The Square Foot Gardening Foundation

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The Square Foot Gardening Foundation
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Describe your creative piece – what is it and what has it been used for, and why is it innovative?
Although Adobe products have been key to all facets of our organization, they all combine at our website. Here, for the first time, all parts of the square foot gardening foundation's mission have finally come together. With help from Adobe Flash, our new website is state of the art. It not only teaches our methods in a stunningly simple and visual way (using Illustrator and Photoshop), but it helps organize our teachers around the world and allow us to combine our efforts to help end world hunger. We post events, flyers, brochures and lecture notices there (all made using adobe illustrator and Photoshop). We created a section for our teachers all over the world to network and collaborate on our philanthropic projects (something that has never been done before). We created training videos, so they can teach each other (using adobe Premiere and After Effects). This type of organization and collaboration would not have been possible without the help of adobe’s amazing products.
What issue or problem were you working to address with this piece?
Our cause is growing very fast. We have volunteers and teachers signing up all over the world to teach our methods. Unfortunately, we have not had a centralized place for all of us to work together, and we have been missing a lot of opportunities to help each other and everyone else. Our lack of organization has also led to duplicating work. Also, our limited tools have been a hindrance in our ability to create compelling presentations and effectively show why communities and families need a Square Foot Garden. Our gardening methods are simple, effective and produce a significant result. We wanted our ability to present this message to be equally simple, effective and clear.
How has your submission successfully impacted your organization’s ability to solve this issue/problem?
Almost without exception, the people we work with have commented about how much easier it is to work with us with all the advanced tools that we have added to our arsenal. Not only our new website, but our new ability to create compelling flyers and powerful training videos has help to spread the message of Square Foot Gardening. Because of our new look and capability, we have received a lot more support as well as requests for help! We are also better able to manage our growing list of teachers and volunteers and are better able to guide them to help fulfill the purpose of the foundation. With adobe Acrobat, we were able to create universal forms that were easier to use for our volunteers as well. Adobe products have helped us to really start fulfilling our purpose as a foundation.