community outreach farm
- Subject: [cg] community outreach farm
- From: "Susan Bruckner" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 14:45:11 -0600
Hi. I am starting a not-for-profit community outreach farm in the Durango,
CO area. (The article below is going out in our Farmer's Market newsletter
and is gives an idea of what my vision is). I have been a member of this
list serve for months now and have been extremely impressed with how helpful
everyone is. It is really beautiful. Anyway, to make my dream a reality,
there is one thing that would really be of help . . . land! Since I will be
a non-profit I am looking for land donation or funding to acquire it. I am
putting the word out in my amazing community as well as researching various
avenues such as land trusts, open space conservancy, and so forth. I would
be extremely grateful for any comments or suggestions on how to get land!
Thanks so much.
Sue Bruckner (email@example.com)
Gardens not only grow food, they grow community.
By Sue Bruckner and Stephanie Mackley
There is an intimate connection between food, land and people. Yet many
of the connections between communities and their local food sources have
been disrupted or forgotten. Our goal is to strengthen these connections by
creating a not-for-profit community outreach farm that will strive to create
gardening experiences and education for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The farm will be dedicated to forging connections between residents of the
Four Corners and their sustainable local food sources. We hope to do this
through networking and promoting all sustainable food producers in this
region. One route towards this goal is creating and distributing a
directory of all local, sustainable growers.
Beyond working closely with and promoting existing local farmers, we will
establish a demonstrational farm site composed of multiple gardens, showing
various sustainable gardening techniques. These gardens will teach and
experiment with different sustainable methods aimed at growing high yields
with minimal resources. More specifically, demo gardens will provide
education on topics such as drought resistant crops, gardening in small
spaces and four-season gardening.
It is also our goal to demonstrate ways that gardening can be made
accessible to all populations, including people with economic, physical or
mental limitations. For example, we will create a wheelchair-accessible
“enabling garden,” and use adapted tools that break down barriers between
physical limitations and gardening.
Because local food security issues are important to the mission of this
farm, nearly everything grown on the site will be donated to local shelters
and soup kitchens. We are also interested in exploring ways to 1) insure
that local, sustainably-grown food is accessible to all, particularly lower
income families and 2) promote the inclusion of these foods in institutions
such as schools.
To turn this vision into a reality we are currently researching potential
land donors, grant sources, existing farms with similar missions and are
looking for people interested in contributing time, energy and ideas to this
project. We are particularly interested in how members of the local
sustainable farming community feel about our vision. For more information
or to share your ideas and comments, please contact Sue Bruckner via email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Sue is currently the distribution and outreach
coordinator at Beneficial Farm in Santa Fe and plans to return to Durango in
September to throw herself into this project head-first.
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