I came to Chicago at the age of 17 from a small farm in Arkansas and had already discovered my love for agriculture and horticulture. At that time, I was growing things in tires. From a small farm in Arkansas...I won 2 awards from Home and Garden after I came to Chicago. I received my bachelor’s degree in horticulture and two master’s degrees in horticulture and horticulture management, and have been working in this field ever since. I am now a Master Gardener and am responsible for more than 48 gardens in this city. I have a website and stay in touch with sustainable agriculture folks around the country. I was featured in a photo essay in Time Magazine this week with some of them. I have won numerous awards and have served on a number of Civic Boards. I rent a one-bedroom house and have several grown children. I was diagnosed with lung cancer years ago, but survived that. Now, I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. My goals are to leave a legacy of having taught sustainability and community self-sufficiency to youth and seniors throughout the Chicago region.
Member: Lee (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Jackie, Claretian
I need to repair my truck. With my health issues and my truck not working, I can’t get to my garden sites and my income is based on that. More
Funded on 2/13/2012