It is finally moving to its new location and we are sure they could use the infusing of $500 charitable funds - to help built the new garden bed structures.
I first remember seeing Austin, age 12, devouring Michael Pollan's first book Omnivore's Dilemma during one of our family's summer camping trips, to Lake George.
I knew that, since the age 4, Austin loved to endlessly read and interpret food labels - often to a good purpose.
When his sister Aidan was determined to be severely lactose -intolerant, Austin made it his prime mission to root out every lactose-laced product within 10 miles of her.
You would have been surprised at all he found with this sneaky substance.
But, he had that investigative eye and the determination to catalog/retain all that information.
And, he did with all foods he and, we, his family were thinking of ingesting.
Quality and purity of the food chain, it's responsible production and underwriting of those local growers dedicated to producing organic and/or free-range products was very important to Austin.
The idea of community gardening, CSA's and supporting locavore activities was very pleasing him.
That is my reason for wanting to create memorial garden beds in his inspiring, impactful memory
I would also like to have our family sponsor a young person, with the remainder, to attend a segment this coming summer's Workshops for Youth and Family.
Along with the ever-present love of a large family, I feel Workshop provided an amazing amount of insight and feedback to Austin's Cousins Sarah and Katie, as they navigated through the challenging teenage years.
To give that gift to another family, in Austin's memory, would be the best charitable gift I can imagine.
As long as Dr. Franny (Frances Mills-Yearger) is in charge of the program - I would like to support Workshop.
With humble love and deep appreciation,