Night before Hallow’s Eve Pranks

naughty night

Since Hurricane Matthew – we (like thousands) have been in crisis mode overtime.  Laughter reduces stress.  October 30th is a fitting day for a chuckle.  In fact, the eve prior to Halloween is our national be naughty night. It’s the one night a year kids big and small are allowed to prank friends and neighbors. Here’s what some around the country call it: New Jersey = mischief night New York = Goosey Night or Hell Night Massachusetts = Cabbage Night Detroit = Devil’s Night North and South Dakota = Mat Night (huh?)  Anyone … Read More

What’s better than a Silent Auction?

silent auctions suck

A marketplace. We know you’re in the middle of fundraising season.  We also know the HOURS (days, months) you’ve spent on the (staff dreaded) silent auction. If you’ve ever questioned the cost-benefits of the silent auction, we have a solution. This year at your annual gala – put up a small marketplace / table of goods sourced directly from people (artisans, farmers) who benefit from sales. A producer-direct marketplace is the perfect alternative:  you save valuable time while raising money and folks go home with something special. … Read More

Haitian Chocolate Bars are back baby!

haitian chocolate bar singing rooster

Singing Rooster’s Creamy Dark Haitian Chocolate Bar Line 78% Dark, luscious chocolate bars, 4 choices, ONE really important reason: Haiti’s cacao farmers win. (Note: we ship chocolate when the weather cooperates / when it’s cooler vs. hotter). Chokola Ayisyen never tasted so good. Plain Dark Delicious Coffee Crunch (roasted Haitian coffee bits) Sea Salt & Roasted Nibs (crunchy cacao bits) Wisconsin Cranberry Chew 2.2 ounce bars — 47% bigger than the old bars 78% creamy dark, organic chocolate Packaged in clear, food grade cellophane w/ … Read More

Jute or Sisal Coffee Sacks work GREAT in the Garden

recycle coffee sisal jute sacks

Hey Garden Store or Nursery:  Jute or Sisal Coffee Sacks work GREAT in the Garden Recycle Coffee Sacks: 4 Easy Steps for Growing Potatoes in a Recycled Coffee Jute or Sisal Sack Roll sack down (you’ll roll up / add dirt as plants grow). This is easiest with two people as the sack can be resistant depending on material. The sack should look like a thin doughnut. Add 3 inches of soil—enough to totally cover the bottom. This should be regular garden soil—nothing too rich. Potatoes … Read More

Apple Dumpling Day Recipe

apple pie recipe

Happy National Apple Dumpling Day!   Did you know apples rarely grow in tropical countries? Apples are hard to find at supermarkets in Latin America and the Caribbean – but really, who cares as long as you can eat Haitian mangoes and avocados! Apples are rich in antioxidants, flavanoids, and fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants are believed to help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Be grateful for our bounty by making an apple dumpling this weekend: purchase or make pastry for a double-crust pie … Read More

Metal Garden Art Beckons Birds

metal garden stake crane

Yep.  And Your customers will love the art and support the story. John Audubon (1785 – 1851) was born in Haiti to a French naval officer and his Creole mistress. He would be heart-broken to see Haiti’s present day ecology – one of the most environmentally devastated places on the planet. In a country with less than 5% forestation, it’s no surprise that Haiti lacks birds (water sheds, soil stability, shade, beauty that greenery brings). We’re Singing Rooster and offer retail and wholesale Haitian art. 100% of … Read More

Defy Superstition Day

defy superstition day

September 13th  is the day to throw caution into the wind — walk under a ladder, cross paths with a black cat, hold an umbrella in a lightning storm while out golfing (okay, that’s not really a superstition – that’s just plain stupid).  But there are some weird superstitions roosters have never heard of: Pointing to a rainbow will cause you to lose your finger If you sweep the floor at night, the mother of the household will die (hey, put that broom away) Put … Read More

U.S. Dumps Peanuts on Haiti

U.S. dumps peanuts on Haiti

September 13th is National Peanut Day.  In spite of being a delicious and nutritious food, peanuts are causing a sticky situation in Haiti.  Is dumping peanuts on Haiti good or bad?  That’s the wrong question. After two years of a bumper peanut crop in the U.S. that was brought about by price subsidies paid to farmers by taxpayers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA ) is shipping surplus peanuts to Haiti. On the surface, this seems like a good idea:  kids are hungry, some starving. … Read More

International Literacy Day

National literacy Day, Haiti

International Literacy Day, Haiti National literacy day is the PERFECT day to re-think how we respond to poverty. Haiti’s literacy rate is 64% for males and 57% for females. Nearby Latin American and other Caribbean boast a whopping 92% literacy rate. Why the big difference? 50% of Haitian children do not attend school 30% of children who do attend school, won’t see third grade Another 60% abandon school before sixth grade Very few Haitians 25 or older attend secondary school much less college or vocational school … Read More

School Fundraising, Chocolate & Coffee

school fund raising fundraiser with coffee

School Fundraising Ideas:  use Haitian Coffee, Chocolate, Art Hey parents, kids, teachers:  Add  Fair Trade #Haitiancoffee, chocolate & art to your next school fundraiser & generate proceeds fast — while simultaneously supporting Haiti’s small producers. 80% of adults drink coffee Haitian coffee is excellent — chocolaty sweet with mellow citrus-highlights. It’s the perfect way to raise money. We offer different Roasts, Decaf AND Single Serve Haitian coffee 24 minimum, 12 ounce bags, flat ship Set your own retail price — earn a minimum of $3 a bag — over … Read More