We had the good fortune of connecting with Shams Teh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shams, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“We can solve all the worlds problems in a garden” Geoff Lawton
The simplicity in Geoff Lawton’s words is our salvation. This quote shows me how our lives could be if our society no longer depended on money and oil to move our world. Wars are fought for the control of power & resources, so we can import and export across the globe. If our concentration was focused around creating food for our local communities, we would get to know our neighbors, as well as learn to trust and depend on people around us.
So many people are overwhelmed and stressed. Digging in the soil can heal our communities, bring food to our families and reset a local economy.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When you start a nonprofit in the transient town of Sedona, Arizona, one has to expect that volunteers come and go. I have no expectations for how long someone will volunteer in the garden, so it is very important to make the most out of each and every garden meet. We welcome volunteers of varying skills and ages from all of the world.
I see food as necessity not commodity. SGP is an educational body that is working to create a local food system and blueprint for all industrialized cities across the world. Our programing concentrates on education, growing food in alignment with Mother Nature, building community, and food sovereignty.
I have had many challenges along the way. However, my strong will, positive attitude and determination remains at the forefront of creating a world for my children to have access to locally grown and nutritious food.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my best friend to secret locations along Oak Creek, swim in the water, and explore the beautiful forest here in Sedona. Then we would go to a few of the Sedona Greenhouse Project gardens to collect fresh herbs and greens to make a salad. After the nutritious lunch, we would go for a hike on multiple trails, find a cave, and experience a sound healing journey.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my wife Sasha Teh for her support and understanding of the benefit of this project. I also would like to thank Taita Juan Guillermo Chindoy Chindoy from southern Columbia for showing me the deep connection between Mother Earth and our hearts. Lastly, I’d like to give my appreciation to SGP’s Program Director, Kait Cole whose invaluable efforts and diligence make this project function.