In 2015, team members gathered to rethink efforts, approaches, and solutions. Through collaborative work and like-minded values Freshly Rooted was launched to provide the necessary essentials to maintain a healthier lifestyle through food, culture, education, and community. This work led to a strategic partnership with Metro Health Hospital to co-develop and co-lead community engagement initiatives. By rethinking community systems Freshly Rooted was able to create transformative sustainability leadership across sectors while also staying true to their beliefs and values.
In 2016, Freshly Rooted partnered with Metro Health Hospital to launch their first ever indoor Farmstand. This 12-week pilot expanded nearly 10 months. It is still operating as of today. Even though Freshly Rooted no longer manages this project, they were extremely influential in its success.
This success led to launching another Farmstand in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corporation. This pilot ran for nearly two years and contributed to community transformation through economic development, food access, and community outreach.
In 2017, by utilizing previous experiences Freshly Rooted reset and developed innovative strategies to engage community members and other stakeholders. While maintaining partnerships, the core team committed themselves to empowering residents through a participatory approach to achieve better health outcomes. During this year, Freshly Rooted cultivated new partnerships with local community development corporations, Cuyahoga Community College, the City of Cleveland, and others. This reset led Freshly Rooted to build a foundation for its work and future impact and capacity.
In 2018, it became clear that the differentiation factors that Freshly Rooted encompasses is the true gift to personalize life-sustaining education. Shortly after expanding services to engage corporations through evidence-based models to impact employees health Freshly Rooted extended into surrounding counties. This expansion increased capacity, engagement, and overall led to sustainable results. While growing in new markets Freshly Rooted continued to serve low-resourced communities at times voluntarily. The commitment to empower and support others no matter the social/economic status is a core value.
In 2019, Freshly Rooted established integrative solutions to build and teach individuals, family's, and community's resiliency. This approach led to impactful outcomes and cultivated community. At this time team members has engaged, lead, developed over thousands of classes to advance, empower, and teach others. Freshly Rooted believes by building resiliency it is also building capacity, strength, and ownership. As individuals are empowered and engaged they then can take ownership.
In 2020, plans to expand is at the forefront, aiming to engage on a national level through offering its core services is a goal. Along with serving at a local level. Investing in one another is not always the easiest thing to do but it is the right thing to do.
As Freshly Rooted continues to rethink, redesign, innovative, educate, build, and transform it promises to do so with integrity, love, truth, and peace.
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