SO Many Reasons to be Thankful…

It’s the week of Thanksgiving so it’s very fitting that I’m reflecting on gratitude. 

This year has been filled with ups and downs, but I can honestly say I’ve had more ups than downs. 

At the start of this year my primary focus was the release of my new book – “Grace to Endure”: A Journey from the Depths of Failure to the Pinnacle of Faith. 

It’s a book of my testimony of overcoming the hardest trial of my life – my first two years of living in Jacksonville.

I’d say my second greatest achievement this year was the relaunching of my school garden projects. They have been on hiatus since the COVID outbreak. A few months ago, I decided to reach out to my partner schools to see if they were interested in relaunching. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they were. 

So far, I’ve relaunched a garden project at Fort Caroline Elementary School and started a new project at Arlington Elementary School. Both are going extremely well so far.

Arlington Elementary School
Fort Caroline Elementary School

In addition to that, I successfully completed the Master Gardener Training through the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS). That was not a part of my goals this year, but I’m so glad I did it.

As we rapidly approach the end of the year, I want to finish strong.

I have a lofty vision for one of my partner schools. My goal is to transform a part of the Fort Caroline Elementary School (FCES) campus to an outdoor classroom garden. The space is  a unique enclosed setting that will allow the students to access the garden directly from their classroom – their own private space. Ultimately, it will be a shared space that can be utilized by multiple classrooms.  

FCES Outdoor Classroom Space
FCES Outdoor Classroom Space
Model Outdoor Classroom

We can’t do this alone. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

I’d really appreciate it if you would consider making a donation of any amount to help us fund this project. 

Please click the following link to make a donation

I sincerely THANK YOU for your support and so do the kids we’re serving. 

As we secure funding to complete the outdoor classroom, I’ll be sure to update you on our progress. Our goal is to have the outdoor classroom completed just in time for the spring planting.

Until next time….

Plant to Eat & Eat to Live!

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