Project GROW, west

6-29-13nest-with-title1100x859OPTIMIZEDIn 2015, following Project GROW’s success in the Penn-York Valley, the participants of Reinhabitory Institute  held two salons, to consider fresh direction for the organization at the close of our first five years.

Project GROW, west

We affirm our strong interest in growing food, textile plants and medicines. We believe in the value of working with kids.

On—the—ground

  • A collaboration with East Bay Waldorf School is allowing us to grow indigo, flax and quinoa, based on our interests.
  • An opportunity to plant in the Gill Tract Community Farm, formerly the Occupy the Farm in Berkeley, will allow us to diversify beyond the East Bay Waldorf space.
  • Proximity of many teaching gardens in the Bay Area provides collaborative support:
    • Berkeley School System teaching gardens,
    • UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens,
    • organic production gardens of Green Gulch, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, College of Marin’s Indian Valley Farm,
  • Urban farms of the Bay Area create a fertile atmosphere of awareness/participation.

Our salons observed that the Bay Area is oversaturated with food justice groups. An opportunity exists to collaborate with rural groups in the central valley to organize around the principles demonstrated by Project GROW and others.

Valley Project GROW: Project GROW, east

WE SALUTE PROJECT GROW IN THE PENN-YORK VALLEY and wish them every success with their new 501c3!

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Valley Project GROW (Project GROW in the Penn-York Valley on the Susquehanna River)

Project GROW was founded in 2009 by Destiny Kinal and a group of like-minded supporters in the Penn—York Valley. This Valley in two states and three counties on the upper Susquehanna River, had been a seat of power of the Susquehannock People by reason of the morphology of the Valley.

The Penn-York Valley (referred to locally as The Valley) is a group of communities that straddles the New York and Pennsylvania border. It includes the villages and boroughs of: Waverly, Sayre, Athens and South Waverly.
The Penn-York Valley (referred to locally as The Valley) is a group of communities that straddles the New York and Pennsylvania border. It includes the villages & boroughs of: Waverly, Sayre, Athens & South Waverly.

Co-founder of Reinhabitory institute, Destiny Kinal, who has lived in and been a community organizer in the Valley for thirty years, built both a robust leadership and collaborative partners for Project GROW in anticipation of her retirement from work in the Valley to focus on Reinhabitory institute’s work in the west.

An earlier project founded in 1994 by Kinal, Carantouan Greenway, [link to Carantouan Greenway] continues to operate as a bioregional river organization, providing connective trails and other recreational access, environmental education and restoration through community collaboration, locally and regionally.