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Planted in Miami

Planted in Miami is a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. Every other week, hosts Alex & Jeanette, speak with locals who are pushing Miami to new heights through their conscious companies, activism, community involvement, and inspiring projects.
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Nov 13, 2017

Nine years ago, Art Friedrich along with Melissa Contreras created the Urban Oasis Project, whose mission is to foster a local food movement that's accessible and available to everyone. The way they've achieved this goal is by planting gardens with low-income families, creating several thriving Farmer's Markets throughout South Florida (Upper East SideTropical ParkAdrienne ArshtBay Harbor) and accepting SNAP benefits at the markets and doubling their value for Florida grown fruits and veggies.

Art believes that farmer's markets are more than just a place to buy food, they are connection hubs that foster community and support local farmers and vendors. The Urban Oasis Project works tirelessly to educate the public on the value of these markets and how they strive to connect people to their food by eating seasonally, protect the environment by sourcing from local farmers, and support economic viability for small businesses.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Alex and Jeanette

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Oct 30, 2017

History has blessed us with some dynamic duos over time: Tom and Jerry; Thelma and Louise; Bert and Ernie and now, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer.  They are two peas in a pod(cast) and the creators of the immensely entertaining, outrageously raw and honest podcast called, Writing Class Radio where true and personal stories from students in Andrea's writing class are shared and where you can learn to write you own stories.

The duo met years ago after Alison suffered a devastating personal tragedy and enrolled in Andrea's writing class in hopes of navigating through some of the pain she was going through. This serendipitous meeting would be the catalyst to an enduring friendship and collaboration that would change both of their lives as well as the lives of many others brave enough to be honest with themselves.

Writing Class Radio is where "heart meets art" and where the goal of each episode is to make it equally about the craft of writing and the art of storytelling.  We think they nail it each and every time.

We hope you enjoy the conversation.

Alex + Jeanette

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Oct 16, 2017

It's said that necessity is the mother of invention. So if you take invention and mix it with an intelligent, driven and creative individual who understands the harmful effects of poisonous products on our skin, then you get Jacq's, a natural beauty brand founded by Barbara Jacques.

Six years ago, when Barbara was pregnant with her first child, her doctor discovered an ovarian tumor that put her on bedrest with few medical answers.  After deep diving into holistic healing and the importance of self-care and diet, Barbara discovered that what she was using on her skin was just as important.  Turning to her kitchen, using natural and organic ingredients, Barbara birthed a non-toxic skin-care line that's designed to feed and heal the skin.

Today, Barbara and her husband James, have grown Jacq's to offer an array of products designed for all skin tones with the goal of making every woman (and man) look good, feel good and slay naturally.

We hope you enjoy the conversation.

Alex + Jeanette

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Oct 2, 2017

The activist in Elizabeth Jones peaked it's head out in 8th grade when she presented a research paper on animal testing to her fellow classmates. It wasn't until years later, after becoming vegan and being put on the spot about her activism efforts, did Liz allow her inner activist to come through.  Today, she's a Marine Biologist by day and passionate, bad ass animal protector by night/weekend and everything in between.  A quick visit to her Instagram page will reveal her passion and efforts to educate and bring awareness to not only animal welfare, but also the environment, health and human rights.

We've admired Liz for quite some time and was eager to sit down and learn her story.  It takes incredible strength to stick to your convictions despite constant harassment and ridicule.  Yet, Liz understands her mission is greater than herself and continues each day to fight for the voiceless and marginalized.

This interview is honest, raw and powerful and we don't shy away from asking the questions you may be thinking.

We hope you enjoy the conversation.

Alex + Jeanette

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Sep 18, 2017

In South Florida, there are a number of vacant lots ripe for transformation and Asha Loring, founder of Health in the Hood Inc., had an idea of what she could turn them into. Inspired by a project her father, Marvin Dunn, created years ago named Roots in the City, Asha began taking empty lots and converting them into nourishing gardens in food deserts throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County.

