The people of The Caring Community are ready to shine a light for South Florida and beyond. Our diverse life experiences and wide-ranging skills have allowed us to come together and create something larger than the sum of our parts
Cynthia Schaefer is a herbalist that believes passionately in the power of community at the local level. She thrives in a small urban homestead on 1/3 of an acre in Davie, Florida and is founder and admin of South Florida Edible Gardening and Sustainability meetup and FB group. With over 12,000 members, SFEG is dedicated to sharing ways we can create vibrant local food systems and live in urban areas and maintain harmony with the planet.
She is also founder of GrowSocial, a startup for the creation of a web platform that facilitates local economy based on principles of sustainability. GrowSocial is a social media platform that combines a local wiki, marketplace, classifieds and more that enables users to interact only with users that are in their preferred geographic area. Still in development, you can find it at www.growsocial.love
Cynthia sees opportunities for growing food, supporting community and caring for the planet everywhere, and envisions The Caring Community being a replicable template for communities everywhere to engage volunteers to come together and create good.
Kiana is a graduated student from the
University of Central Florida with a degree in Hospitality Management and cofounder for The Caring Community.
Her love for plants runs deep, starting with her father, who was always showing her different home remedies he made whenever anyone was sick. Also, with a Haitian background, plant medicine was and is still very common throughout her family to help with various health issues. Although she’s still in the beginning stages of learning on her plant journey, she’s very passionate about expanding her knowledge.
Through The Caring Community, she hopes to reach more people and communities, bringing to light how beneficial herbalism can be.
While not an educator herself, Kerrie comes from a family of teachers and understands the daily stress that today’s teachers are under. Currently, a wealth manager to successful families,
The Caring Community has provided a way to give back in a hands on way to a group she cares deeply about.
Kerrie helps with various administrative projects and supports the team wherever she can. Kerrie grew up in South Florida and after nearly 25 years in New England she and her family relocated to Broward County in 2017.
Kerrie is also involved with the United Way of Broward County and sits on the University of Hartford Alumni Association Board.