#TPBTH Meet: DREW HARRISON
Name, craft/industry/blog/passion, most popular handle/website:
Drew Harrison; Executive Director of the Green Heart Project, a farm-to-school program that builds school gardens and school garden programs to educate students, connect people and cultivate community through growing, eating and celebrating food.
My passion is the culture created through valuing healthy, local and seasonal foods.
Handles to follow:
How did you get started?
We started the Green Heart Project with some cinder blocks, a mountain of dirt, and willing group of volunteers and teachers that wanted teach students how to grow their own food.
What or who influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?
Punta Mona Permaculture Education Center in Costa Rica
The Edible School Yard – Berkeley
My grandfather’s farm.
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
Lowcountry Local First & the Growing New Farmers Program
Karalee Nielsen & Jerry Scheer – local restauranteurs and philanthropists in Charleston.
Food Inc. – Documentary
Fed Up – Documentary
Also – Our culinary & food community in Charleston. We have such an amazing group of talented and inspiring people that see the value in supporting our community through local and seasonal food. The farmers, chefs, and people looking to create and be a part of that community are the life-blood of our Charleston culture and inspire me every day.
Why do you love your job?
It keeps me healthy, active, young, engaged, connected, and outside – all to make our future more healthy & vibrant.
What inspires you?
The change of seasons.
5 words that describe who you are:
Young at Heart
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional baseball player, a professional soccer player & an architect…all at the same time.
3 things you aspire to be or do:
Travel the World.
Pay it forward.
(Fill in the blank) I appreciate __________ in my life, because__________.
I appreciate the friends & family in my life, because they make me who I am.
What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you had to overcome?
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
Trust the process. And embrace the failures, setbacks and stress..it’s a part of the process.
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
My other passion is soccer – and if you can’t find me in the garden I’m typically on a soccer field.
Anything garden fresh.
Currently, Home by LCD SoundSystem
Let thy food by thy medicine – Hippocrates