Those of us in the non-profit sector find ourselves renewing our roles in community activity and vow to make changes again in different capacities (i.e "...this year will be the year we finally get...") etc.
The Growing Project has had so much success in 4 years it is remarkable! Collaborations with new organizations this year connected us to what we want most...food. people. justice. For us to step back and recount the accomplishments of our little grassroots organization, it'd take far more than a little newsletter. Most of you, our biggest fans, have watched as we've met our goals, engaged our community, and fulfilled our promises. You've stood by us as we've campaigned for more access to fresh food for all ... and truly, that is what gives us the energy to keep TGP moving!
We close our fourth year with a food donation total of over 15,000 lbs! This is fresh produce from our giving gardens and local farms that went straight into the homes and bellies of our very own community members. You've also seen our impact at free schools, during farmer's markets, at relay races and at volunteer appreciation events. We've even touched the lives of our youth volunteers, grabbing their hands and holding on tight as they dug in the dirt, played with the worms, and transformed into determined gardening warriors.
The holidays can be a time of reflection; a chance to look back and a way to treasure the "precious present" of the season. Each of us, in our own way, celebrates the meaning of the holiday season, which often, brings renewed hope and a joy for the future ahead.
In the beginning we said..."We need only to water it, nurture it, care for it and the harvest will come." We have built, watered, nurtured, and cared for this community and all are enjoying that harvest. We ask for your continued support and hope that the years to come bring more than what we expected.
Until the time comes for your journey back into our gardens, please know that we are so very glad you were a part of our year!
May you have a very Happy Holiday from our family to yours!
See you in 2013!
The Growing Project
Learn more, teach more, seek more, grow more and always keep reaching for more. Nothing makes us feel more connected to our mission and vision than the volunteer's & community that keeps us continually ... wanting more.