I would like to invite anyone and everyone involved in Contra Costa's urban agriculture scene in all of its many facets including:
... to a gather gathering/conference/meeting at the SCOCO office.
My goals for this (first annual) gathering/meeting would be to 1) create a forum for learning, networking and sharing, 2) inventory the urban ag. scene around the County, 3) explore ways to expand and institutionalize successful projects and proven urban ag. programs in Contra Costa, and 4) inspire each other! This is not about gardening technique, this is about community organizing.
1. Introductions all around
2. Guest Presenter: Me! (see below)
3. Round-robin style presentations of five to ten minutes (photos please!) about everyone's projects and programs. Think: an open mike for organizers (with a moderator!)
4. Open discussion and idea exchange
To kick things off, I will give a presentation called "Managing the Urban Foodscape - A Showcase of Contra Costa's Urban Gardening Projects of the 70s and 80s" including Eco-House, Project Glean, Howe Homestead Park, Supervisor Nancy Fahden's Foodscape Project, and the Contra Costa Community Gardening Program, along with the county's first school gardens, horticultural therapy programs and farmers markets. I offer this presentation in honor of the many dedicated and inspiring pioneers of the sustainability movement in Contra Costa including Kate and Elmer Olsen, Lucy and Jim Hupp, Dorothy Headley, Dan Clancy, Ted and Kathy Radke, Florence and Stoney and numerous others, particularly those who have passed on.
I'd also like to work with everyone to update this presentation - I believe SCOCO will have opportunities coming soon to educate community leaders about what's going on with urban ag. in the County. Having an up to date presentation of current projects and programs would be very useful for showcasing the movement in a concise, cohesive and very visual way.
When's a good date and time? Who'd like to attend? I'm taking sign-ups.