“Come on, Mom. Let’s go check on the tea,” Joseph said grabbing my arm and leading me out into the garden. Now, tea has a number of different meanings in my house these days. It could be a liquid flowering of delicate and slightly sweet flavors if Mommy is making a cup. Or it could be a cup of woodsy, earthy robustness if Daddy is brewing a pot. It could be a concoction of water, sand, and plant matter the kids create in the sand box, or, it could be referring to the silt and water accumulating at the bottom of the compost bin. Today, it was the “compost tea” Joseph wanted to check on. We carefully poured this liquid fertilizer over our garden beds, loving and talking to the plants as we went. I held the bowl while Joseph scooped tablespoons onto his favorite plants. It made me feel so… so… green.
Sustainability is a very popular word these days. Companies that prove they are creating a sustainable source for their products, whether by replanting the trees they cut or “reducing, reusing, and recycling” whenever possible are much more competitive and/or attractive in the consumer’s eye. As suburbanites, several of our neighbors and friends are turning their households “sustainable” with garden beds, compost bins, and chickens. We’re not far behind. We have the garden boxes and compost bin. Chicken coop plans are a’brewing. Stay tuned for fun chicken stories in the near future. We grow our own food because it isn’t processed, it is incredibly fresh, and it is delicious. Not to mention what a great learning experience gardening is for the kids… getting their fingers dirty, caring for another living thing, and then enjoying the “fruits” of their labors.
Dawn Faith Leppan, founder of the 1000 Hills medical clinic and feeding center in South Africa, recently posted on Facebook that she had handed out seeds to some of the families who attend her clinic and feeding center. The hope is that these families will be able to raise gardens and sustain their families. Dawn also mentioned that she wanted to start a worm bin to help those gardens succeed. In a part of the world where there aren’t grocery stores on every corner, these gardens aren’t about a healthier, tastier alternative to abundant processed food. These gardens are about sustaining life and stemming starvation.
Compassion Tea was started as an effort to create a more sustainable source of funds for its parent company, the CareNow Foundation. Fundraising has its limits, but memberships are steady and reliable. As we move closer and closer to reaching our first goal of 100 memberships, we are so grateful for those members who have joined our team and who are helping to sustain the CareNow Foundation and its work with medical clinics and organizations in Africa.
But it dawned on me that sustainable has to have an element of growth about it. Yesterday, I saw a poster advertising an Earth Day event at a local vineyard. Tours of the sustainable farm, vineyards, and restaurant gardens would be a part of the activities. The idea of sustainable farming is not simply to maintain the current production but to expand the productivity. Likewise, we can’t be content to simply sustain life in Africa in a few certain areas. There has to be growth, expanded impact.
As a sustainable company, Compassion Tea seeks to sustain the CareNow Foundation and its work. Through the expansion of our company, through the sale of more memberships and more tea, we can expand the work that is done in Africa thereby reaching more of the world’s least served. If you haven’t already done so, please join us.

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