Fighting Poverty with Passion
Urban agriculture + July = busy month.
Site A- the Community Design Center of Minnesota: Multiple projects are underway at the same time that there are more people in the office than ever. Forty-two youth interns in the Garden Corps, Cooking/Nutrition Corps, and Conservation Corps at the Community Design Center of Minnesota grace us with their energy each day. I had the pleasure of visiting a local nature sanctuary with the youth on a project with a local big-shot photographer, Leo Kim. This was a welcome interruption to the daily droll of undertaking capacity building projects. These projects too, though, are interesting. It is obvious by now that meeting target project deadlines will be difficult, especially since new details always pop up.
Site B- College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences: Meetings. Interviews. One after the other. I’m meeting more people than I did at freshman year college orientation. I’m hearing amazing things. This college is ambitious, hoping to graduate world-class citizen-scientists. It’s exciting being a part of this slow-moving institutional change.
There are many best parts of my service but the one that surfaces is the chance to meet with so many inspirational community members and faculty. These people are changemakers! They work in gardens throughout the Twin Cities to make a positive change in their communities. They teach ethics of hard work and stewardship, emphasize the importance of relationships, and have fun each step of the way.