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July Topic: Social Equity & Soil Health

May Topic_Pollinators Final (2)


Friday, May 9, 2020- Wildcard
Compost- Tiffany Bess (Apple Rabbit Compost)

Friday, May 29, 2020
May Topic:  Pollinators
Pollinators: Brently Stead (Bee Friends Farm)

Friday, June 26, 2020
St. Johns River- Catherine Tappouni ( Garden Geek Jax)
June Topic: Oceans & Rivers

Friday, July 31, 2020
Andrea Bryant-Smith (Circle of Caring)
July Topic: Social Equity & Soil Health

Friday, August 28, 2020 
August Topic: Agriculture & Gardening

Friday, September 25, 2020
September Topic: Climate & Pollution

Friday, October 30, 2020 
October Topic: Natural Resources & Conservation


Guest: Andrea Bryant- Smith​

Pastry Chef & Founder of Circle of Caring Jax

EPA Certified Stormwater Inspector

 Andrea Bryant Smith is the mother of Ashantae, Ashley & Octavia and a grandmother to 7. A native of East side Jacksonville, she graduated from Andrew Jackson High school and the Culinary Arts Program from Florida State College. Andrea holds multiple Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications including the Certified Storm water Inspector credential. As a former Environmental/Petroleum Remediation Specialist & a Community Outreach Specialist, Andrea worked to educate the community about soil & water contaminants, & remediation solutions for Superfund and brownfield sites. 

 The award winning pastry chef, Andrea, is a former pastry chef of the Jacksonville Jaguars & Cafe Carmen, and current owner of Too Nice to Slice, an organic pastry and snack company in Jacksonville, FL. As a chef with experience working in the environmental & health care industries she knows the important of equitable access to healthy choices and works daily to combat food insecurity locally. Andrea is a member of the City of Jacksonville Mayors Task force on homelessness & the founder of Circle of Caring- Sweet purpose (Circle of Caring Jax). Circle of Caring Jax is a sustainable non-profit dedicated to helping children & families, by providing educational resources and mostly organic food, rescued from local farms & grocery stores to divert food waste & improve food security in communities. Andrea hosts weekly food giveaways & cooks/ delivers meals to the elderly and sick and shut-in members of Jacksonville. Their, Canning for A Cause infinitive is the 1st known non-profits to use canning/ preserving of surplus produce & composting to reduce waste for hurricane Prep.


Environmental movie, & discussion on the last Friday MONTHLY.  Engage on @agreenduval social media post

Movie: The Need to Grow


Executive Produced & Narrated by Rosario Dawson | A Film by Rob Herring & Ryan Wirick

With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth, “The Need To GROW” offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement: an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization; a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture; and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.

“The Need to GROW” delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.


Paid and approved by Ashantae Green for Duval Soil & Water Conservation District, Group 4

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