JANUARY Organizing Questions & Notes:
* How do we coordinate cooperation and support between people and groups involved in local small scale food production?
* Is it possible to have rainwater harvesting on every home in Tucson? Are community gardens in the future?
* How can we get fast food places to use recyclable containers?
What plants make sense for us to grow (on a large scale) to reduce trucking in groceries from great distances?
* I see a lack of recycling and a lack of composting.
* What thoughts and questions come up with the following question: “Who is your farmer?”
* How can food production address urban poverty, local resource replenishment and civic engagement?
* See what needs to be done: Education about food choices since many scientists/experts believe the single most impactful action an individual can take to mitigate climate change and halt global warming is a vegetarian diet and that animal agriculture is the largest contributor of (to) global warming and climate change. How do we educate the public on a massive scale of this info since it seems most people are not aware of this.
Who should be involved in the sustainability Discussion?
City of Tucson
Available spaces to allocate
School Gardens, Church
Example Sonoran Kitchen Gardens
Discovery needed on existing organizations
Local Food Production
Research Gardens elsewhere as models
Pea Patch City Wide
Centralize Listing of Local Produce
Coalition of Food Growers
Ecology of food to create sustainable health
How to grow food
Educate Public on food choices
Vote with our choices
Connecting children with Food Produciton
Law that prevents children from receiving garden produce to eat at school.
Resources – animal agriculture
Veg/Meat – common threads to unite groups
Recyclable containers – Education
Status of this issue – how many participating?
Contact neighborhood organizations; ie 4th Ave
What plants should we grow to discourage trucking of produce?
FEBRUARY General Meeting — Who else needs to be involved/invited?
Who is not here?
Community Food Bank Varga garland
TUSD School Gradens
Feast, Pastische, Local Harvest
Environmental mapping: toxic places Habitatmap.org
Southside gardening empowerment group
Bill of rights for pure food
Sustainable Diet/City Diet/ artificial food?
Chlorine in water/safe?
February Meeting at Coffee Exchange
Summary of meeting:
* Plan for next meeting discussed: Tentative agreement was to try to move meetings to the 3rd Thursday of the month, around 5:30-7:30 PM at the Woods Library (1st and Prince)
Barry and Judith will coordinate on arrangements and surveying all members who were not present to ensure that works for the majority, as well as that the space is available.
* We discussed the goals of our group.. seems to be 3-fold:
1) Achieve sketch/outline for Sustainable Tucson’s Earth Day deadline for a presentation (which Barry sent more info about earlier)…. using the framing questions provided so far, as well as what further clarification comes from the next General Meeting. 2) Plan to flesh out more details over the next year through Sustainable Tucson’s more detailed process (more info to come).
3) Identify any actions or projects we’re interested in pursuing, and how to best do so (individually and/or collectively).
(Many are hinted at in items in the attached sketch)
* We started solidifying our sketch (goal 1) by answering “What needs to be done to create a food-Sustainable Tucson?” (ie: what if the trucks were to stop rolling in? Or if we expect they will in the next 10 years?)
- Carla (I) took down all ideas discussed on laptop notes — that’s what the below comment on Feb. 21 is.
- Many details began to be mentioned that would further each of these ideas/items beyond what could be taken down for the outline… , like lists of books, organizations, people to connect with, etc… those are referred to as future action items needed … like resource mapping, community networking that we will plan for at next meetings, or other resource creation (like a bibliogroaphy of recommended reading to post online) … individuals can work on these as time allows, in the meantime.
As you think of more, keep notes and either email them, or bring them to the next meeting and we can work them in.
ALSO See “Food & Agrigculture” resources under “Topics in Focus” in top navigation