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With so many businesses claiming to be green, it can be hard to know which ones to support. Thankfully the folks at Green America offer a place to start with the three winners of its first quarterly “People & Planet” award.

Each of the three winners — Sonoma Compost Company, Green Kid Crafts and Raleigh City Farm — will receive $5,000. The winners were chosen by the public through a month-long voting period on Green America’s website.

Sonoma Compost Company

Sonoma Compost Company
, of Sonoma, Calif., partners with local schools, nonprofits and local government to promote sustainable agriculture. In 2011, SCC donated more than 830 cubic yards of compost to about 150 school and community gardens. In addition, SCC conducts facility tours for schools and provides on- and off-site public education to more than 1,500 individuals.

Green Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts, of Anchorage, Alaska, is a mom-owned company that offers sustainable crafting tools for parents and teachers. Through its green craft kits, it teaches the community about recycling, reducing waste and protecting the environment. Green Kid Crafts partners with its local Boys and Girls Club to bring fun activities, art and learning to children in an impoverished community by hosting free monthly art classes and donating art materials.

Raleigh City Farm

Raleigh City Farm, of Raleigh, N.C., works with the community to transform unexpected downtown spaces into beautiful and nourishing farmland. It then uses these spaces to educate the public about responsible, intensive growing techniques and encourage movement toward a restorative, community-based food system. Its weekly farm stand offers fresh and organically grown food for local residents.