I began teaching classes at the Urban Farming Institute of Oakland Park in the spring of 2018. Within a year we had three classes graduate from Regenerative Gardening in the Tropics – a four week course I created to empower students with a strong foundation to grow regenerative gardens in our place. Years later I continue to receive photos from graduates of their gardens, harvests, and the good that came from our time together and they make me smile every time.
In the spring of 2019 I organized the first Earth Day celebration in the city of Oakland Park with city commissioner Jane Bolin.
In the summer of 2019 UFI received a grant to plant a community food forest. I designed and led the install for what is now affectionately known as the Honeybee Trace, as it is located beside Broward County’s first micro-apiary. The food forest is looked after by Jeff Manchester who acts as a shining example of how neighbors can care for and enjoy the gifts of a community forest garden.
UFI is another wonderful non-profit in our community providing free, educational resources to empower our community with a deeper understanding of living systems.