Central Texas brothers develop app to assist people with gardening at home

Good News Notes: “Two Central Texas brothers are at it again, cross-breeding farming and technology. They’ve grown from helping folks farm at home in a box to cultivating a new app to assist you with gardening. Brothers Luke and Nathan Heath are launching their app called “Smart Garden Assistant” later this month  on Earth Day, April 22….

Addiction recovery programs find new ways to offer support in pandemic

Good News Notes: “At 49, Stephen Deason, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, is now 5-and-a-half years sober. “Recovery has kind of given me an amazing life, and I’m really happy for that,” the non-profit founder says. “Five years in is where they often tell you things start to clear up, and that’s definitely true.” Still, Deason says, the…

Syracuse University addresses food insecurity on campus

Good News Notes: “While it might be tucked away in a small room at Hendricks Chapel, the food pantry fills a great need at Syracuse University. “It’s a pantry for students by students,” said Syeisha Byrd, Office of Engagement Programs Director. It’s well stocked with non-perishable food as well as personal care items. “We try…

Why Luxury Brands Are Embracing Upcycling Amid the Pandemic

Good News Notes: “The New York designer Hillary Taymour is something of a fashion rebel. Instead of following the industry norm and enticing fans to buy the latest from her label, Collina Strada, she teaches them the techniques necessary to imitate her trippy tie-dyes on their own, or alter them to their liking, should they…

Meal agencies in Ohio to receive millions in funding for elderly

Good News Notes: “When the pandemic started, the elderly stayed in their homes for fear of getting sick, so they weren’t leaving to get groceries. Meal services stepped in to provide food for them and now the government is contributing as well. The Ohio Department of Aging is giving 6 million dollars to agencies providing…

How one nonprofit helps at-risk teenage girls in DC and Montgomery Co.

Good News Notes: “Crittenton Services of Greater Washington aims to help hundreds of at-risk teenage girls across D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, every year — even during the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for people from all walks of life and at-risk youth are no exception. “The pandemic has certainly impacted the young…

These biodegradable facemasks bloom into flowers when planted after use

Good News Notes: “A Dutch designer has created biodegradable facemasks made from rice paper that will transform into flowers when planted. Face masks are now part of our daily lives and are likely to remain so for months, if not years. But while they may be essential in stopping the spread of coronavirus pandemic, they…