Harvest

For the three of you following the progress of the vegetable garden at CRC World Headquarters, here you go. Visual proof that the garden is yielding actual produce. No, I did not get this stuff from the farmer’s market. These are actual vegetables produced in an industrial park about two miles from downtown Nashville. Since…

Food deserts

Here is an example of how educated people sometimes don’t get that the poor aren’t rushing to McDonald’s because they just love a Big Mac. This was a conversation stream on Facebook that started with the correct assumption that if people ate healthier food on the front end, they’d have fewer medical bills on the…

Many hands make light work

The Chicks have been totally blessed with lots and lots of donations of surplus inventory. What is surplus inventory, you might ask (or might not so I’m asking on your behalf)?  Companies generally end up with extra stuff. It might be – and these are real examples of items donated to CRC – cases of…

Tomato blight

So the vegetable garden at CRC World Headquarters is going pretty well, although I learn something every year. This year I learned that a tiny tomato plant in April becomes a giant tomato plant by July. I planted them too close together and now they are overtaking everything else. The poor basil plant is fighting…

It’s hot

Everyone knew there would be hell to pay last spring when the weather was 80 degrees in March. Well, now it’s here. Hell. The forecast for later this week is 108 degrees. And Northerners wonder why we move so slowly in the South. It is a balmy 90 degrees in the warehouse at CRC World…

A few nice things

We work with the Downtown Partnership’s homeless initiative, which is basically run by one guy named Adam Ries. This is one of the few programs I know about that’s totally win-win. The partnership represents downtown businesses, which have been plagued for years by chronically homeless people, primarily men, sleeping in doorways or doing their business…

The cutest volunteers ever

This is most of the marketing department at Kirkland’s, an incredibly cute bunch, don’t you think? They came over to CRC yesterday to help us sort the enormous amount of donations that have threatened to take over every corner of the warehouse. This is not an easy job. The boxes are heavy and the temperature…

The West wasn’t won on salad

That is from a North Dakota Beef Council advertisement in 1990, but I think it’s an entirely appropriate way to begin a post on the fruit and vegetable garden at CRC World Headquarters. We have significant progress, especially compared to last year when Bad Mommy decided she was too cheap to water and bad veggies…

The queen of toilet paper

CRC got a very generous donation of toilet paper today. We re all about the toilet paper. Can you think of anything more basic than toilet paper? Now think of what you’d do if you didn’t have access to it. OK, don’t. But that is the sad situation many people in need face. Betsy, hereafter…

Pig Candy

I will make this brief. We all have places to go and people to see. If you want to bribe someone to do something unpleasant that they would ordinarily refuse to do, you just need to say two words. Pig Candy. If you promise to feed people Pig Candy they will do any odious job….