We had an absolute blast at Fire in the Pines last Saturday! All of the kids loved playing with and on our innovations! The weather was beautiful and we got to spread the message about our mission and work to lots of new people who had never heard of us. We are already looking forward to next year's festival!
This past weekend, The Full Belly Project was at Flytrap Brewery! A portion of the proceeds for every Pecan Nut Brown Ale bought went to our organization. Thank you for all of the support. It was a great day filled with good music, company, and beer. The beer is still on draft! Go check Flytrap Brewery today!
Two articles were published in StarNews this week featuring Full Belly. One article highlights Jock's latest innovation designed to fight aflatoxin, a harmful fungus that grows on peanuts. Check out the link below to read this article.
The second article features Amanda Coulter, former volunteer and newly appointed executive director of the Fully Belly Project. Find out how Amanda is making a positive impact on the global community through her new role at the organization by clicking the link below.
A special thanks to StarNews Correspondent Allison Barrett Carter for the articles about Full Belly!
IN HONOR OF FULL BELLY PROJECT, FLY TRAP BREWING HAS CREATED A BEER JUST FOR US! COME DRINK ONE (OR MORE) DELICIOUS, NUT-FLAVORED BREWS WHILE ALSO CONTRIBUTING TO OUR CAUSE! A WIN-WIN!
We will be there from 1-5pm! Come drop by and say hello!
We had a great time at Park(ing) Day! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us! We talked to newly interested people, but also talked to some familiar faces! Everyone loved trying out our Rocker Water Pump and shelling nuts with our Universal Nut Sheller!
And just so you know, this is how easy it is to power our Rocker Water Pump!
Check out this article published on www.hercampus.com highlighting Fully Belly's passionate and committed Executive Director, Amanda Coulter. In this interview, Amanda shares a little bit about her personal history and motivation for serving the global community, as well as the history of Full Belly, and the mission motivating our organization to make a positive impact on the developing world.
Last summer, Jock Brandis and Randy Shackelford traveled to Zambia with the NCBA-CLUSA Farmer to Farmer project. While there, they created a makeshift lab on the bed of a truck and used a device called an mReader to test Zambian peanuts for aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a dangerous byproduct of fungi that grows on improperly stored commodities in humid climates. In adults, exposure to aflatoxin causes liver cancer and suppression of the immune system. In children, the effects are much more detrimental causing stunted growth, mental impairment, and poisoning. In fact, globally, aflatoxin is responsible for up to 35% of stunted growth in children.
Brandis realized the importance of the mReader and kindly donated the device to the Msekera Research Station in Eastern Zambia at the end of his travels. Since then, scientists have been able to expand testing efforts to the capital in Lusaka and westward. This is allowing the locals to consume safer crops and sell their goods on the global market.
From one philanthropist to another, go ahead and take a listen to Shin Fujiyama's interview with Jock Brandis, founder of The Full Belly Project. Not only does this podcast give insight into the organization itself, but it highlights a variety of key events in Jock Brandis' life. If you've ever wanted to know a little more about Jock, click here!
We are extremely grateful to Kathy Voth at the online farmers' aid website "On Pasture" for featuring Full Belly in an article! The piece showcases our Solar Water Pump, a mechanism that harness the power of the sun and uses an irrigation system to transport water to livestock in fields (and more). Easy to use and economically efficient, the Solar Water Pump can help farmers on a budget to route water on their farms at reduced effort and cost. After Voth's piece was published, we received an influx of requests from farmers in the Midwest! Check out the article here and learn more about our Solar products here.
“Music unites us and transcends cultures, gender, generations and economic status.”
— Motherland Rhythm Community
In October of 2015, Motherland Rhythm Community, an organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional percussive music found in West Africa, contacted the Full Belly Project with a large order. Ordering two Universal Nutsheller (UNS) kits and 32 sets of hardware, Motherland Rhythm Community, became a catalyst for change in Guinea, West Africa. One UNS kit contains one mold and enough hardware for four machines; however, each kit enables individuals to make an infinite number of machines. Taking full advantage of everything Full Belly’s UNS kit has to offer, individuals in Guinea were able to establish a factory producing nutshellers for their community.
Be on the lookout for pictures highlighting the positive impact Motherland Rhythm Community, alongside the Full Belly Project, is having in Guinea, West Africa. Coming October 2016!