This month, as Little Pickle Press has explored ways to be sweet, we’ve come to understand that life’s sweetness comes in many forms. Whether it is with music or reading or simply making a sweet treat for our loved ones, we can do things every day to celebrate people. Sure, Valentine’s Day is just one day, but loving people is something that occurs the other 364 days of the year as well.
Looking back on our month we kicked it off with advice from Nancy Stampahar who showed us ways to make our lives sweeter. Then, we featured Fearless Chocolate, a fantastic B Corporation that we hope you’ll check out. Anna Broyles reviewed our latest book, Elizabeth Dulemba’s A Bird on Water Street for those who would like to check that out. In fact, we also pushed out a PubSlush campaign that comes with a new way to purchase our books in addition to the traditional avenues. We took a look at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, shared 5 fantastic Pinterest boards, and shared 10 tunes to sweeten your day.
Do you have a cavity yet? Because there was a lot of sweet content this month.
Our friends over at the ONE campaign shared some great information with us and it’s pretty sweet: did you know that sweet potatoes are a highly-nutritious crop that can be used as a potent force in the fight against the vitamin A deficiency that happens in many developing countries? Sweet potatoes, as it turns out, are an ideal crop because they don’t require fertilizer nor are they adversely affected by changing rainfall patterns. What makes them so sweet is that they’re easy to plant and grow and they serve as as source of nutrition.
The World Food Programme uses sweet potatoes as their “go-to” crop because of their heartiness and the diversity used in recipes. Agriculturally speaking, many countries use the crop to supplement the other foods related to the region. Places like sub-Saharan Africa and Indonesia are using the vegetable in local schools for their lunch programs. Most of these initiatives help to revitalize the local economy, promote nutrition education, and increase opportunities for the most poverty-stricken people who can use the sweet potato as a means to make money and feed communities.
As we look back on the sweetness of February, we’re encouraged by programs and initiatives like this that are helping the world’s poorest get healthy and find ways to boost local economies. That’s just about the sweetest deal of all.
Be sure to check out the ONE Campaign’s Best Sweet Potato Recipes on Pinterest!
Photo credit: Stephanie Savariaud/ WFP