Since it’s origin, Health in the Hood Inc. has planted gardens in Liberty City, Opa-Locka, Overtown and Hallandale Beach. These communal gardens have essentially become classrooms and meeting areas where people can learn things such as how to plant food in their backyards, understand complicated nutrition labels as well as the many benefits of exercise. In addition to providing healthy fruits and veggies, Asha’s organization is also responsible for creating jobs which helps keep the gardens running.

Health in the Hood Inc. excels in putting children on the path to healthy futures, giving parents valuable information and creating environments that support healthy choices.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Jeanette & Alex

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Aug 28, 2017

Five years ago, while Meena Jagannath was working with women in Haiti after the destructive Hurricane ravaged the island, an opportunity presented itself here in Miami.  Having never visited the city, she decided to take a chance and brought her expertise as a Human Rights lawyer and eventually co-founded the Community Justice Project, which is a group of community lawyers who represent community organizers and grassroots groups in low-income communities of color. She has been involved in such controversial and high profile cases such as the Michael Brown shooting and the tasering death of former Miami graffiti artist, Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach.

We spoke with Meena about the current state of affairs and challenges that are being faced from immigration to police authority and how the Community Justice Project plans to invite more people to the conversation through activism.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Jeanette & Alex

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Aug 14, 2017

When you throw something away, where is away? Six years ago, Dave Doebler found out the answer one afternoon on his kayak where he discovered 75 pounds of trash floating on the waters of Miami Beach. After wrangling his friends and family to help him clean up, he quickly realized that they either needed a bigger boat or more help. Eventually Dave and his wife Dara decided to create VolunteerCleanup.org, a free online resource which allows residents to lead and/or join a cleanup meetup to help rid the cities coastlines of the abundance of trash.

Some of the most commonly found items in the water are single use plastic bottles, straws and cigarette butts (which are made from plastic and are not biodegradable). The trash is not only effecting the marine life (eating the plastic or being trapped by paper bags), and the oceans (acidity levels rising due to the plastic chemicals) but it’s also clogging our drains which prevent them from working properly which in turn contributes to the egregious flooding.  And as Miami is ground zero for sea level rise, this is a huge and immediate issue we should all be concerned about.

We sat down with Dara and Dave to discuss how they got involved with these issues and why it’s become such a passionate cause for them, how their efforts have changed the way local businesses think of trash and their upcoming event, International Coastal Cleanup Day, which seeks to capture citizen science data to help tackle this enormous and growing problem.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Jeanette & Alex

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Jul 31, 2017

Carolina Pina is the Director of WIN Lab Miami - an eight month accelerator program for women entrepreneurs which helps them to grow sustainable ventures.  Originally launched in 2013 by Babson College in Massachusetts, the program expanded to Florida in 2016 where the first round of attendees just recently finished the program.

Carolina studied Chemical Engineering in Venezuela and Industrial and Systems Engineering at FIU and attended graduate school at Rice University where she received her MBA.  She is an advisor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder of Ignitus - a consulting practice that helps organizations implement social impact initiatives

After experiencing gender inequality early in her career she knew she wanted to get involved with helping to empower women to become entrepreneurs, shatter the glass ceiling and eliminate the disparity in pay that still exists between men and women.  Listen in to find out why Carolina is giving us all permission to fail.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Jeanette & Alex

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Jul 16, 2017

After self-proclaimed native, Meg Daly, broke both of her elbows in a biking accident and was forced to slow down and smell the asphalt on her walking commute to physical therapy, she got a crazy idea.  Transform the unused space underneath the Metrorail into a 10 mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination called, The Underline.  You might say it's Miami's response or ode to New York's immensely popular, The High Line, flipped upside down.

In this interview, we talk about who was the first person she told about her "crazy idea" and how she went from never having been involved in the community to overseeing a $120 million project and what the future holds for creative public spaces in Miami.  We are very excited about The Underline, the business opportunities and jobs it will create, the art and culture it will invite people to interact with and once you know more about this highly anticipated project, you will be too.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Jeanette + Alex

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Jul 3, 2017

When Chris Adamo left New York City with the love of his life five years ago and exchanged his muted, cold weather wardrobe for bright and colorful Jams World t-shirts, he didn't only want to look like a local, he wanted to live like one too.

