Posted by: econetworking | October 29, 2008

Turf to Table, Eat Your Lawn

Written June 9, 2008 (drafted for the Austin Chronicle before I even had a website or blog)
Eat Your Lawn! Last week, a “Back-of-the-Napkin” Business Plan submitted by a team of Austinites won recognition in a contest at the BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Conference in Boston. The team, headed by Austin eco-activist Brandi Clark, was recognized for “Turf to Table: Eat Your Lawn.” The 5-minute YouTube video planned would inspire people to convert their lawns to gardens, to produce more locally-grown food, providing how-to tips and resources. The napkin-sketch business plan, inspired by the Fritz Haeg Edible Estates exhibit at Austin’s Jones Art Center, has evolved into a broader proposal for a green-collar job program, native and edible-landscape plant distribution, and a city-wide community-supported agriculture program. Collaborators include Edible Austin, the Sustainable Food Center, Austin Green Art‘s “Grow Austin Weird” project, and other food- and gardening-oriented programs. The other team members are Marla Camp, publisher of Edible Austin, green consultant Katie Sternberg, and Grace Wicks, a Philadelphia-based installer of edible landscapes. They are seeking creative talent and funders for the video and job development program, as well as labor, skills, and locations for gardening installations. Contact: brandi_clark@yahoo.com.
Note: this was the origin of the July 4th weekend Citizen Foodie talk Brandi gave at the Downtown Farmers’ Market and the subsequent development of the Citizen Gardener program. 
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  1. […] Contact: brandi_clark@yahoo.com. Note: this was the origin of the July 4th weekend Citizen Foodie talk Brandi gave at the Downtown Farmers’ Market and the subsequent development of the Citizen Gardener program.Turf to Table, Eat Your Lawn […]


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