In our life there are a few people that have a positive impact on mostly everyone they know. Jim Sherman was one of those people, he wasn’t a friend, Jim is & was FAMILY. He was instrumental in getting Seeds of the Soil off the ground and Black United Fund of Texas thriving. We lost Jim physically on September 2, 2020 but his spirit of service remains with us. We LOVE Jim for the stories and jokes he told, the lessons he gave and his giving and loving heart. Rest well our brother!- Nathan, Marcus and Cleveland

On Sunday September 27, 2020 from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm, we’ll be doing a Memorial Oasis Clean Up for Jim. The Oasis is located 2609 Quitman, you can park at 2409 Davis Street. For this clean up please wear closed toe shoes, we’ll have water but bring your own container/bottle just in case, wear light colored clothes to help prevent over heating, bring/wear a hat, masks/PPE.

If you have organic waste/kitchen scraps, please bring them; we’ll be adding it to our compost!!!!!

Please fill out the form below to volunteer, if more people are coming with you, please add their names in “Additional Volunteers”

If you have pictures, stories or anything about Jim, please send to . We will be updating pictures and video and sharing stories from time to time.

Jim Sherman August 8, 1958-September 2, 2020

By Sherri Sherman Swann (Jim’s Sister)

 James William Sherman, always known as “Jim” was born August 8, 1958 in Butler, Missouri.  He died on September 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Jim attended  Butler Schools from Kindergarten  As a member of the Class of 1976, he became part of  the third generation of Shermans to graduate from Butler Schools. 

Jim had a deep love of dogs.  In his childhood, Penny and Sugar were the first of the family pets.  Then came Mia, a pure bred collie, who was Jim’s and Sheri’s constant companion, and when they made their own homes, was always the first to greet them when they returned for visits and always the last to watch them drive away.  At Jim’s passing, he leaves Brownie, a border collie mix, Murphy, a Jack Russell mix, and Brother and Sister siblings of a who-knows-what mix.

After graduation, Jim served in the United States Navy being assigned to a nuclear submarine based out of New London, Connecticut. He was  honorably discharged in 1981 and then located to Kansas City, Missouri.  In 1986, he visited Houston, Texas and made it his home until his death.

Jim worked in the plumbing industry and wrote for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press and Public News before returning to his farming roots and developed a passion for gardening in Houston.  He started with his friend Camile who would plant salad mixes in empty lots around Houston and sell them at top end restaurants. From there Jim became a cornerstone in Houston’s gardening and urban agriculture community.

Jim lived in three neighborhoods in Houston and all three you could see why he lived there Montrose, the Heights and his BELOVED Fifth Ward, TX!!! Jim made it to Fifth Ward to help Urban Harvest start a new garden project on Farmer Street and he never left. He went on to work with the Last Organic Outpost (LOO) where he met Cleveland and Marcus Glenn and Nathan Hawthorne. The four of them left LOO and began Jim’s final work with Seeds of the Soil. Through after school programs and garden visits over his illustrious career he passed his love and knowledge to thousands of urban kids. His lessons always started with a hug.

Jim leaves his sister, Sheri, of Indiana and her husband Keith, close cousins, Ellen Wheet of Fort Worth, Texas, Sharon Tourtillott of Rich Hill, Missouri, Alan McCoy of Cincinnati, Ohio and Barbara McCoy of Pinole, California.  He also leaves Nathan Hawthorne, Cleveland and Marcus Glenn, his close friends and working partners in Houston who became family.

Jim was a treasure trove of knowledge who loved to read and visit with people.  He lived a fiercely independent life with a huge appreciation of the small things in life.

Jim was resistant to technology that he didn’t already know how to use. So therefore he didn’t have any social media account, but he was Instagram Famous thanks to Nathan and Marcus. People would tune in on a video and listen to what he had to say, we’re pretty sure both Marcus and Nathan enjoyed a few more followers thanks to Jim. Below scroll to see some pictures and videos of Jim.