So he joined the folks at WhereBy.Us as the Director of Business Development. These folks are the creators of the very helpful and practical online resource for Miami locals, The New Tropic and other initiatives that help people connect and engage in their respective cities.

We met up with Chris at the uber cool co-working space - CIC, where we learned all about his disconnected life in NY, how his wife completely changed the trajectory of his life and how his mission of connecting people to their cities has earned him the moniker, The Dot Connector.

Hope you enjoy the convo.

Jeanette + Alex

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Jun 19, 2017

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

In the age of digital consumption and immediate gratification, Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books and Books is inviting Miami and beyond to slow things down by stepping into 'The Great Good Place,' in this case, one of his multiple landmark bookstores.

A Miami native and lover of literature, Mitchell has devoted his life to providing the city with community spaces to engage and discover literature. Miami hasn't always had the best reputation for book lovers but through his persistence and the addition of the Miami Book Fair, the city is now on the map for authors and literary enthusiasts.

We sat down with Mitchell to discuss his path to bookseller, how the store has stayed relevant in this digital era and how community and small businesses are the heart of any city.  It's a good one. We hope you enjoy.

Jeanette + Alex

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Jun 5, 2017

Since a very young age, Nathi Alarcon has been a go-getter.  She knew at 7 years old that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine and worked hard to achieve that goal.  What she wasn’t expecting was being derailed in college with an auto-immune disease that eventually changed the course of her life.  Her passionate nature took her down a path of healing and eventually lead her into the kitchen where she discovered the power and connection of food.  

Today she is the co-owner of Fresh and Easy, the first cold-pressed juice bar and restaurant in Colombia as well as Cold Pressed Raw right here in Brickell. As if that wasn’t enough, she also teaches at the Matthew Kenney school on the weekends and is training for a half ironman. Talk about a go-getter!

Nathi’s outlook on life is infectious and we hope you will be as inspired by her story and mission as we are.

Jeanette + Alex

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May 22, 2017

Here in Miami when you say the name, Frankie Ruiz, chances are it conjures up memories of the incredibly popular and late Puerto Rican salsa singer belting out, "Bailando"or another one of his many popular hits.  But to many in Miami's athletic circles, Frankie Ruiz is synonymous with the Miami Marathon which just celebrated its 15th year this past January.  Inspired by his father from a young age to run, he found it a great way to explore his hometown and as a sport he could always compete in.

Looking to inspire his team of runners at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Frankie invited a 12 year old athlete and double amputee by the name of Rudy Garcia Tolson who had aspirations of running a marathon. This fortuitous meeting eventually set the wheels in motion for Frankie and his partners at the time to create a marathon in Miami that could stand toe to toe with other reputable races such as New York City and Chicago. Faced with Miami's bad reputation of being a hot, humid, and crime ridden city, many may have thought that a 26.2 road race through the streets of Miami was a bad idea, but Frankie and his team have worked hard to silence the naysayers and to prove to runners throughout the world that this isn't a marathon or (spinning) finisher's medal you want to miss.

Frankie's involvement in the community is widespread and his desire to empower athletes of all levels to achieve their personal best is evident in the various groups he's involved in, including the 7 State Championships and 1 SE National Regional Nike NXN Title earned by the Belen Jesuit Cross Country Team which he has coached for the past 19 years.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Jeanette & Alex

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May 8, 2017

Korin Sutton is a dedicated individual.  In high school, he started lifting weights and paying attention to his nutrition to get in shape (and to get girls).  He then joined the military to serve his country because the men in his life served honorably and he wanted to do the same.  And then in college, after hearing a lecture given by Gary Yourofsky about animal abuse and veganism, he was so affected that he decided he could no longer continue contributing to the cruelty and suffering of animals.  That lecture completely changed the trajectory of his life and he is now a fitness trainer and nutritionist, vegan activist and a competitive bodybuilder.

