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Yang Wood Dragon Year

In the spirited dawn of this new year, I find myself filled with gratitude for the opportunities that lie ahead. As we set forth on this promising journey, our collective ambition resonates with the energy of growth and the realization of our goals centered around access to land and the establishment of a flourishing moringa cooperative.

Expressing heartfelt thanks for the support that has brought us to this point, I reflect on the incredible strides we've made in our mission to create sustainable solutions. The Creation of Society has become a beacon of knowledge and empowerment, weaving together art, entrepreneurship, and agriculture to illuminate the path forward.

Over the past three years, our partnership with the global food justice center of expertise, coupled with the auspicious collaboration with the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI), has fortified our commitment to addressing the nutritional needs of the sickle cell community. Our mission is to champion food justice through education and actionable initiatives, uniting communities under the banner of Create One Society.

In the lush landscape of community development, our cooperative's establishment, centered around moringa cultivation, production, and consumption in California, stands as a testament to our dedication. Our research illuminates the potential of moringa to reshape nutritional guidelines for those affected by sickle cell, offering a beacon of hope for minimized crises and optimized health outcomes.

Looking ahead, our goal is to make moringa—a culturally specific food—readily available to the sickle cell community. The online store, an extension of our information platform, becomes a portal of accessibility, adorned with special promo codes ensuring free access to moringa health packages for our community members. To sustain this initiative, we've adopted a sharing economy model, where public sales become a conduit for providing essential services to our most vulnerable community members.

In harmony with our online efforts, community workshops bring people together. Cooking demonstrations featuring culturally specific foods such as moringa and the African Yam become communal celebrations. The Vallejo community actively participates in our buy one give one initiative, amplifying our impact. At the Vallejo farmers market, we share the nutritional profile of moringa, fostering community support and engagement.

The community's embrace extends to speaking engagements at Mare Island's people's garden, where gardening groups from the Philippines and Sustainable Solano converge. Opportunities like these allow our team to share insights into the transformative potential of moringa and the nutritional needs of the sickle cell community.

Recently, I've taken on the task of organizing the Northern California Sickle Cell Coalition. Our inaugural event—a support group focused on healing and nutritional resources—becomes a testament to our commitment to community building and our professional endeavors in research.

Embarking on a Yang wood dragon year, my heart swells with gratitude for the rich blend of experiences that have shaped my spiritual journey. This new chapter aligns seamlessly with my motivations to contribute meaningfully to community development. My experiences have equipped me to tackle pressing societal issues and navigate intricate challenges with resilience and determination.

As I reflect on the past and look toward the future, the presence of community and shared goals becomes apparent. The intersection of spirituality, food justice, and environmental equity becomes a realm where passion for positive social change thrives. The emphasis on research, innovation, and community engagement resonates with my commitment to addressing issues related to food justice and environmental sustainability.

In this promising year, the fusion of diverse experiences in research and active community engagement positions me as a fortunate candidate for the challenges ahead. Collaborating with organizations like Urban Tilth showcases my ability to bridge theoretical knowledge with practical community engagement. Initiatives such as teaching Inner City youth about Moringa and fostering art and entrepreneurship opportunities become part of a grand procession, symbolizing commitment to self-sustainability and education.

Our road trip to Mississippi, delving into our family history, transforms into a testament to a broader understanding of historical and social contexts. The visit to Dr. Cindy Elliot's farm evolves into an exploration of the future of farming and sustainable agriculture. This alignment, emphasizing research and innovation, fortifies my resolve to contribute to a national campaign for securing land with BLACK farmers, cultivating culturally specific foods.

In addition to my national initiative, the concept of establishing the Sickle Cell K.E.Y.S. Society becomes a gift to education. By integrating art, entrepreneurship, and agriculture, the society aims to raise awareness, foster understanding, and contribute to the well-being of individuals affected by sickle cell disease. This initiative aligns seamlessly with the commitment to comprehensive education, community engagement, and societal impact.

In conclusion, as we step into this new year, I am grateful for the support that has brought us to this favorable point. With gratitude in our hearts, we eagerly anticipate the fulfillment of our ambitious goals. May this year be one of growth, prosperity, and transformative impact as we build a brighter future for our communities and the world at large.

-Create Society

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