for reduced prices, making great quality food and products more readily available for any consumer. One percent ofevery sale of a 365 product goes to the Whole Planet Foundation for poverty relief. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/whole-trade.php
When people are receiving proper living wages they need to spend less time at work and can spend more time with their family preserving the culture of their community.
Clover Stornetta Farms Fat Free Milk ($4)
Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc. In Petaluma, CA is currently generating solar energy for their faciltiies and the local community with photovolatic cells. http://cloverstornetta.com/clover_solar.asp
BYOM: Bringing your own mug to: lower the monetary cost of the party, save trees, reduce the demand for new manufacturing of cups, reduce waste and break-the-ice by showing off your individualized mug!
I chose to select only organic and local ingredients because I believe that organic products are tastier, have much less pesticides than conventional foods and have a reduced impact on the biological environment. By voting for organic and local ingredients at the cash register I am sending a message of change to the producers of our current food system.
I chose Fair Trade products when possible to allow the growers the same opportunities as conventional growers. I think that by associating philanthropic efforts and organizations with our purchasing power is a fantastic idea because everyone needs food and it is a very easy way for someone with a busy schedule to give back to the global community.Overall, by paying the extra dollars for Fair Trade Products I am thanking the growers for all their hard work and effort.