Hi dear friends and colleagues,
It is with a tense and torn heart that I write you today. I am writing to share that I will be leaving Gardening Matters and will no longer serve as Program Coordinator here.
I have accepted a position as Youth Programs Manager at Cycles for Change (C4C), where I will be working with youth apprentices at both the University Avenue and Seward locations. My role will be to coordinate trainings and outings for the apprentices, and to support them in meeting personal goals. I've missed being around young people, and I want to increase my bike knowledge, so this is an ideal opportunity for me. We'll be talking about racial justice and community history, going on plenty of bike rides, meeting employers in the bike world, and learning bike mechanics skills. How could I say no to that? :) Growing and sharing food has been a passion of mine my whole life, and that won't change. I'll continue to serve on the Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council, and you'll certainly see me at Gardening Matters events. I am already dreaming about which gardens we'll be visiting with the C4C apprentices...
I'll continue to work with Gardening Matters part-time through mid-May, and my final day will be the day of the plant distributions, May 14th. After 5/14, you can get in touch with Nadja or Susan regarding all things Gardening Matters. I'd love to see you at the Phillips seed distribution this Saturday at Waite House, at the plant distro in May, or digging in the dirt sometime soon. I'll miss this work dearly. I sincerely hope that I can continue to participate in the beautiful spaces for dialogue, growth, and fun that Gardening Matters is so often a part of.
With deep gratitude for all that I have learned with and from you, moments of conflict and laughter, dreaming of a world less burdened by capitalism and with more good food shared between friends and neighbors all over,
P.S. Gardening Matters will host a celebration of my time with the organization in June - watch for an invitation!