Through a supportive environment such as the garden project, veterans and their families who may be experiencing challenges in transitioning from active duty to civilian life can find new opportunities and support. They will have the chance to learn new skills, begin to reconnect with others, renew their confidence and find new purpose for the enrichment of their lives, families, and their community. By combining healthy veteran support systems with the local community’s nutritional needs, the veteran will have room for personal growth opportunities, new relationships, and fun while developing healthy outlooks on diet and lifestyle.
PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES
We aim to serve, manage, and develop healthy and inclusive opportunities for local veterans, their families and the community through engagement and use of sustainability practices and permaculture principles. We are passionate about finding solutions to help our environmental challenges while supporting, feeding, and empowering local veterans.
Crystal TimmonsPresident, Founder/CEO/Project Manager
Trained and certified Permaculture Design at Sustainable Kashi, Sebastian, FL
Certified Nursery Management/Landscape Design at First Coast Technical College, St Augustine FL
Supporting spouse to a retired Army veteran with service-connected injuries.
Born in Vero Beach, FL
Our veterans and families need all the support and healthy healing modalities they can get! Nature is the best therapy!Crystal.email@example.com
Robert TimmonsVice President, Veteran and Certified Horticulturist
Retired Army Veteran
Military Intelligence & Food Service Sergeant
Afghanistan 2007, 513 MI Battalion & 173rd Airborne
Certified Nursery Management/Landscape Design at First Coast Technical College, St Augustine, FL
Born and raised in St Augustine, FL
My wife and I started this project to support our growth after service and to give back to our veterans and community.Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Bridges Board Secretary; US Navy Veteran and Veteran Spouse
Awarded The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Marketing Technologist Bronze-Glow Technologies, Inc.
Certified Watch Stander for Fire Watch Suicide Prevention
I dedicate my life to serving God and my Country. My mission is to support fellow Veterans struggling with mental health issues by connecting them with one another and with resources within the community to improve their coping and problem-solving skills to reduce Veteran suicides. I love plants and the healing abilities nature provides. I care about every Veteran and want to let you know that you are appreciated and that you matter to me!Michelle.email@example.com
Army Veteran, Chaplains Assistant, Heidelberg, Germany
Retired analyst from Florida Power & Light, Turkey Point Nuclear
Originally from Charlestown, Massachusetts, migrated south to Miami after the military and now St. Augustine is my home.
I love helping our local veterans with gardens that will sustain them. I especially enjoy the gathering of veterans, military, family members and friends who volunteer their time, gain knowledge of gardening, and come together as a community with a focus on helping other veterans.Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer and Garden Team Lead
Relocated from California to St Augustine in 2020
Retired 30 years in insurance sales/sales management.
Certified Master Gardener
Army veteran Sp/5 1969-1971 PSYOPS
Viet Nam 1970-1971 Audio-visual Combat loudspeaker team member
From personal experience, I understand the therapeutic value of gardening and am committed to helping veterans and the St Augustine community have the same experience.Andy.email@example.com
Board Treasurer – Veteran Spouse
Moved to St. Augustine from Portsmouth, VA in October 2020. Retired from General Motors and United Airlines. She was also the owner of AutoPost LLC which specialized in automobile re-marketing. Her hobbies include gardening, music, art, and animal rescue. Her husband Michael is a retired Veteran. Veteran Garden Project provides a sense of pride, self-fulfillment, and achievement in giving back to our local Veteran Community.Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org