Sally Reeske, along with incarcerated women, students and other volunteers, founded Seasons of Grace in the fall of 2016. Seasons of Grace is a volunteer organization centered around a vegetable garden at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women, where we grow fresh produce for the prison dining hall and MANNA Food Bank, medicinal herbs for community consumption, offer entrepreneurship training and aspire to create a craft coop.
Sally received a BFA from Pratt Institute and lived as an artist, activist, educator, waitress, antique restorer, production assistant, etc., for several years. It was in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis that she had the life-changing realization that growing food was the most fundamental service she could offer her community. Since then she has apprenticed under several different farmers throughout the southeast, graduated from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and devoted her energy to food justice, community empowerment and ameliorating the effects of incarceration. She has taught Horticulture through AB Tech’s Workforce Development Department at the women’s prison for four years.
Sally takes her deepest satisfaction in the magical moments in the garden when her and her fellow gardeners are compelled to pause from their activity and bask in the wonder and beauty of nature.