Third Annual Milk Ride
On Saturday morning, October 26, members of WhiteWave’s leadership team hosted a bike ride in Boulder to benefit Community Food Share (CFS), a hunger relief organization that provides more than seven million meals each year to those in need in Boulder and Broomfield, Colo. Counties. For every WhiteWave employee who joined the ride, the company made a cash donation to CFS.
The WhiteWave team consisted of 15 cyclists, and the group donated $400 to CFS to help provide 1,600 meals to those in need in Boulder and Broomfield, Colo. Nice work, cyclists!
Cans, Tubs and Cash for CFS
As part of WhiteWave’s Share What We Do Well Month, our Research & Development and Sustainability teams held a food drive for CFS.
Through the team’s food drive, WhiteWave donated:
- 88 pounds of canned food
- 23 pounds of yogurt
- $30 in cash, which is equivalent to 120 meals
Way to go Research & Development and Sustainability teams!
Naturally Boulder, a non-profit organization with a mission of nurturing and enhancing the natural products industry in Boulder, has set up a Naturally Boulder Disaster Relief Fund. The first donations to the fund came from personal donations from the organization’s board members and from sponsor companies, and as a sponsor of Naturally Boulder, WhiteWave donated $2,500. The first allocation of grants from the fund will go towards assisting Naturally Boulder members and sponsor companies to help them re-establish their businesses and recover from the September 2013 floods in and around Boulder.
To date, Naturally Boulder has raised more than $38,000 for this fund, and disbursements will be made through an application process. If you are a Naturally Boulder member and you work for a company that experienced loss related to the flooding in September, you may be eligible for a grant from this fund. Click here to see the criteria for applicants and to download a Disaster Relief Fund application.
Applications are due back to Naturally Boulder by 5:00 PM on Nov. 7, 2013.
It’s amazing to see our community come together time and time again.
The Venus de Miles cycling event which celebrates leadership, volunteerism, sisterhood, and the environment, was set to take place on Sept. 29 in Boulder County. Due to the recent floods in the area, the event was cancelled. In lieu of the biking event, riders were given the opportunity to have fun while helping out others in need.
A group of 25 Venus de Miles riders, including a handful of women from WhiteWave, showed up at Mudslingers, a community organized flood relief group, to spend the day helping people impacted by the floods.
The group worked on a farm north of Boulder that had suffered great devastation to its land and barn. Together, they dug two feet of mud out of the barn, moved truckloads of unsalvageable items to a dump station and dug out trees so their roots could survive.
At the end of the day, the women cleaned up and attended the Venus de Miles celebration where they were treated to great food and drinks, and a tremendous sense of community.
If you’d like to help out too and sling some mud with great people, find mudslingers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donateboulder
At Naturally Boulder’s Awards and Pitch Slam Party last night, The WhiteWave Foods Company was named “Company of the Year” and our Silk brand was honored with the “Focus on the Future” award.
To be considered for the Company of the Year award, WhiteWave had to demonstrate strong financial success, a passion for community involvement and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
The Focus on the Future award is given to a project or initiative which exemplifies a game-changing effort to fuse the principles of sustainability into core business practices. Silk spearheaded a campaign called Change the Course that raised awareness for issues facing our freshwater supply and encouraged the public to pledge to reduce their personal water consumption.
Blaine McPeak, President of WhiteWave Foods, accepted the Company of the Year award and said, “Receiving this award shows not only how much we’ve grown as a company, but it also demonstrates that our connection to our local natural and organic community still runs deep”.
Naturally Boulder issued a press release highlighting all winners from the evening including:
- Goddess Garden – winner of the Lance Gentry Breakthrough Innovation Award
- Alfalfa’s Market – winner of the Best Young Business Award
- Bryce Brown of the Growe Foundation – winner of Local Hero
- Mo Siegel – winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award
Our Silk and Horizon brands were born in Boulder, so this event is always meaningful to us, and of course, we are completely pumped we were recognized for both of these awards!
Last night, our Silk and Horizon brands sponsored a special screening of the award-winning documentary, GMO OMG at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo. Film makers, Joshua Kunau and Jeremy Seifert, attended the screening and participated in a post-film Q&A session with audience members. It was a packed house with nearly 400 people at the screening.
The film explores how Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) may impact our health, our planet and our freedom to choose what’s in the food we eat. GMO OMG traces Jeremy’s journey, as a concerned father, from Haiti to Norway to Paris in search of the truth about GMOs.
WhiteWave strongly supports transparency in labeling and the right for people to know what’s in their food and we’re proud to help bring more awareness to the important issue of how our food is produced.
WhiteWave Foods is also committed to the non-GMO movement as a supporter of the national campaign, Just Label It!, which has collected more than 1.3 million signatures from concerned consumers in support of GMO labeling. Silk is a proud participant in the Non-GMO Project product verification program, which provides independent verification that products are made in a system designed to avoid GMOs. Silk’s plant-based beverages proudly carry the “Non-GMO Project Verified” Seal. All of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and comply with the National Organic Program’s stringent requirements, including those regarding GMO ingredients.
