OUR FOUNDER & CEO, HOW WE BEGAN
In the summer of 2013, 12-year-old Gracie Pfaff read a book based on a true story of how one teacher changed the fate of a failing family farm. The story inspired her so much that she immediately began to ponder food insecurity and small scale farming. Gracie had dreams of going to Africa to teach hungry people how to grow their own food in sustainable ways. Her parents supported her dream, but encouraged her to start local. So, Gracie founded Harvest107 and began making her impact at a small school just outside of Nashville, TN.
Now age 20, Gracie has continued to be one of the youngest service leaders in the world. Some may have been satisfied with the school project that fed about 24 families, but her heart is set on preventing hunger in sustainable ways for every person on the planet. After a month-long trip with her family to Haiti in early 2014, Gracie knew where Harvest107 needed to go next. She and her family lived in Port au Prince for 5 years, creating sustainable urban micro-farms for orphans and impoverished communities throughout Haiti, while preparing national staff to lead the efforts.
When Gracie says:
“This is all I want to do – I love it! I won’t stop until everyone has the option to eat fresh food.”
Gracie models, speaks at events, and uses social media as a way to share her passion for ending hunger sustainably. She is always creating opportunities to meet other service leaders and potential partners to expand Harvest107’s operations.