Some time ago I wrote about starting a health, wellness and community revolution. After spending years hoping ‘somebody’ would show up and step up, I realized that person was me. 🙂 My close friend, client, and colleague Janice had a similar epiphany at about the same time; we were both overwhelmed with the need to do something. With that, Project Generation Gap was born. We incorporated our non profit organization in December of 2013 with the goal of supporting an accessible, healthy, sustainable food system. As we see it, the key to it all is community; placing a high value on our elders and nurturing our children. We learned early on that we had to create an organic experience through relationship building.
While our efforts are not new to most of you, this major, exciting announcement is!
Project Generation Gap has partnered with The High Garden Center. Our office will be housed at their farm along side a community center we are building together. We will work together to bring quality nutrition and food education to our community. In my next post I will introduce you to the dynamic duo behind HGC, George and Krista. They have been quietly working on their garden center… they seriously have their hands on a little slice of heaven.
One thing I have learned in the last year working with farmers/growers is that they rarely see the magnitude of what they offer. I am blown away with how humbly they work the land and then graciously share the fruits of their labor with their neighbors. In addition to the supporting the growth at The HGC, we have identified other farmers, growers, and tradesmen/women to support. We sent 11 kids to farm camp, facilitated (along with our partner firm Atlanta Food &Farm) an opportunity for The High Garden Center to create 10 rooftop self watering planters at the Pittman Park Community Center and we’ve organized/ participated in volunteer work days on area farms. Each of these efforts engaged the community, provided education, and supported farmers directly. Our work is just beginning! We are creating a comprehensive internship program that will provide an array of services to our farmers (we just brought on our first official intern to help us at the High Garden Center and she is AWESOME) and we have partnered with like minded businesses and other non profits to provide the funding and manpower needed to create quality programming. We have family and community events planned and ultimately (through our partner farmers/providers) we will provide access to array of seasonal, local fresh vegetables, humanely raised and processed antibiotic free meat, and minimally processed prepared food. It is our goal to make our neighbors aware of the importance of supporting local growers and the value of good quality food.
Equally as important to the work we will do to support the farmers and consumers is our outreach work. We have found a great fit coordinating food demonstrations for preschoolers. Such FUN! We will continue to offer programing to children and adults of all ages in the form of classes and seminars. We will be in local schools, at community centers, and presenting at events across the community. We will also share all that we know and learn about nutrient dense food and self-sustainability to our friends and supporters across the country.
So how on Earth are we going to do it?
Well, it’s a family affair! We’ve been working hard at establishing relationships in our community. The outpouring of support has been incredible. Our vision started with a small board of directors and has grown include the ideas/work of farmers, business owners, other non profits, and agencies. No need to re-invent the wheel! We also did outreach at local farmers’ markets during the summer in order to get to know our community better. As a result, our network of volunteers has blossomed. The PGG team has social workers, registered nurses, college students, nutritionists, chefs, social workers, teachers, accountants, health/wellness professionals, horticulturalists, artists, a graphic designer, saleswomen, consultants, a cosmetologist, engineers, stay at home moms, homesteaders, general contractors, a fireman… I am sure I am forgetting something! We are Caucasian, African American, Columbian, Indian, Mexican, Biracial, Vietnamese, West Indian. We range in age from 9 months to 70+.
The point is, we are the community.
Look forward to getting to know our team better. You are going to love them!
Here are few ictures from our recent work weekend at The High Garden Center. Magical things are happening there. If you’d like to be a part of it, please email us here. We’d love to have you! Next up: a community bonfire!