It’s time for some feel good stories in this week’s Feel Good Friday. Instead of trashing pumpkins after Halloween, a Missouri farm invited locals to shatter them with bats and hammers and use the excess bits for composting.
Brooke Salvaggio says that she uses them as compost, and her livestock might enjoy some, too. But the herbivore farm in Kansas City isn’t just looking to create compost. They’re looking at an even bigger solution
“When they go into the landfill in this anaerobic situation, and they’re going to give off methane gas, which contributes to global warming. We’re part of the solution instead of part of the problem.”
Talk about a better way to bring the hammer down on food waste. Salvaggio says that the farm is planning to use the compost for the pumpkins as fertilizer for their vegetables.
Now, if you enjoy looking at holiday displays, you might want to add this Virginia town to your list. Suffolk homeowner Keith Mitchell has been working for weeks to turn his yard into a winter wonderland, boasting one and a half million lights.
The hardest part, he says, is the colorful bulbs at the perimeter of the yard. Mitchell says his neighbors and others say they love the display and even have a sign in his yard. one across from him pointing to Mitchell’s display that simply just read dditto. I guess they knew that they were a little out done, but how did all of this start?
“A labor of love for my six year old granddaughter. She asked me for 100 lights, so I gave her 1.5 million. After you measure, you put down your stake.”
There is hard at work, he says it takes close to three months to complete the display. And while this army vet has a loyal team himself, this corner yard has become an invitation for spreading neighborly love among strangers who will randomly drive by, see him out and ask if they need any help.
And a Thanksgiving tradition is still going strong for two former strangers who met in 2016 after an accidental dinner invitation. Wanda Dench thought that she was sending a text dinner invite to her grandson, but it turns out Jamal Hinton got the message.
Instead, the two figured out the mistake, and that’s when Hinton asked if he could still come over. To which Dench replied, Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do, feed everyone. So that is what started the holiday tradition, which is now in its sixth year.
Until next time, hang in there. Keep smiling. And don’t forget to appreciate the little things in life.