Denise Detamore, AnnMarie Laramee, Mary Blackmon, Pete Canalichio and Kate Chura
Kate Chura and Pete Canalichio/Southeastern Horticultural Society
The Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern United States. SHS provides year-round educational programs, event and access to plant resources through the following key areas: The Southeastern Flower Show: Presenting the annual premier gardening and horticultural event in the Southeast that promotes conservation and awareness of the natural environment through education, horticultural excellence and artistic expression. Educational forums, lectures and programs: Offering a series of educational activities that span the vast spectrum of plant and horticulture information and appeal to individuals and groups at all ages and levels or interest. Engaging in outreach to bring horticulture expertise to the southeast: Working with schools, educational organizations, institutions and organizations to create science and horticulture curriculum and educational programs Designing and leading horticulture training programs. Design and implement youth mentoring programs to teach teens and young adults about environmental issues and expose them to “green” careers while creating and maintaining healthy green living environments. A Resource Center for Horticulture Providing a network for individuals, organizations, corporations, businesses and educators involved in professional horticulture we will serve as a clearing house for plant and horticulture information.
Founded by Mary Blackmon, Farm Star Living www.farmstarliving.com is the new lifestyle brand that celebrates American farming and farmers with a goal to satisfy Americans eager to know who’s behind their food, where it’s grown, and how to support local farmers and farm-fresh food. Farm Star Living has also launched its free Farm Star Living app, which provides easy, quick access to hundreds of Farm-to-Table restaurants in major cities throughout the U.S. as well as hundreds of farms open to the public for exciting activities and fun. The website, www.farmstarliving.com, also offers insight into the vibrant farm- to-table scene, including a farm-to-table finder, profiles on great restaurants, the symbiotic relationships between chefs & local farmers, seasonal produce with spotlighted recipes, and a look at what’s trending in the kitchen of chefs. Mary is a 3rd generation farmer from Arkansas, who left her hometown to pursue college and a career in advertising sales and marketing in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City. She worked for publishing houses and internet companies (Wired, Walt Disney Internet Group, Vivendi-Universal Internet Group). In NYC in 2002, she founded Spa-Addicts.com, the first national discount site for the spa & wellness industry. She grew it into a multi-million dollar business and a leader in the industry, and attracted hundreds of thousands of women as well as sponsors including Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, Kimberly Clark, Allergan, American Express, et al. In 2008, however, she learned most of her family farm bordering Ark / LA would be sold. Not wanting to lose the family heritage and farmland her family before her had so cherished, Mary, along with the support of her brother Douglas, was adamant to preserve and keep the remaining farmland. She then began making changes in her life so that she could move from Los Angeles back South in order to keep, operate and run the farm. She bought back her grandparents house and renovated it, and discovered that “saving the family farm” had changed her life forever – and for the better. Today she admits that she is happier than ever & inspired, loving the farming business and now launching Farm Star Living, which she felt compelled to create for the good of farming and the people she has met along her new path. She hopes that Farm Star Living will provide farmers the respect, acknowledgment and support they so deserve and attract new farmers as well as support the current ones.
AnnMarie Laramee and Denise Detamore/Kids4Coding.com
Kids 4 Coding & Advantage Learning Cooperative is a one-of-a-kind learning center with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M). We offer classes in computer programming, game design, 3-D video animation, robotics and more. Our classes are designed for grades 2-12 and we offer summer camps, after-school programs and Saturday sessions. We believe computer science is a critical component of innovation! Our goal is to motivate and inspire our future generation to be ready for the opportunities that lie ahead.