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Winding down 2019

Our last potluck volunteer meeting is Thursday October 17th @ 6PM
 93D Orange St.
St Augustine FL 32084

*We will be discussing our last build for 2019
*Presenting a very special gift to a fellow veteran
*Discussing the Veterans Day celebration at
Anastasia Baptist Church on Nov 11th
Save the Date:

Volunteer Thank you Putt Putt - Nov 14

*First volunteer meeting of 2020 - Jan 16th
Can't join us?  Think about a donation:
https://www.gofundme.com/62qsu0g


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CO- Vice President - Josh Brown

The reason I initially got involved with Veteran Garden Project was because of their mission and the community of people they are focused on working with. The people involved with VGP are an amazing group of people; Combat and garrison veterans, veteran spouses and supporters of the military alike, all working together towards the same goal. As a Marine Corps veteran myself, it is a wonderful feeling to be around these great people and an even better feeling to help other vets that can benefit from what we do. 

I see myself growing with this organization and working on making this a nationwide project one day! 

Our Last Fall Build

Saturday, October 19st @ 9 am - noon

Join us for a morning of fellowship and gardening!

We will be installing our last Fall build of the year for our
Veteran scholarship recipient Gordon.


We will gather to build a raised 4 x 8 garden bed, plant organic seeds and seedlings. We will also be trimming some bushes, tree limbs and making seed bombs.

Family friendly, please dress for the elements, boots, hat, bring water cup and a snack to share!

Inquire for address contact@veterangardenproject.org

About our October Garden recipient - Gordon Misner

Gordon was born into a military family at Fort Eustis, VA, and spent most of his youth with family in Cheyenne, WY. In 1975, he enlisted in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. Gordon found VGP on Facebook through his wife, Rockett, and thought it would be good way to relax and provide fresh food for the family. Both Gordon and Rockett are currently living with family since Hurricane Irma, whereby they lost everything and became homeless. Gordon does have previous gardening experience, and has been a chef for 40 years. He appreciates the freshness and economy of growing your own food; and, as he states, “It tastes better!”


 

Mackenzie's Mighty Mutt Cuts & Pat Richard Automotive Repair team up for VGP in November

Mackenzie Moore-Adams & Pat Richard reached out to VGP and asked if they could use their businesses in the month of November to help raise money, supplies and awareness about the VGP mission.  Of course we said, Heck Yes! We are so grateful to team up with these two locally owned businesses to help spread the word. Get your doggie a bath or get your car checked out and drop off a donation to VGP and enter to win a bunch of great prizes! It's a WIN-WIN! Thank you to our volunteer Chris Emerson for the local connection.
 
Things we are looking for:  garden hoses, wheelbarrows, eco friendly trellis, garden clippers, gift cards and monetary donations.


Mackenzie has loved animals since she was a young child.  Teachers at her school, FSDB, would comment about her love for animals in science labs, art and stories. Often, people in public would note how well she approached animals.

Mackenzie volunteered for two summers at The Alligator Farm working with reptiles and enjoyed every minute of her time there. She also volunteered at Cindy’s Dog Retreat for several summers and it became apparent that this might become a future occupation. Perhaps, Mackenzie has a special language; she is deaf yet communicates with dogs of every breed. The author Adrian Fogelin from Tallahassee exchanged communication on reading her books with Mackenzie during her high school years and has spent time with Mackenzie here in St. Augustine. Adrian has observed her with dogs, and was moved by her interactions with them, particularly cuddling with a dog whose owner said had never let anyone pet before, that she wrote Mackenzie into the dedication of her latest book – “Special thanks to my friend, Mackenzie Moore-Adams.  You’re an inspiration!”

Mackenzie received her schooling and license in Jacksonville and had planned to work for a local dog groomer. However, she soon learned that most places do not hire full time and she wanted to work as much as possible. Her step-dad built a beautiful shop in the garage and Vocational Rehab pitched in and helped with the finishing touches with her shop front including air conditioners, strobe doorbells and digital hearing aids to accommodate the use of both clippers and other noises. Mackenzie is involved with the K9s for Warriors program in Ponte Vedra.  She gives back to this organization by grooming any of their foster puppies free of charge.

When she started dog grooming we got together with Denis Oliverio and he has been close to us ever since. At that time he was working for K-9s for Warriors and when she volunteered to help at the facility, he just made her a part of their family at K-9s. He has since become a member of our family and when Hurricane Matthew was headed toward St. Augustine Steve was pretty bad off after the chemo and radiation. I called Denis and told him I didn't think I could get us all boarded up without help. The very next evening he brought a convoy of about 15 veterans to help and they boarded this house within a couple of hours. Mackenzie has been working with K-9s for Warriors every since and also knows about Steve's time serving in Vietnam so she is all about veterans! 
36 Hildreth Dr - St. Augustine FL 32084 
904.814.3801 - Txt only please

 

Pat Richard is a certified Master Tech. He has over 14 years experience working on cars. In 2018 he and his wife, Kat, decided to open their own auto repair shop. The believe in affordable, reliable, and honest auto repairs. Pat's father served in Vietnam and is a retired Chicago police officer. Kat comes from a largely military family. They both love gardening for the peace and joy of growing their own food. Having witnessed firsthand the struggles of returning/retiring military and through seeing the lack of resources for our veterans it has become a passion to help where they can. They have a small garden at the shop and actively trade plants and seeds with their customers.
105 E Davis Industrial Dr - St Augustine FL 32084
904.217.8611 for an appointment or to drop off a donation to VGP