We had a great conversation with Korin, getting to know what makes him tick and diving deeply into why he's so passionate about challenging the status quo in the bodybuilding field.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Jeanette & Alex

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Apr 23, 2017

The Messengers is a documentary by Chris Krimitsos, Niel Guilarte and Willie Harper, that tells the story of podcasting and the people behind this relatively new form of storytelling and digital media.  It follows and focuses on several podcasters as they tell their story of why they love podcasting, the growth podcasting has seen in recent years, and its future.  One of the podcasters featured is Miami local and Gamertag Radio (GTR) founder, Danny Peña.  (Episode 11)

Danny recently celebrated the 12th anniversary of GTR at Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando, Florida where he delivered an extraordinary keynote that left us misty eyed and inspired.  He has that effect on people.  Today we speak to him about the film and his role in it which makes its Miami debut on May 5th at 7:30pm at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Jeanette & Alex

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Apr 9, 2017

As a young boy growing up in Carol City, Chef Kofi probably never thought he would one day see the likes of Germany, Ghana, Afghanistan, and other countries ending in 'stan' and he probably never thought he would be jumping out of perfectly good airplanes either.  But leave it to the dreamers to defy beating the odds and overcoming obstacles that would otherwise thwart others from realizing their full potential.  Chef Kofi's potential?  The sky is the limit, but we think he may be gunning to be the dopest plant-based/I-tal chef the world has ever seen and to make Elemental Eating synonymous with his name.

Now it's time to get to know Chef Kofi.  Boom!

We hope you enjoy listening,

Jeanette & Alex

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Mar 27, 2017

Pola Bunster is one of those rare Miami natives; you hear about them but they are difficult to come across as many more transplants claim The Magic City as their home.  And why wouldn’t they?  Miami has a plethora of beautiful beaches and beautiful people that frequent them, it’s always hot and sexy down here and you know, we have South Beach.  But Miami has so much more to offer than just its sunny beaches, oceans, and bikinis, and if anyone has seen their city grow up in the past 10 years or so it’s Pola Bunster – the Director of Storytelling at Prism Creative Group.

Born, raised, and educated in Miami, Pola is a proud Miamian who along with Isabella Acker, founder of Prism Creative Group, and the rest of the Prism team, is changing the way locals see and interact with their city.  Responsible for over 20 different events including The Miami Flea, Movies Under the Stars, and Rooftop Unplugged, Prism Creative Group is helping Miami break free from its identity crisis and finally come into its own.

This team of ardent “Culture Crusaders” is on a mission to elevate culture in Miami and to tell a story that won’t just be heard in Miami, but all over the world.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Jeanette & Alex

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Mar 15, 2017

Before Natalie Davis’ son, Joshua graduated from high school she sat down with his guidance counselor discussing his next steps. She quickly realized that outside of traditional organizations helping autistic children transition to adulthood, there weren’t any social programs. So she created one.

Natalie along with Dr. Maccarrone and Marte Singerman created The Social Cog which is a year long program that offers coaching, engagement and monthly meet ups for autistic adults.  Now in its 4th year, the Social Cog is celebrating it's anniversary with a charity event in May called Sensation at The Gleason Room.

We had a great conversation with Natalie and hope you enjoy it.

Alex + Jeanette

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Feb 27, 2017

Sara Yousuf is a firecracker.  Through her tenacity and determination she opened one of Miami’s only vinyl stores, Sweat Records, and has co-founded two leading progressive social organizations: Emerge Miami and Engage Miami. Oh and did we mention that she’s also a public defender for Miami-Dade County (more on that later). After moving from Michigan to Miami to attend UM, Sara quickly realized her activist tendencies and sought to create organizations that could mobilize people to make real and effective changes in the community.

Emerge Miami was created in 2005 with Bruce Wayne Stanley as a real life social network for people who wanted to make a difference. Engage Miami was created in 2015 as an official not-for-profit targeted to increase youth voter turnout through various campaigns and initiatives.

