About Me


About Me – Professionally

In 2006, I oversaw the construction of a community garden for a local non-profit serving the HIV/Aids homeless community. That project led to starting a back-to-work program called ‘HopeWorks’, for other non-profits serving the HIV/Aids community. I’ve worked with many community garden and youth projects; mostly in underserved communities and schools. My clients have included several church and outreach ministries, community groups, school districts and youth organizations such as ASPIRE. I have served in the non-profit community as a writer, mentor, advocate, and Board Member.

I am currently the Farm Manager for Opal’s Farm – a five-acre urban farm on the West fork of the Trinity River just east of Downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Opal’s Farm is a project of Unity Unlimited, Inc. – a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our namesake and visionary is Ms. Opal Lee – the Grandmother of Juneteenth – a legendary community and civil rights activist and Nobel Laureate Nominee for 2022.

About Me – Personally

 Like most writers, I’m a bit eclectic in my tastes. I spend what free time I have out on ‘The Porch’ (please feel free to read about it in my blog!) with my lovely wife. I find peace and serenity out there. When I am out and about, I enjoy people-watching and sharing meals with my family and friends. That’s probably why I enjoy conversation so much!

Studies show that a sense of awe contributes to a long life. If that’s true, then I’ll be around for a long time. Life is full of wonder…

My friends will tell you I’m extremely passionate about politics (I studied Political Science and Economics at The University of Colorado at Denver) and generally start my days with The Porch followed by my newsfeed. I think they’ll also tell you that I’m a good husband, father, grandfather, and friend!

When I’m not busy writing, I’m usually at Opal’s Farm with Jameson the Farm Dog and his cohort Sadie, our “rescues” (we’re not sure who rescued who!).

I have a thing for homegrown tomatoes. I’m pretty sure all the world’s problems could become manageable if we’d all sit down together and enjoy a nice, ripe, homegrown tomato!

Contact me today!

Gregory Joel

7804 Whitney Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76108