Client Interview - Danilo Gonzalez

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Originally from Chile, Danilo Gonzalez first came to AXIS Career Services approximately 1 year after his arrival in Newfoundland and Labrador. Danilo has been an active participant in our Business Development Supports Services (BDSS) program, and has gained invaluable business knowledge by attending business workshops, tapping into current networking opportunities, and receiving one-on-one consultations with AXIS. He began operating his non-profit, Garden Mind (now known as “Growing Global Wellness”) in 2013.



Growing Global Wellness is a non-profit which assists the community in creating new green spaces, and ultimately a sustainable system of food production based in urban areas. Growing Global Wellness has two main elements: urban agriculture and wellness. The directors, Danilo Gonzalez (Agronomist Engineer-Urban Agriculture Specialist) and Courtney Manuel (B.Sc. (Honors) and Medical Student) work together, combining their expertise to promote ways to grow healthy foods year-round indoors/outdoors, in small or large spaces. 

When asked about what Danilo considered to be his biggest business challenge, he reports that: “The biggest challenge has been to show everybody that it is possible to grow food everywhere and anytime. Our mission is 100% educational and our challenge is trying to change the way locals think. We are having good results, and it is a bit better every time. Young participants are very inspired in our sessions, as are many families who have agricultural backgrounds.”

For newcomers, Danilo offers the following advice: “Study the culture, and the local community. Take part in the business workshops and use the services like those offered at AXIS in order to gain a better understanding of the local business environment. Explore your strengths and match them with any unsatisfied needs in the community. Newfoundland and Labrador is growing, and as a result, so are the opportunities within the province.”

For further information on Growing Global Wellness, please visit