Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Our Visit to San Diego: A Small Blurb from Rachel T and Wenjie

We would like to thank everyone for your support as we traveled to San Diego for Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) April 1-3. Allison worked hard to arrange the paypal account so that you, our garden supporters, could help fund our trip and we would like to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your donations!  Through your donations and a small grant, we were able to collect enough to cover our entire trip to CGI U!

We are happy to say that our visit to San Diego was a great success.  We spent most of Saturday (April 2nd) exhibiting the status and successes of the Public Health Garden.  Wenjie was even able to share our story in Chinese!  It was surprising and exciting to hear the overwhelming support for and interest in our project.  Several students from campuses all around the United States expressed interest in following our blog and learning ways that they too can start a local student teaching and community garden.

In addition to sharing our own story, Wenjie and I were able to explore the exhibits and learn about countless other exciting projects ranging from student ambassadors abroad to reducing poverty in remote places of the world to student organizations aimed at promoting campus LEED certifications and so much more.  We also attended several panels, one of which Chelsea Clinton moderated and another moderated by Bill Clinton himself (complete with Sean Penn as a surprise panelist).  Thanks to Wenjie, we were in the second row! Topics covered included urban planning and security infrastructure of underdeveloped countries, global resources and capacity, "green jobs not jail" youth initiatives, the growth of India and China, the devastation of Haiti and Japan in the wake of recent natural disasters, and much more.

We are so happy to have attended this conference on behalf of the Public Health Garden.  The garden is everything we ever imagined it to be and we look forward to the coming months of goats, construction, and planting fun with all of you.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and good luck in school as the semester comes to a close!

Yours truly,
RT & Wenjie

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