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Journeying with Jacob Jones

Jacob Jones (second from right) with the Baton Roots team

Meet Jacob Jones, an 18-year-old graduate of Central High School, whose journey with Baton Roots began in their freshman year at Liberty High School. Passionate about urban agriculture, they challenge stereotypes, inspiring others to grow their own food. Explore Jacob's transformative story and discover the power of nurturing life from seed to harvest. Join us in celebrating their dedication to cultivating change in our community.

Jones using the walk-behind tiller at Baton Roots Community Farm @ BREC Howell Park

Walls Project: Thank you for joining us today! Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?

Jacob Jones: Of course! I'm an 18-year-old recent graduate of Central High School, where my passion for agriculture blossomed. I stumbled upon Baton Roots during my freshman year, and I've been captivated by the transformative power of growing my own food ever since.

Walls Project: That's incredible! Can you share how you first discovered Baton Roots and what inspired you to keep coming back?

Jacob Jones: My journey with Baton Roots began in high school, back when I was attending Liberty High School. I was enrolled in a computer coding class, and Baton Roots was introduced to us as part of a program associated with the Futures Fund. While my classmates were drawn to the coding aspect, I found my true calling in the agricultural side of the program. What kept me coming back was the sheer joy of witnessing something I planted with my own hands grow and transform over time. There's a profound sense of satisfaction in nurturing life from seed to harvest.

Walls Project: It sounds like a fulfilling experience. Speaking of which, how do you hope to change the local culture surrounding growing food?

Jacob Jones: One of my primary goals is to challenge the prevailing stigma around growing food. There's an idea that only professional farmers can grow food, but the reality is quite different. I believe that anyone, regardless of their background or experience, can grow something nutritious. I want to inspire more young people to try their hand at urban agriculture, encouraging them to recognize their potential to contribute to a sustainable future. It's about empowering individuals to grow their own food, fostering self-sufficiency, and transforming our local communities in the process.

Walls Project: That's a fantastic mission! For those interested in urban agriculture, what advice would you offer to help them get started?

Jacob Jones: Don't overthink it! Starting small is absolutely fine, whether it's planting a few potted herbs on your balcony or creating a small garden bed in your backyard. The key is to take that first step, no matter how modest it may seem. If you're looking for guidance, don't hesitate to reach out to local programs like Baton Roots. They provide invaluable support and resources, helping beginners navigate the exciting world of urban agriculture. Additionally, consider exploring opportunities within local schools or universities with agricultural programs. Learning from experienced individuals and immersing yourself in the community can make a world of difference.

Walls Project: Thank you for sharing your insights and passion with us. It's evident that your dedication to urban agriculture is making a significant impact. We wish you continued success in your endeavors!

Jacob Jones: Thank you! I hope that my journey inspires others to embrace the transformative power of growing their own food. Together, we can cultivate change and create a more sustainable future for everyone.

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