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 Timmons – President, 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 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!
Robert Timmons – Vice 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.
Mary Converse – Treasurer
Member of St Augustine Garden Club
Has an accounting background
Very passionate about working with veterans and their families.
April Matt – Secretary
Civilian with military family members and friends
Environmental Technologist at Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc.
B.S. in Chemistry from University of Central Florida
Born and raised in Ormond Beach, FL
My strong sense of community support is what led me to volunteer for VGP. I feel that as a non-veteran, I should give back to the veteran community as much as I possibly can.
Damian Knight – Officer of the Board
US Marine Corps Veteran