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It Starts With a Community:
Visioning Project GROWS
Watch this short video from founding board member and sustaining partner Steve Grande (Director, Community Service-Learning, James Madison University) as he tells the story of the community in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County coming together to vision GROWS into being!
 
10 Years of Growing Healthy Youth
Impact and Change:
Insights from Internships and Summer Youth Staff
Rheannon Fultz | Summer Youth Staff, 2019 & 2020
Fort Defiance High School & Bridgewater College

"Farming. This is something I never thought I would be interested in. However, when I began working at Project GROWS, I was introduced to a whole new perspective on farming… Each week, I enjoyed working at Project GROWS performing general farm maintenance such as seeding, transplanting, weeding, and prepping beds. I harvest and prepare food for our CSA program, schools, restaurants, and our partner organizations. I can say with confidence that I witness my work impacting the community daily. There is never a day when I don’t learn something new!  I am thankful to Project GROWS for helping me become a leader, an achiever, and a veggie fanatic."

Rachel Smith | Food Access Intern, 2020
Virginia Tech
"My time with Project GROWS has really shifted my career path towards what I think is a more meaningful endeavor... Not only did I get to help the Staunton community by assisting with summer meal preparations and curbside-pickups, but I got to work under [Amanda Warren, Director of School Nutrition at Staunton City Schools], who sincerely cares about the health of her community... Much like Amanda using her position to authorize more change in the school system, I want to use my status as a Registered Dietician, which is what I will be attending Virginia Tech this fall to study, to help end food apartheid in this country."
Katie Stankard | Farm Intern, 2020
James Madison University
"While this season has not gone much according to schedule, I’ve learned to let go of my expectations for how I thought the semester and season would go. Even when it felt the world was slowing to a halt, and the future was uncertain, the sugar snap peas kept on climbing up their trellises. The turnips exploded out of the ground. The Project GROWS farm was a constant reminder to continue growing... I found great comfort in the amazing community the Project GROWS team fosters. The farm and its people became my constantI’ve been able to learn about the different communities Project GROWS serves through planting and harvesting, and the great power that lies in organizations coming together to address community needs. In these ways, I felt more connected than ever, even in a time where togetherness isn’t possible or safe."
Chelsea deRochemont | Education Intern, 2020
James Madison University
"I am immensely grateful for being welcomed so warmly by the Augusta County community, whose collective innovation, resilience, and warmth blew me away, and by the individuals who make up Project GROWS. If there is one word that defined my experience with Project GROWS over the last five months, it is growth.  I witnessed growth on the farm, growth in the Project GROWS team, which is committed to consciously evolving to meet the needs of their community, and growth within myself. I may never become a food educator or a farmer, but I will not soon forget the impact that a strong, local food network can haveor the absolute necessity, and right, for all people to be nourished.
A Word From Our Board Members: Philanthropy
Ann Lefeve Snyder
Director, Independent and International Schools
Council for Advancement & Support of Education
 
James Goalder
Senior Account Executive
Bloomerang Nonprofit Software
 
Dollar for Dollar Challenge Match
In honor of GROWS' first decade, a generous partner will match all virtual gala event ticket sales and donations dollar-for-dollar up to 10K!

These matching funds will go to our Barn Campaign which is close at hand! 
DONATE TODAY!
Philanthropy Day with CNE
Join the Center for Nonprofit Excellence for
A Very Vital Virtual Philanthropy Day. 
What Will it Take to Create a More Just Community?
Today from 12:00-1:15pm
Celebrating Our Partners in Philanthropy
Celebrating Our Sponsors
AND YOU!!
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