But Sara hasn’t stopped there, after attending an Action Club meeting at The Lab in Wynwood, she was asked to write down 150 life goals which led her to realize that by her continuing to practice law wouldn’t get her to where she wanted to be in life.  So she’s now on a 6 month sabbatical pursuing other interests such as The Plantain, which is a satirical website specifically dedicated to Miami as well as working on other interests.

Sit back, put on some headphones and enjoy the convo.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Alex & Jeanette

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Feb 12, 2017

According to Felecia Hatcher-Pearson's high school guidance counselor, she shouldn't be the person she is today.  She was an average student who never enjoyed school but nonetheless discovered her entrepreneurial spirit early on. Felecia has gone on to become a White House award-winning social entrepreneur, business rainmaker, author, globally sought-after speaker, media darling, mother, and co-founder of Code Fever Miami and BlackTech Week.

In short, she's a go-getter.  She started running her first company out of her college dorm room at Lynn University at age 19 by teaching "C" students how they could apply and earn scholarships to go to college.  She worked in experiential marketing for years with popular and well known brands such as Walgreens and Nintendo which proved to be helpful when she created Feverish  - a high-end popsicle company that infused flavors adults would love.  And she started these companies not because she was an expert in those fields (she knew nothing about the food industry when she started Feverish) but because the entrepreneurial spirit and hands-on approach was always inside of her.

But that doesn't mean that success came easy.  There were a lot of tough times and failure that preceded all the success she enjoys today and it was hard work.  And although she may not have had all the experience or resources when she first started, as she so truthfully put it, it's about "getting creative with limited resources." She documents her best tips and strategies in her book 'Start Your Business On A Ramen Noodle Budget- 12 Lessons on Becoming a Young Entrepreneur When You Are Broke' in an easy, fast, and fun narrative which we enjoyed reading and highlighting several passages from.

She is someone we could all learn a thing or two from even if you never plan on becoming an entrepreneur.  Whatever it is you wish to achieve in life, remember this powerful statement from Felecia - "Get out of your own way."

We hope you enjoy listening,

Alex & Jeanette

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Jan 29, 2017

Deborah Rosenberg has always loved animals, so after learning about the atrocities occurring in various animal industries, she quickly turned her successful luxury interior design business, DiMare Design, into a cruelty-free/vegan design brand by replacing animal derived products with sustainable alternative materials.

Not only is DiMare Design cruelty-free, it is also a compassionate brand capable of designing beautiful spaces with the needs of allergy sufferers and those with autism and sensory challenges in mind.  After learning so much about the various industries and how it adversely affects not only animals, but the workers making these products and our environment,  Deborah set out to create a platform where others could learn what she did and help turn their businesses cruelty-free.

The mission of the Certified Cruelty Free Course is that through demonstration and education, from individuals and small business to large corporations, cruelty-free options will deliver success within their company and in saving the lives of animals.  With 120 million socially conscious consumers out there we hope that more businesses will start joining this cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable movement.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Alex & Jeanette

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Jan 9, 2017

The Thx Company, founded by brothers Ricardo Jose and Ricardo Juan Bueso, is turning the typical way companies sell consumers goods upside down.

Inspired by their socially minded father to always do good and give back, Thx Co. was founded in 2013 and first headquartered in their parents living room in Pembroke Pines, Florida.  With backgrounds in social development and degrees in Political Science and International Relations and Investment Banking, the Bueso brothers, alongside their team of creative wizards have created a company that any father would be proud of.  And they've given their consumers the power to give back and do good, just as their father instilled in them.

When you make the choice to purchase from The Thx Co., you're not only receiving a high quality, sustainably sourced product without a retail and profit markup, you are donating the savings of your purchase to your choice of over 1.8 million non-profits.  Whether it's the environment,, or animals, education, the arts, children, or health that you care about, there is an organization that you will be helping with every purchase you make from The Thx Co.

It was a pleasure speaking with Ricardo Jose and about his socially conscious enterprise and if you are interested in donating to their Kickstarter program so they can bring this amazing concept to the masses, click here.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Alex & Jeanette

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Dec 18, 2016

Jules Aron wants to change your perception of what healthy tastes like. With the release of her book, Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker, you’ll be infusing superfoods into your cocktails in no time to make delicious, healthy, restorative drinks for you and your friends.

