Hungry Harvest is Rescuing Ugly Produce To Feed The Needy

** OGTV encourages everyone to get involved in National Eat Your Vegetables Day, even if the produce doesn't look perfect. After all it's all in the flavor! **

Every year 20 billion pounds of produce goes to waste, never leaving the farm, based on appearance. Too big, too small, misshapen, whatever the reason, healthy, edible food is left to rot while millions go hungry. Hungry Harvest is an organization that aims to reduce food waste while getting quality produce to those in need.

The CEO and Co-Founder Evan Lutz started this company while still in college. He had the brainstorm that he could solve two problems at once by using one to solve the other. "I started a project that used one farmer's surplus produce to sell to college students at the University of Maryland," he explained. "I set up a farm stand in the basement of a dorm. After 6 months, 500 customers were coming to our stand every week. That's when I knew this idea could really take off."

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3rd Generation Family Farm is Bustling Community Hub - South Mountain Creamery

** OGTV celebrates National Dairy Month with this story about a family that has been farming the same land for 3 generations and now has the first on farm dairy processing plant in Maryland that home delivers their own milk, yogurt, and ice cream. **

The Sowers family has been farming in Middletown, Maryland for almost 40 years and in all that time their philosophy has never changed - producing and delivering products that you can put on your table and feel good about. Fresh. Produced responsibly. Wholesome and nutritious.

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Black Girl Geek Magic – She’s Blazing The Trail For All Like Her

** Leading off OGTV's week of BIPOC STORIES, is Jamila Rowser, a multi-talented writer, influencer, and aficionado of "geek" culture! **

Her family's love of good stories, whether they were comics, anime, video games or even the Harry Potter Books, were all a key part of shaping the "geek" in Jamila Rowser's personality while traveling the world as a military brat with her Air Force mother.

That mix of creativity and imagination that often makes it difficult to fit into new situations was the spark for her popular Girl Gone Geek blog, the root from which all of her other creations have sprouted. "I wanted to write about something I was really passionate about, which was geek culture," Jamila shares. "That one is always going to hold a special place in my heart."

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Dance Gave Her Love, a Community, and an Identity

** OGTV is celebrating National Tap Dance Week with a story about a creative young woman who followed a winding road through the arts and has now landed exactly where she feels the most comfortable - running her own dance company! **

At 2 1/2 years old, Shaina Schwartz and her Mom went to see the Nutcracker. Even though this was the first time she had ever seen any kind of a dance performance, as soon as it was over she excitedly said, "Mommy, that's what I want to do!"

Her long road toward becoming a dancer and then an owner and founder of a dance company had its share of ups and downs. Shaina started taking ballet lessons at a professional studio in New Hampshire at 5 years old and in her younger years, the regimen and regularity of the training was a good fit for her serious nature.

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Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

** On National Waiter And Waitress Day, OGTV is tipping our hat to these essential workers with this uplifting story about a New Jersey man who has found a way to do this difficult job for years, even without his eyesight! **

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

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Sharing Books and Building Communities Through Little Free Libraries

** OGTV's first GOOD STORY for this week is an inspiring tale about a lover of books and how an idea to he had to honor the passing of his Mom has turned into a worldwide movement to encourage reading. **

When Todd Bol's mother died in 2009, he wanted to honor her in a special way. She was a dedicated teacher and an avid reader, so Todd built a small model of a one room schoolhouse, filled it with books and put it in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin. His neighbors loved what he'd done, so he kept doing it.

When Todd saw how much of a positive impact this had on his community, he decided to keep it going. Advocates in other towns picked up on the idea and Little Free Libraries began to expand across the country. There are now over 75,000 of them, in all 50 states, and even in 85 countries across the world.

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The Creation Of Us (S2:E1) – Meet Christen and Heather

** OGTV's LGBTQ PRIDE Playlist week continues with the premier episode of the second season of The Creation of Us. Watch and meet Heather and Christen Fazzino, two young ladies from Long Island embarking on the journey of their lives. **

Christen Samuels and Heather Fazzino both grew up in strong, opinionated, Italian families. Old school. Traditional. This made things a bit more strenuous for these women on their road to becoming a couple. In this first episode of the new season of The Creation Of Us, Christen and Heather share the stories of how they grew up, the people around them who were major influences, and the key moments each experienced that made them realize they were different.

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These Kids Are Flipping Houses To Help Build Their Community

** OGTV's second GOOD STORY of the week is about a driven young lady who is doing quite well in the real estate world by flipping houses with her team of Elementary School kids. **

Reality TV has a number of shows that highlight the fast paced, rough and tumble world of house flipping featuring adults who specialize in this area. Enter 9 year old Alianna Hines – she is the boss and CEO of Junior Flips, LLC, a company run by kids that takes distressed properties and transforms them into beautifully renovated single family homes in Washington, DC. and Maryland.

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