June 26, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Alrie Middlebrook will be speaking about land use policies in Silicon Valley, and a current project to shift the thinking on corporate landscaping. Santa Clara Valley was once known as "The Valley of Hearts Delight," because it is the most productive and fertile 7% of agricultural soils in the world. Currently much of this land is covered with sprinkled lawns, roads and parking lots. How can this valuable land be used to grow food while preserving and protecting ecosystems services, like pollination, biodiversity, and terrestrial ecosystems? Alrie will discuss an alliance of sustainable landscape contractors who will be working to convert ornamental lawns on corporate campuses to beautiful and useful eco-gardens. Part of the profits will go to build school gardens as teaching laboratories for environmental education.
President and founder of Middlebrook Gardens, Alrie co-authored the groundbreaking book “Designing California Native Gardens; The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens.” She is a passionate advocate for appropriate gardening, both food gardening and native California gardens. In addition to her garden design work with Middlebrook Gardens, Alrie co-founded the California Native Garden Foundation in 2004. In turn, Alrie and CNGF launched the ELSEE (Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological Education) project in 2010, which serves as a replicable model for teaching practical skills in food production and ecological technology. She regularly gives talks and lectures throughout California on sustainability in garden design.
EcoTuesday is a unique, structured monthly networking event for sustainable business leaders and community members held concurrently in six cities across the country.
Here's a brief outline of what takes place at each event:
- Arrive at the venue, settle in, and meet new people
- Learn about the cutting edges of sustainable business from an expert
- Quickly introduce yourself & your project to a roomful of people
- Network with people you learned about during the Introduction Circle