Community Gardening :

 

Community Garden

WESPAC has cultivated an extensive and cooperative network of food justice advocates throughout the county where we work together to enhance the existing expertise within diverse communities in the quest for a more sustainable food shed with more widespread access to fresh, local produce. We are proud of our role in promoting a more inclusive local food movement, and we continue to serve as an important resource for community gardens in the county by providing organizational and material support to both new projects and old.




Growing Food & Justice for All: How Westchester can play a role in the growing food justice movement and create a sustainable future

 

In late October of 2009 a few WESPAC members went to Will Allen’s second Growing Food & Justice for all Initiative (GFJI) in Milwaukee, WI to gather resources, network and figure how we can expand on the community gardening and nutrition classes we started last summer. The point of the gathering was "to create a network of activists who are working toward a just food system and world.  We are group of individuals, organizations and institutional partners aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture, but also linking with parallel social and environmental movements" (https://www.growingfoodandjustice.org).

With similar goals for Westchester County, WESPAC’s food justice committee aims to bring people together to work on food justice, community health and the environment for the purpose of transforming the local food system to meet local needs in a social justice context.

Will Allen, a former professional basketball player who grew up on a farm in Maryland, founded the not-for-profit organization Growing Power. Will started Growing Power in 1993 by buying the last functional farm in Milwaukee’s city limits. Its facilities include seven large greenhouses, a kitchen, indoor and outdoor training gardens, aquaculture system and a food distribution facility. Fish, worms, bees, goats, chickens, turkeys, and ducks are also raised there. Growing power conducts workshops and demonstrations in aquaculture, aquaponics, vermiculture, horticulture, small or large-scale composting, soil reclamation, food distribution, beekeeping, and marketing. Will was the recipient of the 2008 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for his work on urban farming and sustainable food production with Growing Power.

During the three day gathering, we attended a variety of workshops from Bringing Fair Trade to Organic Agriculture and Using Media to Grow Food Justice to Using Art and Spiritually to Change our Community and the food system. There were tours thoughout Milwaukee to other projects and businesses that work with Growing Power to address food justice. We broke into regional meetings where we were able to connect with the hundreds of people who came from New York and the Hudson Valley. For many attendees that was the best part of the weekend:  connecting and building relationships with others from our region and around the country, sharing strategies and ideas on how to make our communities better.

Coming home from the gathering, WESPAC has organized a group of members to focus on food justice with the purpose of addressing the need to create an alternative local food system that guarantees people in the lowest income brackets access to affordable, fresh and local foods.  The WESPAC group meets  at our White Plains space on Tuesday evenings with representatives from other gardening groups, community members, students and activists to figure out the best way to transform Westchester in ways inspired by Will Allen’s Milwaukee model. If you or your organization is interested in joining this growing movement, please contact Jalal: [email protected] or Surya: [email protected]

Jalal, Sabur, WESPAC Foundation
Community Organizer

The New Jersey Raw Food Support Network of Bergen County is proud to present:
 
Sproutman, Steve Meyerowitz!
 
Saturday, January 23, 2010 ? 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Fee: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
CAN DO Fitness Club
42 City Place at the Promenade
Edgewater, N.J. 07020
For more information or to order tickets in advance contact Karen: (201) 934-6778 or [email protected]
Learn How to Provide Fresh, Home-Grown, Organic Greens in Winter "Year-round and pennies per pound!"
It’s Springtime in January!
Presented by: Steve Meyerowitz, Sproutman
Health Educator and Author of Sprouts the Miracle Food and Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook
Steve Meyerowitz was nicknamed "Sproutman" in the 1970’s because his New York City apartment was always filled with gardens of mini-vegetables. They were part of his lifetime fight against chronic allergies and asthma. After 20 years of disappointment with orthodox medicine, he became symptom-free through his use of diet, juices, and fasting. In 1980, he founded "The Sprout House", a "no-cooking" school in New York City teaching the benefits of a living foods diet. He is the author of 10 books including Power Juices Super Drinks, Wheatgrass Na-ture’s Finest Medicine, Juice Fasting and Detoxification, and Food Combining and Digestion.
 
You can visit him at www.Sproutman.com.
Join Steve Meyerowitz, the Sproutman as he shows us how to incorporate supercharged micro-greens into your everyday diet and save big on your food bills! From your soil-free kitchen garden to your dinner table in the middle of winter for only pennies per pound! And no green thumb required! Living food doesn’t get any better than this! Find out how these amazing living foods add energy to your days, and years to your life. Sproutman calls it: “One Week from Seed to Salad.®”
Presentation followed by book signing and product sales.

InterGenerate is working with Westchester County Department of Parks, the Bedford Audubon, Groundwork Hudson Valley, Marsh Sanctuary, Lewisboro Garden Club, Rusticus Garden Club and Ward Acres Community Garden to hold a Westchester Community Garden Network event on Sunday, Feb. 7th at 12 noon at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. Speakers will address topics such as starting a new community garden, creating fertile soil, creating a 12 month growing season, building community at your garden and best practices for a successful community garden  

Community gardens reduce our carbon footprint, build strong community relationships and create equal access to fresh food.


Registration is necessary because space is limited.  See our website to register: www.intergenerateny.org.

 

Peggy Clarke

Co-Founder, InterGenerate

Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry

Director of Religious Education, UUBCO

GreenFaith Fellow

914.275.1627

Jalal Sabur has started a community garden in Greenburgh, New York.  Community members have been helping him on Tuesday afternoons.  If you would like to help out, please call him at 914.439.1746