I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist Dip ION, BANT, CNHC.
I’m also a Mum with Meniere’s disease.

Like you may have experienced, my journey has been frightening, distressing, debilitating, and disabling at times.

I was scared to go out, frightened by holidays, scared to look after my daughter alone. I couldn’t drive, I avoided the supermarket and had to step back from a high powered job in advertising. I was depressed and terrified of going deaf. My life was on hold.

Luckily my training as a Nutritional Therapist allowed me to work out the underlying/root cause of my symptoms. Using a natural approach / natural foods I have learned to support my immune system back to health. I learned to listen to the little (annoying buzzing) voice in my head.

While I have not cured my Meniere’s, I am now symptom free (apart from occasional mild tinnitus) with this natural approach.

I’d love to tell you about the link between diet and Meniere’s! 


Our Beginning

Project Sprout took root in founder Nadia Shabazz’s backyard. Her family had a need for fresh produce since the nearest supermarket only carried semi-spoiled bananas and tomatoes. Shabazz started small, planting leafy greens and berries. When it came time to harvest, she gave extras away to neighbors. She began to see drastic improvements in her children’s health and thought that everyone on her block could benefit. She began inviting neighbors who didn’t have gardens to come plant on her land.


“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”



Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.

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Our Mission

Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.



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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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Get Involved

If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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