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Located in Miami, Florida, we were totally volunteer for over 2 years, and incorporated as a Florida not-for-profit in Feb. 2010. We are now a federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all contributions made to us are tax-deductible.
We are a true grassroots, diverse organization for networking and supporting current gardeners, and teaching and inspiring new ones! Our e-mail list is over 400 strong, and our Facebook group has over 350 members!
We are an inclusive organization. We embrace all people who are interested in growing food plants, regardless of race, sex, creed, color, ethnicity, age, disability, economic status, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We do not promote on philosophy of gardening or farming, but experiment with all that do not harm our environment. We believe that good, clean, healthy food should be accessible and affordable to all.
Here's a bit about early and founding members:
Melissa Contreras, creator of Urban Oasis Project:
Melissa's life has had many twists and turns, and the one constant has always been gardening. A few other details about her:
Art Friedrich, man of many talents, creator of 10/10 by 10/10 Campaign to push for our first10 food gardens in a food desert:
Art is an amazingly skilled and talented human being, a Master Gardener volunteer, always fun to be with. More about him:
Antonio Guadamuz, Farmer at Verde Gardens Farm project, Monthly Potluck Coordinator and Boston University graduate. A local food enthusiast, he is from a long line of Nicaraguan foodcrafters and is fascinated by the relationship between food and culture. He also likes crisp-roasted chicken skin, and is not afraid to admit it!
Yvrose Valdez, Certified Master Gardener, grows much of her own food, wants to end world hunger, starting in her native Haiti, and makes a mean Okinawa spinach and garlic.
Michael Scher, author of the Compost Treasure Map, compulsive networker, and semi-retired attorney with a heart of green.
Anthony Olivieri, working on a Master's Degree in Urban Planning; believes that community gardens and urban agriculture should be parts of cities' master plans.
Yuhfen Lin, Ph.D. our Campus Coordinator, who spends lots of time with the FIU student garden, married to
David Brookes, Ph.D., who is having a love affair with compost.
Nick Reese, started and ran a gardening day camp for at-risk youth in Louisville, Kentucky.
We have many other volunteers, all of whom are very much appreciated!
Current Board of Directors:
Steven D. Pearson, Esq.
Ron Mossman, Ph.D.
Nancy Maidique. M.P.H.
Yuhfen Lin, Ph.D.
Antonio Guadamuz, B.S.
Melissa Contreras, B.A.
Art Friedrich, B.A.