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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
  • Content-class: urn:content-classes:message
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  • Thread-topic: FYI South Africa community gardens

-----Original Message-----
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

-------------Forwarded Message-----------------

From:	INTERNET:wfan@iastate.edu, INTERNET:wfan@iastate.edu
To:	, INTERNET:wfan@iastate.edu
Date:	9/10/02  7:06 AM

RE:	WFAN> South Africa community garden fund raiser this Wednesday

Hello Folks:

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 
hope so!"

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 
uncontaminated water.

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 
at gina@iastate.edu.

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: gina@iastate.edu
1126 Agronomy Hall				Voice: 515.294.7832
Iowa State University				Fax: 515.294.8146
Ames, IA 50011-1010

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