SEEED’s Weekly Voice – March 1, 2017

Written by Taria Person

Welcome to another week of SEEED’s Weekly Voice!

SEEED’s Student:  A Moment of Shine
 
 
Omari West, a graduate of SEEED’s Career Readiness Program, recently made monumental steps in his career through the KEAP Green Church-Green Jobs Project. SEEED Knox is currently partnering with Appalachian Renewable Resources to ensure a livable wage for Knoxville’s young adults,  and another skill he can place in his toolbox of knowledge. On an interview with WATE News Channel 6, Omari expressed, “’When you look at it(the installation of solar panels)you feel pretty good about yourself,” said West. “If I can do that, then what can’t I do?’”
This project is not just helping Omari, but also, creating affordable options of reducing energy and lowering our carbon footprint for the city of Knoxville. While we prepare for our next Career Readiness Program, Omari is ecstatic to carry out SEEED’s Mission, creating pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, while equipping communities with environmental literacy skills. Graduates of SEEED are making big moves. Let’s take a moment to congratulate Omari West for his new position and for all of these great accomplishments. Keep up the good work!
Yes! KEAP Green Church-Green Jobs Project is looking for people who are interested in weatherizing or solarizing their homes or businesses with seed trainees who get paid a living wage. We are available to give presentations about the program to church groups or individuals. Visit keapgreenjobs.org

WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Our next Career Readiness Program, will begin March 21st, 2017. Any individual between the age of 16-28, come to SEEED and fill out an application with Mandy Proffitt. Contact her via (865)766-5185

KEAP Green Church- Green Jobs Project is working with contractors who are training SEEED graduates to weatherize church member homes, while obtaining a living wage.

“This unique project works with church members and contractors who want to support living wage green jobs for SEEED’s young people, while doing their part to reduce climate warming,” said Rick Held, Co-founder of KEAP Green Jobs (Knoxville Energy Alliance and Partnership for Green Jobs).

For more information contact:

Rick Held via (865)936-4492

Scott Noethen via (865)300-3335

Email: rickyheldmail@gmail.com

www.seeedknox.com​    www.keapgreenjobs.org

http://arrtn.com/about-us/

To view previous blogs, visit seeedknox.com

 

By Taria Person | March 1, 2017 | SEEED Knox

SEEED’s Weekly Voice – February 22, 2017

Welcome back to SEEED’s Weekly Voice!

Last week we explored the benefits of basil (Ocimum basilicum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and sage (Salvia officinalis), which are easy herbs to plant for beginners gardeners. The week prior, Nancy Taylor from Dalen Products, visited SEEED’s campus and donated a stackable garden with gardening products. 

Nancy Taylor will be leading a workshop, to give more information about ways to maximize smaller spaces, at the next Grow your Garden series on Wednesday February 22, 2017.

SPRING TIME!

The family at SEEED Knox are elated to partner with the Center for Urban Agriculture(CUA), in the next Grow your Garden Series!

Spring is rapidly approaching, and this is the perfect time to learn what, when, and how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. CUA will lead a workshop at the event, to “equip and educate local communities for cultivating healthy produce and sustainable lifestyles.” Participants that pre-register for the event, will receive seeds and starter plants, so come prepared to grow a green thumb!

WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Grow Your Garden Workshop Series

When: February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Where: SEEED Knox
1617  Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
   Non-member registration: $20
   KBGA: $15
   KBGA Neighbors (zip codes: 37914 and 37915): $5

http://knoxgarden.org/classes-events/growyourgarden/

Our next Career Readiness Program, will begin March 21st, 2017. Any individual between the age of 16-28, come to SEEED and fill out an application with Mandy Proffitt. Contact her via (865)766-5185

 

Job Listing (May change the header)

KEAP Green Church- Green Jobs Project is working with contractors who are training SEEED graduates to weatherize church member homes, while obtaining a living wage. 

“This unique project works with church members and contractors who want to support living wage green jobs for SEEED’s young people, while doing their part to reduce climate warming,” said Rick Held, Co-founder of KEAP Green Jobs (Knoxville Energy Alliance and Partnership for Green Jobs). 

