Kids can understand more than we think. If you explain it to them with care, they can even understand a factory farming system that infuses what should be delicious treats with corn syrup and chemical preservatives rendering them a health risk instead.
But that doesn’t make them want the treats any less.
Liz Snyder, a small farmer and food activist living in Silicon Valley, was tired of launching into a lecture of food economics every time her daughter asked for something from the ice cream truck. One day her daughter asked why she didn’t sell her homemade popsicles in the park so that both kids and moms could be happy.
Snyder thought it was a good question, and so the dream of Little Bee Pops was born.
“We want Little Bee Pops to be the defender of good food in Silicon Valley,” writes Snyder on the company’s Kickstarter page. “Because c’mon all you smartie pants programmers, there is no excuse for our little paradise to be light years behind SF and Berkeley, is there? If we can make smart phones, why not smart food?”
Ultimately, Snyder and her friend/business partner Lilia Schwartz hope to have bicycle-powered ice cream carts streaming through Mountain View, California, selling sweet treats that improve the local economy, the viability of small farms and gardens, and the health of children childen.
“Our goal is to have a kitchen that supports other locavore, sustainable food entrepreneurs in that shaky, what-the-hell-are-we-doing start up phase,” continued Snyder. “To donate our time and pops to raising funds for garden-based education, sustainable agriculture, and fiercely local food.”
In just ONE WEEK Little Bee Pops has raised almost $4,000 of its $15,000 goal!
The Little Bee Pops Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign will run through January 15th, 2012. Kickstarting is all or nothing; Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded by its deadline or no money changes hands. For Snyder and Schwartz, they’re hoping that crowdfunding Little Bee Pops will be another sweet success story.
Check out the page to learn lots more about the two women and one girl behind this delightful micro-business. If you’ve been blessed to eat delicious healthy food this year and want to support the small farms and family businesses that are dedicated to growing it, consider making a donation to help get Little Bee Pops up and running!