More information about the film, GMO OMG is available at http://www.gmofilm.com/. Please visit http://silk.com/our-story/non-gmo for more information on Silk’s efforts to support non-GMO efforts.
Film makers Joshua Kunau and Jeremy Seifert, and Kelly Shea from WhiteWave Foods during the Q&A session.
On Sept. 18, Colorado radio and television broadcasters from the Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) joined forces for one day to host a Colorado Flood Relief telethon to raise funds for the victims of the recent Colorado Flood.
The community came forward and donated a total of more than $1.1 million to the American Red Cross, Food Bank of Larimer County, Weld County Food Bank and Community Food Share serving Boulder and Broomfield County.
Find the full blog post from the CBA here: http://www.coloradobroadcasters.org/news/colorado-broadcasters-raise-over-1-1-million-for-flood-victims/
For the third year, WhiteWave is proud to sponsor Venus de Miles, an all-women fundraising cycling event which celebrates leadership, volunteerism, sisterhood, and the environment. This year’s bike ride through Boulder County will take place on September 29 and WhiteWave has more than 80 employees participating in the ride. Go WhiteWave women, go!
Proceeds from the ride benefit the Greenhouse Scholars, a not-for-profit Boulder foundation that helps high-performing, under-resourced college students.
Join WhiteWave and hundreds of women for a great ride as well as a post-ride celebration of spa services, gourmet food and exhibitors with women-specific products and services. Visit http:/colorado.venusdemiles.com to register to ride, volunteer or donate. During the event, WhiteWave Foods will distribute single serve boxes of Silk® soymilk and Horizon Organic® milk at aid stations along the course and will be offering International Delight® coffee creamers at the pre-race coffee station.
Growing Gardens, located in Boulder, Colo., is one of WhiteWave’s valued non-profit partners and they are offering some great fall cooking classes in September. Read on, but warning – you may get hungry. All classes cost $40 and you can register here.
September 5 from 6-8pm
Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. in Boulder
Chef Michael Montgomery harvests ripe, organic produce directly from the iCultiva! Youth Project’s two-acre urban farm and will create delicious seasonal foods on the spot. Learn how to make the most of a garden’s bounty.
September 12 from 6-8pm
Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. in Boulder
Lauren Richardson, Growing Gardens Greenhouse Manager, teaches this class and she’ll share all of her tips and secrets from her 10 years of canning experience. Participants will learn all there is to know to start canning at home with step-by-step instructions and demonstration.
FRESH CHEESE MAKING
September 19 from 6-8pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St. in Boulder
Chef Michael Montgomery will be back to teach the fundamentals of fresh cheese and explore the world of fermentation with participants. Chef Montgomery will cover cultured butter, yogurt, ricotta and mozzarella. Say Cheese.
Growing Gardens is one of WhiteWave’s valued non-profit partners and they are offering an amazing summer cooking class series that starts on July 25. Read on and sign up to bring the fruits and flavors of your garden to your plate.
Summer Cooking Class Series with Chef Michael Montgomery
Learn how to creatively utilize your garden throughout the growing season as we cook with food harvested from Growing Gardens at its peak! Learn new cooking techniques and tips from Growing Gardens Chef Michael as he gives on-site cooking demonstrations. Participants will taste Michael’s cooking samples and take home seasonal recipe packets.
Topics covered during class:
- To pick or not to pick. Determining when to eat your garden.
- Proper storage of common Colorado veggies.
- Getting the most flavor out of your garden. Creative ideas for the heavy producers.
- Utilizing fresh herbs and aromatics such as garlic, onions, leeks.
- Basic knife skills
- Intuitive cooking (cooking without a recipe)
Summer Cooking Class Schedule:
Thursday, July 25 – Beets
Thursday, August 15 – Summer Squash
Thursday, August 29 – Tomatoes
Class Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Summer Cooking Series Classes will be held at Growing Gardens – iCultiva! Harvest Station, next to the Greenhouse.
Each class is $40, or save $15 when you register for all three!
Click here to sign up.
About Chef Michael Montgomery:
A graduate of Kendall Culinary School in Chicago, Michael’s work with food spans from high paced restaurant kitchens to catering companies, corporate kitchens and grocery stores. Most recently, Michael has rolled up his sleeves and is getting his hands dirty learning how to grow food as an intern at Growing Gardens for the 2013 season. Michael is eager to share his cooking techniques, experiences and extensive knowledge of food.
If you have questions, please contact Megan at (303) 443-9952 or Megan@growinggardens.org or visit http://www.growinggardens.org/
Growing Gardens is one of WhiteWave’s valued non-profit partners and they offer some great classes for adults. Have you ever heard of Vermacomposting?
Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into gold for your garden in this interactive demonstration class taught by Master Gardener and Colorado Worm Man, John Anderson. John will convert, before your very eyes, a defunct refrigerator into a year-round vermicomposting system while teaching step-by-step instructions of how to construct your own at home. Participants will learn the basics of vermicomposting, worm bin maintenance and harvesting techniques.
Location: Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. in Boulder – Compost Area (just south of Children’s Peace Garden)
Saturday, July 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
To register for this class click here
If you have questions, please contact Megan at (303) 443-9952 or Megan@growinggardens.org or visit http://www.growinggardens.org/.