Better Thymes

By planting gardens in communities, we will create a way to provide produce to people in need and slow down the process of global warming.

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Global warming is a problem that will affect everyone at some point in their lives. Another problem today is the amount of people suffering from hunger, the number of homeless and low income families has continued to increase over the years. Even for the financially secure, the FDA allows junk including maggots and rodent poop in minimal amounts in the food that people eat.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

The project aims to help slow down the process of global warming through community gardens. It will start with one garden at a time, but my hope is that the project will eventually expand to a point in which it can make a significant impact on the environment. Half of the produce from the gardens will be sent to organizations such as food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and low income families. The other half of the produce will be distributed to members of the community, specifically the community’s own low-income families. Volunteers from the community will run the garden and tend to it, signing up for weekly volunteer shifts. The gardens will be run off of donations and hopefully grant money. Using in a sense, "home" grown food in meals will ensure that the food will not have any of the disgusting content that the FDA allows.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

After learning about this opportunity, I thought about what I could do for a while. While I was contemplating, I began to thing about the empty plot of land at the end of my street, the city plans on building a school there soon. I remember days when the plot was full of green grass, now the only thing there is dry yellow land. In this time frame, I came to know of the Amazon burning up, it's devastating. All these factors came into place and gave me the base for this project.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...” The link was not adding itself, so I added it here.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

The project is very community based, meaning that you will first be involved in your own community. You can sign up for volunteer shifts in your community and donate money or seeds to help out with the garden. Each community will have around two to three people as the head of the project, they will assign shifts, decide what to do with the money, and remain in constant contact with us, the "board". To be a part of the "board", you must submit an application. All of the different roles that you can be a part of will be in the "How you can get involved" section on our website. Each role has a different process associated with it, everything other than "board" work is very community based. We give a lot of freedom to the community heads and volunteers.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

I've heard of many organizations that target specific issues, but this project targets more than one issues with one simple solution. I've never heard of anything like this being done before. I've experienced a lot of different things that led me to creating this idea, and I'm really excited about it.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We are currently at the idea stage. However, we hope to make a difference by providing fresh healthy produce to people in need, and by planting gardens to help slow down climate change. Better Thymes will impact both the environment and people positively.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Future ideas include having volunteers use produce to cook homemade meals for homeless shelters. Another idea includes holding educational seminars on climate change. We want to support local organizations by partnering with them. We hope to spread on a global scale, but currently, Better Thymes is at the idea stage.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

How did you hear about this challenge?

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Photo of Tia Johnston Brown

I love that you are thinking up ideas that are close to your heart. This is your first step and I hope you go out an make this happen! As a first step have you talked to your school about giving you some land to start your first garden?

Photo of Srihitha Pallapothula

I am considering asking the school, I just want to make sure that the garden's location is accessible to all areas of the community. Thank you for the support.

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