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Conscious Community uses social media to build a living garden and enhance community connectivity

By ThisIsReno

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Conscious Community, a local community building movement, and Urban Roots, a local garden education non-profit organization have partnered together to launch the Connecting the Good Campaign.

Throughout the month of September, the two groups will invite their network of connections, and the entire community, to “like” the Conscious Community Facebook page with the goal of raising funds for a new living garden. For every “like”, $.50 will be donated to Urban Roots, whose mission is to change the way kids eat and learn through hands-on garden education. The fundraising goal is $2,000.

The Connecting the Good Campaign will kick-off on Thursday, September 1, from 7-10pm, at an event hosted by St. James Infirmary, located at 445 California Avenue. There is no cost to attend the event and the first 75 people receive a complimentary beer. “The event is an opportunity for us to expand our networks of friends, celebrate community support, and raise funds for healthier living, particularly for children”, says Richard Flyer, founder of Conscious Community.

Flyer’s group created the Connecting the Good Campaign to raise funds for local organizations while creating awareness for Conscious Community’s growing network of common ground solutions, where people from all walks of life come together to discuss sustainable answers to problems in our community. “We’re honored by the support and leadership that Richard and his organization have offered Urban Roots”, says Josie Luciano, the non-profit’s director. “Both groups share common values, which are rooted in communal support, healthy living, and collaboration.”

The campaign’s kick-off party is open to the public. Each attendee will be invited to utilize one of several computers located in the bar to log onto their Facebook accounts and “like” the Conscious Community Facebook page. For more information or if your organization would like to be a part of the Connecting the Good Campaign, contact Richard Flyer at 775-721-3287 or Josie Luciano at 775-560-3292.

Conscious Community (CC) has been connecting people and organizations in Northern Nevada for the last eight years. Through a model of shared values, CC is working to build a self-reliant community while focusing on “common needs” that include local food, energy, and strong local economy; health and wellness; a clean and healthy environment; neighbors helping neighbors; empowerment of those on the margins; spirituality, and others. Members of CC collaborate with one another through gatherings and social media platforms.

Urban Roots Garden Classrooms (URGC) is a local non-profit dedicated to changing the way kids eat and learn through seed-to-table education. Founded on the idea that food is a powerful tool for academic and nutritional instruction, URGC has provided in-school, after-school, and summer programming to over 800 students, and professional development for 150 educators. Currently, URGC is developing the Urban Roots Farm, a model garden designed to be a learning

tool, fieldtrip, and workshop destination for teachers, students, and community members.