HOW PERMACULTURE BRINGS PROSPERITY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES
with Teóna Washington from Environmental:ish
Sustainable Agriculture &
Teona Washington is an Economist, Entrepreneur, Author, and Mother who speaks and teaches entrepreneurs to redefine their businesses and branding for success, by reshaping their purpose, process, and plan through soul, community and longevity evaluation. Washington is best known from her authentic Cajun Restaurant (originally opened in Minnesota) and her savvy business techniques.
She has a background in business, real estate, the restaurant industry, multi-use space design, and environmental studies. With graduate degrees, undergrad degrees, and continued education studies in the fields of Economic Studies, Business Management and Development, and Permaculture, she has made it her life’s work to do life by design. Her primary work consists of designing spaces that are designated for community, nature, and shelter for those in need.
Her current love and ambition is Fresh Start Collective, a platform to fully equip BIPOC farmers with the tools to properly design, build and fund their farm with a permaculture focus. Of her many partnerships and initiatives, her current programs include: Project88, an entrepreneurial training program for individuals with disabilities, aging out of foster care and/or with a criminal background; Red Banana Books, in which she teaches children writing skills and book publishing along with understanding nature and their environment.
She has contributed commentary and been featured in News Break, Reddit, CCX Media, City Pages, Minneapolis Business Journal, Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, and KARE 11 News, KMOJ Radio, KFAI Radio, and more.
ABOUT THE Organisation
Teona, born in Minnesota and raised in Southern United States, where food access and community solidarity have been systematically denied to black and mixed race peoples for generations. But that story is changing. With Environmentalish, based out of Louisiana, Teona is giving young people of color the chance to learn gardening, farming, and business incubation.
Teona led us through the Food and Agriculture goal, which is, any way you slice it, one of the absolute keys to a better world and a healthier humanity. When we grow our own garden, eat in harmony with our internal and external environments, and turn food into a source of pleasure, joy, and vitality, we are changing the story for the better and painting a way forward for underserved communities worldwide.
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ABOUT THE PROJECT
.Environmental:ish is a non-profit environmental and social justice consultancy based out of Lafayette, Los Angeles. The organization has different projects based:
Earth Care: Neighborhood clean ups, free gardening classes for the community, and more. Your financial support supplies tools, products, virtual and administrative support.
People Care: In 2022, our Texas Farm will be a home to individuals in need of transitional housing and life skills and sustainability training. Your financial support provides equipment, tools, building supplies, and personnel for training.
Fair Share: Through all contributions big or small we are able to sponsor BIPOC individuals for our courses and collectives.
Future Care: The Fresh Start Collective has a promise to provide home schooling centers at its locations. Your financial support goes to project and plan development.