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While I was attending college, I can recall returning home to see a few men working in our family garden. They created nice garden beds and planted a variety of crops that I often only saw in grocery stores. My family and I really loved the work that they did in our garden. A few years later, my mum and I were strolling through our neighbourhood when we heard celebrations taking place at Thrive’s Growing Health Institute. We were intrigued to find out what was going on, so we stopped in. During our visit to Thrive’s graduation ceremony, my mum reminded me about the men that used to work in our garden and that they had come from Thrive. I instantly fell in love with Thrive and dreamt of working with them. Today, I realise that dream has come to pass.

After finishing high school, I was figuring out what would be my next move and was looking for something to do in my life. I tried so many things, including burning charcoal, working as a room steward in hotels and working in peoples’ gardens to earn some money. In the year 2006, my mum received an opportunity to attend training on organic farming at Manor House Agricultural Center. When she came back she shared with me about it and I was interested to do a two year course at the college.