Sunday, January 30, 2011

Donate for sustainability today.

To keep BabyCarrots sustainable, we are requesting donations be made for BabyCarrots program.  We offer the soup to all pregnant and breastfeeding women at this point. Our primary target are those families who struggle to afford and have limited to no access to local, organic food. We want to be able to provide for all and have the funding to offer free services for those who need it.  Donations will go directly for cooking cost (kitchen facility, soup ingredients, canning supplies, chef) and programs needed to organize and distribute. Please take the time to donate online or a tax deductible check can be made out and mailed to:  

Organic Soup Kitchen
315 Meigs Rd. Suite A, #369
Santa Barbara, Ca 93109

You can note that the donation is for the BabyCarrots program on your check.

Other ways to contribute:
  • Serving soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3p-5p
  • Delivery service (Goleta - Carpinteria)
  • Pick up produce from local farms/ranches
  • Soup preparation
  • Teaching classes on nutrition (spanish speaking too!)
Join our team and make a difference in our community:
We need leaders!!!
  • Program Assistant Director
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Participant Contact Manager

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Soup today

We are so sorry, we have a limited supply of soup today. Life happens and things come up, right? We are committed to providing sustainable organic food to pregnant and breastfeeding women. And are working on ways to make this program run as smoothly as possible. We have had such a great response this week and another 6 people have signed up! Unfortunately today we have a limited supply of soup. Please come down and see what we have going.  It is a great opportunity to learn about BabyCarrots and we love talking with people about the program. As we try to keep this program sustainable, we a learning where are efforts need to be focused more and where less.  We currently need more help in the kitchen and more people available to deliver and of course more donations (the nature of a non-profit).  Thank you so much for your understanding as we grow "organically" !

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New study identifies chemicals in pregnant women


Tuesday the 25th

Another 22 quarts distributed out to Santa Barbara's community of Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women!
This takes a collaboration of support and dedication. Thank you to all involved!

Local and Grass-Fed Beef

Benefits of Grass-Fed beef:
Nutrient rich:
Less saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol than corn-fed beef
High quality lean proteins
Significantly higher levels of Omega-3 and essential fatty acids
Higher levels of Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, and other antioxidants
Significant levels of Iron, Zinc, and B-complex vitamins
Increased levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Vaccenic Acid 
A smaller carbon hoofprint on the planet...
Benefits of grass farming to the environment:
• More sustainable manure management, less groundwater contamination
• More diverse and healthy ecosystems vs. the filth and air pollution of crowded feedlots.
• Reduced use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides associated with corn and grain production.
• Reduced soil erosion and contamination associated with feedlots and grain crops.
• Feeding grass to animals reduces greenhouse gases through carbon sequestration. Grasses in healthy pastures draw excess carbon dioxide from the air and return it to the soil as carbon.
• Land tracts set aside for grass farming provide wildlife habitat. Farmers who produce grass-fed beef are likely to be better educated about the environment and are better stewards of the land.
• Grass-based farms reduce the amount of fossil fuels/emissions needed to operate large-scale factory farms and large-scale monoculture plantings of grain crops.

animal Welfare and the Environment  

Cattle raised on grass are healthier and happier. Novy Ranch cattle are raised with humane and sustainable practices.

• Animals experience significantly less stress in a pasture environment and are able to socialize, rest, eat and raise their calves in a natural environment.
• Our cattle roam freely and are able to find shelter from the weather in natural settings among trees and lee areas.
• Novy Ranch cattle are provided straw bedding throughout the winter months .
• No history of BSE (Mad Cow) in grass-fed animals as they are never fed processed feeds that contain animal by-products. Novy Ranches never feeds antibiotics and growth hormones are never used.

BabyCarrots is proud to receive meat donations from Novy Ranches Grass-Fed Beef!

The ranches are the ongoing  life work  and commitment of Dr. Lowell Novy, a veterinarian, whose interests in conservation, cattle-ranching and animal welfare have influenced his decision to turn away from “traditional” feedlot cattle production by developing an entirely grass-fed  program that is healthy for the land, cows and people.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jan 25th

We are on week 3 already!  We are so excited to be able to offer nutrient rich organic soup for you and your baby. Tuesday is only one day away so we are sending a reminder for you to get your soup this Tuesday.  I will be at the Veteran's building between 3p-5p.  I can stay a little longer if you need me too, but please call and let me know.  There was some confusion last week.  The kitchen was closed, so we were serving out of the front lobby. Please, if you come and can't find us, ask the Veteran's staff were you can find us or give me a call.  I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Also, if you can, please bring empty jars from previous weeks back to exchange for full ones :) . If you need your soup delivered please let me know today so I can make arrangements.  Thanks!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kitchen help needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays

We are looking for people to help handing soup out at the kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursday between 3p-5p. Please let either Anthony ( or myself know if you or anyone you know can help. This person will need to be friendly,  know the basics of how the program is set up and have new participants sign appropriate forms.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

SB Public Health Department Breastfeeding Program

SB Public Health Department Breastfeeding Program through WIC:
Programs to encourage mothers to breastfeed longer!

We Served 22 Quarts of Soup Today!

We Served 22 Quarts of Soup Today!
Thank you all for participating this week.  We will be at the Veteran's building (112 W. Cabrillo Blvd) again on Thursday. 3p-5:30p, however we are going to start trying to get out of there by 5pm.  We want to apologize for any inconvenience regarding the pick-ups.  Please continue to spread the word about BabyCarrots, both for participants and for support.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday January 18th Pick up times

Please arrive for pick up today between 3p and 5p if possible.  If you can not come to pick up, please and call and set up a delivery.  Thanks.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

5 new participants today!

We are up to 14 participants in the first week of service. Thank you all for your support. We are making a difference in our community. 14 people indirectly fed their baby nourishing organic food that was provided by local farmers.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

1/11/11 - First date of service

We want to thank all the participants for yesterday's feed!  Thanks to all the Organic Soup Kitchen's staff and volunteers for making it happen. Thanks to the Veteran's building for the kitchen and the great location.  And Thanks to all the pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who received food for taking a stand to nourish themselves and their babies.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

canning the soup

We can the soup in glass jars for healthy reasons.

Glass is BPA free: We don't want to give you added hormones that are present when food is stored in most forms of plastic.

Glass jars are reusable:  We are a sustainable organization. Our glass jars can reused to minimize waste. Each participant is asked to wash and return finished jars of soup back to Organic Soup Kitchen.

Storage: By canning our soup, it can safely be stored in a cool dry place for up to a year.
babycarrots soup: come get it while it's hot!

Monday, January 10, 2011

BabyCarrots: Now Serving Santa Barbara!

BabyCarrots: Now Serving Santa Barbara!

Serving Nutrient Rich Local and Organic Food Every Tuesday and Thursday 3p-6p at the Veteran's building (112 W. Cabrillo Blvd)!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Now Serving Santa Barbara!

Starting Tuesday January 11th we will be serving fresh quarts of nutrient rich organic soup to Santa Barbara's Pregnant and Breastfeeding women every Tuesday and Thursday. 
Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Please sign up now and get your serving on Tuesday.
Want to contribute?  Give us a call and let us know what you can do.