While it was cold, wet and windy outside, we were welcoming over 40 new supporters to our lush display at the first annual Brookline Green Expo! Sharing the space with over 50 venders and community groups, our presentation included a big red wheelbarrow filled vegetable plants from our gardens, a big basket of local seasonal bounty from Allandale Farm and information about Bountiful Brookline. We got lots of positive feedback and interest! Our first public event - it was a great opportunity to share our vision for a Bountiful Brookline. Thank you to all who helped including steering committee members Heidi Krantz and Pat Gabridge as well as Elana Ben-Akiva and Lia Gallitano from Brookline High's Food Insecurity Committee. We handed out many Bountiful Brookline cards with our NEW blog site and look forward to connecting to many more!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
2010 Projects :
Green and Growing Map: Spring 2010: Brookline students will create a map of places to grow food in Brookline beyond the expected - to grow up, to grow down, to grow all around the town!
"SPRING INTO GARDENING" : March 28, 2010, a community event to inspire, educate and prepare new and seasoned growers and supporters to grow more food in Brookline - all are welcome!
Gardening Marathon Weekend: April/May : join us in building and installing new food gardens across Brookline. More information to come...
The 200 Foot Commuter Garden has sparked joy and is a creative example of the possibilities for growing food in Brookline. In 2010 this project will expand to other fences in town.
High Street Veterans Community Garden will move into raised beds and additional on-site locations to serve adults and youth resident gardeners.
Over the course of its history, Brookline has been an important agricultural community as well as a leader in progressive land use planning. Bountiful Brookline seeks to honor this past and to embrace a new model for urban community agriculture.
A New Model
Unlike traditional community farms, Bountiful Brookline hopes to embracing public and private sites and locations throughout the community. Brookline benefits from a wealth of potential growing locations. Public, private, institutional and corporate land parcels including parks and private yards, roofs, balconies, walls and fences offer infinite opportunities to support this community wide agriculture model.
Growing Bountiful Brookline
Over the next three to five years we will support Brookline growing with town wide food production, resource sharing and opportunities for young and old.
In this first season we received small donations and in-kind support. Your time, money and materials will help us grow.
2009 Partner Projects
• Gardening @ High Street Veterans Apts., Brookline Housing Authority.
• 200’ Commuter Garden, 99 Kent St., Winn Development.
• The Heath School Garden, Heath Elementary School, 100 Elliot St.
Bountiful Brookline was created in the spring of 2009 in response to the belief that we have the opportunity and responsibility to grow food throughout Brookline. Seeking to address food security and community sustainability we are partnering with agencies, institutions and individuals interested in creating access to affordable, organic food for everyone in Brookline.
Envision a Brookline where food is grown at our homes and schoolyards, on public and private land as well as the greenhouses, roofs, walls, and fences throughout our community. We believe that the potential and desire for affordable, local food is expansive. We seek to promote opportunities and support youth, residents, institutions and businesses in growing and sharing Brookline’s bounty.
Join us! Tell family, friends and neighbors about Bountiful Brookline. Are you presently or considering back yard, schoolyard or community gardening? Gardeners and other food advocates are invited to add their name to our growing list of supporters. Contribute your time and resources to projects being planned for 2010 and beyond. If you are interested in actively participating in developing Bountiful Brookline please join our steering committee.