Happening Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 - Join us for a lively discussion on the adventures of urban food growing, featuring local panelists!
*The first 50 attendees will receive a mini-package of tomato seeds!
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm. Presentations begin at 7pm.
FREE to attend.
Location: Lawson Foundation Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas St. London
Main Speaker: Lorraine Johnson, Gardening & Environmental Author of Various Titles including "City Farmer"
Mariam Waliji, Urban Roots London
Gregg Barrett, Manager, Long Range Planning and Sustainability
In this illustrated talk, author Lorraine Johnson will explore the potential and possibilities of urban food production, beginning with back yards and front yards, and then moving beyond, into the community. Full of unusual and creative projects, this talk will inspire you to look at the city in a new way and to consider the power of food-growing for ecological health, community building and social justice.
Lorraine Johnson is the author of numerous gardening books on diverse topics such as urban agriculture and native plants. Her most recent books are 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens (third edition) and City Farmer, and she is currently completing a book on gardening for native pollinators. Lorraine is involved in many non-profit organizations and is active in the community gardening movement, protection and planting of the urban forest, and advocating for backyard hens.
Following Lorraine's presentation hear about initiatives happening right here in London, Ontario from Mariam Waliji of Urban Roots London.
Mariam has a passion for connection -- whether it be with people, place, or community. Her studies in evolutionary genetics and ecology sparked questions about how the food system and restricted access to well-grown food impact society in multifaceted ways, which led to a long and winding path that brought her to her work with Urban Roots London.
Urban Roots London is an urban farm and not-for-profit organization which strives to revitalize underused space in the city of London to address equity and access in the food system. As an organization they believe that there is dignity in beautiful food; everyone deserves to have access to sustainably-grown, nutritious, and high-quality fresh produce – regardless of their financial status.
Gregg Barrett, Manager, Long Range Planning and Sustainability will provide an update from the City of London related to Urban Agriculture.
**This is a FREE community event made possible by: