MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2021 @ 6 P.M. CST
The Festival Beach Food Forest team will talk about how they, their Community Advisors and the interested public came together from early 2020 through the summer of 2021 to complete upon three aspirations for a grant they received through Urban Forestry:
1) Strengthen community relationships, and honor people and cultures.
2) Generate expansion designs of the edible urban park, as well as a campus vision, that is fed by community input.
3) Educate and inspire others to transform our urban public land or “commons” into productive permaculture based food forests.
Marika Alvarado from Of The Earth Institute Of Indigenous Cultures and Teachings will also join the FBFF team along with Karen Luzius who will discuss the edible and medicinal plantings currently at the food forest. They will also share what is yet to come and how we can get involved!
Meeting ID: 849 9368 9333
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About Festival Beach Food Forest
Festival Beach Food Forest is a grassroots pilot project neighboring the Festival Beach Community Garden and RBJ Residential Center in East Austin. We have transformed 2/3rds of an acre of City Park Land into an edible forest garden where visitors can openly forage and enjoy fresh food on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Fruits, nuts, vegetables and herbs now flourish in this experimental pilot project to reclaim the public commons.
The Food Forest: A center for connection, growth and celebration
Growing edible forest gardens on public land that nourish, educate and inspire
This project was first envisioned by community activists from the East Feast Coalition who recognized the power of community members connecting, growing, and celebrating together. Grounded in their neighborhoods’ heritage and inspired by the possibility of renewing relationships with the land and with each other, they gathered neighbors and allies in support of edible landscaping. The idea of the Festival Beach Food Forest took root over the course of two years of community conversations convened by the Parks and Recreation Department as part of the Master Plan process. It has been nourished by ongoing community contributions of time, talent, and resources ever since.The Festival Beach Food Forest will be a center for growth, connection, and celebration. The food forest concept is an ancient one, drawing on indigenous practices of caring for the land and people. Our team of permaculture designers and landscape architects is helping us incorporate these ancient concepts to restore health to the soil and create abundance over time. The Festival Beach Food Forest will be a welcomed additional layer to sustainable food production in Austin.
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