The Edible Peace Patch Project, now in its 6th year, has hired two new staff members to better serve our students.
We are proud to announce that Kelli Harper is our Education Director, Kelli’s responsibilities include further development of the Garden Education Curriculum, Volunteer Coordination, and Garden Program implementation.
Kelli graduated from the University of South Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude with her BA in Integrative Social Studies, with a special concentration in Psychology and Anthropology. Kelli was drawn to the Edible Peace Patch after hearing about its mission to bring organic and sustainable practices to the children and community of St. Petersburg.
Kelli interned with the Peace Patch for six months prior to her present position. During that time, she helped develop lesson plans and gardened with the children. Since joining the Peace Patch in July. Kelli has successfully completed the Tampa Bay Ray’s Dugout Club Program, teaching over 838 students at seven various recreation centers located in South St. Petersburg over the summer.
The Peace Patch team also includes Ray Wunderlich, our Garden Manager. Ray works hard to make sure all the Gardens are functional, productive and aesthetically pleasing.
He brings renewed energy, ideas, and a successful path of productive organically grown vegetable gardens. He raised 4500lbs of non root vegetables at The Pioneer Settlement Garden in last year’s season with 3000lbs donated to St. Vincent DePaul. He has volunteered and led numerous restorative habitat initiatives in local City parks and shown leadership within the urban agriculture community.
Ray was raised in South St. Petersburg within his family’s philosophy of organic, natural living. He earned a BS degree in Health and a MS degree in Sports Management. His father and mother practiced a successful and groundbreaking Nutritional Medical business where Ray worked for many years. Along with growing up in a holistic lifestyle Ray is a successful distance runner, amateur botanist and ecologist, environmentalist, and enjoys teaching children and adults about organic, sustainable and resilient lifestyles including composting.
The Peace Patch has just launched it’s 2015-16 schoolyard garden program and is poised to continue its innovative and successful work with the schoolchildren and youth on the Southside of St. Petersburg.
About The Edible Peace Patch Project:
The Edible Peace Patch Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Tampa Bay. Our mission is to eliminate poverty through better education and improved nutrition in disadvantaged communities. Our vision is to build gardens, feed bodies, expand minds, and grow community by using educational gardens to create a fully-integrated farm-to-plate food system. For more information, please visit www.peacepatch.org