Friday, July 14, 2017

What You Need To Know About Roadside Vendors Today


What You Need To Know About Roadside Vendors Today

July 13, 2017

by Cathy Harris,  National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert


 

July 13, 2017

I don't think any of us, especially if you are a baby boomer, will ever forget roadside vendors from back in the day. These farmers had fresh, organic pickings from their gardens and fields in their trucks and other vehicles and sold these alongside of their family members and neighbors -- on the sides of roads

This is how they made money to feed their families.  They did not have to buy groceries because everything they ate came from their gardens and fields -- from the land. Legal and health paperwork weren't required because even local government and law enforcement officials felt like everyone else, that they could go to these roadside vendors and buy some good, organic foods for their family members.

During the month of July 2017, right before July 4, 2017, my mate and I were riding around looking at the countryside. We then decided to drive all the way up to Houston, which is two (2) hours away from Austin, basically to visit some of the black roadside vendors on the side of the road. 

Everyone in the area know that these vendors hang out on this stretch of highway so we wanted to see what they had good to eat.  For some reason up until now, we thought that these vendors had fresh, home-grown foods right out of their gardens and fields, or out of their family members or neighbors gardens and fields, but our perception on how we see these vendors have forever changed. 

We bought some tomatoes, peaches and watermelons from one vendor. They had forgotten to remove a sticker off one of the peaches, so we were able to figure out right away that they had went out to some grocery store or another food vendor and bought these foods to sell at a higher price on the side of the roads.

Others had stopped by but because the prices were so high, they kept driving, however, my mate and I wanted something to snack on as we drove around the countryside, so we went ahead and paid the higher prices. 

However, if we knew the foods were not organically grown in gardens and fields, and they were just more GMO fruits and vegetables from grocery stores or some other GMO food vendor, we would have stopped by one of the 10 to 15 grocery stores that we passed along the way, and searched for a better quality of food

Before we found the sticker, I had washed off a peach and bit into it. As soon I bit into the peach, I felt sick to my stomach. Not only did it not have a taste, it barely had a smell to it. My mind went back to the peaches that we used to grow right in our own front yard, when I was a little girl, and how juicy it was and how I would give anything for a chance to eat like we did when I grew up. 

We kept driving and passed several other black vendors on both sides of the road and wondered if they too were using thesedeceitful tactics to make money - probably so. Black people can do better! First of all they have to start by being honest with other black folks then joining in and working with them in business alliances, strategic partnerships and co-ops, for thebetterment of the community

We have to do the right thing by each other and when we lay our heads on our pillows at night, we need to be able to sleep with a clear mind that we did not go out of our way to hurt or be deceitful to others, especially other black folks. That include telling the truth in EVERY AREA of our lives.

I know that black folks are desperate today to make money, but as long as they remain deceitful and don't share information with each other and continue to seek out unethical avenues to make money, they will continue on a downward spiral of deceit and dishonesty.

There are many other ways to make legitimate funds and fed, clothe and shelter our own families. These roadside vendors are the exact group of individuals that we are trying to get involved with in our new movement "Virtual Organic Garden Clubs"www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com, but we need everyone to get involved and help us spread the word on our new national food project.

"Remember we are the ones we've been waiting on."
-Cathy Harris





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  “The Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront) Initiative”


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Masterminds, Think Tanks, Classrooms Starts on July 18, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST)



Masterminds, Think Tanks, Classrooms

Growing our own foods will be a GAME CHANGER for the black community. We got this!

Join us for our FIRST monthly "Virtual Organic Garden Clubs" (www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com) Movement teleconference call. We will hold MONTHLY teleconference calls (max 100 participants on phones) every 3rd Tuesday, starting on July 18, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST). Call (515) 739-1038, Pin Code: 243460. New playback number is (605) 468-8081.

These calls are Masterminds, Think Tanks, and Classrooms. We want to hear from you to see how we can help you set up job and business opportunities around growing food in your city and of course we would love to hear your story on how you got started yourself. There is power in your own story!

Feel free to reach out to me anytime at (512) 909-7365 or email: cathy@cathyharrisinternational.com. Cathy Harris, Website: www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.

Check out our two ongoing campaigns or movements at “The Essential Women’s Movement for African American Women” at www.EssentialMentors.com and “Virtual Organic Garden Clubs” Movement at www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com

Also check out “The Beauty and Barber Shop or Storefront Initiative” at
https://cathyharrisinternational.com/the-beauty-and-barber-shop-or-storefront-initiative/ to move your business to the next level. Print out the press release and give it to beauty and barber shops or storefront owners so they will allow you to set up a table and chairs in their businesses to gain clients and customers. It’s a win – win for everyone.

YouTube.com – Beauty and Barber Shop Initiative



Read These Blog Posts and Get Ready 
To Grow Your Foods


My First Garden Journey – How I Built A Raised Bed Garden – Cathy Harris



How To Use Pots and Containers 
To Grow Foods




10 Steps To Growing Your Own Foods




What You Need To Know About 
Roadside Vendors Today




  “The Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront) Initiative”

"Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition"

Buy This Book Now -- Read 
and Study It from Cover to Cover...
This book can be read by 12 year olds and above.
This book can be a summer reading 
assignment for your kids.
 

"New Book Release"

"Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition" 
by Cathy Harris
available as an e-book and paperback



Table of Contents

SECTION 1: HOW WILL YOU GAIN ACCESS TO GOOD, CLEAN, ORGANIC FOODS?
  • How To Start A Home Garden
  • How To Start A School Garden
  • How To Start A Community Garden
  • How To Start A Food Co-op
  • How To Start A Food Coalition
SECTION II: LEGAL STRUCTURE AND FINANCING FOR FOOD PROJECTS
  • Job and Business Opportunities
  • Legal Business Structure
  • Top Ways to Finance Food Projects
SECTION III: MARKETING AND MEDIA FOR FOOD PROJECTS
  • How To Market Food Projects
  • How To Deal With Media Entities

PREFACE - A NOTE TO THE READER

This book not only lays out several action plans to gain access to good, clean, organic foods, but it will help all family members gain access to job and business opportunities, while they eliminate food deserts in their communities.

