The place will Robby Astrove be in 10 years? And what’s your hope for a future Atlanta and Georgia meals system?
I don’t have a crystal ball, however one factor you possibly can rely on is I’ll nonetheless be planting. I joked with a good friend the opposite day that if ever I cease planting, they need to come and shake me, one thing is fallacious.
As for the long run Georgia meals system, I undoubtedly hope we’ve a special meals system than we do at the moment. I need to see farmers and growers extra revered, however not solely that, higher cared for, each from inside and out of doors our business. They have to be seen and revered extra as mission vital members of our society.
I additionally hope that buyers’ decisions change. And ultimately, in fact, coverage.
How does your present work feed into this future imaginative and prescient?
I see my function as multipronged. I’m an educator, a connector—a cross-pollinator, like this award—and I lastly really feel like I carry some affect on this motion, like folks can take heed to me. That is additionally the place mentorship is available in. I’ve spent a whole lot of time looking for out elders, mentors; I hope I could be a mentor, it doesn’t matter what age people are, I need to be sure that we’re all carrying the torch ahead.
You shared in your awards video that Barbara Petit (see under), after whom this award is called, was instrumental in what you’re doing at the moment. What are some things/classes you realized from her?
My reminiscences of working along with her have been actually about witnessing her management and the way she introduced folks collectively…She was somebody with imaginative and prescient and unbelievable drive. I’ve a lot love and respect for her. She is absolutely who gave me the blessing, the top nod, to start out the orchard mission, and I used to be right down to do it.
It was Barbara who straight advised me: ‘don’t cease planting.’ And that’s my plan.
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