Rhythm Seed Farm is a startup nonprofit urban seed farm in Portland, Oregon committed to improving food security and mitigating climate change by growing locally adapted food crop seeds in neglected urban spaces. Hald of the seed crop is donated to disadvantaged communities who are taught to sustainably grow food and save seeds. Rhythm Seed Farm aims to build a community where one’s access to healthy, organic produce is no longer defined by one’s income or zip code.
Livingston Food Resource Center
On a sunny Friday morning I walked into LFRC through the back entrance, a pristine commercial kitchen connected to a well-organized food storage space.
Our tour began with a visit to the Livingston Community Bakery, an LFRC program and fundraising initiative that began with a loaf of bread. Most food pantries receive and distribute donated food that is either nonperishable or undesirable. In the case of bread this means stale, unsellable loaves or white bread packed with preservatives and void of nutrients. LFRC Executive Director, George Pierce, offered that “if food isn't good enough for a grocery store, it isn’t good enough for our clients.” Under this ethos, Twila’s Bread was born. The nutritious 12-grain loaf was adapted from a family recipe by Twila’s daughter, Vicky, who now manages the Livingston Community Bakery. Offered in the food pantry and sold to the local hospital to nourish people and patients, Twila’s Bread quickly became notorious. While volunteers were recruited to help bake, LFRC needed more space to meet the growing demand and Livingston Community Bakery was born.
Today, Twila’s loaf is sold in house for the price of “pay what you can”, available in the food pantry for clients, and donated to food banks across Montana using the same distribution transportation that brings food to LFRC. To make a great story unforgettable, all Livingston Community Bakery goods are made with Montana-grown flour (the bakery uses nearly 3,000 lbs per month!).
The story of Twila’s bread exemplifies a key provision of LFRC: human dignity.
From “in-store shopping” for clients who wish to select their own food and quantities, to “Healthy Weekends” for the 400 children who wish to take healthy food home on Friday afternoons, LFRC offers high quality, local food to all without shame or stigma. Free mental health counseling, pet food, deodorant, and farmer’s market vouchers are just a few of the many ways in which LFRC goes above and beyond to provide nourishment of whole persons, and their dignity. Thank you, LFRC.
Farm to School Park County
Local food for local children. That is the impact of Farm to School Park County, an organization boasting an impeccable urban farm and hosting “Farm Fresh Friday” lunches in Livingston public schools featuring locally grown foods. The food is not only delicious, but it’s accessible, too. Every day throughout the summer F2S and other local partners serve Summer Lunch in the Park in six public parks throughout Park County, addressing a need for healthy lunches beyond the school year.
As F2S grows, so does its reach. In-school education programs connect students to their environment through hands-on learning at an 1/8 acre farm and garden beds at 5 different schools throughout Livingston. To serve more food, and more learning, to more people, Farm to School Park County needed a new delivery vehicle… and we were able to help!
Congratulations, F2SPC, on creating and sharing such bountiful food and education!
The largest nonprofit reproductive and sexual health clinic in Montana serves over 5,000 patients each year. Since 1972, Bridger has strived to meet the needs of our community, and does so through six programs:
Sliding Fee Scale - patient fees are based on income to make care affordable and accessible.
Teen Clinic - a free, walk-in clinic every Monday afternoon provides teens with comprehensive, compassionate, and confidential care.
Gender-affirming Care - inclusive and respectful care for members of the LGBTQ+ community and specialized trans-care.
HavenCare, AspenCare, and PromiseCare - partnership with local domestic violence survivors and advocates as well as Family Promise, serving families experiencing homelessness.
Peer Education - partnership with Haven to facilitate high school level education about reproductive health and healthy relationships; students become teachers and educate in classrooms across south-central Montana.
Mental Health Care - both physical and mental health are addressed in each patient visit.
Photo by Vanastree
Women's Earth Alliance
WEA is on a mission to protect our environment, reverse climate change, and ensure a just, thriving world by empowering women’s leadership. We are dedicated to fortifying and dispersing solutions generated from the heart of communities—where people are grappling with our gravest challenges and drawing blueprints for a thriving future.
Since 2006, WEA has worked at the intersection of women’s rights and the environment, creating impactful programming serving grassroots leaders around key environmental themes of climate change, water, agriculture, land protection, and energy. In partnership with national and global NGOs, WEA co-designs capacity-building trainings where women leaders access technology, financing, mentorship, and a global alliance through WEA’s signature Accelerator model. Through WEA programs, more than 13M people in 22 countries have implemented life-saving environmental solutions within Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, the Americas, and Indonesia.
The glassybaby foundation partner grant will support the Women and Forest Program that began in 2021. To date over 5,000 women have protected 500 acres of forest and grown 50,000 trees across Kenya, Uganda, and Indonesia. We are so excited to see this program grow.
Wild Salmon Center
The Wild Salmon Center fought to stop Pebble Mine and achieve permanent protection for Bristol Bay watershed and the 60 million wild salmon that return to this habitat every year.
The glassybaby foundation is proud to support giving partners promoting hope and healing for people, animals, and the planet. Check out wildsalmoncenter.org to learn more about their work and sign up for their newsletter and advocacy opportunities.