Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lafayette College Offering Presentation on Urban Farming: March 28th

Posted by: Noël Jones

A message from Sophia Feller of the WWNP:

Dear Neighbors,

For those of you who are interested and can make it on a Monday afternoon: http://www.growinghope.net/ 

Amanda Edmonds, Founder & Executive Director of Growing Hope

Urban Agriculture: a vehicle for positive community change

Monday, March 28, 12:00—1:00 pm Gendebien Room, Skillman Library

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Initiative with funding from the Andrew K. Mellon Foundation.

Light Refreshments provided.

Sophia Feller
Administrative Secretary,
West Ward Neighborhood Partnership
610.515.0891  :: Fax 610.515.0895 :: 


ferebee said...

I went to something like this at Yale's environmental conference a few years back. It was awesome and inspiring! I'm looking forward to this.

noel jones said...

i really want to build a raised hoop garden this year...i'm definitely going to try to attend this.

Dennis R. Lieb said...

In times of crisis (as we are in currently) the key is local self-sufficiency. The higher levels of government will be unable to provide the core requirements during times of chaotic and disorganizing emergent behavior. Those core requirements are food, shelter, transportation and security.

This presentation fits right into what we will all need. I will be there.


David Caines said...

oddly, we are very interested in this, I want chickens personally...but it goo against code. We are hoping to start growing tomatoes in topsy turveys this summer....Our ground is poisoned by the toxic waste dump in the next yard that no one can do anything about...an utter failure of law and order. A failure of the nation...but let's not speak of that, we buy our dirt. I will if I can, attend this....urban farming is the way of the future as we scroll back to the 1800's socially and economically. IT depress's me in a way, But this is the world we have created, my voice is only one voice...and I want chickens...if we must retreat from the future, I intend to do so well.

David Caines said...

I /we support any recinding of regulations that alows city folk to raise food or livestock....we're going to need it.

Michael Laws said...

I think this is a great Idea. So many children have access to fast food and no access to vegetables this is something I'm going to see if I can adjust my schedule to attend ..

noel jones said...

David--I remember that a few years ago Easton residents did have the right to raise their own chickens in the city, and then some College Hill residents complained about a neighbor who had them and pushed for an ordinance to make it illegal. I forget the resident's name, but he made a very well-researched and passionate appeal for citizens' rights to own poultry, but this was around the time of the Avian Flu scare, and he lost. All it would take to reverse it would be for enough residents to be in support of the idea--I would love to have my own chickens so that I can eat home grown eggs from chickens that I know are only being fed good clean stuff. it would save money and be healthier...

If residents were able to grow a lot of their own organic produce and own their own chickens, people would be a lot healthier, and save a lot of money--both in food, and in gas for running back and forth to the big grocery stores...

noel jones said...

This video is on garden prep and early sowing from the Washington Post's lifestyles section:


David Caines said...

Morning all,
For better or worse, we are going to have to deal with our pit-bull issue, before we get around to livestock. We've put in a fence, and never leave the house without at least pepper-spray, not even just to take our own dogs into the back yard. There have just been too many close calls. Might as well just give six year olds loaded firearms as giving many of my fellow Eastonians the right to own dogs. It's at least a weekly occurrence, and we're at a loss for how to deal with it. I'm pretty sure I can't just legally shoot them unless they are in the yard and I don't much want to. No offense here to our otherwise exceptional police force, but by the time you call them the dogs are back off down the escarpment. Thankfully we only have two truly regular visitors, and so far they've been harmless. But no, I don't want them possibly fighting with or killing my own dogs , one of which weighs all of six pounds.
I don't think anyone around me will be raising chickens anytime soon when there doesn't seem to be an answer to the wandering dog problem. As a rule, I don't mind pit's , but it's fairly clear that most people buy them as a firearm replacement. Might as well be the Easton National dog.
So, we'll see.
This is of course an enforcement issue, but it is one of such scope that in the face of our other issues...
As well none of the dogs that we've seen, have tags, so good luck finding the owners if and when they (the owners by way of their dogs) do kill something or someone.