Face it we will never get back to totally living off the land like our ancestors did, but families must come together today for the sake of future generations. We need to seriously look at solutions because this is the first generation that will not outlive their parents. However, there are economically-empowered ways we can feed, clothe and shelter our own families.

Food is not always only about the most expedient way to suppress hunger. Many community organizations have long understood this and believe that food access and quality is tied to both racial and economic justice.

Over the past few years we have heard quite a bit about food deserts, or high poverty areas where a lack of grocery stores makes it difficult for residents to purchase fresh food. However, we know far less about the food realities of people who live near grocery stores where fresh food is sold, but because of their limited  incomes, they simply cannot afford it.

Affordable healthy food is an issue of both equity and justice that disproportionally affects working-class and poor people of color in cities and rural areas. Reducing the economic necessity for some to rely so heavily on food that is unhealthy, is not only a tool for fighting health concerns, there are other benefits too.

Time and time again it shows when many schools team up with healthy venues and swap out soda machines and offer instead -- juices, water and low-sugar energy drinks and also prepared meals entirely free of additives and chemicals, but with abundant amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grain breads, this have led to reduced behavioral problems, higher grades, lower expulsion rates, decreases in the use of ADD prescription drugs, and teachers are reporting that the students were more attentive and could concentrate for longer periods of time.

Gaining access to clean, sustainability, grown food is a basic human right so we need venues to offer education to inspire family members to live healthy lives, by offering hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition and this is what this book will do.







Read These Blog Posts and Get Ready 
To Grow Your Foods


My First Garden Journey – How I Built A Raised Bed Garden – Cathy Harris



How To Use Pots and Containers 
To Grow Foods




10 Steps To Growing Your Own Foods




What You Need To Know About 
Roadside Vendors Today




  “The Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront) Initiative”

Virtual Organic Garden Clubs Launches "The Beauty and Barber Shop" (or "Storefront") Initiative


 
Virtual Organic Garden Clubs Launches "The Beauty and Barber Shop" (or "Storefront") Initiative

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017
CONTACT:
Angels Press
Attn: Cathy Harris, CEO and President
P.O. Box 19282
Austin, TX 78760
(512) 909-7365

"The Beauty and Barber Shop" 
(or "Storefront") Initiative
Cathy Harris launches "The Beauty and Barber Shop" (or "Storefront") Initiative. This initiative is being launched by Cathy Harris from "Virtual Organic Garden Clubs" at http://www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com and "The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women" at http://www.EssentialMentors.com. The initiative is created to help African American families gain access to good clean, organic foods, while they start businesses, especially around growing foods.
We are asking all African American Beauty and Barbers Shop owners or business owners with storefronts to consider allowing business coaches, consultants, mentors, tutors and other business owners to set up an area once or twice a week in your storefront, in order to educate the community. This would be a win, win for everyone because both the storefront owners and business owners would obtain more clients and customers, especially now while school is out for the summer.
We will announce this training through meetup.com groups, ads in newspapers, through churches and community meetings.
Business training will include FREE consultations or coaching sessions on -- 1) The steps to start a business, 2) How to set entrepreneurial goals, 3) How to create a business plan, 3) How to obtain business start-up money, 4) Business ethics and etiquette training, 5) How to develop marketable skills, 6) How to network with local business owners, and 7) How to obtain business mentors. 
Just some of the reasons that youths should open their own businesses include: 1) Young adults need to learn responsibility to prepare for adulthood, 2) It gives them something constructive to do with their time, 3) They can help their family out financially, 4) New businesses improves the conditions of the community, 5) They can pay for their entire college education, and 6) They have no other choice because of the economy.
Some easy to set up businesses just in time for summer include: Gardening and greenhouse consultants; Tutoring businesses; Resume businesses; Author/publishing company; Pet sitting/walking businesses; T-shirt businesses; Flyer distribution businesses; Newsletter/Marketing/PR businesses; Giving lessons - music, dancing, or cooking; Baking cakes, pastries or cookies; Garage cleaning; Lawn maintenance; Computer training; Website or Graphic Designing - just to name a few.
It's time to invest in our children! This is a great opportunity for multi-talented youths to use their skills and stay out of trouble this summer. Children are much more energetic and resourceful than adults and they live in a world of technology so they can start making money in 2 weeks to 30 days by using their own skills, talents and passions. 

So that we can prepare families to work in job's programs or grow their own foods and become business owners read Cathy Harris' business books entitled "The New CEO: 185 Easy-To-Set Up Businesses for Youth and Adult Entrepreneurs" and "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business" (Series 2) and recently released "Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition" -- available as e-books and paperback books at http://www.AngelsPress.com.
If you would like to sign your business up for this initiative and be listed on our website and receive free marketing, contact Cathy Harris, who is a National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Speaker and Author at Angels Press, P.O. Box 19282, Austin, TX 78760, Website: www.CathyHarrisInternational.com, Email: cathy@cathyharrisinternational.com, Phone: (512) 909-7365.  

 

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Read These Blog Posts and Get Ready 
To Grow Your Foods


My First Garden Journey – How I Built A Raised Bed Garden – Cathy Harris



How To Use Pots and Containers 
To Grow Foods




10 Steps To Growing Your Own Foods




What You Need To Know About 
Roadside Vendors Today




  “The Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront) Initiative”