Community Gardening

Tulsa Food Security Council and Local Economic Development Katie Plohocky will be April's featured guest for First Thursdays! at Elote Cafe (514 South Boston Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74103) on Thursday, April 5 from 12:30-2:00 PM. She will be presenting about ongoing projects and outreach with the Tulsa Food Security Council and its mission to help the Tulsa-Metro community and economy become more sustainable and locally dependent. Katie currently specializes in economic and community development in low income and underserved urban areas. She is very passionate about sustainable issues and plugs them in to all of her projects. Her leadership positions related to food initiatives include Tulsa Food Security Council Chairman, Oklahoma Food Policy Council member, Co-Founder and President of the Healthy Community Store Initiative (HSCI, Inc.), Co-founder and Director for the Annual Taste of North Tulsa, Oklahoma Coordinator for National Food Day 2011 and 2012, Gateway Market Community Advisory Committee, the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Care Center Advisory Committee, Forest Orchard Community Garden Director, Pearl Famers Market Board Member, as well as organizing and facilitating food desert and economic development bus tours of North Tulsa for various city and state organizations and dignitaries. Community food security can be thought of as a community's ability to provide all of its residents a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice. Community food security represents a comprehensive strategy to address many of the ills affecting our society and environment due to an unsustainable and unjust food system. According to the Community Food Security Coalition, a membership group of over 300 organizations promoting local food security, there are six basic principles of community food security. Low-income Food Needs Like the anti-hunger movement, community food security is focused on meeting the food needs of low income communities, reducing hunger and improving individual health. Broad Goals Community food security addresses a broad range of problems affecting the food system, community development, and the environment such as increasing poverty and hunger, disappearing farmland and family farms, inner city supermarket redlining, rural community disintegration, rampant suburban sprawl, and air and water pollution from unsustainable food production and distribution patterns. Community Focus A community food security approach seeks to build up a community's food resources to meet its own needs. These resources may include supermarkets, farmers' markets, gardens, transportation, community-based food processing ventures, and urban farms to name a few. Self-reliance/Empowerment Community food security projects emphasize the need to build individuals' abilities to provide for their food needs. Community food security seeks to build upon community and individual assets, rather than focus on their deficiencies. These projects seek to engage community residents in all phases of project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Local Agriculture A stable local agricultural base is key to a community responsive food system. Farmers need increased access to markets that pay them a decent wage for their labor, and farmland needs planning protection from suburban development. By building stronger ties between farmers and consumers, consumers gain a greater knowledge and appreciation for their food source. Systems-oriented CFS projects typically are "interdisciplinary," crossing many boundaries and incorporating collaborations with multiple agencies.
  • Starting a Freecyle Community
    Got closets and basements full of stuff you never use? Need stuff for your community garden but everyone in your group is cash poor? Try Freecycle... a never-ending garage sale of free stuff.

  • Starting a Community Garden
    This fact sheet is designed to give many different groups the basic information they need to get their gardening project off the ground.

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
    CSAs give the consumer choice about how and where their food is grown.
    Learn how to support them and buy a share in a CSA.

  • Ways to Celebrate National Garden Month and Give a Garden
    Creative ideas from http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/

  • Community Gardening Resource List
    and programs with links to useful websites and information related to the Community Involvement Criteria.

  • Everything Old is New Again
    The National Garden Bureau launches a campaign to revitalize the ease and pleasure of growing from seed. This logo will be used to identify educational information on gardening from seed or bedding plants from seed. National Garden Bureau members will encourage the art and craft of gardening with seed using the Great Gardeners Use Seed™ logo. This is a commitment to reach teachers, youth, and adults teaching the benefits of gardening with seed and plants from seed.

  • Community Foods: Definitions & Explanations
    Community food security is a relatively new concept with roots in such disciplines as community nutrition, nutrition education, public health, sustainable agriculture, and anti-hunger and community development.
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