Episode 34: Sustainable Dreams with Andrew Sartain

Personal Growth with Michael and Carolyn 

This week, Michael and Carolyn are taking a slight turn and talking about organizations your should know about!

Michael loves the organization Red Eye, whose mission is to bring together Hollywood, CA and Skid Row for the youth in the area. Additionally Michael loves Charity Water, which helps solve the water crisis. They bring clean drinking water to areas that don’t have clean water available.

Carolyn highlights Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy which is all about leadership through action. This non-profit organization teaches a lot of different skills including grant writing. Even better, CFA Leader Academy partners with Loveworks Leadership and there is an opportunity to get involved through Loveworks! Carolyn also likes SoulPancake, an organization by Rainn Wilson which works to bring happiness to others. 

Shortly, we will get to hear about Earth Rebirth, an organization that plants gardens in schools!

Andrew Sartain: Founder of Earth Rebirth

Meet our Dreamer and Doer, Andrew Sartain. Andrew Sartain is the founder of Earth Rebirth, a nonprofit organization educating and empowering people to take food, energy, and water into their own hands. Earth Rebirth is an award-winning organization known across Oklahoma for their diligent commitment to helping projects succeed long-term and setting a high standard for sustainability among communities and individuals. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of From Seed to Spoon, one of the fastest-growing garden management apps available.

Andrew considers himself more of a dreamer because he always has so many dreams that he doesn’t have time to get to them all!

Turning a Passion into a Career

Andrew loved animals and nature as a kid. He often watched Crocodile Hunters on TV and wanted to know about every animal he encountered. His grandfather taught him why nature was important and why we should take care of it.

That passion for nature and animals stayed with him into college where he studied environmentalism and zoology. However, in college he was told he needed to choose between saving animals and putting food on the table. Andrew struggled to decide how he would follow his passion and make a living, until he realized he can make a difference by helping provide the basic needs: food, water, and energy.

Starting Earth Rebirth

The idea of Earth Rebirth started when Andrew and his friends would talk about business ideas to solve environmental problems. They started a website with tons of information on it with a broad range of topics. Eventually, they focused on what they wanted to change in the world. They wanted to get the right people involved for the right reasons, so they started a non profit. 

Food availability was a simple issue to solve, so one of their first main goals was starting a garden in every school. It wasn’t easy and took longer than they initially thought. There was a learning curve to growing a garden and having it be sustainable at each location. Once they created a garden network and invested in the first few gardens, it took off. They successfully achieved their goal in Norman with a lot of hard work and effort. 

Middle School Advice

Sometimes people have a hard time understanding what your passion is. If people don’t support you because they don’t understand, focus on your dream and narrow down how you can make a living with the impact you are making. Be patient and know they are trying to understand!

Remember you are capable as a kid and have the resources to start businesses and be a leader. Use the energy and passion you have while you are young to jumpstart your own passions. No matter what your idea is, start now!

Key Takeaways

  • Find an issue you care about and work to find a solution to it.
  • You can turn your dream into a career. Be patient with those around you and focus on narrowing down how you can make a living with the impact you are making.
  • There is never a better time to start making your passion a living. Start now!

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