Racial Justice and Food Security - a Conversation with Farmers Lawrence C Jenkins and Aleta Haskins

Friends on Vashon Island, including those active in Vashon Showing Up for Racial Justice (Vashon - SURJ) and the Food Access Partnership have organized a fundraiser to support Lawrence Curtis Jenkins and his petition for early release from incarceration.  Funds raised will pay for legal representation at a clemency hearing.

Incarcerated for eight years so far, Lawrence Jenkins has transformed himself from a deeply depressed, angry young person to a master gardener, farmer, husband, and community leader.  He has turned prison property into acres of fresh produce with over 100,000 pounds of vegetables donated to local food banks to help his neighbors-on-the-outside who face food insecurity. He has also developed his talents as a visual wildlife artist, which culminated in his directing the Art Show held at Stafford Creek Corrections Center.

With his wife Aleta Haskins, he formed and runs the Circle of Life Gardens, and in January 2020, they produced The Circle of Life Gardens and Farms Healthy Living Community Summit, at Tacoma Community College.

We will speak with Lawrence and his wife Aleta Haskins about their work growing food.  Susan McCabe will facilitate the discussion and there will be time for questions. RSVP below to get the call in info.

Lawrence’s mantra, “I am because we are; we are because I am. Let the circle be unbroken. There are no throwaways.”

The goal of this GoFundMe campaign is to raise $15,000 for legal fees. To date, over $10,000 has been raised.

Make a donation HERE.  RSVP Below.

  • June 26, 2020 at 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Zoom
  • Amy Morrison

Will you come?