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GAF Mission

"to TEACH inner city youth and/or underprivileged persons to be successful entrepreneurs while revitalizing inner city neighborhoods with a concentration on socially responsible/sustainable business practices"

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Yoga with Amy Bourque

Weekly Classes on Tuesday and Thursdays – Pre-registration required

Tuesdays @ 5:45 1 hour Vinyasa

Thursdays @ 5:45 1 hour All Levels

Click here to register! https://www.amybourque.com/book-online

APRIL 22, 2017

Spring Awakening

12:00-6:00

Join us for a day of rejuvenating Yoga, Food, Drinks, Massage, Artisans, Entertainment and more! Stay tuned for more information

 

SEPTEMBER 8 – 10, 2017

Impact Investor Cannabis Conference”   The first investor conference to use the Cannabis Industry to address social problems..   “Too many kids in this neighborhood are in jail or coming out of jail. Their only offense was smoking pot and getting caught”, says Joe Sibilia President of the Gasoline Alley Foundation. “They have a very hard time finding a job.”   For the past twenty years the Foundation has worked with young men from the ages of fifteen to twenty who have not graduated high school, may or may not been convicted of a crime, never had a job, are homeless, in foster care or living with friends and relatives. The Foundation gives them life skills and job training. “Many of these young men have a propensity to mathematics, most love working in the gardens and close to one hundred percent smoke ‘weed’,” says Sibilia. “They use it as an economic engine and a calming effect. Hiring these guys is one way of creating a Social Enterprise.”   The Conference will focus on the most creative ways of handling employment, training and education in the Cannabis Industry as well as the unique investment opportunities that exist in ancillary businesses.   This is not merely a charity. It is also a typical Investors Conference where ‘accredited investors’ and aspiring entrepreneurs check each other out. The organizers believe that true financial and social returns can be accomplished through the Cannabis Industry.   Conference details available soon.

Urban Artisan Farm

Urban Artisan Farm is about living Healthy through urban farming. Hydroponic food production is the method we are using to address food deserts, with an eye towards innovative ways to increase productivity, sustainability, and energy efficiency. Urban agriculture education can be integrated into schools and social programs. Hydroponic production has a lower stress, higher productivity and higher yield. Controlled environment agriculture optimizes conditions, control over the nutrients, and less water. Growing indoors provides urban food deserts with local, fresh and sustainable produce options and a knowledge base for future urban farming. As we grow and experiment with new techniques our hydroponic farm will be seen as a choice for businesses and addressing social issues A pound of lettuce contains 95% water, 56 calories, 3.9 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, 86 milligrams of Calcium, 2.2 milligrams of Iron, 1,420 milligrams of Vitamin A, and 54 milligrams of Ascorbic Acid, otherwise known as Vitamin C.

Nice Article in the Valley Advocate

Joe Sibilia stands with left Olrando Taylor and Noah Ryan.

Joe Sibilia stands with left Orlando Taylor and Noah Ryan.

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Renovations to the Buildings are Complete!!

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TEAMWORK

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Day 2: Teamwork prevents accidents

New prospects getting ready for Chainsaw Barbecue.

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Environmental Living and Learning Center

The master plan for the Gasoline Alley Foundation community project includes the integration of sustainable living, business, recreation and community. Our main goal is the creation of an environmental living and learning center ‘off the grid’, connected to a small business incubator, adjacent to a ‘bike path’, along the Mill River that flows through a park surrounded by Victorian homes – a full community of sustainable living.

Gasoline Alley Foundation Community Plan

 Youth Program

Our neighborhood is filled with young men that have not graduated from High School, convicted of a crime, never held a job, have little if any male role models, hungry for a better life and inspired to become solid men. We want to train these young men to live here, work and own a Social Enterprise, graduate to home ownership, and become prosperous productive members of the community.

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 Summer Youth Program

Social Enterprise Development

Social Enterprises employ the practices and principles of business to solve social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to connect Business, NGO’s and Governments in a League of Social Enterprise that compete with one another for an improved quality of life. We want the League located in Springfield and have a team from Springfield win the competition.

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