The graduates (aka Cultivars) are taking over!

RD FB post Janelle Jul 20 14 Check it out.  Just this spring, 8 students completed RootDown's first Horticultural & Entrepreneurial training, preparing them to design, install, and maintain food gardens as part of our Supply-side programming for building our Youth-driven Neighborhood Food Systems.

At graduation, they pitched a business project idea - to design and install 8 more residential gardens at our WECAN site.  To date, they have completed three new gardens, are about to install another, and have presented designs for a fourth garden.  They are unstoppable, and they are recording all this activity on a Facebook group page they created, called Food in the Hood.  They've named themselves - the Cultivars.

And WATCH OUT - the second 13-week training kicks off in the coming weeks, over at our HQ site with Nuevo South!  The focus of this training will be on distributing (and eventually selling) food from our gardens back throughout the neighborhood.