Or howdy, as the case may be.
This is an event of interest of people in or near Madison, Wisconsin,
that I thought some of you on SANET might want to know about or pass
along to others in the urban agriculture, food systems, or other
Monday, October 26, 1998
Pres House Main Lounge, 731 State St., Madison
Eugenio Fuster, Director of Havana's Urban Agriculture and
Reforestation Programs, will share the latest developments in
agriculture, food security, land use and environmental preservation
in Havana, Cuba.
As a global leader in the urban agricultural movement, Havana, the
Caribbean's largest city, boasts thousands of community gardens,
several urban dairies, and an ambitious urban reforestation programs
which aims to plant 17 million trees by the year 2000. One third of
Cuba's vegetables are now grown in cities.
Yet these highly effective programs in Cuba are scarcely known to
American cities and surrounding areas interested in developing
their own community-based agricultural projects.
Hosts of this event are Food First, San Francisco, and Growing Power,
a Madison-based organization and land trust dedicated to promoting
Growing Power is hosting Sr. Fuster's visit to Madison, and will
sprout its Sister Gardens program with his visit. Growing Power's
mission is to link people and resources to facilitate and strengthen
community gardening initiatives around the world.
Based upon the successful sister cities programs in which the City
of Madison already participates, Growing Power's Sister Gardens will
develop long-term relationships between gardens, farms and related
programs and organizations to help foster information, resource and
human exchanges. This grass-roots approach toward nourishing
communities with locally, sustainably grown food, combined with this
link with Cuba, will help broaden understanding of the multiple roles
and potential of urban agriculture.
If you attend the talk, ***please bring some seeds to donate to the
gardeners of Cuba***. If you'd like to add your name to Madison's
Growing Power list of supporters, or if you have questions or want
more information, contact:
Hope Finkelstein, Growing Power
Co-sponsors for Cultivating Havana:
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS, UW-Madison), the
Madison-Camaguey Sister City project, Community Action on Latin
America (CALA), Madison Community Gardeners Coalition (MCGC), the
Children's Gardening Network (CGN), UW-Madison Dept. of Rural
Sociology, Marquette Neighborhood Association, Hands off Cuba,
Madison Urban Food Systems Project, Wisconsin Community Fund, and
Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua (WCCN). Sr. Fuster is
welcomed by WORT-FM community radio.
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