Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a new Fredericksburg resident. My family and I moved here from Syracuse, New York in January of this crazy year. I own my own public relations and inspiration company called Blooms PR and Inspiration Company. I am also a freelance blogger, quasi writer and the social media manager for Fredericksburg Parent Magazine. I have been married to my husband for almost a decade and we have two wonderful daughters who are sweet and spicy.
How did you first come across Downtown Greens?
The Sip & See was my first interaction earlier in spring. It was such an amazing experience to come and see the beautiful urban garden in downtown Fredericksburg. I was here for all of nine weeks and I really wanted to get involved in something outdoors. Coming here there was already a sense of community.
What’s your favorite thing about Downtown Greens?
I really like the fact that it is a community garden. Also because of the involvement with the youth. Not only because I have my own children, but also because that was my world back in New York.
What is one unique thing about you that people might not know?
I think something that is unique about me is that I cannot plant. I have no green thumb at all. Everything I do is flowers, all my branding is blooming. I love flowers. I even told my husband I wanted chickens when we moved here. I am not a country girl so even my friends were shocked like “you really want chickens?” even though I barely want to take our dog for a walk.
Why did you become a board member?
I had an amazing board experience back home. Three of us amazing dynamic women in my community in Syracuse decided we were not going to let an old grocery store be turned into a McDonalds. So I said yes to that board, working social media, vice president, and event planning. That co-op is now a cultural epicenter in Syracuse and it is a place to host events and learn. So when I was asked to be a board member at Downtown Greens, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to meet people and share any expertise that I have in this beautiful space.
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