Hello friends and family! As many of you know I have been working with the Game Theory Academy since June 2014 as a farm manager and educator. In that time, I have had the opportunity to work with teens from Oakland interested in farming, ecology and business through the WOW Farm internship. When I first started at WOW the flower farm had literally just taken root in an asphalt parking lot and it has been inspiring to get to build this space in collaboration with young people over the past year and a half. The WOW flower interns gain serious farming skills and exposure to the important field of sustainable agriculture throughout the program. They are involved in almost every aspect of running the farm business, from planting and harvesting to handling consultations with event clients and creating beautiful floral designs. The business class component of the WOW program teaches structures teens can use to take control of their finances and make important decisions about their futures. I have seen how impactful it is for a young person to have the space and time to connect to the soil, flowers, and wildlife (we have frogs!) on the farm. The community building and leadership skills they gain by working closely as a team are such an invaluable piece of their urban farming experience. As a first job for many of our interns, WOW Farm is an important step towards building careers they are passionate about.
Help Game Theory Academy offer this experience to many more young people in the future by donating today, no amount is too small or too big! With your support the GTA/WOW team will be ready to hit the ground running in 2016. Thank you!
Everyone who donates will receive a beautiful digital photo of the flower farm in bloom!