2017 Application for Grant Endowment from the Florida Permaculture Convergence

ALTRUSA CARES, St. AUGUSTINE

Veterans Garden Project & Feed the Community Co-op

The Veteran Garden Project (VGP) will offer opportunities for veterans and families to get outdoors connect with community, learn sustainable practices and how to grow and harvest food. Veteran volunteers will work alongside community volunteers outdoors surrounded by the beauty and best medicine nature can provide. The team will use sustainable and regenerative practices to build and maintain gardens and so much more around our community. Project volunteers will enjoy the outdoors and quite spaces that have been donated to the VGP project. The experience will enable space for healing and personal growth, new relationships, community connections, education, and encourage healthy outlooks on diet and lifestyle. The bounties gathered will be shared among participants.

This project has been organized by Crystal Timmons, spouse of a disabled Army Veteran, 500hr yoga and meditation instructor, certified permaculture designer, and member of Altrusa International of Saint Augustine. Crystal serves on the community service and Altrusa Cares committees. She helps to organize and serve various community service projects. Her main focus of personal community service is connecting veterans, families of veterans, and community to yoga, meditation, nature, and community connections. With the support of Altrusa of St. Augustine, she is spearheading the Altrusa Cares: Veteran Garden Project.

Altrusa International Inc. is a non for profit 501c. An international community service organization dedicated literacy and making our communities better through leadership and service. The membership is a diverse group of men and women in both background and experience. Through Altrusa membership, you have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, serve your community, develop both personal and business networks and make a difference while having fun.

Our Altrusa Cares members will be working with other community volunteers to bring the garden project to life. The garden site will be the first collaboration on this service project. Team and volunteers will work together to create a permaculture example site at the land donated for use.

Land has been donated for the project by a local and respected community member to create a community co-op to bring together and feed the community. The Morley Family grow site is on 5 acres in Saint Augustine, FL. They have donated .5 acres to the VGP to jumpstart the project. In addition to the .5 acre garden space, the Morley’s will be building a horse stable and chicken coop to add to the project.

Crystal and Teena Laquine will oversee project development as managers at the Morley co-op by offering permaculture and gardening design consulting, planning, managing, and connecting community and volunteers to the Morley family farm co-op.

TO VOTE FOR THIS PROJECT

Send an email with your name and “Voting ALTRUSA CARES” to VOTE@FLPERMACULTURECONVERGENCE.ORG