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humans of sweet water…meet Taryn randle

Meet Taryn Randle. Taryn has been part of the SWF Family since 2017. Taryn was born and raised on the South side of Chicago and is a force of change within the community. Taryn has dedicated time and energy to connecting young people to the earth and one another. Sweet Water Foundation is excited to welcome Taryn as the newest member of the SWF Core Team and is grateful for the skills and experience Taryn brings as a farmer, teacher, learner, connector, and Solutionary. Read on to learn more about Taryn.

Fractal workshop at kalamazoo college

On May 9, 2019, members of Sweet Water Foundation’s core team journeyed to the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in southwestern Michigan to lead a Fractal Building Workshop for a group of students, faculty, and local residents. The trip was initiated by a former SWF Fellow, Yasi Shaker. During her time as a Fellow, Yasi became part of the SWF family and immersed herself in SWF’s practice of Regenerative Neighborhood Development. When her fellowship came to an end in December 2018, Yasi began making plans to share what she learned with students, faculty, and community members in Kalamazoo. Read on to learn more about the trip and how SWF’s practice is spreading across the nation.

[re]rooting @ The Commons: exploring the fifth dimension of citizenship

Despite rainy weather, over 40 people gathered at The Commons on April 18 to Explore the Fifth Dimension of Citizenship and [Re]Root themselves, in reality, possibility, and community. Dimensions of Citizenship was an exhibition that investigated the meaning of citizenship and the impact of design and architecture on the relationship between places where one lives, where things grow, and where things are built or torn down. Sweet Water Foundation was asked to be a satellite site for the exhibition to bridge the gap between museum and community and to demonstrate the possibility of a space like The Commons...Read on to learn more about the event.


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy