Vegetable Seed Against Hunger (Aired on September 21 and 22, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Asheville (NC) South Rotarian Peter Marks, President
and CEO of Seed Programs International (SPI), a global effort to improve food
supplies by providing vegetable seeds and gardening advice especially to
regions of the world where poverty is endemic. The nonprofit repurposes excess
seeds provided by seed companies and other donors. Most vegetable seeds are
tiny and many varieties have long shelf lives, so when stocks of seeds are not
sold, SPI will take them, repackage the seeds, and ship them to Africa, Central
American, the Caribbean, or Asia, where they can launch gardens of healthy
vegetables. SPI works with many organizations to provide the seeds, including
Rotary clubs, the United Nations, and the United States military services among
others. Seeds include all kinds of vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, melons,
carrots, and various greens (but not grains such as maize, wheat, or rice). One of
the partner programs is Rotarians Against Hunger, a coalition of North Carolina
clubs that package meals for places where hunger is a problem. There is much
more to tell, so listen to the whole program.

Learn more:
Seed Programs International: https://seedprograms.org/
Rotarians Against Hunger: http://rotariansagainsthunger.org/
Rotary Club of Asheville South: https://www.southashevillerotary.org/

 

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October 1, 2019 · Posted in Health, International Programs, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects ·  

35 th Annual Bike-A-Thon to Aid Library (Aired on Sept. 14 and 15, 2019)

This week’s guests on RadioRotary were from the Pleasant Valley Lions
Club—Fred De Wald and Pam Highbridge. Every year the Lions Club raises
money and improves the Town’s health with its annual Bike-A-Thon, a chance for
bikers of all ages to ride together on what has so far always been a beautiful fall
day. In 2019, the Lions devoted the occasion to the “Ride to Rebuild” the
Pleasant Valley Free Library, which suffered a devastating fire on Election Day
2018. Bikers could choose a 10-mile ride that has traffic eliminated, a ride with a
break at Terhune Orchard for free apples and cider and another treat—bananas
and water—back at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse. Or they can take a 25-mile
along regular roads. Sponsors of riders have a chance to win a discount on a
new bike or a child’s bike helmet. The Lions run several events each year,
including a “Breakfast with Santa” jointly with Pleasant Valley Rotary.

Learn more:
Bike-A-Thon: The Ride to Rebuild: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/2019/02/28/pv-bike-a-thon-the-ride-to-rebuild/
Pleasant Valley Lions Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=pleasant valley lionsclub&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Lions Clubs International: https://lionsclubs.org/en
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Events, Quality of Life, Service Organizations ·  

FineHome Source Home SHow (Aired on Aug 31 and Sept 1, 2019)

For the past 12 years, Crisp Architects has presented the FineHome Source
Home Show in Millbrook, NY, every September, becoming bigger and better
each year. This RadioRotary interview with Millbrook Rotarian Jimmy Crisp, live
from a Rotary meeting, describes it all. The show features many artisans and
manufacturers displaying every possible artifact for enhancing, improving, or
creating an excellent living space. In addition, the show offers free samples of
local food and drink, demonstrations of blacksmithing, fly fishing, and other
crafts, including book signings by local authors and an antique auction. Parking is
free, and the small suggested donation per person goes entirely to paying for a
ShelterBox, the amazing tent and supply source that can house and provide for a
family of 10 for up to 6 months, deployed for disasters around the world; a
ShelterBox will be among the displays. The whole event takes place under and
around a large tent in front of the town bandshell on the main street in Millbrook.

Learn more:
FineHome Source Home Show: https://finehomesource.com/
Crisp Architects: http://www.crisparchitects.com/
ShelterBox: https://www.shelterboxusa.org
Rotary Club of Millbrook (NY): https://millbrookrotary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Events, Quality of Life ·  

Lilymoore Alpaca Farm in Pleasant Valley (Aired on September 7 and 8, 2019)

Diana Bellissimo, owner of the Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, visits the RadioRotary
studio (sadly without an alpaca) to describe the activities that the farm celebrates
on National Alpaca Day and to tell the RadioRotary cohosts about the pleasures
of raising 25 alpacas (and a llama) on a 40-acre farm in Pleasant Valley, New
York. While alpacas are primarily known for their amazing wool, the sweet-
tempered and terminally cute animals are just pleasant to be around. Learn more
about this delightful South American relative of the camel and about the wool
products and outdoor activities available at the farm.

Learn more:
Lilymoore Alpaca Farm: https://www.lilymoorefarm.com/
National Alpaca Days: https://www.alpacainfo.com/alpaca-farm-days
Facts About Alpacas: https://www.livescience.com/52668-alpacas.html
Animal Assisted Therapy: https://www.crchealth.com/types-of-therapy/what-is-animal-assisted-therapy/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Events ·  

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