As soon as we started, we could barely keep track of the questions we faced: How would we get the materials and funding that we needed to support this project? How would we teach inmates about gardening when we didn’t know that much ourselves? And, perhaps most important, could we really make a lasting difference? -Ellie Gertler, Grassroots Change
Grassroots Change recently welcomed Ellie Gertler as our new Program & Communications Associate. In part one of her two-part blog, she shares the story of her work initiating and planning a project to build a community garden at the San Luis Obispo County Jail while she was a student at California Polytechnic University in 2013.
As a junior in the sociology department planning for her senior project, Gertler realized she was more interested in working in the community than writing another paper. She and a classmate connected their background in sociology with the deep agricultural culture of California’s Central Coast. After reaching out to Restorative Partners in San Luis Obispo County, they envisioned and successfully implemented an ambitious and challenging gardening project. In part 1, Ellie covers the vision and implementation phase. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the SLO jail garden story to learn about the success and sustainability of the project.
Read the post here. Fusion.net: “Cities Getting Screwed”
If you care about nutrition, farming, the tobacco industry, paid sick leave, violence prevention, or ALEC, you’re going to want to know about preemption and why it’s such a big deal. This awesome (short!) video from Fusion.net is one of the best pieces we’ve seen on the topic. Congratulations to Tahsin Hyder and Romina Puga from Fusion.