Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sankofa Announces Urban Agriculture Job Training Program!

Now here's an idea for a better Shreveport, and a better world! Better, that is, through more fulfilling work, healthier and tastier food, and a more entering into a more symbiotic relationship with one's natural--and social--environments. That's what you get when you take community gardening seriously, and it becomes urban agriculture.

And that's what Leia Lewis Henderson and Chappelle Henderson of Sankofa are doing, with support from Caddo Parish and community partners. It's started to happen in New York and California, among other places in our country, not to mention India and Thailand. The real success story is Cuba (pictured here), where citizens are not only eating better and healthier than they previously, but they're earning more money as well.

The plan of Sankofa's "Green Circles" program is to offer people who are low income or unemployed the opportunity to receive a $150 stipend while they are trained in a urban agriculture techniques. That could be empowering for those individuals, and tasty for the rest of us. Can you picture a daily farmer's market in Shreveport someday? (Don't laugh, they've already got it in Monroe!)

The public information meeting for the Green Circles program will be:
Monday, November 29, 2010
6:30-8:00 PM
Wallette Branch Library
363 Hearne Ave.

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