Next Course Pasadena - visioning a healthier more sustainable future
Most of us are pretty clear that the way we usually produce, distribute and sell food is not in the consumer’s best interest. Fortunately, this is so obvious that individuals and communities around the world are arising to reclaim their food and find creative ways to supplant our food system. Within Pasadena / Altadena we have the facilities, the knowledge, the interest, the passion, the climate, and the need to change what we eat.
The Next Course initiative is a process that will initially work to identify a framework within which communities can gather and focus on their passions while coordinating with other communities. We will coordinate our activities and be the change we want to see. And we want to hear from YOU!
Our initial groupings are:
Analysis and Policy - food deserts and where can my chickens live...
Educating / Resourcing - Utilize school, community and private gardens and orchards to build, educate and resource local citizens and communities
Production - We can produce it for ourselves, our communities, or our markets
Distribution - foodswaps, farmer’s markets, entrepreneurial efforts and buying cooperatives
Pasadena Learning Gardens, in partnership with La Loma Development and others will convene and facilitate four meetings with the last focused on our next steps. We will take time to get to know one another and our passions and build a plan to better collaborate in this important work.
Our first meeting will be Armory Center for the Arts (upstairs in back of building - the painting and drawing studio) during the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival (http://armoryarts.org/visit/2013-armory-events/pasadena-earth-and-arts-festival/view/2013-04-20?CalendarStart=2013-04-20) from 2 to 3:30 on April 20th.
Come be part of this important dialog; a group of informed community member will report on their efforts, then we’ll open the dialog up, and may break out into special interest groups for the last 20 minutes.
Facilitator: Mark Rice, Executive Director of Pasadena Learning Gardens (http://pasadenalearninggardens.org), Garden coordinator at Hathaway Sycamores (http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org/history/) and Madison Elementary School (http://penfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/file/2012%20Fact%20Sheets/Madison%20Elementary%20FS_10_18_12.pdf), program coordinator at Altadena Community Garden (http://altadenacommunitygarden.wordpress.com/about/), Member of LA Food Policy Council (http://goodfoodla.org/) Urban Ag working group, and Master Gardener (http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/Common_Ground_Garden_Program/Master_Gardener_Volunteer_Training_Program/).
Marco Barrantes, Owner of La Loma Development (http://www.lalomadevelopment.com/about-us/our-team) and author of the Berkeley Food Policy Council report Feed Your City from 2002
Gail Murphy; founder of Ripe Altadena (http://www.ripealtadena.com/), a thriving community of food sharers, and accomplished gardener and arborist
Elizabeth Bowman, graduate of Antioch’s Sustainability Program (http://www.antioch.edu/academics/areas-of-study/environmental-studies-and-sustainability/), co-founder of the Altadena Farmer’s market (http://www.facebook.com/AltadenaFarmersMarket), Member of LA Food Policy Council Urban Ag working group and author of the Urban agriculture survey used by LAFPC
January Nordman: NELA Transitions (http://nela-transition.wikispaces.com/) board member and co-founder / designer of the Throop Church Learning Garden
The following three meetings will be announced to the Pasadena Learning Gardens Urban Farmers Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/la-kitchen-gardeners/), and other community group distribution lists.