MEET THE TEAM!
Meet Farmer Nell: “The abundant laboratory that surrounds us in Baltimore provides the perfect opportunity to teach the youthful minds in our neighborhoods the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and sustainable living through the process of growing and selling vegetables in the microgreen form indoors, and/or fully grown outdoors. So What Else Baltimore in collaboration with City Weeds at The Food Project incorporates the 7 principles of Nguzo Saba. The base of the work is Umoja, creating unity through stability which requires Kujichagalia, the self-determination to make positive changes within the community using Ujima, collectively sharing the responsibilities of urban farming by working together creating Ujamaa, cooperative economics for food sustainability with Nia & Kuumba, having purpose & creatively thinking outside of traditional parameters while having Faith in the growth & development process.”
Meet Christine Garrahan: A catalyst for healthy, wholesome, and joyous communities by bridging resource networks to intentionally empower people and organizations. She's brought environmental youth programming to multiple sites, and assisted in the formation & of urban gardens within Baltimore. She's a catalyst for two vegan cooking programs and a leadership weekend retreat that have run for 3 years. She's assisted in the initiation of a food drive at Yo!Baltimore and the pharmacy Breath For Sure in West Baltimore. As a So What Else Baltimore Board Member she works to connect folks and facilitate trash clean ups and the resource transfers of clothing, skills, food and art materials.
Meet Shaquan Rivers: Shaquan is support staff at Pedestal Gardens & The Food Project! He enjoys creating bonds with the youth and exposing them to music through guitar lessons and drum circles.
“Hello my name is Shaquan River. I'm a nature boy at heart, born in the city and raised just about everywhere in Maryland. I was in foster care from seven years old and adopted at 15. Taurus mama's boy. I love working with SWE because I've made so many great bonds with the children, parents, staff and new positive memories. SWE has become a family to me. The youth we service have made an very strong positive impact on my life and I theirs. I hope to see the future with them in front leading us and running the world we live into a much better place. Thanks Again SWE family y'all are amazing.”
Meet Donnie Norris: Donnie is support staff at The Food Project. “ My sole purpose with SWE is to show the youth sustainable ways to solidify there futures.”