I was privileged to co-present two workshops. "Gardens at Work: How to Reap the Benefits of Workplace Gardens" was a collaboration with Michelle de Lima, Engagement Site Manager of Boston Community Gardens with the Trustees; Brendon Pires, Manager of Community Investments and Sustainability with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Libby Weiland, Statewide Network Coordinator of Vermont Community Garden Network. Libby and I studied in the Master's program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. She laid much of the groundwork for both Community Garden Connections (CGC) and the C&S Workplace Organic Gardens Project, which made the co-presentation all the more meaningful. I also co-presented "Wellness in Place: Holistic Approaches to Building Resilience through Community Gardening" with Olivia Chitayat and Maria Dellapina, CGC Co-Coordinators. Olivia and Maria are doing fantastic work in garden-based education and outreach and I'm honored to be working with them.
|Visual representation of a conceptual framework |
I developed for a practice presentation of my
dissertation proposal in Spring 2017.
Mark has graciously shared his message here. Absolutely worth the read! One favorite part that should keep me going for a while:
"It’s easy to wax poetic – I do it all the time. Gardeners aren’t shy about expressing their love for plants, veggies, flowers or the implacable joy of gardening. In our writings, reports, and public testimony, however, we’d be well-served by reining in some of our exuberance in favor of a more-sober rendition of community gardening’s cornucopia of good outcomes. To that end, let’s lean on the data, and let’s encourage more research that looks at the numerous values associated with community gardening."
Thank you, Mark, and GO, community gardeners!
If you went to the conference or would like to learn more, let's connect!