R4A will be held Saturday September 14, 2019 at Bad Habit Brewing.
Jeff and Tommy’s father, music legend Bobby Vee, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and sadly passed away on October 24, 2016. The Linn family lost their mother and matriarch, Irene Linn, on April 19, 2017 after her long battle with the disease. Rock for Alzheimer's (R4A) was created by Jeff and Tommy Vee and the Linn Family in conjunction with the St. Cloud chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota and The Bad Habit Brewery. R4A will raise both funding and awareness for Alzheimer’s locally while giving the families and friends of Alzheimer’s patients an amazing opportunity to listen to great music and share their own stories.
“We are determined to do our part to end this horrible disease and to support those who suffer from it, as well as their caregivers. Everyone has a story, please come out and enjoy a great day of music and share yours!”
— Jeff & Tommy Vee, FOUNDERs
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.