For more information contact:

Rick Held via (865)936-4492   

Scott Noethen via (865)300-3335             

Email: rickyheldmail@gmail.com

www.seeedknox.com    www.keapgreenjobs.org        

http://arrtn.com/about-us/

SEEED’s Weekly Voice – February 15, 2017

Welcome back SEEED family! Since gardening has been one of our major themes in the blog, this week, we’re discussing three easy indoor herbs (and their benefits!) to grow for beginners.

But first, why herbs?

Herbs are easy plants to grow for new gardeners. These plants require low maintenance, and are extremely easy to maintain, annually. Herbs have medicinal properties that benefit the mind, body, and soul, which promotes healing in regards to aliments, such as colds, flus, and nausea. 

Many herbs have antioxidants that detoxify toxins, flushing waste from the body.  Some herbs are even anti-inflammatory, reducing inflammation and swelling. Normally, herbs are flavorful additions for food dishes and homemade herbal teas, ways to access daily vitamins, repellent for certain insects, deodorizers with bold aromas, and great for indoor gardening!

Herbs

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum), is well known among the herb plants. Mainly known for its excellent flavor in Italian dishes, but is rich in antioxidants, vitamin K, has positive impacts on the brain, promotes a healthy heart, and so on. Basil requires proper draining to ensure no standing water, and six hours or more of sunlight. 

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), like basil, requires proper draining so there’s no standing water. Some of the great things about this herb are, it can grow in warm or shaded climates, it pretty much grows in any soil or pot mix, and it is a very hardy plant to grow. 

  • Sage (Salvia officinalis), this herb has so many benefits! It’s an anti-inflammatory, its a great source for Vitamin C and A, iron, and magnesium. This plant promotes strong and healthy bones, high in protein, antioxidant, and keeps your skin looking amazing! You’ve guessed it! Sage requires six to eight hours of sunlight daily, and well drainage.

To learn more about gardening tips and plant benefits, or even where to begin, come to our grow your garden series February 22nd, 2017! 

See you soon.

What’s up next?

Grow your Garden Workshop Series
When: February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Where: SEEED
1617  Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
Tickets: $5 for 37914/5 Neighbors
$15 for KGBA members
$20 for non-members

Tickets available @ http://knoxgarden.org/classes-events/growyourgarden/

Our next Career Readiness program, will begin March 21st, 2017. Any individual between the age of 16-28, come to SEEED and fill out an application with Mandy Proffitt. Contact her via (865)766-5185

 

Job Listing (May change the header)

KEAP Green Church- Green Jobs Project is working with contractors who are training SEEED graduates to weatherize church member homes, while obtaining a living wage. 

“This unique project works with church members and contractors who want to support living wage green jobs for SEEED’s young people, while doing their part to reduce climate warming,” said Rick Held, Co-founder of KEAP Green Jobs (Knoxville Energy Alliance and Partnership for Green Jobs). 

For more information contact:

Rick Held via (865)936-4492   

Scott Noethen via (865)300-3335             

Email: rickyheldmail@gmail.com

www.seeedknox.com    www.keapgreenjobs.org        

http://arrtn.com/about-us/

SEEED’s Weekly Voice – February 8, 2017

What’s been happening?

SEEED would like to express deep gratitude to Nancy Taylor, Director of Sales and Marketing at Dalen Products, for donating a stackable garden, trellis netting, and other gardening products to our organization this past week.

Nancy eagerly sat down to talk, February 2nd, 2017, after watching the WATE Channel 6 News interview of Stan Johnson, Co-Founder and Director of SEEED, and Taria Person, Community Engagement Specialist and blogger.

While walking the community’s edible forest and campus grounds, Stan and Nancy discussed the limited amount of healthy food options for residents located in food deserts within Knoxville, the benefits of urban gardening, and SEEED’s Grow your Garden event.

Standing in the garden, looking out into the city of Knoxville, Stan explained, “If you look,  you’ll see some community projects right there, and another over here. So you talking in this area, within a two miles radius, no fresh foods and vegetables. The Weigle’s and Quick Stop are the only places where people can go get food. We want to make sure that fresh fruits and vegetables are accessible to this community, so what we’ve done is planted thirty-five fruit trees, and in the raised beds we have exotic stuff. Ultimately, we want the community to grow and get food from SEEED’s edible forest.”

