Save the Date for Gardening Matter's Fall Gathering!
Tuesday, November 11 from 6:00-8:00pm at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Ave. South, Mpls)
Family, Food, and Fun! Join Gardening Matters and your fellow gardeners for the 4th annual harvest celebration. Reflect on the past season, and help us plan for the season ahead!
All are welcome! Enjoy door prizes, kids' activities, and a delicious meal.
RSVP for your whole family here!
Put Food Issues "On the Table" this Election Season
A host of local, state, and national offices are up for election on November 4th. Take the opportunity this election season to get your candidates for office talking about their views on something important to all of us: Our Food. Thanks to the Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission for putting together this voter's guide, which includes important questions YOU can ask your candidates for office.
Ways to use the questions in the Voter's Guide:
* Call into radio interviews with candidates to ask a question of particular importance to you.
* Email your candidates and ask them to respond with their views on the questions.
* Write an op ed for your local paper, including the questions and asking reporters to bring the questions into the conversation.
* Attend a candidate event or debate and take the opportunity to ask a question.
* Field a campaign phone call (you know, the kind that always comes at dinner!) and ask the caller how the candidate feels about any of the food questions.
* Find your candidates on Facebook and post the questions that resonate with you.
And many more creative ideas! It's up to all of us to put food issues "on the table!"
On behalf of the board and staff of Gardening Matters, I am thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director, Susan Phillips, on Monday, August 25th!
Susan is a seasoned social-justice activist and educator, and a specialist in participatory processes and servant leadership. She has worked professionally with at-risk and homeless youth since the mid-1980s in Central America and the Twin Cities co-creating and managing innovative programs, and providing training on many aspects of youth development and the creation of healthy communities and workplaces.
Susan is passionate about the power of community gardening and urban agriculture to empower at-risk communities at the neighborhood scale and to address the widening opportunity gaps in our region as a whole. As she told our Search Committee:
“I was a leader in the social service sector for 20 years, but found providing services and not working to change the conditions that led folks to be in need of assistance was becoming increasingly incongruent with my values. I wanted to be working in an environment that was grounded in justice and building community. I've been a backyard gardener my whole life and passionate about food justice. Gardening Matters is the intersection of many of my life passions and I'm super stoked to be here!”
Susan served most recently as Director of Lutheran Social Service Metro Homeless Youth Programs in St. Paul. She is a member of the Community Innovation Grants Committee of Headwaters Foundation, a mentor with the Wilder Youth Leadership Initiative and an Art of Hosting practitioner. Susan has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a MA in Leadership Studies. When not engaged in community building projects, she is an avid gardener, student of life, and parent of three.
We are so fortunate to find someone of Susan’s authenticity, depth of experience and passion to engage the expanding community of urban growers in shaping our collective future. Please join us in welcoming her to Gardening Matters!
John Parker - Der Boghossian, Chair
Gardening Matters Board of Directors