About Gardens for Humanity

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Our Mission

Gardens for Humanity awakens and tends the gardens of the human spirit by teaching and celebrating our connection to nature, local agriculture, art and community while promoting an ecologically sustainable and more humane culture.

To accomplish our mission we strive to assist home, school and community gardens and to organize events that promote gardening, ecological education, food security, and artistic expression. To learn more about the inspiration behind Gardens for Humanity and the hopeful message for the movement that inspires us watch our movie:

Gardeners of the Spirit – Changing the World one Garden at a Time

“…helping each of us remember our connection with the Sun and Moon, the rain, the seasons, our fellow creatures, and the Earth itself.”

Board of Directors

Adele Seronde, Founder and President Emeritus of Gardens for Humanity.  A visionary, poet and painter, Adele’s passion for life and people directed her to bring some art form to each garden we’ve created. In addition to poetry and art, Adele has written a recently published book “Our Sacred Garden – the Living Earth,” and is currently working on another book about the future of education.

Richard Sidy, M. Ed., President, has lived and gardened in Sedona since 1982. He is an educator, writer and community activist. Richard served in the Peace Corps in rural community development from 1969 – 1971 in the West African nation of the Ivory Coast. He worked in the Los Angeles City Volunteer Corps establishing community gardens and food co-ops. Richard is a retired teacher of over 35 years, and advocates sustainable education through writing and building community collaboration around the issues of food security, local economic development, and environmental education.

Alex Rovang, Vice-President, is currently the Executive Director of Eliphante Village, an art and environmental cultural site in Cornville, Arizona. He has been a science teacher at the Verde Valley School, in Sedona and the Director of Education and Community Outreach at Sedona Recycles teaching schools and other community organizations to reduce waste, recycle and become more sustainable.  A Master Gardener, he has worked with people of all ages to educate about subjects ranging from gardening to composting.

Sarah Reynolds, Secretary, is an educator, gardener, and writer. For three years, Sarah was a Public Achievement coach in Flagstaff and Minneapolis, coaching students of all ages to create projects based on public interest and driven by personal passion. She has served as a mentor and tutor for kids, both at schools and in their homes. She currently teaches Spanish at Sedona Red Rock High School, and is helping mentor the “Greening Seeds Teen Program,” an after-school enrichment program that connects community mentors to teens in the garden.  In 2013, Sarah graduated with a degree in Secondary English Education/Spanish/ELL from Northern Arizona University.

Rose Marie Licher, Membership Coordinator, a Sedona resident for the past twenty seven years, is a founding board member of Gardens for Humanity.  Though raised in the city (Wichita, Kansas), summers on her grandparents farm helped her appreciate farming and the natural world. She earned a B.S. from Oklahoma University and her Master’s from MIT. She is also active in the Verde Valley Gem and Mineral Club and tends her garden which is an example of diverse home-scale permaculture and food production.

Paul Reinshagen is an avid gardener, outdoorsman and family man. Currently he is the Market Merchandise Manager for ProBuild building supplies in the Western states. In this capacity at ProBuild he is promoting Green Building and sourcing local and sustainable products for the stores, organizing workshops in garden and sustainability techniques, and developing a supply network of local, organic producers. Previously he was event planner for REI Outdoor Gear, and worked on sponsored projects and events including the development of the Arizona Trail. He actively supports connecting with community and non-profits through environmental service.

Janice Montgomery is a master gardener who has been instrumental in developing community gardens for forty years in Arizona. She is one of the founders of the Scottsdale Community Garden started in 1976, the St. Mary’s Food Bank garden, and numerous school gardens. Currently she is the founder and leader of the Verde Thumbs Garden Club, which serves the communities in the Verde Valley with garden education, and mentorship.

Karen O’Donnell is a native Arizonan who grew up in the Phoenix area. She earned her living as a commercial insurance agent and still works several days a week. Her gardening experience was very limited in the Phoenix area where it gets too hot to maintain a garden by the end of May. Moving to Sedona two years ago allowed her to actually find out what a full garden should be. Greening Harmony taught her about the Sedona climate and it’s soil needs to grown her own garden this last year with her husband Robert. She is on the steering committee for Greening Harmony >>.

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