Before leaving, Nancy demonstrated the stackable garden, and gave information about maximizing smaller spaces for gardening. “When you can’t grow out, you gotta be able to grow up,” Nancy said.

She explained the benefits of some of Dalen’s gardening products; for example, the trellis netting which is essentially a nylon net, but strong enough to handle the weight of fruits and veggies, such as cucumbers and tomatoes. She mentioned draping a trellis netting over an A-frame in order to harvest directly through the squares, which prevents rot damage and rust, and allows for growers to train healthier produce. 

To get more information about products like stackable gardens and trellis netting,  come to Nancy’s workshop at our next Grow your Garden Series event on February 22, 2017.  You won’t regret it!

What’s up next?

Grow your Garden Workshop Series
When: February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Where: SEEED
1617  Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
Tickets: $5 for 37914/5 Neighbors
$15 for KGBA members
$20 for non-members

Tickets available @ http://knoxgarden.org/classes-events/growyourgarden/

Our next Career Readiness program, will begin March 21st, 2017. Any individual between the age of 16-28, come to SEEED and fill out an application with Mandy Proffitt. Contact her via (865)766-5185

 

Job Listing (May change the header)

KEAP Green Church- Green Jobs Project is working with contractors who are training SEEED graduates to weatherize church member homes, while obtaining a living wage. 

“This unique project works with church members and contractors who want to support living wage green jobs for SEEED’s young people, while doing their part to reduce climate warming,” said Rick Held, Co-founder of KEAP Green Jobs (Knoxville Energy Alliance and Partnership for Green Jobs). 

For more information contact:

Rick Held via (865)936-4492   

Scott Noethen via (865)300-3335             

Email: rickyheldmail@gmail.com

www.seeedknox.com    www.keapgreenjobs.org        

http://arrtn.com/about-us/

SEEED’s Weekly Voice – February 01, 2017

SEEED’s Weekly Voice

What’s up, Knoxville?! Welcome to SEEED’s new blog, “SEEED’s Weekly Voice.” Here we will discuss community gardening, recycling, weatherization, share and offer volunteer opportunities, shed light on our local young people in the Career Readiness Program, and so much more! From these weekly blogs, SEEED wants the community to obtain environmental literacy skills, to be excited about what’s going on in the community of Knoxville and local communities, and to get a refreshing read.

What’s been happening?

Martin Luther King’s Day weekend, January 14th, volunteers from the University of Tennessee participated in our day of service by helping around the SEEED campus. We had a great time working in the garden and cleaning the campus grounds, shared our mission of “creating pathways out of poverty through career readiness training,” and enjoyed snacks, beverages, and fellowship.

This past Thursday, January 26th, the graduates for the Career Readiness Program had their graduation at the Green Tie Event. It was a success! SEEED’s graduates were able to apply life and career skills, obtained from the program, on the night of the event. Graduates, Treasure Hightower and Jonathan Dyer, were recognized for the most recycling sign ups in the new trash cart and recycling campaign through the city of Knoxville; Graduates, Treasure and Taria Person, were recognized for accepting new positions of employment at SEEED, and some graduates started businesses. The night was full of performances, live art, song selections, food and beverages, testimonials of how the program positively impacted lives, carnations and green ties.

If you missed the Green Tie event, you missed a wonderful treat. But don’t worry, there’s many more opportunities for you to be involved in the development of our young individuals and local communities.

What’s up next?

Our next Career Readiness program, will begin spring of 2017. Any individual between the age of 16-28, come to SEEED and fill out an application with Mandy Proffitt. Contact her via (865)766-5185

Grow your Garden Workshop Series
   When: February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
   Where:SEEED
   1617  Dandridge Ave.
   Knoxville, TN 37915

Tickets: $5 for 37914/5 Neighbors
   $15 for KGBA members
   $20 for non-members

Tickets available @ http://knoxgarden.org/classes-events/growyourgarden/

Come learn about SEEED’s edible forest and garden, and even possible ways of starting your own edible gardens. Our Partner, Center for Urban Agriculture, is also offering a workshop. For more information, go to our Facebook page @seeedknox.

This is SEEED’s Weekly Voice. Until next time.

*This blog is also an opportunity for all of your voices to be heard, and for SEEED to get your feedback, so leave a comment below.