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Mark your calendars! The Farming Concrete team has been working busily behind the scenes to get ready for 2011, a brand new gardening season.
Come learn how to keep records and estimate your garden’s yield at our upcoming workshops:
- March 12: “Citizen Science: Growing Greener Communities through Research and Action” at Making Brooklyn Bloom, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (morning workshop)
- March 26: “Garden Planning and Record Keeping with Farming Concrete” at the New York Botanical Garden, Harding Lab
- March 27: 1-3pm “Street Trees and Urban Food: Measuring, Mapping, and Managing the Environment with Citizen Scientists” at Pratt University, Higgins Hall North 406
- April 2: “How much food grows in your garden?” at GreenThumb’s GrowTogether, Hostos Community College
- April 9: “Direct Action for Food & Environmental Justice Through Open Data/Mapping” at the Anarchist Bookfair, 12:45-2:15
It’s simple and doesn’t cost a dime. Sign up to weigh your harvest and/or to count all the edible plants in your garden. We will use this information to estimate how much food is grown across our city.
Click here to sign up – hablamos Español!
We’re honored to have been invited to two great urban agriculture happenings this month. Come check out the first of the results of Farming Concrete at these two events:
SUMMARY: Farm City concludes with an “unconference” of targeted discussions exploring how to shape the future of urban agriculture produced in collaboration with Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. Sessions will bring together artists, farmers, urban planners, architects, food activists, and authors. Novella Carpenter, author of the widely-acclaimed book, Farm City: An Education of An Urban Farmer, will be a featured speaker.
Farm City Talk provides an online discussion area for comments or questions prior to the Forum — so you can participate — whether or not you can be there in person!
Theme: The Future of Urban Agriculture
Primary Goal: To engage participants in a visioning process about transformative possibilities of urban agriculture as a means to generate new thinking and experimental action positively impacting a more sustainable future.
Secondary Goal: To explore how artistic interventions transform and illuminate urban agricultural endeavors and vice versa.
A non-traditional “unconference” format is aimed at engaging the knowledgeable attendees in order to better achieve more meaningful outcomes and real results.
FULL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Framing: Welcoming: 1:00-1:05 p.m.
Plenary Address: 1:10-1:20 p.m.
Opening Presentation: Novella Carpenter 1:20-2:00 p.m.
A narrated slide show entitled “One Woman’s Descent into Urban Farming Madness,”
Talk Back Panel: Where you growing? 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Megan Paska, Brooklyn Homesteaders and Karen Washington, NY Community Gardening Coalition react to Carpenter’s presentation. Questions from audience and from web considered for discussion. Dialogue encourages sharing of experiences growing food in unusual urban places.
BREAK 2:30-3:00 p.m.
PechaKucha*: 10 x 10: Visionary Urban Agriculture Projects 3:00-4:10 p.m.
10 presentations: 20 slides show for 20 seconds each. 6 minutes & 40 seconds total.
1 Dan Wood, Artist/Architect, Work.AC – P.F. 1 and Brooklyn Edible Schoolyard
2 Francesca Miazzo, Planner/Professor, CITIES the Magazine – Farming the City
3 Mary Mattingly, Artist – “The Waterpod”
4 Meredith TenHoor, Writer – Farm Cities: History of Urban Utopianism
5 Jennifer Nelkin, Farmer, GothamGreens.com
6 Gita Nandan, Architect/Planner, ThreadCollective.com — FiveBoro Farm
7 Daniel Bowman Simon – Activist – WHO Garden and People’s Garden NYC
8 Mara Gittelman, cartographer/project director — Farming Concrete
9 Stacey Murphy, Farmer/Architect, Bk Farmyards
10 Adam Prince & Christina Wiles, Artists/Writers – Artistic & Social Practices in Urban Farming
Possible addition of two surprise presenters . . . . TBA
* devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture.
Lightning Skill Share: How does your garden grow? 4:10-4:30 p.m.
Moderator takes one question for each of the ten presenters from the audience.
BREAK 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Crowd Source Panel: Envision Urban Agriculture in 5 Years 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Moderator: Majora Carter, Activist, Majora Carter Group, Sustainable South Bronx, MacArthur Fellow
Christina Grace, Urban Food Systems, NY Agriculture & Market
Maria Aiolova, Architect, Terraform ONE
Rev. Robert Ennis Jackson, Farmer/Community Organizer – Bed Stuy Farm – Brooklyn Rescue Mission
Tattfoo Tan, Artist, Sustainable Organic Stewardship
Annie Novak, Farmer, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
+ 2 more surprise additions . . . TBA
Breakout Discussions 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Panelists each create a small discussion group in the audience to feed knowledge back to the general group.
Wrap Up & Review 6:30 -7:00 p.m.
We created a web-based knowledge-sharing so that interested parties can discuss proposed topics prior to the Forum.
- Questions to be posed at each of three sessions.
- Where are you growing? Experiences growing food in unusual urban places.
- How does your garden grow? Real or imagined strategies farming the City.
- c. What is your vision for urban agriculture in 5 years?
- Ask the Author? Questions for Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City.
- Open Studio – Submit a real or imagined idea for enhancing urban agriculture and building a sustainable food system.
FARM CITY TALK: http://farmcityinfo.tumblr.com/
Summary: Schedule of Day
|12:00||Registration: Doors and Box Office Opens|
|1:00||Welcome by Lili Chopra and Amanda M. Crowley|
|1:10||Plenary Address: TBA|
|1:20||Opening Presentation: Novella Carpenter, Author, “One Woman’s Descent into Urban Farming Madness”|
|2:00||Talk Back: Where are you growing?|
|3:00||PechaKucha: 10 x 10 Visionary Urban Agriculture Projects|
|4:10||Lightning Skill Share: How does your garden grow?|
|5:00||Panel Discussion: Envision Urban Agriculture in 5 Years|
|6:30||Wrap Up & Review|
Saturday, September 25
Sessions at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm
FIAF, Le Skyroom
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10065
Single Discussions: $10 FIAF Members, $15 Non-Members
All Discussions: $20 FIAF Members, $30 Non-Members
Living Concrete/Carrot City, a collaboration of Ryerson University and
the New School, explores the intersections of design, food systems and
September 30, 2010
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Edible Cocktails by the Cross(x)Species Adventure Club: exploring
a biodiverse and tasty future. An on-going lifestyle experiment
presented by Natalie Jeremijenko, Mihir Desai, Emilie Baltz and other
Cooking demonstration by students of Summer Youth Employment Program, a
partnership between BK Farmyards and Growing Leaders, Brooklyn
Hudson New York Corn Whiskey kindly donated by Tuthilltown Spirits
This exhibit will be open through December.
Farming Concrete will be sharing a sampling of each of the facets of our project as well as the interactive web map that we will continue to build as we continue to track harvests this autumn. Please come check it out!
We’re really excited to be part of both of these, and look forward to meeting you there.