In 2017, Annamaria Leon started Homan Grown L3C with her business partner, Jeff Levrant, after receiving the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) to open up a wholesale perennial plant nursery.
In 2018, Pastor Reshorna had a vision for a vacant lot that belonged to the Historic Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, where her husband, Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick and she, as the Executive Pastor, have their ministry in North Lawndale. She had a vision of turning the unsightly vacant lot, primarily being used as a parking lot into a beautiful garden where the community could come and congregate. She was introduced by Faith in Place’s Green Team to people in the gardening community that could help her realize her vision.
As fate would have it, Annamaria lives down the street from Stone Temple and started attending the community-lead design for the Stone Temple garden. She also started sharing her expertise in Permaculture Design and from everyone’s collaboration, the Stone Temple Heritage Peace Garden was created.
From there Pastor Reshorna and Annamaria realized they shared a love of gardening, and transforming communities through beauty. They’ve been unstoppable ever since.