Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Coffee and Kale


To be honest, kale is not my favorite.  We grow kale at Englewood Community Farm because others like it. Some others love it. And it is good for you.  I'm not saying that I can't or won't eat it.  In fact, it was included in the mixed greens that I put in the skillet on Saturday, reduced in olive oil, added stew beef (yes, from a local farmer), rice, and a touch of soy sauce. Combined, it was delicious. 

What you see in the photo is our kale starts for our first crop this year. It won't be long before they go in the ground and we start harvesting kale to deliver to the food pantry at A Turning Point. Yes, there will be enough for you if you want some. 

A couple of things to notice: look closely and you will see the first true leaves have formed. That is a happy moment for garden nerds like me. Look closely again and you will see that the "seed pots" are repurposed Points on the Wheel Coffee bags. That is a happy moment for repurposing (is that even a word?) nerds like me.  

Finally, a few requests in no particular order: 

  • Buy our coffee.  If you are interested, email me: mark.pointsonthewheel@gmail.com
  • If you buy our coffee, save the bags. I have a plan for them
  • Volunteer at Englewood Community Farm this year
  • Consider a contribution to Points on the Wheel to support our initiative, "Mwen Grangu" supporting healthy food and healthy planet. Again, for more information, contact me: mark.pointsonthewheel@gmail.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What is Points on the Wheel?

Points on the Wheel is a relationship-based,  grassroots organization that engages people to accomplish together what none of us could do on our own.  We respond to the requests of the communities where we have relationships, where we have been invited to engage.  We are advocates, resource gatherers, project managers, and volunteer recruiters. Once invited, we build relationships in communities. We gather resources based on the request of the community leaders where we work. We make our decisions about projects based on the priorities of the community leaders. And we recruit volunteers who are open to learning from those they have come to assist.  
Some examples of our work have been to gather resources to build a school in Haiti,  connect a friend who developed a solar-powered phone charger with communities in Haiti and The Bahamas, organize and deliver over 350 boxes of relief supplies to the border in Texas, guide and encourage volunteers to assist with partner locations in Spruce Island, Alaska, Eagle Pass, Texas, Eleuthera, The Bahamas, and multiple communities in Haiti.  We are also advocates and practitioners of earth friendly, people friendly farming in many of the communities in which we work including our home base, Kansas City, Missouri.  If you would like to know more about Points on the Wheel, our way of engaging, and the communities in which we currently engage, contact our director, Mark Buhlig: mark.pointsonthewheel@gmail.com