Lots of Food – Creating Rochester’s Edible Sub/Urban Green Space
Lots of Food ~ A Garden for Every Body ~
Regenerating Rochester, NY as The (Edible) FlowerCity
Creating Rochester’s Edible Sub/Urban Green Space
When: Monday, March 4, 2013; 7-9 pm
Where: Greenovation, 1199 E. Main St., Rochester, NY14609
Sponsored by: RochesterPermacultureCenter and Barefoot Edible Landscape & Permaculture
Space is limited, RSVP strongly encouraged: (585) 506-6505 or patty. Please also join the event on the Lots of Food Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/lotsoffoodrochester#!/events/133571640147192/
Participants will get information on the plans to bring public food and beauty to the Rochester area and will be invited to ask questions and share their ideas and opinions.
Permaculture is a system of ecological design that shows us how we can meet human needs while regenerating the natural environment around us. The desire to live and model the ethics and principles of permaculture, calls us to action in a community engagement project, Lots of Food. This program is inspired by the Incredible Edible (IET)1 project of Todmorden, England (http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/home) and Pam Warhurst’s TED talk How We Can Eat Our Landscapes (http://www.ted.com/talks/pam_warhurst_how_we_can_eat_our_landscapes.html).
Lots of Food is a recently visioned program by Patty Love, Program Directory of Rochester Permaculture Center. Through our creation of edible landscape projects, big and small, we will grow more local food for ourselves and nurture our community as we nurture the land and ourselves. Through this regenerative work we hope to help create food security, neighborhood revitalization and beautification, as well as build connections between a diverse group of people within and outside of Rochester area neighborhoods.
Vision: To grow Lots of Food into a community-wide project where we share in the responsibility to create well-being for our planet and for all eaters in and around Rochester NY while we work together to create access to abundant healthy local, organic (or better food) for every member of our community, share and develop personal knowledge and skills, create a resilient local economy, and regenerate the land, water, and air spaces we steward.
Mission: We create and support turning disused land into edible landscapes and utilize appropriate technology to make visible the web of connection in our local food communities from dirt to fork.
Please attend this meeting if you:
- are or want to be a gardener and may be interested in volunteering for the project
- have leadership skills and want to consider being part of the core leadership team
- have mapping, web page, and/or social media skills to offer
- manage an suburban or urban farm, community or institutional garden
- have ideas on spaces and places for us to get started planting
- have artistic skills to help us create educational signs
- have writing skills to help us with many projects
“I’ve been looking for a way to connect my passions around local food, environmental stewardship, permaculture, and social justice,” says Patty Love, Program Director of the RochesterPermacultureCenter. “Two media stories came together that birthed this idea. One was Pam Warhurst’s TED Talk. The other was watching a local news story on how budget cuts were impacting local food banks. Thinking about all of the fossil fuels and other resources used to get that food from the field through the food processing and delivery systems, and eventually to the food bank recipient, made me realize that it would be so much more efficient to just plant local gardens to feed our hungry neighbors. Why mow our lawns and other spaces when we could instead plant food?”