November 26, 2018

Open Silo Dispatch

It's official: the holidays are upon us! But as the plants and animals settle in and slow down for the winter, humans tend to get a bit more manic. However you celebrate this season, I encourage you to take some time to rest and reflect. In our Southern California region, winter is often the best time to plant a new tree or shrub, taking advantage of the cool weather and rainy days. Winter is when you prune, and mulch, and plan for spring. We need seasons of replenishment to ready ourselves for future growth. I'm looking forward to reflecting on Open Silo's first year, and to what the urban agriculture community will bring in 2019. Happy holidays to all!

1. LAFPC Happy Hour  |  December 6

This month Open Silo is co-hosting with the LA Food Policy Council for an end-of-year Happy Hour!

We'll be meeting at Señor Fish on Thursday, December 6th, 5:30-7:30 pm. We hope you're able to join us and mingle with members from all the working groups:

  • Good Food Purchasing Policy
  • Farmers for All
  • Food Waste Prevention and Rescue
  • School Gardens
  • Urban Agriculture 

I am very excited to hang with folks who are passionate about these different corners of the food puzzle. LA Food Policy Council has been on the front lines of advocating for good policies at the local level for years, and if you want to help move the needle on food issues that matter to you, I encourage you to get involved with one of the working groups next year. If you have come to any of the working group meetings or are interested in learning more, please come and celebrate the end of the year with the good food community. See you there!

About LA Food Policy Council: 

"The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) works to ensure food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable for all. 

We believe Good Food for All is possible and that all communities deserve access to good food, grown in a way that respects people and the planet. We work to create a local food system free from hunger, rooted in equity and access, supportive of farmers and food workers, and guided by principles of environmental stewardship and regeneration. To accomplish our vision of Good Food for All, we catalyze, coordinate and connect people across the LA region, including government, business and community groups working on food."

2. Become a Master Gardener
The University of California Master Gardener program is an unstoppable force for agricultural good. Just read these stats from last year:

"In 2017-2018, our 264 Master Gardener volunteers logged 16,474 volunteer hours and 4,296 continuing education hours helping 86,533 Los Angeles County residents at 330 locations: 98 community gardens, 116 school gardens, 7 senior gardens, 9 homeless and battered-women's shelters, and 102 fairs, workshops, farmers markets and phone and email helplines."

Do you have the chops to join this team of superheroes? I think YES. The Master Gardener program is currently accepting applications through January 7th for the class of 2019. 

3. Pomona Urban Agriculture Forum
This is a VERY encouraging example of opening silos. Students presenting their research to the community on practical, food-growing matters?? More of this please! This is the first year of the Urban and Community Agriculture minor in the Plant Science department of Cal Poly's College of Agriculture. To my knowledge, this is the only program specific to urban agriculture in Southern California (prove me wrong!). Also, if you haven't made it out to Cal Poly Pomona, this is the perfect opportunity to remedy that. They have a really great urban farm facility with a variety of growing strategies, as well as a Farm Store on campus. 
Pomona Urban Agriculture Forum
Friday, December 7th, 1-2:30 pm
dA Center for the Arts, 252 Main Street, Pomona, CA 91766
4. Upcoming Events

Friday, November 30
  • Veterans' Garden & Pizza Party - West LA VA
Saturday, December 1 Saturday, December 1 Tuesday, December 4 Thursday, December 6
  • Working Group Happy Hour @ Señor Fish - Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Friday, December 7
  • Urban Agriculture Forum - Cal Poly Pomona
OK. OK. What's Next?

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