Category Archives: Letter from the Director

Monthly updates from Gretchen Mead, Victory Garden Initiative’s fearless leader

Letter from the Director: The Global Grassroots

“I don’t like people who eat dogs.” my then 7-year old son said matter-of-factly to our two South Korean house guests, totally out of the blue. Without missing a beat, one of them gently replied, “We try to have tolerance … Continue reading

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VGI Is Everywhere

Dear Friends of VGI, On behalf of the board of directors, committed staff and all the dedicated volunteers, we want to THANK YOU all for helping us reach our Annual Giving goal of over $30,000 for 2016!! We are all deeply … Continue reading

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In Food We Trust

Nearly all of us have been in a situation in which we have been severely betrayed and we learned that someone we love is not who we thought they were.  Our belief in the reliability, truth or strength of a … Continue reading

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Our Attitude of Gratitude

by Gretchen Mead Executive Director Friends, With deep thanks we wind down this year’s BLITZ, our 8th.  We take the gifts that you have given us to heart, and always, always utilize them to help more people grow their own … Continue reading

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Steering our Collective Curiosities

by Gretchen Mead Executive Director As the story goes, Sir Isaac Newton was resting under an apple tree when an apple fell square on his noggin, triggering one of the most brilliant lines of questioning in human history, leading to … Continue reading

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Wooing the World with Grassroots, Sustainable Local Agriculture

As the United Nations Climate Summit exclaims the role of agriculture in the proliferation of greenhouse gases; as countries around the world close their doors to Monsanto, GMOs and Roundup; as the UN publishes reports about local, sustainable agriculture being the ONLY route forward to a sustainable future, perhaps it is time for the US to once again lead the way with ideals that the world will want to softly align with. Continue reading

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The Power of Intention

The only luck in this game, is that somehow, some way, we had a chance to share our mission with you. Continue reading

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Rites of Passage

by Gretchen Mead Executive Director Dear Friends, Once or twice per month I receive an email from someone whose soul is on fire. S/he is burning on the inside—flipping through seed catalogues, Netflixing food documentaries in rapid succession, locating every … Continue reading

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Manifesto to Join the Living

by Gretchen Mead Executive Director Refuse the air conditioner. The stale air, with monotone noise buzzing over your thoughts. Turn it off. Shut the screen. Slam it down so you may walk outside barefoot and step on a thistle if … Continue reading

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Stream of Life

by Gretchen Mead Executive Director I frequently walk down to the creek valley, where I grew up, remembering the plum tree that was once there, the horse that rushed to me from the neighbor’s fenced-in pasture, and the large sunny … Continue reading

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