BAKING A DIFFERENCE
We feel that supporting our community and giving back is vital, especially during this difficult time. Below are some of the ways we aim to "bake a difference:"
Supporting non-profits that benefit children
Five percent of our proceeds is donated to help children. When you place an order, you will be able to choose one of the following two non-profits with whom we have partnered:
- No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Especially in this time of distance learning, many kids who rely are school meals are at risk of not receiving the food they need. Our donations will help ensure no child goes hungry. Learn more here.
- Sierra Madre Community Nursery School is a play-based, NAEYC accredited, parent participation school that offers a high quality educational experience from preschool through kindergarten in a natural setting. Children develop social and emotional skills through developmentally play guided by teachers and parents working in the classroom. Learn more about the school here.
Fruit Tree Initiative
In Southern California we are lucky enough to have an abundance of fruit trees, often in our backyard! However, these trees can sometimes produce more fruit than one single family can consume. In aligning with our low waste, sustainable goals, we created the Fruit Tree Initiative. Our goal is that no piece of ripe fruit goes wasted from our trees. If you have a fruit tree in your yard and would love to donate extra fruit to us to use in our baked goods, we will donate 50% of proceeds from those sales to one of the orgs listed above. We can work with any kind of fruit - and would have fun coming up with new recipes! To donate or learn more, fill out this contact form here.
Local, Seasonal Ingredients
We partner with local farmers to incorporate only seasonal ingredients into our baked goods. This cuts down on transportation emissions from shipping off-season fruit from other regions. We also use local, California artisan flour in our bread products from a mill called Central Milling. We aim to support local business and agriculture in as many ways as possible.
We aim to avoid plastic packaging whenever possible. We love using compostable parchment paper, boxes made from recyclable materials, and biodegradable jute string.
The kraft-style bakery boxes we use are uncoated and no chemicals are used to change their natural organic appearance. The natural brown paperboard uses around 25-30% less fiber than other box materials. Against bleached paperboard, it is better for the environment because strong solvents are not used to bleach the pulp. Also, the fiber for these brown/brown boxes comes from SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) lumber - lumber collected and reforested utilizing environmentally friendly practices.
Because our items are baked to order, we have no oversupply of food that must be dumped at the end of the day.