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“JETTE FORWARD” Initiative BLASTS OFF!

Meet Briann of HERE WE GROW gardens, our 1st JETTE FORWARD recipient!

Spring of 2020, Briann Battle began growing her own vegetables, fruit, herbs, which quickly turned into “Here We Grow” Gardens. It wasn’t long before she earned an invitation to the Farmers Pop-Up at Prosperity Market, Los Angeles.

HERE IS HER “WHY”…

Briann is bringing this labor of love FULL CIRCLE. Monthly Bri sets up her market booth with Prosperity Market in the areas that serve her UNDERSERVED community and she is giving back in LARGE CAPACITY, participating in produce Give-Aways at inner-city Los Angeles locations. Despite the cities vast wealth, 1 in 8 people in Los Angeles have said they can’t find fresh produce in their neighborhoods, and 1 in 5 can’t afford it. TOGETHER, WITH BRIANN, WE CAN CREATE REAL AND *LASTING* CHANGE by getting fresh produce to these communities, which equals better health, mental and physical.

And this is only the beginning… the JETTE FORWARD initiative will highlight selected individuals to be gifted financial assistance.

See how you’re helping their dream TAKE FLIGHT!

My Story…… by Briann Battle

If someone told me, as a young girl, that I would be the resilient woman and mother I am today, I would probably have said “yea right!”. Have you ever heard the term “the rose that grew from concrete”? It couldn’t be more fitting for my life’s story! There are so many details and events that have played a major role in shaping who I am today, and I’d honestly need a book to explain it all. To make it as simple as possible, let’s just say that God has chosen me for a specific time in each season of my life.  

My name is Briann Battle (in my business I go by “Botanically Bri”), I am 30 years old, and a mother of five beautiful boys. Raylion Jr. age 12, Brycen (who devastatingly passed away from SIDS at just 3 months old in 2014), Da’Ray age 6, Ryian age 4, and new to the crew Bryant, who is now 3 months old. Looking at their angelic faces is a constant reminder to be thankful of the blessings I have and the challenges I have overcome in life.

Living in Compton CA, from childhood to adulthood, can affect your outlook on life, and limit the opportunities available to you. I learned to make use of my obstacles and I imagined them as levels to be unlocked. Early in life, I learned that you are appointed a designated family, and then you extend your heart & hand to form your “tribe”.

Kindness, compassion, and generosity have helped my family tremendously during the times in our lives when we needed it the most. Becky, founder & director of “Tony’s Treehouse” has been an important person in my story. Homeless, off work from a workplace injury, and afraid of losing custody of me (then age 16), my father attended a fundraiser for homeless families hosted at San Anita racetrack. I met Becky at that event and learned about ‘Tony’s Treehouse”. That day we gained another branch of our “tribe” and her love & support over the years.

The “Tony’s Treehouse” organization has given so much love and opportunity to families in desperate need! They reach out to children living in communities that don’t have access to resourceful programs. Kids are provided an opportunity to experience and explore nature thru summer camp scholarships at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club. Through their “Adopt A Family” program the group helps families during the holidays, spreading much-needed holiday cheer.

My second-born child, Brycen, passed away from SIDS, and that year of 2014, Christmas was just a blur. A beautiful memory, that still brings me comfort and joy when I think about it, is when “Tony’s Treehouse” surprised my family with a special dinner at “Las Brisas” restaurant.  It was Christmas Eve, with the most incredible ocean view, and the restaurant had a table reserved for us. The Las Brisas manager set up toys for Raylion Jr., along with a beautiful handwritten card to me and my fiancé.  

After I suffered the devastating loss of Brycen, I turned to meditation and therapy. Over the years, I eventually stumbled into the world of gardening. I immediately fell in love! I was a cashier at that time, and the days could be pretty stressful. I would come home from work, and the boys & I would go right outside to our yard. No shoes allowed, bare feet touched to the soil, no gloves so we could feel Mother Nature’s energetic vibrations. It was our respite and our true freedom!

What began as a simple mini- garden consisting of tomatoes, jalapeños, and green bell peppers, turned into a backyard farm. We now have over 200 plants, 10 fruit trees, 4 grapevines, and 20 tomato varieties. Everything in our urban farm is organic and supplies abundant produce. I am harvesting and packaging my own high-quality, organic seeds to sell. I was able to create my business “Here We Grow” amid a worldwide pandemic, and this is something I am proud of!

Here We Grow” is an urban farming company that specializes in high-quality organic seeds grown, harvested, and packaged by this “Botanically Bri”. I produce organically grown fruits, vegetables, and drought-tolerant succulent plants. I am in the heart of San Pedro, CA, and therefore able to harvest early in the day and deliver fresh produce locally to areas that are underserved and often deprived of fresh fruit and vegetables.

THIS UPCOMING CHRISTMAS, WE WILL BE ADOPTING A TREEHOUSE FAMILY OF OUR OWN, PROVIDING THEM WITH A BEAUTIFUL BASKET FULL OF FRESH GREENS, FALL VEGETABLES, HERBS, FRUIT, AND FLOWERS! I’m blessed to give back to the organization that’s loved and encouraged our family during these past years.

I’m so thankful for this journey and happy that my story shows that I did not allow my struggles to darken my heart or hollow my spirit. I grew from my pain and created a space much to my liking. I am blessed that this peaceful space has grown into an opportunity to provide for my family and my community.

Briann Battle

Botanically Bri, Here We Grow Gardens of San Pedro

Instagram : @Botanically_Bri_