A few months ago, Ian Herrick, an organizer with Louisville Farm to Table and one of the founders of the Smoketown Fresh Stop Market mentioned the Waterfront Botanical Garden Cultivator Board to New Roots director Karyn Moskowitz. The Cultivator Board is a non-fiduciary board that acts as an advisory council to the Board of Directors and staff. The idea of the Cultivator Board came about when the Waterfront Botanical Garden Board Members came to the realization that they were, well, getting older and that there needed to be a way to recruit, train and retain younger folks with fresh ideas who then enter a pipeline to become eligible for nomination onto the Board of Directors.
“This seemed like a great idea,” said Karyn. “I brought the idea to New Roots Board Member Patty Marguet, who brought it to the rest of the Board for discussion. This led to numerous conversations with Botanica Director Kasey Maier, Chris Nation (previous Chair of the Young Professional Association of Louisville (YPAL)) and other community members. In June, New Roots Directors elected Humana Foundation Analyst and New Roots Fresh Stop Market shareholder Colleen Reilly to the Board so she could focus on creating New Root’s own Harvest Council.
Colleen remarked, “The Harvest Council will operate under the core principle that fresh food is a basic human right. Through this council, we aim to engage young professionals to think and act innovatively in order to unite communities in creating solutions for sustainable and equitable local food economies.” Colleen continued, “We would like to know if you—or someone you know— is a young professional who is looking for an opportunity to share your skills and passion for food justice, engage more deeply with the community, and support a grassroots organization in achieving its strategic goals. We need your help recruiting the founding members.”
The New Roots is recruiting 5-9 highly-motivated individuals ages 22-40 with diverse backgrounds and skillsets who will develop their own objectives to support the strategic goals of New Roots. This group will fall under the umbrella of, and receive support from, the Board of Directors but will work autonomously.
Some activities may include:
· Community outreach and awareness-raising
· Recruitment and retention of shareholders
· Volunteer activities
· Educational programming
· Fundraising activities
· Making community connections
Please express interest or send recommendations to Colleen Reilly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.