Wed, Aug 24|
Urban Soil Health and Food Security at Tapley Garden
Join the youth leaders and local families to explore gardening techniques that improve the health of urban soils, increase production of culturally appropriate crops and discuss some basic food preservation techniques. This half-day workshop is geared toward urban backyard growers, community gardene
Time & Location
Aug 24, 2022, 10:00 AM – Aug 25, 2022, 1:00 PM
Springfield, 221 Bay St, Springfield, MA 01109, USA
About the event
Join the youth and families of Tapley Court Apartments Garden (known affectionately as Tapley Garden) for an in-person educational event.
Soil Health, Food Security, Food Justice and Community Building intersect to create food access for families at Tapley Court Apartments in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Join the youth leaders and local families to explore gardening techniques that improve the health of urban soils, increase production of culturally appropriate crops and discuss some basic food preservation techniques. This half-day workshop is geared toward urban backyard growers, community gardeners and anyone working to grow healthy food in urban areas.
Throughout the day we will:
- Show you how to use basic gardening techniques to address soil fertility problems.
- Show you how community gardening at public facilities increases access to getting healthy foods in communities that struggle with food access.
- Discuss the importance of engaging communities and youth in food security and soil health matters.
After the event you will have a better understanding of:
- How soil health, plant health and human health are related - (i.e. healthy soil and healthy plants equal healthy food and healthy people.)
- What the youth leaders are learning from NOFA/Mass concerning healthy soils. A few of the youth members may perform soil health tests for us.
- How different soil practices such as no-till growing (the gardeners do utilize some biointensive growing), cover crops, mulching and Indigenous Microorganism Preparations.
10:00am - Arrival and meet and greet
10:15am - Introduction of The Home City Housing Youth and a grounding exercise
10:30am - Soil Health Assessment Demonstration with Sister Anna, NOFA/Mass’s Food Access Director, and the Youth Leaders
11:00am - The makeup of soil (or soil microbes) with Ruben Parrilla, NOFA/Mass’s Soil Technical Assistance Coordinator
11:30am - Easy salsa making with the Youth Leaders
12:00pm - Wrap Up & Thank You
About the Instructors:
Sister Anna Gilbert-Muhammad
Sister Anna currently serves as the Equity Co-Director and Food Access Director for NOFA/Mass. Anna graduated from NOFA/Mass’s Beginner Farmer Program in 2015 and began working with the organization in 2016. The programs that Anna works with in Springfield are the Youth Agricultural Scientist Program at Home City Housing, The Open Pantry Community Garden Project and smaller projects in the Boston and Springfield Area. Anna and her husband Keith Muhammad live in Springfield, MA and they are market gardeners in the Mason Area of Springfield.
Ruben works as the Soil Technical Coordinator for NOFA/Mass where he is responsible for implementing and performing field sampling protocols. He has 15 years of experience in the Environmental Laboratory Industry and is currently pursuing microscopy certification through Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web School. He also works as a field crew member for a farm that practices organic and minimal till techniques. Ruben believes in the guiding principles of land stewardship and that we all share this responsibility. When he is not actively working the land, Ruben enjoys gathering forest medicine, fermentation and home gardening to name a few. Finalmente, Rubén es bilingüe y quiere saber de usted.
Busses #6 Bus going down Bay street
#7 Bus going up State Street, walk down Sherman Street, turn into apartments
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Capacity for this event is limited to 15 people. Please remember to abide by current MA state guidelines for group gatherings and travel to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. Masks are required for anyone who is not vaccinated for COVID-19 and for everyone when inside any building. Register ahead of time to secure your space!
Arrival and meet and greet
Introduction of The Home City Housing Youth and a grounding exercise
Member - $40 - Market Value$40.00+$1.00 service fee
Member - $32 - 20% off$32.00+$0.80 service fee
Member - $24 - 40% off$24.00+$0.60 service fee
Non-Member - $50 - Market Valu$50.00+$1.25 service fee
Non-Member - $40 - 20% off$40.00+$1.00 service fee
Non-Member - $30 - 40% off$30.00+$0.75 service fee
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