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Hope Blooms

Halifax, NS

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Their Story

This is not a bottle of delicious salad dressing.

Okay, it is...but it’s also (and most importantly) creating a positive impact in the community, too! Here at the Mama Earth Intergalactic Headquarters, the only thing we like better than good food, is food that does good, too.

We’re suckers for a good heartwarming story and are always drawn to supporting local businesses with a purpose. The latest addition to the market is a couple of seriously tasty dressings from Hope Blooms; a youth-driven movement made up of over 60 youth from diverse ethnicities and creating thought driven leaders within a marginalized environment.

A quick trip over to the north end of Halifax and you’ll find a plot of land that’s been steadily growing in size, and impact, over the last ten years. Hope Blooms is in the business of offering agricultural and culinary programs to youth in their community that are also providing solace, support, critical life skills and a shot at a brighter future.

That’s where those tasty dressings come in. The dressing inside these bottles is created by the youth themselves! Everything from the herbs that they grow in their greenhouse, to recipe creation, to the bottling, to the photography contests for the product labels, they do everything by hand!

The cherry on top is really the scholarship fund that’s growing in size each year from the sale of the Hope Blooms’ dressing. This social enterprise has been giving the opportunity of post-secondary education to youth, who, for many, are the first in their families to do so. Many of their program graduates have also received other awards for outstanding leadership in their communities.

We really just want to spread the word and help them continue to pay it forward and extend their reach, speaking of paying it forward, $1 from every bottle sold will also be donated to support Jessie’s Centre right here in Toronto!

If you haven’t heard, Jessie’s Centre supports pregnant women, new parents and their children through their various community programs including daily meals, pregnancy support, and nutrition education near the city’s downtown core. So, a delicious bottle of dressing for you, and a better future for at-risk youth in Halifax and new parents and kids here in Toronto, too! We love it when everybody wins.
 



Take a quick trip over to the north end of Halifax and you’ll find a plot of land that’s been steadily growing in size, and impact, over the last ten years. Hope Blooms is in the business of offering agricultural and culinary programs to youth in their community while also providing solace, support, critical life skills and a shot at a brighter future.

The dressing inside these bottles is a byproduct of their social enterprise, and everything from the herbs that they grow in their greenhouse, to recipe creation, to the photography contests for the product labels, is done (by hand!) by the youth in the program.

The best part of all is the scholarship fund that’s growing each year from the sales of their Hope Blooms’ dressing. This dressing has been giving the opportunity of post-secondary education to the youth program participants, who, for many, are the first in their families! Many program graduates have also received external awards for outstanding community leadership which is living proof of the transformative power of this organization.

We really just want to spread the word and help them continue to pay it forward and extend their reach. Speaking of paying it forward, $1 from every bottle sold will also be donated to support Jessie’s Centre right here in Toronto, too! We love it when everybody wins.

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