Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvette Montanez.
Yvette, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my journey and passion to make a difference in people lives at a very young age.
It was either through working with several church missionaries or local organizations, my urge and passion to contribute to the world was clear. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University; I began practicing as a Dental Laboratory Technician specializing in Pediatric Oral Prosthetics. I worked and volunteered for various local and abroad organizations creating oral prosthetics for children in need.
As time went by, being married to a military service member made it strenuous to continue and pursue my passion towards creating a better future for children. That being said motherhood knocked on my door, had my beautiful sweet daughter Sabella now three years old. Becoming a mother was the greatest gift I could have asked for. She truly is my inspiration and reason why Little Dandelions began.
At the tender age of 2 years old, I started gardening with her at home. We started by seeding a small planting kit I came across. As time progressed, I noticed a nurturing and caring side of her towards her new seeds. Every morning she would wake up concerned and eager to care for her “baby seeds”.
That’s when it came to me, and I thought to myself, “Can you imagine if children at this young age would be exposed to the process of growing seeds?”. By early January 2017, I started researching and educating myself in all fields of horticulture. I began to have dreams about what I could create for children to encourage and inspire agriculture in a fun, educational way.
That is where Little Dandelions emerged initially as a horticultural party business; where people could bring agriculture to their home for any special occasion. As Sabella began pre-school, I realized what I need there was to create this magical spaces for children between the ages of 2-6 years old and their parents as well.
So by October 2017, was when Little Dandelions transformed into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in order to endlessly provide tools and grow within communities, cities and soon foreign countries. In hopes to accomplish our mission to inspire and educate agriculture to all ages.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Let me think about this one. So far I want to say yes; for the most part. I truly believe that in this world some of us are placed to either fulfill a job while others are here to fulfill a mission. Like any non-profit organization allocating funding is always a struggle.
Nonetheless, we’ve been able to acquire funding through small grants; our private agricultural party services and family workshops we create. So far Little Dandelions began in my dreams, it has vastly grown and is impacting so many life’s in such a short period of time. We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary!
The support has just been overwhelming, we’re truly blessed to continue fulfilling our mission. I want to say that the only challenge I’ve come across is finding the balance between being a military spouse, mom and president of Little Dandelions.
All the while being pregnant with my second child during the amazing growth and evolution of Little Dandelions. I’m due in November and happily looking forward to this new chapter in my personal life.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Little Dandelions is dedicated to educate importance of agriculture by creating fun, interactive mobile activities that correlate in different fields of horticulture.
We specialize in creating family-oriented agriculture experiences where not only children are inspired but adults as well. Incorporating love and kindness is fundamental in all our programs, activities and workshops. We work closely with our communities and preschools in providing these spaces. A unique factor of our organization is that we’ve created unique one of a kind hands-on agricultural DIY crafts, not only that but we pride ourselves on being a mobile organization. We believe in order to grow and educate; it’s imperative to bring agriculture into each home.
We’ve also have found the need for interactive instructional worksheets, and materials. That being said we have a dedicated team that designs and creates copyrighted material exclusively for and by Little Dandelions.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Seeing the impact we create in people after we share our unique agriculture experiences with them. Knowing that they’re taking all our education and tools back home; along with continuing to grow with their families, is the best definition of success in our hearts.
Also, knowing that Sabella (my daughter) is growing up surrounded by such a selfless powerful vision; seeing her parents be involved in something so inspiring and working together to make a difference in this world. I can foresee all the strong values and traits that are being instilled in her heart. That is success on its very own in my eyes.
- Agricultural Party Services begin at $350.OO per 15 attendees. (Composting, Seedling Planting, Succulents, and many more options)
- Toddler Agricultural 2 Week Programs and Classes
- Corporate Planting Event Packages- Starting at $1,200
- Sponsorships- Starting at $300.00 (We offer several sponsorship opportunities)
- *All Payment, Sponsorships and Donations are 100% Tax Deductible.
- Website: www.LittleDandelions.org
- Email: Littledandelions@littledandelions.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_littledandelions_/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littledandelions.org/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/little-dandelions-imperial-beach?osq=little+dandelions
- Other: https://www.gofundme.com/free-planting-amp-gardening-workshops