Jenn Anger South U, United States
We are committed to finding new ways to grow food! We take the smallest, most unusual places and spaces and covert them into backyard herb, fruit and vegetable gardens. ( We also work to improve traditional greenhouse and outdoor farming and agricultural methods. Most importantly, we understand that it takes a village to share information and to promote knowledge that will enable the farming industry to grow in a sustainable direction. We work with individual people and big farming in order to gather and distribute new information that will help all people across a wider society to understand what needs to take place in order to improve farming conditions and to ensure the successful production of food sources in the United States, and thereby helping to improve the quality of life (or at least the potential) while increasing the likelihood for survival in humans as a species.
We are a group of people that came together in order to make a difference in our community. In 2011 we met a family that did not have enough food to eat. Upon making their acquaintance, the lady explained to a number of the members of our group that because they did not have enough food to eat she had made peanut butter soup for her diabetic husband. This soup contained peanut butter, water, some sugar and a small amount of milk (the last of it which was remaining) in order to make a pasty soup from the peanut butter. The lady smiled and gently shook her head to indicate a negative response when we asked if they had any bread, or anything else for that matter that might make the soup more nutritional for her family. We couldn't ignore the fact that her husband is diabetic, and we immediately recognized that the high content of fat in peanut butter and the sugar in her recipe for the soup is dangerous for the man, and it creates a very unhealthy and unsuitable meal for their entire family. We decided that something needed to change. And we began to grow food; tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, so many herbs, and so much more. We started by giving away fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables. Eventually we recognized that maybe the best way to combat hunger is to give people a chance to learn how to do it for themselves. It is astounding how few people actually understand how to grow a plant, let alone to get it to bear consumable fruit. Instead of only feeding people by giving them food to create a meal that will feed them for a few days, we started giving members of the community healthy plants that will allow them to grow and produce their own foods for years to come. We encourage responsibility and hope to promote self sustainability in underdeveloped areas across the U.S. where families frequently cannot afford to rely on markets and stores in order to feed their families. Our goal is to provide our communities with food. But our goal is actually much bigger than that. We want to ensure that all families to have access to healthy, organic seeds and plants. We teach the skills and share the information/knowledge that allows people to grow the foods that will potentially improve their health, and quality of life. We are people that want to help other people by teaching them how to eat healthy, and to live happier.