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D.T. Killough
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Cultivating Hope and Compassion for the Future Through Agriculture

David Thornton Killough was our founder’s grandfather. He was a world-renowned agronomist and a US agricultural ambassador to many regions in the Middle East in the 1950s. His work in agronomy changed cotton into the plant we experience today. In addition, his personal vegetable gardens fed his own and many other families in his community. Rhonda’s ancestry is rife with history of family gardens feeding those. She is honored and humbled to continue this legacy.

Our work is rooted in and motivated by statistical research on both diabetes and patterns of wasteful consumption. The current most exhaustive study on causes of type II diabetes found the disease is disproportionately concentrated in epidemic proportions in poverty-stricken populations. For the use particular African-, Latin-, and Native American citizens, there are educational, physical, and fiscal barriers that prevent the regular inclusion of fresh foods in the family’s diet style. The study on patterns of consumption found that if we consume resources at the rate of average Las Vegans, we would need five planet earths to sustain 6 billion people. Yet if we all grew our own food, each of those people would have one acre of land.

We are inspired by our ability:to change our perspective, to change our choices, to create a healthier, more connected, more sustainable world. We know that in each of us, there is a darkness as well as a light. At Project AngelFaces, we are inspired by the many opportunities we can create to shine our light, working together to cultivate hope for the future.