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 depend 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 positively hope we’ve got a special meals system than we do as we speak. I need to see farmers and growers extra revered, however not solely that, higher cared for, each from inside and outdoors our trade. They have to be seen and revered extra as mission important members of our society.
I additionally hope that customers’ decisions change. And finally, after all, coverage.
How does your present work feed into this future imaginative and prescient?
I see my position 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 numerous time in search of out elders, mentors; I hope I generally is a mentor, it doesn’t matter what age people are, I need to be certain that we’re all carrying the torch ahead.
You shared in your awards video that Barbara Petit (see beneath), after whom this award is called, was instrumental in what you’re doing as we speak. What are some things/classes you realized from her?
My recollections of working together with her had been actually about witnessing her management and the way she introduced folks collectively…She was somebody with imaginative and prescient and unimaginable drive. I’ve a lot love and respect for her. She is de facto who gave me the blessing, the pinnacle nod, to start out the orchard mission, and I used to be all the way down to do it.
It was Barbara who immediately advised me: ‘don’t cease planting.’ And that’s my plan.
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