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October 15, 2012

I am very impressed with the organization Self Sustaining Communities because they are making a difference in the communities that they are serving. I went on a tour with the Executive Director Linda Schneider to four urban farms that she and her community members have established. What I saw at each location was excitement, happiness and hard work. Each urban farm is dedicated to providing a model of self-sufficiency to the neighborhood that they serve. This kind of dedication is contagious. I was inspired to assist one of the urban farmers in initiating a mural to be designed by a local high school student and painted by the El Cerrito High School Rotary interact club. The days that we have been onsite painting the mural we have observed the planting by neighborhood members and general enthusiasm for the farm. But an impact that I am also seeing is homeowners that are adjacent to the farm are painting there homes, and working on there yards. Caring is contagious the self sustaining communities organization is supporting this feeling in each neighborhood where they establish themselves.

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