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"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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Purpose

“We won’t be distracted by comparison if we’re captivated with purpose.”

Easier said than done, right? I’m guilty of comparison. It’s almost next to impossible to go through a day without comparing yourself, your life, your job, your things, your opinions, your decisions, your family, something, anything to someone else. Someone or something else is always going to look bigger and better. That’s true for the flip side…but we tend to focus on the “better” (ahem, what we don’t have, we think we want more…who we aren’t, we think we want to be). When we focus on what others have or who they are, we seem to lose purpose. If I spend my days comparing, I become less and less, while “they” or “it” or something [becomes] appears more and more. I emphasize “appearance” because it’s not the truth.

Example: sometimes I spend my days comparing my relationship, engagement, upcoming wedding, life . . . → Read More: Purpose

week one

One week ago today, we were ringing in the New Year – 2017. So much to look forward to, so many goals, ideas, new beginnings, etc…you get the idea. Confession? Week one set a low bar. I spent most of the week stressed. Because if I’m honest with myself, 2017 scares me. Why? Because 2017 brings a lot of change. 

For starters, three months from tomorrow I get married. Believe me, I am extremely excited about April 8th and our wedding. But with weddings, comes planning. And with planning, comes decisions, details, and more planning. A sense of urgency hit me on January 1st, and I spent this week over-thinking everything that I have left to do, everything I have already done, and more. To add to the mix, I am also moving in two weeks. Maybe not across the country yet, but nonetheless moving out of my current house. . . . → Read More: week one

Gardens and Pizza

Gardens and Pizza

11/16/2012

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I started New Growth Gardens to address a common problem – children graduate from high school with few skills and concepts for leading healthy and sustainable lives. New Growth Gardens uses gardens to introduce urban children to skills and concepts about health and sustainability. A garden is an ideal classroom for teaching organization, patience, work ethic, and observation. What’s more, a garden makes the science of biology, chemistry, ecology and nutrition more tangible. Finally, even children who identify as “vegetable haters” will often take a chance eating vegetables they have grow. Thus, gardening can be a step in developing healthy eating habits. Working with youth in Springfield, MA and Holyoke, MA, I witnessed what a garden can do for teaching youth important skills regarding health and sustainability. After the 2011 season ended, I traveled the country interviewing leaders in the world of . . . → Read More: Gardens and Pizza

Harvesting worms

Red wiggler worms are able to eat half their body weight in food waste everyday. 

Why does that matter? Well, ahem, uhh… their poop, also called worm castings, is a great organic fertilizer.

But when I apply the “fertilizer” to my garden, I don’t want to lose the worms that turned my garbage into something of value. So before I apply the compost to the ground, I harvest the worms and put them back in my worm bin (see picture below).

Right now, I don’t need the fertile worm castings, but come spring, I’ll use the them grow better food.

Article source: http://www.newgrowthgardens.com/3/post/2011/12/harvesting-worms.html

A Subversive Plot

The video below is among the best articulated cases for spreading edible gardens. 

From the description on Youtube: “Roger Doiron is founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply. Doiron is an advocate for new policies, technologies, investments, and fresh thinking about the role of gardens. His successful petition to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted broad international recognition.

Article source: http://www.newgrowthgardens.com/3/post/2011/12/a-subversive-plot.html

About NGG

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1st day in Seattle

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Alley Cat Acres

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Farmer Appreciation at Aphrodites

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Seattle Urban Farm Company at the Bastille

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