The story of Plenty International from its birth on the Farm in 1974.
The Farm community in Tennessee was founded in 1971 and, at the suggestion of Stephen Gaskin, founded Plenty International in 1974. This video is Stephen talking to the Farm on a Sunday Morning in 1974. He was 39 years old and was beginning to talk about some of the concepts that would inspire the founding of Plenty by the community that same year.
Kids To The Country summer program in Summertown, TN
In 2015 the Wellmark Foundation of South Dakota awarded Plenty a grant of $21,000 to support our work helping the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota plant vegetable gardens. Plenty began this effort in 1986. In August Wellmark send a video crew to document the program. Plenty Board Member, Robert Reifel was on hand to help the video crew.
In 1986 Kids To The Country began on the Farm in Summertown, Tennessee as a Project of Plenty International. The project has become a kind of nature school where children from primarily inner city Nashville come to the 1750 acre community in Summertown and get to swim in a natural swimming hole, ride horses, hike in the woods, walk along streams, star gaze, create crafts, pick blueberries, make new friends, perform in a talent show and have fun, all under the supervision of trained, skilled, compassionate counselors.
Plenty’s Books To Kids project took part in the 30th Annual Moonpie and Mona Lisa Mardi Gras Parade in Slidell, Louisiana in February of 2014 passing out more than 1300 books to children along the parade route.
KTC slide show 3 mins 30 secs
Two mornings every week, the project is distributing soy milk and soy-fortified cookies to over 300 undernourished children and elders of families surviving off what they can salvage from a massive dump in the middle of Guatemala City. This video shows where these families live, shows the dump and life in the dump, and also shows the food being made by project staff and the children receiving the food.
Plenty is supporting a program to improve the nutritional intake of hundreds of children living in shantytowns adjacent to this dump. Their families depend on the meager income they can earn from selling things they are able to salvage from the dump.
In Guatemala City, 300 undernourished children on Wednesdays and 490 on Saturdays have been receiving nutritious soy foods produced by two local women’s organizations. Four hundred adults living near the country’s largest waste dumpsite attended food preparation and nutrition workshops carried out by Grupo de Soya Santa Maria.
A slide show overview of Plenty Belize as of 2007.