I attended Farms First: How Urban Agriculture Can Help Address Food Inscurity, led by Scott Richardson of Project Bread. I was expecially delighted that the made mention that past apprentices now serve on the board of directors of Gardening the Community in Springfield. How cool is that!? That is definitely taking a grassroots approach to the process of community empowerment.
The second workshop I attended was Growing Ethnic crops for Ethic and Traditional Markets, led by Frank Mangan and Zoria Barros of UMass Amherst. I was hoping to hear a little more on varieties and Cultivars for our Northeastern Temerate Climate.
The final workshop I attended was Designing Cities and Urban Food Production, led by Adrain Dahlin of The Conway School. This workshop touched on using GIS and data collection tools to design food systems in Urban environments.
I was delighted to see Monique, Ella, and the new ED of GVI Bridgeport. I was saddened not to see more people and entities from CT as I personally feel that many orgs here are top down organizations and that demographics aren't understood and diversity is not celebrated and learned from. it is my opinion that we have a lot to do in that realm here in CT.
Many questions were asked of presenters and many business cards distributed. It was a great day.