The Urban Farming Collective (UFC), a project of Little Artshram, extends a warm welcome and invitation for Traverse City residents and organization to join us on Saturday, March 10th, from 6-8 pm in Traverse City, as the featured host of this month’s Continual University HOW-to Series. We are planning this annual, and special spring event to kick-off the garden growing season in the Traverse City area, for community garden info. sharing and sign-up–featuring any of the established and new gardens in Traverse City; including meeting/greeting neighborhood and community garden organizations; along with a special 30-minute film showing of “Getting Real about Food and the Future” by the late Christopher Bedford.
The UFC created by Little Artshram with support of TC residents, in 2009, and is launching a 2012 gardening program and network of community and neighborhood garden sites. The UFC offers community garden forums, workshops, how-to and start-up information gathered from local, regional and statewide community garden groups, as well as the American Community Gardening Association. Little Artshram, a Traverse City based non-profit, offers assistance to UFC members with liability insurance for gardens, collective fundraising and grantwriting opportunities, along with establishing necessary policy and procedures; opening up an opportunity to create a city-wide garden-growing timeline and action plan in 2012.
“HOW-to: FOOD & OUR FUTURE in Traverse City” is an event offered through the Continual University Series, to benefit the UFC and will offer an opportunity to gather folks in a fun and valuable community-wide project, helping build neighborhood food growing alliances, facilitated by Samantha Tenglitsch and Chris Graves of the Central Neighborhood.
Sat. 3/10, Cogs Creek Studios/Tribalive, Traverse City, 124 N. Maple St., 6-8pm: A general public gathering with information tables and community garden sign-up, facilitated discussion, on how to increase individual, family and neighborhood resilience through food security. The UFC will focus on connecting schools, churches, students, and garden mentors with community garden sponsors and business sponsors, local leaders and organizations for a community food-growing resilience project. Local food production will be a topic of this event, and we hope to have local food co-ops and CSAs represented.
A representative from your organization would be incredibly helpful at this event as “target specific corollaries between new community gardening groups and the event”. Please let us know if someone will be able to attend the March 10th event. Thank you for the consideration, and don’t hesitate to respond with questions or clarifications.