Jules grew up in Montreal and moved to New York for an internship she got at a magazine called Paper. It wasn’t long thereafter that she realized that the magazine publishing business wasn’t for her. Influenced by her bartending father who would make her herbal, plant-based tea infusions to strengthen her immune system when she was a kid, she soon got the knack for bartending which helped put her through school at NYU. During this time she also started to develop an interest in health and wellness and received a certification in health coaching.

It wasn’t until she detached herself from the noisy streets of New York City and found quiet in a cabin in upstate New York that she got the idea for Zen and Tonic. With both savory and sweet recipes, this book is one you’ll want to leave out on your coffee table. Beautiful photos accompany each recipe and many include great nuggets of information on superfoods and tips even a seasoned mixologist can appreciate.

We love how thoughtfully this book was put together and it was a pleasure speaking to the creative mind behind it all.  We are looking forward to Jules's next book which will be about simple, delicious, plant-based vegan cheese recipes!  Yes, please.

We hope you enjoy the interview,

Alex & Jeanette

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Dec 4, 2016

Loren Pulitzer understands how powerful food can be. It can provide nourishment to the body and soul, heal the sick and ailing, and bring people together. After being diagnosed with Lupus, Loren’s health journey has connected her intimately with what she puts on her plate and she’s made it her life’s work to show others the importance of food.

With a degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in Hotel Restaurant Management and a degree in Pastry Arts, Loren founded Simply Sharon’s – a vegan/gluten free dessert company and works as a personal chef to help her clients eat healthier and wholesome food.

When she’s not busy in the kitchen, Loren is helping artists make their dreams come true with Feast Miami which she co-founded with Susan Caraballo. As winners of a Knights Art Foundation grant, Feast Miami’s mission is to raise money for local artists and local art spaces by providing plant-based, family style dinners and brunches where money raised from the event is awarded to the best project as voted by the attendees. With help from the Knight Foundation grant and Whole Foods Market, Susan and Loren have put on seven Feast events and are helping bring awareness to local artists here in Miami. With their eighth event slated for December 18th, Feast continues to give back to the community while at the same time exposing the many participants to delicious plant-based offerings.

Loren’s smile and laughter are contagious and we’re happy to welcome her to the ever growing Planted in Miami family.

We hope you enjoy the show,

Alex & Jeanette
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Nov 21, 2016

Sometimes life deals people a bad hand and foster children are just one of many people to get the short end of the stick.  Being moved around from home to home, to different foster parents, and being separated from your siblings and parents isn’t what growing up should feel like for kids but for many this is their reality.  Not having a stable home and family support system to go back to at the end of the day has its set of challenges and many children miss out on opportunities in their lives to advance themselves and break free from an upbringing that they didn’t necessarily choose.

But thanks to selfless people like Steve Rios from Florida Reach, former foster child, Racquell ‘Rocky’ Perry, are given the opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons. Florida Reach helps foster children achieve a dream of higher education by mentoring and guiding them to the state programs available such as  free tuition and gratuitous monthly living stipends to help them on their journey on becoming the best versions of themselves.  Along with Educate Tomorrow, Florida Reach and the many people involved in these great organizations are helping make education attainable for foster children and many other disenfranchised kids in Florida.

Rocky is just one of the many success stories of these programs.  She dealt with a lot of adversity growing up but she didn’t want to fall victim to the system and become another statistic.  Through a fortunate encounter with Steve Rios, Rocky began a journey in her life that led her to graduating from FAMU and now she is Racquell Perry, J.D.  That’s right, an attorney!

Now Rocky has the tools she needs to give back to her community and help the children in the system she grew up in reach their goals.  That’s called coming full circle.

It was a pleasure meeting Rocky and Steve and learning about foster children, their struggles, and the dedicated people and programs in place to help them succeed in life.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Alex & Jeanette

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