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What You Are a Gardener® Means To Me

Raising Emotionally Empowered Kids! Dig into a new mindset to help children identify, communicate & manage their emotions through an empowering process! From teachers to parents to entrepreneurs, the You Are a Gardener®️ seeds are spreading far and wide ! Watch our latest testimonial video to see how our programs are taking root!


Kim Teschemacher has been teaching 4th grade for almost 5 years now in our home state of New Jersey. She has been using the You Are a Gardener SEL programs in her classroom since her first day of teaching. To watch an episode of Hello Gardeners® featuring Kim Click Here!

Kiana Davis owner and founder of Tutor Kids n More has been helping us spread seeds with the families and children she works with. To learn more about Kiana and to see her in a session of Camp Hello Gardeners® Click Here!

Our roots with Anne Grossman owner and founder of Rebel Daughter Cookies® go way back! To learn more about Anne and her scrumptious cookie company Click Here!

You can also see Anne in an episode of Hello Gardeners® as well as in a session of Camp Hello Gardeners®. Watch Now!

We teamed up with Leah, a 15 year old entrepreneur when she was only 14 and had just started her very own company called Homemade Happiness by Leah. She has been an incredible role model for Anna & Aidan and her bath products are the best!

You can see Leah in our Entrepreneur Episode of Hello Gardeners® by Clicking Here!!

Shanna Truffini’s children’s book and platform, You Are a Gardener®️ uses gardening vocabulary to help kids identify strong emotions and turn them into empowering and positive solutions.

Since You Are a Gardener® was published in December of 2017, Shanna Truffini has developed several new social and emotional learning (SEL) programs to help empower children with tools to help their 'gardens' grow healthy and strong. Throughout the past 4 years, Shanna has worked with various organizations and school districts throughout NJ both virtually and in-person. Her #PullYourWeeds® Workshops are an organic and simplified approach to SEL and infuses easily with preexisting programs.

All Truffini's programs are rooted in the power of the words flowers, weeds and seeds. This universal language helps create a new narrative for children to navigate their emotions through an empowering process that helps them proceed confidently and calmly.

To connect with Shanna and start spreading some seeds at your school, home or organization please email

Thank you to all our gardener friends for helping us spread some seeds! If you have a story about how our programs have impacted you, your family or your students please send us an email to


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