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Harvey Grady – October 20, 1940 – March 10, 2023

The Lasting Power of a Seed

March 17, 2023 – by Richard Sidy, President of Gardens for Humanity and long-time Pine Valley resident

Last week Gardens for Humanity said “Farewell” to one of its beloved elders and partners, Harvey Grady, who lived in Pine Valley for many years. Harvey was one of the visionaries, along with GFH founder, Adele Seronde (also a PV resident since 1983), and her fellow artist-gardeners and environmentalists, who planted our organization in its early days. We use the term, “elder,” in its most traditional sense, of one whose experience and wisdom provides the values and connects the past to the future.

From a gardener’s viewpoint, Harvey’s impact was as a sower and nurturer of seeds to grow a beneficial future for all. His everlasting legacy is the perennial optimism that he instilled from making positive change, facing challenges by being a catalyst for creative and lasting solutions.

Harvey, himself, was a seed in its most enduring sense. He was deeply rooted in Arizona, having grown up on a ranch near Cherry. From an early age, he always helped those who were struggling, and this became a keynote of his professional life. Like a seed, his DNA lives on in the hearts and spirits of many whose lives he touched, whether they were aware of him or not.

Growing community and empowering others to do the same in many different areas were Harvey’s constant focus. The non-profit organization that he started, Cornucopia Community Advocates, enables start-up, as well as established community initiatives, to receive mentorship and donations as affiliate projects. They support projects serving the arts, food security, sustainability, and indigenous cultures and sovereignty. Harvey’s philosophy was, “Build programs based on trust.”

Developing a secure local food system was always close to Harvey’s heart. In 2008 in the wake of the recession, he worked to raise awareness of hunger, impacting so many in our community. He brought together emergency food providers from our region, non-profits, and the faith-based community in a first-ever sharing of needs and solutions. What emerged was the Verde Food Council, which they billed as “The Voice of the Hungry.” Their programs evolved into the Yavapai Food Council. A lasting benefit of the YFC was the Neighborhood Food Program, dubbed the “Green Bag” program, a vital and on-going contribution to emergency food providers today.

Right up to his untimely passing, he participated and advocated in regional and statewide gatherings to inform and create policy impacting government departments and non-profits, in order to assist in establishing a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.

His most recent accomplishment was the creation of the Verde Valley Food Policy Council, to create an action plan for a sustainable and healthy local food system that would be environmentally sensitive, just, conserve land and water resources, lower the impact of food production and consumption on climate change, and stimulate the local economy.

Through the Council, he brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including farmers, emergency food providers, environmentalists, nutritionists, educators, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and departments that deal with health, agriculture, economic development, and human welfare. The action plan shows that a healthy local food system promotes environmental and human health, and while contributing to a sustainable a local economy.

In this month, as we celebrate and make commitments on Earth Day to help create a more healthy, just, and livable world, we can use Harvey’s life as an example. A sustainable world promotes not only the needs of the natural environment, but also the needs of humanity that calls it our home.

If you wish to honor Harvey’s work, you can make a donation to Cornucopia Community Advocates here:

The Rotary Club of Sedona presents a film about Harvey Grady, 2016 winner of the Paul Harris Make A Difference Award.

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About the Verde Valley Neighborhood Food Project (The Green Bag Project)

February 2, 2022

For several years, the Green Bag Program has been very successful in the VOC and Pine Valley. For our area, currently the project is called Verde Valley Neighborhood Food Project.

You may not expect this, but in the Verde Valley, including Sedona, many people go hungry. This program helps fight hunger in our community. The following information is taken from the VV Neighborhood Food Project’s website (


“A Simple System That Really Works.

EVERY 2 MONTHS—on the second Saturday of every even month—our Neighborhood Coordinators pick up bags of healthy nonperishable food that neighbors have left outside their front doors. They leave empty green bags for next time, and take all the food to local Food Banks. It’s that easy!”

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About Green and Red Bag Donations

January 27, 2023

Hello, everyone.  I hope the new year is off to a good start for you.  I’m thrilled with the rain and snow that we have had and hope for more.

I want to give everyone a big thank you for last month’s pickup.  We collected 194 lbs of food from 12 donors.  This provided 162 meals for our community.  Thank you!  We are grateful to be able to help you help our community.

Our next Green Bag is scheduled for February 11th.  It will also be a Red Bag pickup month.  If you choose to donate items for our local school teachers, please put them into the Red Bags.  If you do not use the Red Bags, please include them with your Green Bags for our next cycle.

CHANGES are afoot….

There have been some changes announced by the Verde Valley Neighborhood Food Project (VVNFP).  The volunteers who run the VVNFP choose to do so with very little money.  It is an organization that is lean by decision.  As a result, monetary donations are discouraged.

Donors who want to write checks should send them directly to the food banks.  As a result, donors who prefer to only donate money and not provide non-perishable food items for pickup will no longer be considered Green Bag donors.  Those who donate on occasion will still be considered regular donors as long as they can provide the shelf stable food we need for our local pantries.

In addition, food donations cannot be designated for a specific food bank.  For the collection to work, each food bank receives a portion of the total amount of food collected.  St. Vincent De Paul Pantry and Verde Valley School Pantry only get food from the Green Bag collection effort.

As your Neighborhood Green Bag Representative, I am available to help if you find you cannot get out to purchase food.  Please contact me through email or phone (301) 639-8439‬.

Jackie Barbour