We believe that success can be achieved when we create a healthy ecosystem that supports all areas of growth.
There is a conscious shift happening in this era. We are no longer operating on old belief systems that used to rule our society. No longer are we satisfied by the egos needs to merely compete and acquire. Our past programming is challenged by the introduction of higher ideals, of a higher instruction. It is evident that when old structures fall apart, it is the time to rebuild with a new blueprint.
These ideals we seek are the ideals raise our people, strengthen our passion, achieve our purpose and result in profit. No longer are we thinking in either/or- in scarcity. No longer do we allow ourselves to sacrifice the quality of one for the other - but to widen our perspectives to see that success is possible in all areas…. if we simply shift our thinking.
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.