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Thu Jan 1

Persistence

Posted on April 11, 2018 by

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always[…]

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Thu Jan 1

Big milestone!

Posted on April 11, 2018 by

If it’s in the newspaper it must be true! The building for City Grange has passed the zoning committee and now moves to City Council… April 18!

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Thu Jan 1

Next stop… Woodlawn

Posted on March 23, 2018 by

When I wrote Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook it was meant to be a guide for other organizations wanting to make change through the revolutionary act of growing food together. I have the same dream for City Grange… that what we will do can be a template that supports and fast-tracks jobs,[…]

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Thu Jan 1

The pieces fall together…

Posted on March 19, 2018 by

More on-site meetings last week talking about easements, grading and the big, fabulous organic demo garden we’re going to have thanks to a beautification lease with Union Pacific (fingers crossed)! As my developer friend, David Brown, says… “this is the perfect example of public/private/nonprofit partnership.” I agree! Working with Union Pacific on this beautification lease[…]

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Thu Jan 1

Incredible Week

Posted on March 11, 2018 by

This has been a great week… from discussions with partners on inclusion/business culture, meetings with funders and getting closer to the final/final space plan with the design/architecture/development team (and superstar David Brown.) I’m blown away by the amazing people in this world and very thankful we’re a team to make this vision a reality. 

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Thu Jan 1

Oh, the smart, smart people!

Posted on February 11, 2018 by

One of the greatest things I’ve learned over the past decade working in the garden world, with Peterson Garden Project and making my City Grange vision a reality is how amazing people are. I’ve asked for a LOT of advice along the way and find most people are kind, enthusiastic and willing to share what they[…]

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Thu Jan 1

Community Process

Posted on January 18, 2018 by

Full house last night at the community meeting for the development where my new business, City Grange, will be 1st floor anchor tenant! From all accounts, it was “the best community dialogue on a proposed development EVER” – so that’s a good sign! Always happy to be in front of a crowd with the amazing[…]

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Thu Jan 1

Social Impact Investing

Posted on October 18, 2017 by

Found a lot of inspiration yesterday at the Slow Money Institute #SOIL17 event. As a woman entrepreneur looking for capital in the urban ag space, it provided a lot of great ideas and a sense of community. The panel on MONEY was also well balanced with women and men. I hope to make some connections to[…]

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