How many of your childhood memories took place in a public park? Backyard? Garden? Can you imagine growing up without access to these safe, green spaces? For many living in the most underserved communities, these spaces are inaccessible or even non-existent. Claire Henkel, entrepreneur, educator, and gardener, explores the importance of these spaces in creating happy, connected, resilient communities.
Claire Henkel, 27, is an entrepreneur, outdoor educator and permaculture professional.
At the age of 23 she founded the Garden of Hope, a community permaculture garden in Jocotenango that providing children and youth with a space to connect with nature, foster joy, and develop life skills.
The Garden of Hope is a social enterprise that provides equal access to safe green spaces, organic produce and alternative education opportunities to it’s surrounding community. Claire is passionate about environmental justice, women’s rights and alternative education.