This sounds like it will be a really interesting community conversation:
A(n Urban) (Farm) Salon
March 7, 2009
1:00 to 4:00
Brooklyn Public Library, Bushwick Branch
340 Bushwick Avenue, L train to Montrose stop
We will explore how Brooklyn and Bushwick in particular went from being so rich an agricultural community to the desert it is today, and we’ll talk about what people can and ARE doing to grow food here. How did it happen that all the land was developed? What kind of food can you get to eat here now? What’s made here? Is it good for you in any way, shape, or form? Do Twinkies count as food? How about Cup-O-Noodles? Is ketchup a vegetable? What do you have to do to get healthy food? Assuming that as animals, land, earth, plants, other animals (human or not), and agriculture are important to us, what should we do about it? We have rooftops, streets, empty lots, and plenty of light. We have water. What can we grow? What would happen if we ripped up Metropolitan Avenue and planted corn and potatoes? What would happen to the community? The price of homes? Could we raise fish in English Kills? Would people in Woodhull Hospital benefit fig trees in front of the building? Would juvenile crime decrease if teens had beans and beets to take care of or knew how to make bread out of the wheat they grew?
We will pose these questions and many more to a group of people that eat in Bushwick and that have some vested interest in their community. That means everyone. Hopefully you.