Hello BRIDGE family,
I hope everyone is doing as well as they can right now. We're onto the second week of May and I'm very excited about our upcoming projects. I have the new title of Digital Programs Coordinator, and in that capacity, I've been putting out content on our Instagram page, specifically on IGTV. We're participating in #Mermay, and every weekday in May, I'm making a coloring page and a drawing video. Currently, we're doing Mermaid Superheroes, which is super fun for me, and hopefully is bringing joy to some folks out there. Coloring is great for stress relief, no matter what age you are!
Soon, also on Instagram, we will have educational videos from our Happiness Toolbox educators and collaborators. Stay tuned for those!
Are your young people still looking for things to do? Well, I've got some suggestions! Our friends over at Rites Of Passage are doing Youth Link. Click this link to see the various Zoom nights they will be doing with youth. Click here to email Shirley Edgerton about your young person participating.
Our Partners and friends over at Art Omi are releasing an art project you can do at home weekly! Click here to subscribe to their newsletter, and start creating!
Our "New Pathways" video series, Talks and Labs are coming in less than a week, on Monday, May 18th! If you stay subscribed to our newsletter, we will post as they are being released. They will also be on our website and on our Youtube page. We are also pleased to be doing a New Pathways podcast series in which we have further dialogues with our presenters. Here is the trailer!
We hope you're staying safe, sane, and healthy. Be well, do as much good work as you possibly can, and stay safe out there!
- JV Hampton-VanSant
Digital Programs Coordinator
The Solidarity & Sustainability Program with Woven Roots Farm & Education Center
At Woven Roots Farm, we learn from the soil that mutual aid is essential for existence. Now more than ever, we are turning towards enlarging our own capacities and creating new pathways towards food security in our community. Partnering with BRIDGE helps us to understand both individual & collective interests and needs in our marginalized communities, and weave deeply rooted, culturally respectful responses.
Fresh, clean food is a basic human right. In order to have access to that, we need vibrant local farms, resilient skill sharing, ongoing education, and community support. Our Solidarity & Sustainability Program, created with BRIDGE, provides foundational support by offering a weekly distribution of nutrient-dense, seasonal food -- June to November -- through membership in our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). This program also provides vegetable starts and seeds to households with established gardens, as well as access to new garden spaces through our collaboration with Greenagers’ Front Lawn Food Program. Additionally, we are creating pathways of empowerment by creating ongoing support through classes, webinars, and direct consultation for BRIDGE community members who are ready to build skills in land stewardship, gardening, cooking, and preserving.
We are being given the opportunity to create a new tomorrow firmly rooted in justice -- a tomorrow that embraces the dignity of all humanity and nature. It is time to plant and cultivate a future where we return to taking care of each other and our Earth. Partnering with BRIDGE is helping us create equitable & participatory practices that build resilience in our community.