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Karena Poke

Lettuce Live

www.lettucelive.org

After becoming a Master Gardener through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in 2014, Karena Poke founded Lettuce Live. With a passion for building healthy communities across world, Karena launched Lettuce Live.

The Lettuce Live team designs and builds customized edible gardens with teachers, community leaders, corporations, and aspiring gardeners to provide families with more access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Lettuce Live is a wellness movement focused on inspiring families, empowering communities, and equipping corporations with the resources, tools, and partnerships to grow fresh foods while developing healthy communities.

Every week, Karena hosts Live From The Garden, a Facebook Live series that connects viewers with garden professionals while visiting backyard gardens, rooftop farms, and other inviting green spaces, all with the hopes of inspiring and introducing new ways in which to grow food.

Karena can be contacted through www.LettuceLive.com.

Karena is speaking in Texas.

Workshops

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Gardens Make Everything Better

It has become increasingly apparent that gardens heal the body and soothe the soul. Research conducted by the American Horticulture Therapy Association examines how horticulture therapy strengthens muscles and improves balance and endurance. At the same time, the USDA research sheds light on how plants enhance physical well-being and improve psychological health. Accordingly, vegetable gardens are transforming patients’ outdoor experiences at hospitals, and corporate complexes have begun incorporating vegetable gardens into their landscape designs. Workshop attendees will discover the secrets to transformational gardening for themselves while also learning about plant-based garden activities that provide therapeutic gardening experiences.
Natural Health

Speaking At:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage

Gardens Build Communities

Community gardens can provide communities with more than food; they can be a safe place for teens to meet while also serving as a gathering hub for special events and outdoor learning classrooms. Together, we’ll explore ways to build and grow gardens that are inclusive and supportive. During the workshop, we’ll discuss how and why you should involve the garden beneficiaries during the planning process, explore ways to engage corporate partners, and discuss ways to attract student volunteers.
Organic Gardening

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Growing Community Stage

Engaging and Growing Communities

While much of the world’s population quarantined in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Karena Poke explored how she might inspire more people to grow food for their families. During this time, the Lettuce Live Community Garden volunteer participation exploded, with a 100 percent increase. Karena believes gardens produce healthy families and strong communities. During her weekly Facebook Live From The Garden series, Karena connects her viewers with gardeners and farmers from around the world who can contribute to an explosive new phenomenon in gardening: agritourism. Live From The Garden, a pioneer in this space, introduces its viewers to gardeners who have turned their love for gardening and farming into a source of income while also adding value to their communities. Every week, Karena’s virtual tours take viewers to backyards, rooftops, and farms, from as far away as Denmark to as close as Houston. Learn how Karena manages and creates a community garden that appeals to the entire community, attracts volunteers, and engages corporate partners and donors. Backyard gardeners will be inspired to create gardens that can be a source of income while adding value to their communities.
Modern Homesteading

Speaking At:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Growing Community Stage
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