It’s late July as I write this update, and I’m thinking about the color red. The imperfect orangey-red of our first garden tomatoes that have just begun to ripen, tasting of earth and sunshine when they burst in your mouth. The strange pinkish red of our daytime sun out west as we continue to have yet another summer battling forest fires. And the bright red of a heart that sits on my desk this morning, made for me by my youngest son at summer camp. The effort of his small fingers is visible in the jagged lines at the edges.
There are several good news items in this newsletter. We’re proud to have added a new feature sharing the amazing work being led by our member organizations; if you have something to share, please let me know! And my personal favorite news item to share is that Together We Grow’s team has doubled in size! I’m beyond delighted to introduce our new recruit, Russell Schiller, below — and his work to increase the visibility of our industry and the careers within it to young people.
Which brings me back to tomatoes, fire suns, and paper hearts. The symbolism of these objects is not lost me. They are, indeed, symbolic of the work we continue to engage in as a consortium.
Those tomatoes — the sweet ripe fruit of seeds planted much earlier in the year and then tended to in small and intentional ways over and over again… Much like the work you all are leading transforming your cultures and the collective culture of this industry.
Our smoky skies — a reminder that we are still in this battle. We continue to face challenges, but we also continue to adapt and show up with grit and humble determination.
And heart. This consortium is filled with people who never cease to amaze me in their dedication to one another, the people in their organizations, their communities, and the nation.
To those of you ensuring the tomatoes grow, the blazes get put out, and that those who need it most feel the heart you’re bringing to the world, thank you.
This message was included in Together We Grow’s August newsletter. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter.