FYI South Africa community gardens
- Subject: [cg] FYI South Africa community gardens
- From: "Sally McCabe" SMcCabe@Pennhort.org
- Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 16:00:30 -0400
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From: URBANAG [mailto:URBANAG@compuserve.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 3:41 PM
To: Rene van Veenhuizen; Mike Levenston; Sally McCabe
Subject: South Africa community gardens
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Date: 9/10/02 7:06 AM
RE: WFAN> South Africa community garden fund raiser this Wednesday
As you may know, ten Iowans representing the Iowa United Nations
chapter traveled to South Africa to attend the World Summit on
Sustainable Development. While in Johannesburg, Holly Killmer,
Margaret Englesson and I visited community garden projects in
townships near Jo'burg. Many of the inhabitants lived in 'homes'
slightly larger than our offices or bedrooms with limited access to
electricity or water. Unemployment is high in the townships. Schools
established gardens for educational purposes, but primarily to ensure
kids have something to eat. One project was a group of single,
middle-aged, unemployed women. The gardens, started with the help of
a low-budget non-profit called the Food Gardens Foundation, provide
much needed nutrition, energize the neighborhood, create pride and
have brought community members together.
They asked us if we might be able to help them buy seed for their
summer planting season, which is a couple weeks away. We replied "we
To turn that hope into reality, we're putting on a benefit concert this week.
Date: This Wednesday, September 11
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: CafÈ Diem, 323 Main Street, Ames, IA
No cover, donations requested for seeds, tools, and the use of an
The musician performing is Abi Tapia, a sing songwriter from
Portland, ME (friend of Holly). She played at the Library folk music
series last fall. To learn more about the music of Abi Tapia visit
her web site at abitapia.com
Let us respond to September 11th with hope, action, and community! If you have
questions please contact Holly Killmer at Killmer@iastate.edu or Gina
Collecting seeds one song at a time!
Please feel free to pass this along to others.
The Agronomy Department, the Women Food and Agriculture Network,
Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture and the
Leopold Center contributed to travel expenses for three members of
the Iowa group.
I apologize for cross listings.
Gina Marie McAndrews E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1126 Agronomy Hall Voice: 515.294.7832
Iowa State University Fax: 515.294.8146
Ames, IA 50011-1010
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