“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
~ Mother Theresa.
This quote reflects Miranda’s personality and the foundation of Emerald Gardens. Our core program ‘The Community Network’ is all about building strong relationships. Miranda Smith, the founder of Emerald Gardens, not only enjoys this quote, but lives it daily. Miranda has led an ordinary life by most standards, living in Central Illinois for over 30 years. Experiencing many life situations, which triggered an emotional desire to help improve the world around her. She has dedicated her life to making a difference.
At seven years old, Miranda's passion to help others was visible when she started packing all the food in the house to give to a food drive. This passion for impacting lives through a love for giving grew throughout her teens, developing a core part of her personality leading to careers that influence others to improve.
After graduating from Ramsey High School, she earned an Applied Science Degree in Horticulture from Lake Land College. Since then she has used her education to give back to others. She has over a decade of teaching experience with Pre-K through 12, all subjects including Special Ed, as well as teaching the Horticulture program for Lake Land College (LLC) within the Department of Corrections and Juvenile Justice. During her 8 years at LLC, she had over 100 students graduate with a Certificate in Horticulture, was awarded best practices, and attended “New Curriculum Committee” meetings in 2015.
Miranda has served on the Greens Committee with Taylorville Correctional Center, and was awarded TCC employee of the month. She has diverse work experience from a small produce farm, to large landscaping companies, as well as Walt Disney World. Miranda currently serves as Treasurer at Family Beekeepers of Illinois. She has also devoted her life to volunteering: Food pantries, Give Kids The World at WDW, Shriners, church events, and community meals, such as Dinner Seasoned With Love. She has completed training in: CPR, CPI, Tool Equipment Safety, and eight years of annual state trainings.
Emerald Gardens was created to bring people and communities together to make memories which impact lives. By networking to encourage proactive, holistic and fun approaches to solving problems we all face during different times in our lives. Miranda wants to help teach people how to overcome trauma and gain emotional intelligence. Something every human being faces in life, currently with minimal support and knowledge of how to do this in healthy ways that produce positive memories. Emerald Gardens has many goals that are reached through a multifaceted approach to rehabilitation, not just of an individual, but of the environment that surrounds them. If one struggles we all struggle. We can no longer ignore the impact and power we have. Human connection is more than a fading memory. Our founder's belief is that the core and power of our souls ability to heal from bad impressions are powerful positive memories. These are necessary to offset negativity which then shifts the mind and heals the soul.
Where Memories Today, Inspire Change Tomorrow.
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? “ -1 John 3:17 NIV
Our founder believes in Everyone.