Category Archives: Community Projects

Community Projects

Wondering what you are supporting? There are a lot of community projects going on around here.

A formerly-houseless friend now has a house to rent. A nice quiet adobe fixer-upper in our nearby town. Another formerly-houseless friend who is now living with us celebrated another birthday. With a ton of food and the whole neighborhood. I’m still eating cake. There will be 4 birthdays this month. A traveler got a new sturdy hiking pack for his long trip south, and a puppeteer came to the farm to learn about beekeeping so that she can start an apiary as part of a community project in New York City. My little pony, Bella, has been giving all the neighborhood kids a ride around the yard, and we have a group from a women’s correctional facility coming out to learn how to start a beehive in the prison yard.  It’s true! In July, (with help from my neighbor Jen, thanks Jen!) we did a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter, selling lip balms and raw honeys at the park. We raised about $600 that provided warm meals and diverse assistance to people throughout the county of Socorro. At the end of July we took a road trip all the way up through 8 different states into Idaho, meeting lots of travelers and interesting folks along the way. There are always opportunities to give or share: a meal together, food, friendship, underwear, socks, and of course honey and skin care…

On another note, we have a new neighbor that is a gardener, and he’s been bringing us everything from climbing jade plants to lemon balm and bags of veggies from his garden. He knows all about herbs and tinctures, and has a library of plant reference books that would make a botanist jealous. This is an exciting development for me. I also started working with a blueberry farm in Washington to create a new organic product line, and it will be on the website later this week. Facials, mud masks and honey scrubs. It’s all delicious.

I’d like to think that one day we (you and me & everyone) will be able to gather together on pieces of land throughout the country and create more alternative lives that we love. Work with each other, our earth, our resources, our friends… Build, grow, heal, recover, restore.

Maybe somehow when we do all these little things, (like socks and meals and sharing)  really what we’re doing is practicing that dream. Making and giving gifts is, after all, an alternative to the independent theology of consumerism… Education is the greatest poverty prevention…. It seems as though all the solutions to the big ‘problems’ are going to spring up out of the little choices we make every day. So keep on spreading the love out there in all of your unique and different ways. The world will re-create itself with all of our bits of life. Let’s make it good ๐Ÿ™‚




Giving Jars

Remember I said that for every jar you buy, I’ll give one away?

So when you make a purchase, you help me help other people in all sorts of ways!

Since the beginning of May, (thanks to you all) we’ve given away 95 jars of these skin-healing products to 61 people in 23 different states!

Several people needed more than 1 product for specific health concerns relating to their skin. These issues have ranged from dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis to skin cancers and burns; even radiation damage caused by exposure to depleted uranium in Iraq. The recipients of these jars have reported that each of these skin conditions dramatically improved or completely healed with the use of these products.

I’m not a doctor, but that sounds like a great track record to me! And it motivates me to keep on spreading the Love out there to people who need relief. I’m hoping that eventually Shea By Shay will make it to all 50 states! If you know me and my history, then you know why that matters. And if you want to learn more about me, (your personal skin food creator) you can read about my 50 state, 50 week journey(s) on

If you need high quality skin care, especially for a medical issue, and don’t have enough money for it, send me an email at and I will see if I have a jar for you!

If you know someone with a skin condition who doesn’t have a budget to work with, and you would like me to send your Giving Jar to someone specific, include a note with the additional address when you place your order through paypal. With gratitude for your purchase, I’ll cover the shipping and handling to your friend myself.

Spread the Love!

Skin Care that Gives

These products are raising funds to Spread the Love in our surrounding community & throughout the country. All of all proceeds go to projects that provide assistance and encouragement. Sometimes that means purchasing a pair of glasses and a clean pair of socks, sometimes that means a ride to the doctor, sometimes that means throwing a birthday party. But these products hope to contribute to something beautiful, simple and profound.

Buy a jar, Give a jar

When you buy a product from this website, you allow me to give a product to someone with a severe skin condition who has asked for my help.

This began occurring just a few short months after I began creating these products, and the desire of my heart is to be able to give people a product that will feed their skin with real nutrition, ease their body with the essence of medicinal herbs, and sooth their minds with aromatherapy. With this in mind, for each jar that you buy, I will give a jar away to someone in need.