Seeding Our Cities

Seeding
Our Cities:

The Future of New York’s Community Gardens and Urban
Farms

What: A Community Gardening & Urban
Farming Leadership Summit

Join 100 urban gardening and farming leaders to create a collective
vision and plan for growing and sustaining New York’s community gardens and city farms.

When: July 26-27, 2008

Registration
and breakfast begin at 8:00 AM on Saturday. The meeting starts at 9:30AM and ends at
1:00P M on Sunday.

Where: The Terrace, SUNY New Paltz with a view
of the Shawangunk Mountains

Goals:


Document the collective history and identify trends affecting New York’s
community gardens and city farms


Imagine our desired future for community gardening and urban farming in
NY. What place will they have in
communities 10 years from now and beyond?


Agree on our collective priorities and possible strategies for action


Determine how we want to work together to achieve our
vision

To Register: Registration is free. Please complete the Registration Form
and return it to: Registration, c/o JustFood,
208 East 51st
Street, 4th Floor New York, NY
10022 or email registration@justfood.org.

Scholarships for travel and accommodations are
available. Please complete the
attached Scholarship Form and return it with your Registration Form. Loging will be available in dorms or
participants can book independently at nearby hotels.

This will be the first time community gardeners and
farmers from Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Syracuse and
other cities come together to share project successes and challenges, tackle
policy issues, and swap best practices.
The meeting will be guided by highly qualified Heifer International
facilitators.

The resulting vision and priorities will be a tool
for group and individual action and also inform the Department of Agriculture
& Markets’ Community Gardens Program’s priorities and will be a resource for
other state and city agencies.

We have developed an initial invitation list
representing a diversity of projects and geographies in New York State. If you know others who are essential to
this process, please let us know ASAP.

We hope to see you on July 26th! Meanwhile, please contact Just Food at
212.645.9880, ext. 237 with any questions.

Sincerely,

The Planning Team:

Binghamton Neighborhood
Assemblies Project

Capital District Community
Gardens

Grassroots Gardens of
Buffalo

Just
Food

Heifer
International

New York City Community
Gardens Coalition

NYS Department of
Agriculture & Markets

Rochester
Roots

Sponsored by:

Just
Food

Heifer
International

New York State Department
of Agriculture & Markets

 

Sent
from the desktop of:

Christina Mitchell
Grace

Manager, Urban
Food Systems Program

NYS Department of
Agriculture and Markets

55 Hanson
Place

Brooklyn,
NY 11217

phone:
718.722.2834

cell:
347.996.9963

christina.grace@agmkt.state.ny.us