Volunteer Spotlight: Prentice Shew
Global Gardens volunteer
Prentice Shew used his DIY spirit to build chicken coops for Global Gardens.
Courtesy Global Gardens
David “Prentice” Shew did not know what to expect nearly three years ago, when his youngest daughter asked him to attend a Global Gardens bonfire. She was introduced to the group at her middle school, one of four sites where the nonprofit offers programming for students.
“I really did not want to go,” Shew says. But that changed as soon as they arrived. “I saw some adults throwing logs in a fire pit and about to pour lighter fluid on it.”
He asked if he could take over building the fire, remembering the three years he lived off the grid in Alaska.
“I rebuilt the fire from kindling up to the logs and lit it with one match and no fluid,” he says.
Since then, Shew has built chicken coops and other projects for Global Gardens, which facilitates two community gardens called “Family Food Farms.” The rest of Shew’s family is now involved with the Family Food Farm at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Global Gardens’ mission: To empower students in low-income communities to be agents of change in their own lives and communities through hands-on science and peace education.
In what ways has Global Gardens made you a better person? It has given me a drive to understand organic gardening, raising chickens and building projects, and to share what I have learned with others as well as build friendships with other gardeners.
This is what makes me happy — sharing what I know on building and growing with my own hands. Knowing where my food comes from and being able to grow that good food anywhere, whether it is on a farm or on a porch in an apartment. I feel blessed in being able to help others grow a greener world in peace.