The From the Roots team prepares for another year of increasing community and resilience with White Mountain Apache Growers. We are happy to announce that GlobalGiving funding has enabled the program to obtain four times the amount generated on the platform through foundation support. GlobalGiving represents an important catalyzing instrument for germinating ideas into projects which produce programs. The direct donor support enabled the team to test ideas and develop innovations that won institutional support.
In today's commercial world, many people are contrasting a form of management called agile with the more traditional waterfall model. The conventional waterfall model is top-down planning that seeks to plan an entire program from beginning to end. In contrast, the agile model unfolds through repeated iterations of implementation and review. The model was developed in the tech industry to account for rapid changes and increase product development quality.
The agile process begins with the objective of producing a simple product and then adding features and complexities over each iteration. The test and review process facilitates continued innovation and adaptation, which is valuable in developing programming for minority communities in a context that deviates from the norm. The old saying that what works in one community does not necessarily work in another is true. The value of agile management is the ongoing methodology of testing and improving.
Your donations through GlobalGiving enabled the From the Roots team to engage in an agile process to develop programming that fosters community engagement and empowerment. The result of this in the short term is the ability to attract sufficient funding to continue replicating the programming during the next year.
In terms of adding complexity to the programming, we are excited about the ongoing collaboration between the Highland Support Project and the From the Roots team. During the next year, we seek to introduce Deep Ecology education to existing horticultural extension programming. A focus over the next year will concern the crisis of pollinator extinction and how tribal members can join with other communities in promoting the inclusion of pollinator plants and infrastructure to sustain pollinators.
An example of this endeavor is the development of rain harvesting structures that include birdhouses for Warblers and Humming Birds. We are researching native species for pollinator gardens. We plan to implement rain gardens around the farm sites to improve water retention and contribute to a healthy ecosystem.
We will be hosting donors and volunteers on engagement tours beginning in March of 2022. If interested in participating directly with From the Roots in building community and promoting a healthy ecosystem email us at email@example.com.