Friday, July 17, 2020
Summer Harvest for the Community Apothecary Program at Heartbeat Learning Gardens

Did You Know?

Heartbeat Learning Gardens Feeds Hearts & Souls!

In Her Own Words—Co-Director Nicole Manieri


Heartbeat Gardens is a nonprofit community farm. We tend a mosaic of gardens including vegetable and fruit production, herbal medicine, and pollinator gardens within the context of wildlife habitat zones—and we are “chicken parents” and “bee-guardians." We spend an average of 10 hours a day outside during the growing season tending to (and learning from) our living landscape.

The pandemic has impacted our ability to follow through with the planned educational workshops and gatherings in the gardens, as well as community volunteer works days, but we have been able to maintain our efforts in growing vital, organic produce and herbal remedies for our community.  

This year, we have re-routed our focus away from education and resolved instead to focus on growing as much food as possible and donating it to local families who are struggling with food insecurity. In the times of COVID-19, food insecurity in our community has severely increased. Second Harvest Food Bank noted that they are serving 66% more clients than last year at this time! 

Alongside donating all our produce to food pantries, this is Heartbeat’s second year in offering a Community Apothecary program, in which members receive monthly herbal care packages from the gardens. We had planned for monthly herbal workshops in the garden, but have had to adapt the in-person, educational piece to videos. While there is nothing like a direct encounter with these plants in their terrain, we are adapting in order to keep offering local herbal education surrounding this habitat. 

Another approach to address food security needs has been the sale of edible and medicinal plant starts to home gardeners. We offer ourselves as an ongoing educational resource for these local efforts. 

While we are responding to immediate, increased needs, our efforts also maintain a far-reaching vision to uplift the long-term health of our community and ecosystem. We are practitioner-educators, literally, in the field.  

Donate to Heartbeat Learning Gardens to support their food security efforts:  Heartbeat Learning Gardens

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 Together . . .

Provided the right ingredients are available, individuals who spot gaps where real needs are unmet create visible momentum that others eagerly join. What began with Norah Byrnes’ intention in early April to get fresh loaves of bread into the hands of homebound villagers or those whose income level required hard choices, has developed into a weekly undertaking among shoppers, bakers, and "runners" to ensure nearly 80 loaves get delivered each week.
Operation Bread Runner (OBR) is a collaborative effort among individuals, farmers, Tom's Market, the Foundation, and donors—not only donors who contribute generally to the Foundation's YS Food Insecurity Fund, but also donors who receive the bread. These funds help purchase bread-making supplies at Tom's and from local farmers.
There are currently 5 bakers—Norah Byrnes, Becky Rubin, Janet Murie, Olivia Byrnes, and Martha Worrell. Aurelia Blake, Maria and Malaya Booth, and Ryan Stinson are the 4 runners who deliver to specific neighborhoods and have developed reciprocal relationships with their recipients, receiving feedback and occasional gifts! The runners learn preferences and provide that much needed "check-in." Their donor angel, Kim Horn, who manages the Little Free Pantry, voluntarily and unconditionally began sending Operation Bread Runner large quantities of flour and yeast on a regular basis. 
A recent delivery included a survey about ingredient preferences—whole wheat, white, or even raisin bread. Recipients were also invited to note a need of more than one loaf per week as well as to share stories about what is eaten with or on their bread. 
It is these small and very human details of the operation that keep the volunteers going, and they fully anticipate that given the devastation of the pandemic on people's lives, they could be doing this for a year or more. 

Janet Murie, Aurelia Blake, and Norah Byrnes readying bread for the runners.

Donate to the YS Food Insecurity Fund: YS Food Insecurity Fund
Board of Trustees Member Highlight
Angie Hsu


My husband, Matan Mazursky, and I chose Yellow Springs after a six-month road trip across the US, "window shopping" for a place to start a family. Having grown up in Boulder, Colorado and having lived abroad for almost ten years, a small town in Southern Ohio was not an obvious choice. But—like many—we were drawn to the balance of nature, local community, and access to the surrounding cities. Soon after we moved to YS, I began working in Columbus at the nonprofit Asian American Community Services in their anti-human trafficking program. I have worked exclusively in nonprofits since I started my career, mainly in relation to immigrant, worker, and women's rights. Being involved with the Foundation has been invaluable in introducing me to the amazing work done by local nonprofits. 

As I became more involved with village life, I heard about the Foundation from all directions. Though I have worked with private foundations and other funding institutions, this Foundation was my first introduction to a community foundation. For example, when a small group of us decided to host an International Women's Day event in March 2019, we were thrilled that the Foundation was supportive of our initiative. As a previous renter at John Bryan Community Pottery, I witnessed first-hand the contribution of the Foundation to bolstering the arts in the village. These interactions only furthered my interest in becoming more involved.

Becoming a board member was a significant step in "formalizing" YS as my new home. Even though I am very much a new member of the village, I was impressed by the Foundation's enthusiasm for different perspectives from new board members such as myself. I deeply believe that if I want to continue living in the village and making it a home for my family (we have an 8-month old), it is my responsibility to get involved and influence the direction in which this community grows. I am passionate about anti-racism work, climate change, and access to affordable housing. Through the Foundation, I am given the opportunity to think about how these issues and others affect our lives. Even in these new and different days, I believe we can continue to find innovative ways to serve our community and the diversity of those who are part of it. 

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
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Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 7/15) Bruce Bradtmiller & Carol Cottom - Marc Holser - Robert Oldham

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 7/15) Debbie Henderson & Jon Hudson - Angie Hsu & Matan Mazursky - World House Choir - Jonatha Wright
Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 7/15)
Margy Anderson - Patricia Fici - Lil Williams
Donors to Uplift YS Campaign Fund (week of 7/15) Bruce Bradtmiller & Carol Cottom - Paloma Dallas - Rich & Sheila Miller
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