Tuesday, February 2, 1999, at 3 p.m. Michael Ableman, author of ON GOOD LAND
- THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN URBAN FARM, will show slides, discuss his
successes and failures in building a community farm, and sign this and his
first book, FROM THE GOOD EARTH, A CELEBRATION OF GROWING FOOD AROUND THE
WORLD. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has graciously donated the
use of their auditorium on the 5th floor of 100 North 20th Street,
Philadelphia. Admission is free.
Throughout North America and in Europe, Michael Ableman has spoken about our
need to reconnect to our food sources from a global, community and personal
perspective. "Because only by understanding and appreciating farms,"
Ableman believes, "will we learn to value and protect the Earth. ...each
community should be anchored by a farm -- or at least, a large urban garden.
Consumers should know who grows their food. Farmers should talk to those
they feed. And kids should learn that carrots don't
come from [a supermarket]." (Los Angeles Times 6/9/97)
Also later in the evening of February 2, from 6 - 7:30 p.m., Michael Ableman
will be the honored guest at a reception to benefit the efforts of The Inner
City Growers Association. Jack's Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Avenue,
Philadelphia has generously donated their space and hors d'oeuvres for this
cash bar event. Tickets are $15 reserved in advance.
For reservations or information, please contact Suzanne Milshaw at 215-569-4129.
About the Inner City Growers Association
In the summer of 1998, a group of commercial growers and others organized in
North Philadelphia to pursue practical ways to promote urban agriculture.
The Inner City Growers Association was born. The organization is now a
project of the Oley Institute and its members include representatives of The
Oley Institute, Seachange, Philaberry Farm, The Farmer's Market Trust, and
ICGA is about making connections. Connecting potential urban farmers with
sites: land, as well as warehouse space for projects such as mushroom and
fish farming. Also connecting these entrepreneurs with whatever else each
might need for best success: business skills, government agencies,
technical skills, financial assistance, and marketing assistance.
Connections also extend to individuals earning an acceptable livelihood and
creating jobs for others. These connections extend to communities that will
benefit from the abundant greenspace, more financial and food security, as
well as the healing power of connection to one's food source. ICGA is also,
of course, about connecting government, banking, market opportunities and
our regional community with the concept and benefits of urban agriculture.
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