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The Green Team

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews 889

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Children & Youth, Food


10185 Custer Rd Lucerne Valley CA 92356 USA


The Green Team was founded in 1990 previously known as Home Agriculture Foundation. We have been providing programs based on healthy food preparation, organic gardening, mentoring, peaceful resolutions to conflict, and environmental awareness. The Peace Gardens Program our latest began in Watts Ca. in 1997 with Foster children. Our programs have been offered to children in residential treatment facilities, Foster agencies, and schools in some of the poorest, highest crime areas of Los Angeles. Many children have been impacted by the programs. We are growing from a complete volunteer agency for almost 10 years to creating a few staff positions to help with our growth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with James Helliwell on his most recent on-going project. James is unique in that he allows the project to develop according to the needs of the people who will benefit from the services provided instead of following a personal agenda. He is passionate and compassionate, yet at the same time, his mission always includes the aspect of empowering the clients to help themselves. For example, giving children the responsibility of tending a garden or developing a homeless project that combines job training and development with cooperative living skills. He looks at the whole person and never sees limits within them. The respect he has for his clients - from youth to the aged - can only result in an increase in self-respect and a desire for a better life. I look forward to this latest plan coming to fruition.

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I have witnessed James' ability to network and put the right people together to get things done. I have also seen his flexibility when faced with obstacles or when a particular opportunity presented itself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am too new to the organization to offer suggestions at this point.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The green team helped children who were neglect or forgotten to feel good about themselves. People like James Helliwell have made a difference demonstrating the passion they feel about changing these children's lives and giving of themselves to improve the life and perspective of the next generation.

I was very impressed with the dedication and motivation of the Green team staff, and especially Mr. Helliwell.


(Ms.) Nair M. Orioli

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Mr. Helliwell taught children, and the public how to plant organically and to love the environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more grants for them to continue their good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known James Helliwell both as a business professional and friend for over 20 years. I have worked with James in the "early days" when the organization was known as the Home Agriculture Foundation, creating sustainable agriculture in the Greater Los Angeles area for inner city families.

I have witnessed James work with both young individuals as well as the elderly. James is an extremely compassionalte "down-to-earth" role model, who possesses the experience and knowledge to associate in a positive manner with a diverse level of individuals. He possesses the ability to relate with at-risk youth, the elderly in need of assistance, and in general individuals who are in need of care to nurture, encourage, and educate these individuals.

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Over the years, I have had the opportunity to interact with the young individuals and the elderly who were assisted by the Green Team, and I have witnessed the transformations in the lives of these individuals as a result of this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage James to expand the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Green Team is an organization that nurtures our environment as well as our people. Their talent in working with out of school youth, prison reentry and the public, combined with their expertise in sustainability, home agriculture and organic farming is a winning combination. Their programs make our world a better place, give youth and others a way to be productive members of society and help build a sustainable world. James Helliwell's depth of expertise in agriculture and his commitment to youth and those at risk makes The Green Team an organization that can make a huge difference in our communities.

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In 2008 I co-founded The High Desert Region Green Jobs initiative in southern California and served as strategic consultant to the Initiative until May 2010. The Green Team advised us on sustainable farming and helped us design green programs to prepare youth and others for careers in the green economy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes come to mind.

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