Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Food Not Lawns

Today's post topic comes from holistic Pomona mom S, whose child was born in her Lincoln Park bungalow. Holistic Moms Network has just started a local branch. I was certain when I was first told about this group, that their new chapter would be named the Claremont branch. But, I am liking this group already because of their decision to buck popular wisdom (As Ed says) and call the new chapter: the Pomona Valley Branch. (To longtime blog readers, I don't believe they even considered Clover Dumps.)

Their next meeting is Wednesday night, February 20, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at Pomona College. Heather Flores, the author of the book "Food Not Lawns" will be the speaker that night.

If you are interested in attending, email me and I can send you an evite with the address, in order for the organizers to know about how many to expect. It sounds like the meetings will be more substanative than the "my milk is more organic than yours" conversation I have been exposed to among supposedly green mommies.

I found this description of the event at mothering.com:

"Growing Food Not Lawns With Children

Featuring a slideshow and interactive workshop, Heather Flores will demonstrate a variety of garden projects that work well with younger gardeners, and will help participants to organize similar projects with their own children.

Heather is the author of Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community (Chelsea Green 2006), a 334-page, hands-on manual for using ecological gardening, permaculture design, and shared resources to build more sustainable urban communities. A certified permaculture designer and
long-time environmental activist, Heather brings a well-balanced blend
of theoretical knowledge and applied experience in ecological design,
organic living, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action.

In addition to this exciting presentation and Q&A, we'll still have our regular introductions and resource sharing. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Holistic Moms Network, meet other holistic parents, and lend a hand to create our new group!

Kids of any age, spouses, partners, grandparents, community members or anyone that is interested in healthy living and mindful parenting is welcome to attend. Practitioners are also welcome, keeping in mind this is a personal networking, not a business networking group. Feel free to bring your dinner with you or eat before you come...whatever works best for your family and schedule.

You do NOT have to be a member of Holistic Moms Network to attend our meeting. We ask that after attending one or two activities you get a feel for whether our group is a match for you, and join at that time if it is right for your family."



pomonamom said...

Hey Goddess,
It was nice meeting you in person. Here's some additional info for other Food Not Lawns events that were on the Holistic Moms list (these are sponsored by Pitzer College, not HMN):

All events are free and open to the public; however, space is
limited. Please email pitzergarden@yahoo.com for a space at the

Please email pitzergarden@yahoo.com for a space.

Food Not Lawns: Eco-Revelatory Action for Fun and Profit
Thursday, February 21
4:30-6:30 p.m., Avery Auditorium

In this colorful, dynamic and interactive slideshow, Heather Flores
will demonstrate a wide variety of projects and share over a decade
of hands-on experience in ecological gardening, permaculture design,
and community organizing. Strongly recommended for those planning to
attend the following workshops.

Grassroots Gardening
Friday, February 22
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Pitzer Organic Garden and Broad Performance Space

We will learn how classic permaculture principles can turn an
ordinary, high-maintenance annual garden into a perennial food
forest. This workshop will emphasize hands-on interaction with the
existing gardens and connected community, and specific foci will
flex, according to the needs and interests of the students.

Design for Community
Saturday, February 23
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Pitzer Organic Garden

We will master the logistics of organizing events, cultivating
functional working groups, and creating and directing the flow of
surplus plants, seeds and other resources. This will emphasize whole
system design and project planning

Saturday night - ending dinner sponsored by the Shakedown Café.

me said...

Thanks for all the great info, pomonamom. And I love the avatar!

G of P