Growing change with food and agriculture entrepreneurs
A note from Julia:
With only a few weeks left in the year, I’ve already begun my year-end reflections… and I am filled with gratitude.
We’ve worked with some wonderful clients and delighted in their successes. Here are just a few highlights:
• Aspire won the $1 million Hult Prize with their plan to introduce cricket farming as a recipe for food security in sub-Saharan Africa
• Life Alive was ranked as one of the top restaurants in the Boston area
• Cuisine en Locale moved into their own space, launching the first ever All-Local Events Hall
• Higher Ground opened the first rooftop farm in Boston, growing over a ton of food.
On a personal level, it’s been a good year, too. My family is all in good health, I have a lovely home with a wonderful garden, and plenty of friends whom I cherish.
I recognize that this has been an exceedingly difficult year for many, even beyond the Marathon bombing, including several people I care about. A friend’s baby is recovering from cancer treatment; another friend lost her son at a tragically young age, and several friends have lost their parents (I’m getting to that age).
It makes me all the more grateful for the gifts I have. In past years, I’ve made year-end contributions to some of the non-profits that support things I value, like The Carrot Project and Future Chefs.
This year, I will add to my list the organizations that have made the lives of my dear friends better while they spent many days and nights at Boston Children’s Hospital, starting with the BCH Parking Fund and the Jimmy Fund Parking Fund, which cover parking fees at hospitals so parents can be with a sick child whenever they need. The BCH Activities Fund covers dinners and other activities for inpatients, while Dec-A-Room donated toys during the inpatient periods, adding a little joy to young patients’ days. My friends will finally be celebrating the end of the treatment period with a much-needed vacation to Florida, with the help of the Make-a-wish Foundation. If you’d like to join me in supporting these organizations, you can designate a gift to these specific funds through BCH’s general donation page.
Wishing you a joyful holiday season and prosperous New Year! I look forward to working with you in the coming year. And if you are feeling grateful, as I am this year, please consider giving to someone who is less fortunate.
Julia Shanks Food Consulting Services include:
- Seven-Point Restaurant Health Check
- Recipe and Menu Development
- Financial Accounting Software Setup and Training (QuickBooks)
- Financial Analysis
- Small Farm Business Development
- Green Your Business
- Seminars and Workshops