Kim Hines is a walking and talking local synapse who connects the dots of activity in our agricultural community. With a positive perspective and optimistic hope, Kim is integrally involved in facilitating educational opportunities for folks to learn about healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. Meet Kim!
1: How did you come to be a member of theClubhou.se?
I first came to the Clubhou.se as a member of the TEDx organizing team a couple years ago. It has intrigued me ever since. I am especially smitten with the garden space. Great chi, that plot.
2: Describe the moment you decided what you wanted to do when you grew up?
I’ve always been an old person. I was one of those kids who spent her childhood bossing other kids around, a mom in a child’s body. It’s embarrassing, really. At age 50, I do my best to channel Linus but there’s always an inner Lucy clambering to take charge. That said, journalism was my first love. As soon as I could spell, I realized I could influence others with the written word. I still think of myself as a story teller. Currently I am lucky enough to tell the saga of Augusta’s local food system to anyone who will listen.
3: What do you do in your current work?
My official title is executive director of Augusta Locally Grown. This is a fancy way of saying that I’m an obsessive community organizer who likes to eat well and who plans her whole day around getting enough vitamin D by working outside.
4: What is an expertise you have that you would like to share with others?
I love teaching (and learning) how food grows. To me, it is an endless fascination.
5: What are you tinkering with at the moment?
What am I NOT tinkering with at the moment?
6: What are you interested in learning?
In graduate school, I studied social ethics and developed a life-long curiosity for how to build trust and social capital in society. I know this seems vague and academic, but for me it’s become a boots-on-the-ground passion. Every day I learn (usually by mistake or failure or luck) how people click together (or don’t). I can’t get enough of that stuff.
7: What is your favorite sci-fi movie?
When I lived in Hawaii, I had the pleasure of working as a translation editor and reviewer for a very famous Japanese science fiction writer, Shinichi Hoshi. He’d already died when i began the work; his daughter hired me, and we are still close friends. Hoshi is known for his short stories, and hundreds of them are forever etched in my brain. His stories are mostly written – not movies – but they are as universal and profound as any science fiction film could be. My favorite collection of his short stories (in English) is called “A Well-Kept Life.” Of it, I once wrote: “Hoshi nimbly reveals the gawky, awkward nature of modern man. He points out that we rarely talk face to face anymore; we’ve lost our connection to the natural world. Shiny, new technologies and bureaucracies continually promise to alleviate our existential discomfort. Yet, as Hoshi shows, the inventions that comprise “A Well-Kept Life” don’t eliminate the pain. They simply reconfigure it.” Yep, I actually got paid for that stuff. Lol.
8: If you have not lived all of your life in Augusta, where else have you lived?
In chronological order: Chicago, IL, Columbia, MO, Madrid, Spain, Washington DC, Kansas City, MO, Monterey, MA, Waialua, HI, both islands of New Zealand, and Augusta, GA
9: If you could see one thing happen in Augusta in the next 5 – 10 years, what would it be?
I’d like to see the neighborhood of Harrisburg become THE PLACE you go to buy good, healthy food. I see 1) urban farms and orchards, 2) extensive home gardens, 3) simple, plant-centric, multi-ethnic, affordable cafe food, 4) to-go meals made with local ingredients, 5) school meals, church meals, hospital meals all re-imagined to bolster the local economy, the environment, and our collective health. And I’d like to see the entire medical establishment of Augusta embrace this goal as integral to their own mission.
10: theClubhou.se Core Values are: Risk Boldly, Honor Your Commitments, Be Worthy of Trust, Give More Than You Take, and Share Solutions. Which core value do you best exemplify and why?
These are all beautiful, but I would have to choose “Shared Solutions.” No man is an island; the garden teaches that pretty dang quick.