• Devon Mitchell

#MentorMeet: Sarah


Meet Sarah, Project Manager for @farmscape, yoga teacher at @unitedyogastudio, and Horticulture Professor at @saddlebackcollege @saddlebackhorticulture.

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✨What are you passionate about?

“I love connecting people in meaningful ways with their food systems and to each other. I mostly do this through events and education at vegetable farms. And I have a blast doing it.”

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✨What does “mentoring” mean to you?

“First, mentoring means listening to someone as their highest aspirations. So if you tell me you want to be an astronaut, I’m always going to listen to you like you're going to be an astronaut. You're already on your way. Secondly, mentoring means helping you listen to yourself and act like you are already an astronaut. Finally, being interested in you as a whole person. I’m interested in your development holistically. The mind, body, spirit connection. The shadow and the light. The strengths, weaknesses, past and future. It’s all connected.”

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✨What goals/NY Resolutions have you set for yourself in 2021?

“The questions I’ve been asking is “how do I thrive within the pandemic?” Last year was a lot of responding, reacting, “pivoting,” and on a bad day just surviving. I have two little boys and both my husband and I are working from home. Basically, I am reinventing life newly. How will I work out without a gym or yoga studio? How do I create safe, meaningful, consistent social connection? What is my next evolution? While I ponder these there are two things I’m pumped on…I’m doing the 1000hour Challenge with my boys where you spend 1000 hours outside rain or shine. Also, I’m starting an accountability group with a few people I really admire to catalyze growth.”

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✨Is there someone in your life who has been a mentor to you in an unexpected way?

“You know, my boss is a wonderful business man, family man, and brilliant mind. He’s been so kind with me while also really committed to my growth as an individual and employee.”

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✨If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

“Buy that condo in Long Beach! Spend less time dating and drinking. Start saving and investing. You are capable of far more than you think!”

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✨What other small businesses or nonprofits do you admire?

“Oh man so many good ones. All my small farmers, ranchers, fishers and food producers! Too many to name. Some of the bravest strongest kindest people on earth. Solutions for Urban Agriculture- feeding the hungry in OC. Primal alchemy- the first farm-to-table totally sustainable caterer and chef locally. They did an amazing job pivoting this past year. I’ve been personally supporting Heifer International for 15 years. I really believe they are providing resilient resources to the least fortunate around the world.”

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