Posts Tagged ‘city’

Urban Food Visioning for 2011

What a fantastic and exciting year 2010 has been! I could list all the cool things we’ve done this year, but I’ll save that for another post. But needless to say, we’ve got some great momentum on local food action in Greensboro, and we know you’re itching to get involved with a local grassroots organization to keep that momentum going! I’ve personally been inspired and energized by the CFSA (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association) Sustainable Agriculture Conference that took place last weekend in Winston-Salem. I was again reminded of my dedication to urban food systems and the possibilities that lay before us. (We are particularly fond of Toby Hemenway and the amazing things going on in Portland, OR like

This is why we want to invite you to our first Urban Food Visioning Session. So many of you have expressed interest in getting involved with Urban Harvest, and as you know we are currently an all-volunteer organization. We’ve been successful at small steps and small victories with a small number of people, but we have power in numbers. So we’d like you to join us around the “kitchen table” to tackle something a little larger. Come with your project ideas, and an open mind to others’ project ideas, and we’ll create an action plan to forge a greener, healthier Greensboro! Since this will be a “kitchen table” session, plan to eat with us!

What: Urban Food Visioning
Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2011
Time: 3-5 pm with dinner to follow
Place: TBD (depends on how many people will attend)

Please RSVP by Jan 8th to

A Mall of Food

Check out this interesting idea for renovating a dwindling shopping mall into a space for urban food production. People in Cleveland are tossing out the quintessential Abercrombie’s and Bath and Body Works’ for the possibility of an indoor urban farm.

Food in Public Spaces

Yesterday, Diane Rehm had a hour dedicated to discussing Urban Agriculture. Guest Derrin Nordahl, author of “Public Produce” and a city designer explained how growing food in urban, public spaces can help feed the hungry, supplement the existing agribusiness model, and promote good health for all. This is exactly in line with both our mission and our methods at Urban Harvest. In fact, when Justin presented the idea at a recent public meeting, the mediator acted as though it was one of the best ideas he’d ever heard! Maybe now the city will be a little more cooperative in our efforts to access and “develop” remnant properties.

Farewell and Good luck Daniel!

Since starting Urban Harvest, a year ago, we have had a fantastic time getting our hands dirty in Greensboro, NC! From the groundbreaking at Dunleith Community Garden to the individual residential installations, we have met individuals from all walks of life that are dedicated to making Greensboro as sustainable as possible. Throughout this process we have had many ups and downs, as any business has, but remain dedicated to bringing local food back into the city of Greensboro. Dawn, Justin, and I would like to thank Daniel Leiker for his service and dedication to Urban Harvest. Daniel had decided to pursue other interests and will be no longer working under Urban Harvest. He has put in countless hours ensuring the overall success of Dunleith Community Garden and we wish him luck in all that he decides to do. From our hearts and our gardens, good luck and thank you!

Kitchen Cabinet

Daniel and I have been talking about this very same thing recently. This seems like a common-sense solution and gets at many of the key issues dealing with energy policy, food security, and economic security. I would like to see the White House set a strong example for the rest of the nation to follow, as they have done in the past.

Locally, the second meeting of the Guilford County Community Garden “task force” will be a meeting on February 4th at 3pm. The meeting will be held at¬†3309 Burlington Rd, the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office. The first meeting looked at currently existing community gardens in the city, ¬†resources in the community, and the need for more gardens at numerous locations. It was mentioned on several occasions that Guilford County has a high rate of obesity/diabetes, and that its citizens need access to healthier food options. Come to the meeting and share your thoughts and ideas.