I sat next to Leann Barber at a workshop on fire cider the first fall I returned to Florida. I am fortunate to have been guided to this woman, the founder of the Monarch 4-H club and recently elected president of the Flagler Village Civic Association. Leann has a good heart focused on empowering our local youth with resources to create a stronger community.
The Monarch Food Forest began in the fall of 2019 in an open lot neighboring the 4-H club’s learning center. To learn more about our project and how it’s grown since that time, see the presentation below.
In the summer of 2020 we created the “Summer of Growing” where we distributed seeds, cuttings, and plants to local students as they rode out the pandemic in their respective homes. We met weekly online sharing stories, and the summer ended with the students creating backyard gardens across the city.