An Abundant Spring!

making way for some raspberries!

making way for some raspberries!

It’s been an abundant spring for Zenyu!  We had an intimate and fun Gardening Skillshare and Work Party at Hester Angus’s homestead on Beacon Hill. 5 hardy souls and one geriatric Beagle came out one foggy, drizzly Saturday in April to dig big holes in the ground, plant beets and beans, share food, and reflect on our connection to place. In exchange for our hard work, a few weeks later we got to harvest as many pea vines as we wanted (yum)! We look forward to more of these work parties in the summer. Stay tuned!

And! Zenyu was recently awarded not one but TWO grants: a small one from Lily Divine Productions, a local production company that produces queer burlesque shows, and a $20,000 grant from the Self-Development of People Committee of the Presbyterian Church.  These may be small in terms of nonprofit grants, but it’s HUGE to us!!!

Rachel Anderson, Community Advisory Group member and Emil Paddison, our new Sustainability Director, working hard!

Rachel Anderson, Community Advisory Group member and Emil Paddison, our new Sustainability Director, working hard at Zenyu’s 2012 New Year’s Crystal Soup Ceremony!

Further, we are excited to officially welcome longtime Zenyu supporter and beloved ally, Emil Paddison, as Zenyu’s new Sustainability Director!  Emil comes to us with over 10 years experience in Tenants Rights work, anti-oppression and cross-class allyship with Resource Generation.  Coming from her most recent position as Deputy Director at the Tenants Union, Emil will be helping us with Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Fundraising and Administration.  We are excited to grow Zenyu’s work with Emil’s incredible expertise and passion for building Beloved Community rooted in compassion, justice and connection!

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