Seed of Hope presentation
By The Hillsdale Daily News Posted Jul 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM HILLSDALE — Tami and Hank Brackman, of North Adams, shared their story about strawberry popcorn and Seed of Hope, during a recent Hillsdale Kiwanis meeting.
As a survivor of domestic violence, Tami was determined to raise awareness and educate others about this issue. Coupled with Hank’s love for farming and antique equipment, Seed of Hope Popcorn was born.
Strawberry popcorn has been a tradition in the Brackman family for over 35 years and this has allowed them to create a platform from which to fulfill their vision of educating the public about abuse.
The farming of strawberry popcorn has grown from three rows to more than four acres. Their strawberry popcorn is one the the healthiest, tastiest snacks available. The unique product allows them to travel to many are craft shows and expos to sell their product and to also educate the public on abuse prevention. Tami said, last year approximately 10 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Branch County Domestic Violence Center and that she and Hank participate in the National No More Program.
The No More program was launched in 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy groups to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
Tami and Hank also work with the are public schools in providing preventive education.