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Events

  • 1 Summer Fun Day
    June 8, 2013
    Phil Hardberger Park West
    8400 N.W. Military Hwy
    San Antonio, TX
    Hosted by San Antonio Sports
  • 2 Doing Food Policy Councils Right
    June 12, 2013
    Full-Day Class by Mark Winne
    TriPoint Center
    3233 N. St. Mary's St.
    San Antonio, TX
    Hosted by Food Policy Council of San Antonio
  • 3 Second Annual Food Conference
    June 13-14, 2013
    "Honor the Land,
    Honor the People"
    TriPoint Center
    3233 N. St. Mary's St.
    San Antonio, TX
    Hosted by Food Policy Council of San Antonio
  • 4 Conference Field Trips
    Register now for conference and field trips

Contact

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One-Line Bio

I got interested in community gardening, and it led to this.

Biography

I've gardened off and on (with mixed success), and always composted. Seeing plants respond to my efforts has always had a powerful effect on me. And for some reason, the idea of urban agriculture has always grabbed me. I was bookmarking websites like citygarden and edibleschoolyard for years.

In 2007, I did a graduate research paper about community gardening in the public housing system in the U.S. It has been shared on CG and food policy listserves, and when the current administration was forming, was requested by people with ties to USDA and HUD.

From that beginning, I went to a couple of conferences (I'm turning into a conference junkie), and learned about the movement to remake local and regional food systems in sustainable, affordable ways.

It's about ensuring that everyone has equal access to affordable, fresh, healthy food. San Antonio has a lot of good things going on, but not necessarily connecting to move toward that goal. We are getting our act together in so many areas, it's only a matter of time before we connect the dots between health and food, environment and food, economy and food, and community building and.... what was it? Oh yes, food. By examining where our policies help or hinder the local food system, we can shape them to create the system we want to have.

This is a space for bringing home the ideas that are out there, and for collecting and discussing the energies and efforts around food policy in San Antonio. Is this the place? I don't know. If there's a better one, let's all go there.

Interests

native plants, local food systems, prairie restoration