2020 Garden Application

Through an application process to qualified veterans, both active duty and retired, we afford scholarships for this garden project. For 2019 we chose 6 applicants and have been installing a 4x8 raised garden at their homes. Our goal is to raise enough money over the next several years to provide a raised bed every week of the year. That would be 52 beds for veterans to cultivate food for themselves as well as the community. We also offer a wheelchair accessible bed option. By getting outdoors, close to their comfort zone, and re-engaging with the local community, veterans will have the opportunity to grow their relationships and also harvest healthy nutritious food at the same time. Each raised bed will come with tools, seeds, education and support to successfully and sustainably help the veteran grow their own food right at home with their families.

APPLY HERE for 2020 installation:
https://veterangardenproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/VGP-Organic-Garden-Application-102318.pdf

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We are currently looking for the right business to team up with us for 2020. We have different levels of cash and services that you can choose from.  Check out the details on our website.   Come Grow With Us! 

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A special THANK YOU to Sacred Kashi for your recent $250 silver sponsorship



A huge supporter, inspiration, and holistic healing partners of VGP! For those of you who don’t know, our Veteran Garden Project Saint Augustine Florida’s founder, Crystal Timmons is from Sebastian/Vero Beach Florida and attended High School on this beautiful property, her home away from home, and where she took her Permaculture Design Certification a In 2017! 

With the support and inspiration from her amazing teachers and community there, it’s where she got the inspiration to start the VGP! 

This amazing property, community, and organization does so much to share sustainable and regenerative practices and so much more to support a greener and healthier future on our Mother Earth for all! 

Sustainable Kashi is a permaculture demonstration and education program, demonstrating an environment in which sustainable living can be experienced, fostered, and observed, and serves as an example of a decentralized sustainable community. We are located on Kashi Ashram with a focus on kindness, community, and connection. We offer and host weekly classes, workshops with teachers from around the world, tours, events,
work-exchange programs, and Permaculture Design Certification Programs.
https://www.facebook.com/SustainableKashi/
https://www.kashi.org/sustainable

Sustainable Kashi’s Upcoming events:

Wednesday’s Free Permaculture Classes
9am-12pm from October-May

Permaculture Design Course
https://www.facebook.com/events/375337139858888/

Regional Permaculture Roundup
 https://www.facebook.com/events/2428263750728225/



Join the VGP on a permaculture adventure to Sustainable Kashi's 1st Regional Permaculture Roundup! All Invited to join! Workshops, amazing meals, camping on location, great company, and more all on beautiful location at Sustainable Kashi! 



 

Veterans Day Poppie Project - 

Want to grow your own poppies for Veterans Day? Come to the October meeting and get your FREE seeds and tips for successfully growing them. We would love to have as may volunteers as possible bring them to the event on Nov 11th to display or to our office on Friday November 8 during business hours. 

Win a Car from Beaver Toyota


VGP has submitted a nomination for our favorite and well deserving, local veteran hero, Robert Timmons.

Please help Robert get the votes he deserves.
Vote by clicking on the link below for a chance for Robert to be recognized and honored with a gift of a new Toyota from Beaver Toyota!
Please Invite and share to help him get votes!

https://www.beavertoyotastaugustine.com/local-hero-veteran/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=33469&fbclid=IwAR11i1w4opeIz4Sp_-EU_ZaUpOdwPSY6OQ5ewP6oK6AWNjbb-6iyeWRqN6Q


Check out our Founders Crystal, Rob & Milo in the latest issue of St. Augustine Social Magazine
https://www.staugustinesocial.com/digital-issue/


Saturday November 2 2019 - Market @ the AMP
VGP will have a tent with merch, seeds & plants
Monday November 11 2019 - Veterans Day at Anastasia Baptist 
VGP will have 2 tables with merch and information
doors open at 9AM - ceremonies at 11AM

Thursday November 14 2019 - Volunteer Thank you
Putt Putt & dutch dinner

 

Seeking Volunteers

Would you like to join our team?!
The VGP is presently working on building small teams to help support our growing project into 2020. If you are interested please join our next volunteer potluck meeting to learn more! ‪October 17th.
  • Garden/Permaculture: Build coordination, meetups, planning & design, harvesting, volunteer recruitment, education, workshops.
  • Fundraising/Finance: Local business outreach, grant applications, volunteer recruitment.
  • Planning: Volunteer recruitment, event planning & execution, set up & break down team.
  • Building: Kit construction, tables, trellis building, shopping for upcoming builds. Keep an eye/ear out for donations. Volunteer recruitment.
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Organize and manage our growing team of volunteers. This position involves a great deal of contact with other people, so the volunteer coordinator must have excellent interpersonal communication and management skills. It takes a competent leader to succeed in this position. You should know how to distinguish talent and do everything possible to motivate and inspire. You must possess excellent organizational skills and ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experience.
To apply or inquire please email your resume to us at contact@veterangardenproject.org
We are grateful for our amazing team, volunteers, local business, sponsors, and community support! Thank you all for being part of our growth!
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93D Orange St.
St Augustine FL 32084

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