Improved consistent marketing work in 2021 increased the credibility of Clement Waters Retreat in the fields of nutrition and mental health, and it earned some strategic additions to the board. Professionally influential and capable new board members promise to bring efficacy in a post-pandemic era. Our shared leadership model invites many co-leaders to express passion for the mission through project adoption. Below are new members for 2021 and their adopted projects.
The board welcomes Staroyce Nealy, Director of Global One Urban Farming in KCMO’s Vineyard Neighborhood. Our organization has had a part-admirer, part-consultant role in her work since 2018. She appeared as an expert panelist in Clement Waters’ Loving Our Lots virtual event, and has taught many Kansas City students about plant propagation and care.
Project: Homegrown Easy – Staroyce leads the project subcommittee producing this almanac/ cookbook project. The project pairs recipes of choice-variety heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs with seed vendor information, harvest instructions, and garden advice. The garden planning feature helps gardeners avoid high-cost inputs like extra water or fertilizer.
The board welcomes Michael Nobo, MSW, LSCSW, CIMHP, co-owner of Food Mood Therapists. Michael originally assisted as an advisor in business planning for Clement Waters’ launch of a Nature Immersion Therapy program that need not be dependent upon service site ownership.
Project: Learning How to Float – Michael leads the project subcommittee producing this self-help video series, to be released on the Nature’s Healing Spaces channel on YouTube. The series identifies traumatic stress causes and symptoms, suggests tips to caretakers of PTSD sufferers, and instructs viewers on exactly how anyone can take time in nature for self-coping of stress-related mental and physical illnesses.