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Hi Marnie Glazier ,

We recently posted an attachment entitled "Plant With Purpose DRC Activity Descriptions," which gives a detailed overview of our agricultural training modules. Hopefully this is a helpful resource! Let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Ellen

Thanks Marnie Glazier ! I enjoyed reading about the Arts and Innovation Hub - I love how you likewise care for farming communities, and desire to address Salinas’s youth violence, poverty, and social inequity. Let us know if you have any specific questions about Plant With Purpose's model or agricultural training workshops. It would be great to keep exploring overlap!

Hi Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) ,

Thanks for your great question! To clarify - are you more interested in how hiring local staff has helped our organization move forward, or how involving community members has? Ultimately, we have found that empowering local staff and participants leads to long-term, sustainable development. We provide families with access to financial services, and the tools needed to sustainably manage farms and participate in asset-based community development. As partnering farmers take ownership, they garner the trust and excitement of other community members, and entire watersheds begin to benefit from our program. Our 2017 impact evaluation data (see attached report) confirms this concept. Because we have involved farming families in the process early on, they will be equipped to graduate from our programs within seven to ten years. Research shows that development projects that depend on subsidies tend to not be sustainable, setting us apart from many organizations doing similar work.

Thanks,
Ellen