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“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

LEAF Panel on Urban Agriculture

The Lakewood Earth and Food Community (LEAF) will be presenting an urban agriculture summit on Thursday, September 17, from 7pm 8:30pm in the Main Auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107).

The forum will be a moderated, interactive discussion on the future of urban agriculture in our city, covering topics like rainwater harvesting, backyard hens, soil building, and permaculture.
Invited panelists include citizen pioneers who have practiced urban agriculture throughout Northeast Ohio, experts from non-profits and non-governmental organizations related to urban agriculture, and local government officials who've navigated the policy implications of our region's urban agriculture revival. Panelists will engage the audience in a discussion of the pros and cons of urban agricultural practices, parallel public policy, and their potential impact on life in our city. Curious citizens are encouraged to come with questions and ideas for advancing sensible and sustainable agriculture in Lakewood.

Confirmed panelists include John Campanelli (Reporter, Plain Dealer and keeper of eight chickens in Hudson, Ohio), Jan Henderson (Manager, Heifer International), Peter McDermott (Founder, Local Food Cleveland and Network Weaver, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S)), Bobbi Reichtell (Senior Vice-President for Programs, Neighborhood Progress), Dru Siley (Assistant Director of Planning and Development, City of Lakewood), and Morgan Taggart (Ohio State University Cuyahoga County Extension).

For more information about the event, LEAF, or the Third Thursday Speaker Series, visit LEAFs website at or contact LEAF by emailing or calling 216-367-2834.Please consider the environment before printing this email.For more information on our programs and events visit: http://www.leafcommunity.orgLEAF Community Mission:Lakewood Earth And Food Community is dedicated to the development of a more sustainable, healthful and economically viable community through environmentally responsible actions producing broad access to fresh, local foods and culture.

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