ABOUT DAMAYAN, INC. - Mission & History
Damayan is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 to increase food security for low-income families. For seven years, Damayan was a grassroots, volunteer-run organization planting only family gardens.
In 2000, we wanted to extend our reach in the community and use the gardens to teach nutritional and environmental education. To this end, we began planting community gardens in low-income neighborhoods, community centers, and schoolyards. We currently support more than 10 community gardens and edible schoolyards in the Tallahassee area.
To realize our mission, we partner with the faculty and parents at a school or a community organization to implement and maintain the gardens. In addition to supplying soil, compost, plants and seeds, Damayan offers hands-on instruction while the new gardeners master the skills necessary to maintain the gardens themselves.
Our mission: To sow the seeds of ecological awareness and healthy living in our community through hands-on gardening activities.
Damayan would like to thank our tireless volunteers, the Tallahassee community, and everyone else who has pitched in over the years.
Thank you for keeping us growing.
StaffKristi Hatakka, Executive Director
Burgen Schwartz, Garden Program Director
Deaven Palm, Communications Coordinator
David Carré, FSU Community Ambassador
Sydney Otis, FSU Community Ambassador
Board of DirectorsLaura Phipps, Chairperson
Laurie Jones, School Garden Club Instructor
Kathy Weiss, School Garden Club Instructor
Thomas Lynch, School Garden Club Instructor
Mark Tancig, Horticulture Specialist
Robbie Estevez, Grants & Fundraising