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You Can Help Crowdfund Healthy Treats For Kids!

It’s hard to be a healthy kid these days. Around every corner, junk foods in brightly colored packages seem to leap off the shelves and beg to be eaten. But health conscious parents know that just because a product is marketed for kids, that doesn’t necessarily mean that product is actually good for kids.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn that Liz Snyder, one of my favorite farmers and food activists, was starting a micro-business to create delicious frozen treats for kids made from locally-grown ingredients.

“It was my daughter, Helen (aka our “Little Bee”), who first came up with the idea for Little Bee Pops,” said Snyder. “Basically, she was sick and tied of not being allowed to get treats from the ice cream cart at the park. I’m also pretty sure she was tired of hearing me rant about a market flooded with cheap, subsidized corn & soy creating a toxic food supply full of corn syrup and additives that was then fobbed off on the youngest, most unsuspecting consumers.

Ask for a treat, get a lecture on agricultural economics. Yes, I am that mom.

“With a long-suffering eyeroll, she said “So Mom, why don’t you sell your pops at the park? Then moms and kids could be happy.” And with that, the idea for Little Bee Pops was born.”


Now, Snyder and her friend and business partner Lilia Shwartz, are working to turn that idea into a reality. Just over a week ago, the pair launched a Kickstarter campaign to help crowdfund the seed capital they need to get Little Bee Pops off the ground. They hope to raise $15,000 by January 10th, and generous donors have already helped them gather almost $5,000 toward that goal. And what is the ultimate goal for Little Bee Pops?

To have bicycle-powered ice cream carts streaming through our fair city, selling sweet treats that improve our local economy, the viability of our small farms and gardens, and the health of our children. To have a kitchen that supports other locavore, sustainable food entrepreneurs in that shaky, what-the-hell-are-we-doing start up phase. To donate our time and pops to raising funds for garden-based education, sustainable agriculture, and fiercely local food.

Please consider making a small donation to Little Bee Pops. You’ll be supporting a small, woman-owned business that will in turn help support local farms growing healthy food.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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4:17AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:03AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thank you for this research. Very nice ideas. I congratulate you because of your work. Business leaders have chosen to target children in my country to make money. Very difficult to convince their children.

8:37AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Interesting...thank you

8:17AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Thank you

10:59PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Sounds good. I for one find packaging and commercials far too aggressive.

2:25PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

They sound delicious but much to expensive for the children in need of healthier treats!

2:08PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Parents need to be sure which is suitable for thier children and must not forget the individuality and what is suitable for one might not be for the another one.
Always choose what is suitable for your kids.

2:08PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Parents need to be sure which is suitable for thier children and must not forget the individuality and what is suitable for one might not be for the another one.
Always choose what is suitable for your kids.

7:11PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

"But health conscious parents know that just because a product is marketed for kids, that doesn’t necessarily mean that product is actually good for kids."

Understatement of the year. Anything marketed to kids has the sole purpose and intent of cleaning out the parent's bank account, with no concern for the well being of kids whatsoever.

3:34PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

good idea :)

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