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Garden at the Teen Center - Byron Laws

Byron Laws

Byron Laws

Name

Byron Laws

 

Current place of residence

Raleigh, NC, United States

 

What is your current occupation/work?

I am the Unit Director of the Ralph E. Capps Teen Center. I manage staff and members at The Club-Teen Center. The Teen Center is an all high school Boys & Girls Club in which we focus on career exploration, character and citizenship, and well as healthy lifestyles.

 

When and where did you work with Maurice?

Summer 2012, Raleigh/Durham, NC

 

For how long did you work with Maurice?

Two months, 2 times per week. Currently, once a week. 

 

What kind of work did you do when you worked with Maurice?

While working with Mr. Maurice I assisted with the following.

Community event planning
Built a hoop-house
Garden planting
Garden layout design
Built indoor lighting structures
composting
Tower garden planting indoor/outdoor
Harvest plants indoor/outdoor
Community networking

 

What kind of growth/transformation happened for you (and/or for the people you served) because of your work with Maurice?

I was able to grow personally and professionally while working with Mr. Maurice. He was able to help me take a personal passion of mine and develop it into interactive program at my job. He has taught me the importance of developing personal relationship that can grow into professional partnerships and vice versa. I have been able to learn what it takes to combat systemic issues from a grassroots level as well as how to engage community stakeholders in supporting a shared vision.

 

How has working with Maurice benefitted you and/or uplifted you?

I look forward to working with Mr. Maurice weekly. He is consistent with his work and efforts in regards to developing relationships that benefit the community. He has a gift of being able to listen in hopes of being a supporting factor as well as a dedication to encourage those around him.

 

What would you say to someone who is interested in working with Maurice in the future?

To those who are interested in working with Mr. Maurice I would say this be prepared to learn about plants and growing food, but be excited to learn more about yourself and how you can make a difference in your workplace, and community.

 

Memories and Stories

One of the fondest memories I have with working with Mr. Maurice is when I started my new job as the Unit Director of the Teen Center. Prior to working at the Teen Center Mr. Maurice and I had met through some non-profit working I was engaging in with some friends from college back in 2012-2013. After several months of little communication between him and I it was a pleasant surprise to see him already engaged as a volunteer at the Teen Center when I arrived. He congratulated me on the new position I accepted and expressed to me how proud he was as well as how much he looked forward to us working together once again. Since then we have been able to start an outdoor garden here at the Teen Center as well as 3 indoor garden systems.

 

A Few Words…

Mr. Maurice is very knowledgeable in regards to plants and what resources are needed for them to grow in different environments. He is very creative in terms of building structures that are needed for plants to grow indoors.
 

Mr. Maurice work is extremely impactful. His ability to communicate with both youth and adults in regards to teaching them the importance of growing and sustaining food systems is something that I find very impressive.
 

What makes his efforts so compelling is his work ethic and dedication to his passion of helping building a stronger community through food systems. His passion in regards to teaching and working hands-on with people of any age who express an interest in growing food is unmatched.

 

Anything else?

Mr. Maurice is a pleasure to work with his guidance and mentorship have most certainly been helpful in many ways in my personal and professional development. I look forward to seeing his success throughout the community and at the Teen Center.

 

 

 

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The importance of the "hustle" in supporting food justice - Karyn Moskowitz

Karyn Moskowitz

Karyn Moskowitz

Name

Karyn Moskowitz

 

Current place of residence

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

 

What is your current occupation/work?

I help run a small, grassroots nonprofit organization, New Roots. We believe fresh food is a human right. NEW ROOTS works with fresh food insecure communities to create sustainable systems for accessing the farm-fresh food we all need to be healthy and happy. We recruit develop and support leaders/volunteers to drive and sustain the Fresh Stop Markets. Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market.

 

When and where did you work with Maurice?

I began working with Maurice in 2009 and have worked with him on and off for 7 years.

 

What kind of work did you do when you worked with Maurice?

He was a mentor to me.

 

What kind of growth/transformation happened for you (and/or for the people you served) because of your work with Maurice?

Changed my life. Became a community organizer. Never hit a brick wall without quickly turning the corner to try something new (Maurice's great metaphor that has kept me sane).

 

How has working with Maurice benefitted you and/or uplifted you?

He's the bomb. I think of Maurice all the time when I feel lonely or isolated in this movement. Even though he is not physically present here in Kentucky I know he is in NC fighting the good fight and that is comforting and strengthening.

 

What would you say to someone who is interested in working with Maurice in the future?

Go for it!

 

Memories and Stories

Maurice taught me the importance of the "hustle." That is, to keep moving, find money in any way you can, to support the food justice habit. It has worked!

 

A Few Words…

Changing hearts and minds, one at a time.

 

Anything else?

Thanks Maurice. Keep up the hustle!

 

 

 

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The old red truck, respect, community, and (brutal) honesty - Lindsey Carver

Lindsey Carver in action at the farm.

Lindsey Carver in action at the farm.

Name

Lindsey Carver

Current place of residence

Cary, NC, USA

What is your current occupation/work?

AmeriCorps Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at The Conservation Fund

When and where did you work with Maurice?

August 2013 through December 2013 at 500 Hoke Street in Raleigh, NC

 For how long did you work with Maurice?

Five months (Once an intern, always an intern?)

 What kind of work did you do when you worked with Maurice?

Compost
Compost
Water catchment
Recycling found materials
Time with Ms. Thelma, including planting our row together
Rose bush trimming
Basil trimming
Vermicomposting
Community relationships
Donations from local companies
Donating supplies to community gardens
Building new gardens
Y Learning Garden
Longview School
Some more compost

What kind of growth/transformation happened for you (and/or for the people you served) because of your work with Maurice?

The words respect, community, and (brutal) honesty come to mind.

 How has working with Maurice benefitted you and/or uplifted you?

As a white, privileged member of the middle class, I have to be mindful of how I approach community work. Maurice helped me reflect on the reality of community food systems and where it might be appropriate and impactful for me to fit in. I am still figuring out my niche, but Maurice has been supportive along the way.

 What would you say to someone who is interested in working with Maurice in the future?

If you are unsure about committing to an internship, I would encourage you to try it. Even if you do not go on to do food systems work, Maurice offers a unique perspective on food and life that will no doubt impact you.

 Memories and Stories

I remember driving around in the old red truck and seeing how big a load we could carry. I remember both laughing and having serious conversations about race with Ms. Thelma.

 A Few Words…

Maurice approaches his work strategically with a goal in mind, but he knows how to garner community support and buy-in to promote change in a respectful manner.

Ms. Thelma, Maurice and the Red Truck

Ms. Thelma, Maurice and the Red Truck

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