Just a little Intro!
First, I hope everyone is growing and learning. In addition, I hope everyone is encouraging others to do so.
My name is Sandy. In April, my husband and I started a non-profit, Let It Grow 850, Inc. We are located in Florida. We are hoping to work with local city/town/county officials and doing community gardens, in as many surrounding areas, as we are able. We are starting out closest to home and working outward, from there.
We hope, in doing this, to encourage others to grow their own food. I am a Christian. I don't judge those who are not or treat others badly if they are not. Some do, that's not me. We all have to eat. Today's world is overly politically charged, and I have been involved in all that too, but it is not fun. The state of the world surpasses politics. I wanted to do something that would help others, tremendously, and that would also surpass politics.
I am a conservative, but have friends and acquaintances who are not. That does not bother me. For the longest time, it has bothered me that everything has become increasingly political, even though the problems we face are much larger than that. So, I wanted to bring people together, and impact lives for the better and get people into the positive and out of the negative.
In the USA, we are facing the extreme potential for food shortages and there are shortages happening all over the world. Our new non-profit aims to work with communities, cities, towns, counties and individuals in order to get community gardens started that serve the community. Many community gardens are done by allowing people to pay the local governing body, in order to plant in that raised bed. We will be doing the community garden for the community by way of managing it and assisting. Community members will get to volunteer to help regenerate the soil, plant, weed, water, and care for it, and then harvest to help those in the community like our elderly shut ins first.
The garden's plan is to grow interest, in individuals wanting to plant, teaching them what to do to regenerate their ground so it is more fertile, and get communities back to taking care of their own community. We hope to expand by gaining the interest of young people, who may want to grow at their school campuses and supply the cafeteria with fresh vegetables, berries, and fruit. We hope to spark interest with various church groups, in order to get them planting for their parishioners and immediate community area, which will put the churches back out into the communities, helping people like they used to do.
For me, personally, this is a mission, for the long term. I do not want to see the death caused by food shortages. I do not want watch people starve. I do not want to watch people killed because others are starving, and I do not want to see people being killed, because they are just hungry. In addition, I want to be closer to the way we were all intended to do things.
There will be those people, who take advantage of bad situations and attack others, in one way or another. It would be so much nicer if communities could take in those who are hungry and of like mind, just wanting to survive and be able to eat and feed their families, and who can stand together, to ward off those just looking to exploit a bad situation for their own personal satisfaction.
It will be a lot of hard work, but I am looking forward to it. Our motto is: Growing Food Is Growing Freedom. If those who control the food control the people, shouldn't we people control our own food?
Thank you to anyone who reads this. I hope if you are not already striving to pass along the interest and excitement of working to grow your own food to everyone you meet and see. Such a drastic difference in our immediate future, it could make, if we all doing just that, growing our food and helping others learn and do it for themselves.
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