Archive for November, 2011
Apply now for the 2012 Youth Garden Grant, sponsored by The Home Depot Garden Club. 100 programs will be selected.
- 5 programs will receive a $1000 prize!
- 95 programs will receive a $500 gift card!
Applications are due Monday November 28th, 2011!
Access the Healthy Food, Healthy Farms webinar: “School Food Revolution?” webinar recording and presentation slides from Oct 6 on the Healthy Food Action website here.
City Farmer News – Linked by Michael Levenston – Saturday, November 19, 2011
See the Voice of America video (3 minutes)
D-Town Farm in Detroit
By Selah Hennessy
Voice of America
November 17, 2011
D-Town is a 1.6-hectare farm that grows 35 different kinds of fruit and vegetables. Volunteers plant the farm together and in return get a discount on produce. Hunt says the aim is to give Detroit’s residents access to fresh food.
“One of the things we can do by doing this, by having people who don’t farm, who don’t have gardens in the back yard, have them come out here and see how easy it is to plant whatever it is that’s planted,” she added. “It’s like simple. You can do it in the back yard. You can grow enough in the back yard to feed everybody.”
And the farm serves another purpose: it unites the community. Local residents help out at the farm and that’s important for the area, says Kwamena Mensah, D-Town’s manager.
“When there is a community project going on, then the kids, they feel a sense of ownership,” said Mensah. “They will look out if people just dump tires and stuff in the garden . They won’t let people steal the produce and everything. There are a lot of good things happening as a result of urban farming in this city.”
Read the complete article here: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Urban-Farming-Grows-in-Detroit-134053423.html
Rooted in Community (RIC) has a special opportunity for adults and youth this winter. They’re hosting their first ever Winter Leadership Institute February 17th-20th near Tucson, Arizona.
The Institute is an opportunity for a select group of youth and adults to come together to share best practices and help each other grow personally and professionally. The institute is for adults who have experience doing youth development food justice work and youth who are interested in helping move forward the national Youth Food Bill of Rights campaign. The gathering will entail a range of movement building activities, curriculum sharing, exchanges of creative tools for organizing, and holistic practices for inner-power.
The institute is free for youth participants. There is a sliding scale of $50-$100 for adult participants which helps offset youth scholarships. Meals, housing, and transportation are provided for all participants.
To apply or to learn more please follow the following links: