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PHILADELPHIA, PA, (May 21, 2015) — The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and Weavers Way Co-op announce “Food for Thought: Connecting with the Land of Philadelphia,” a unique event that explores the intersection between environmental issues and food justice on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Participants are invited to spend the evening at the forest pavilion of the Schuylkill Center, taste an array of local cheeses, beer and wine, and enjoy a panel discussion focused on the power of highly innovative regional food systems to transform Philadelphia’s urban landscape.
The evening’s panelists share a common vision of Philadelphia as a place that’s not only beautiful, but that serves citizens in ways that promote health, education, civic engagement and environmental responsibility, recalling William Penn’s initial conception of a city set harmoniously within an expansive park.
From urban farms and community gardens to city-wide parks, creative and inspiring initiatives are empowering residents from all walks of life to grow food, strengthen community bonds and demonstrate new potential for positive change.
We'll learn how partnering with youth to use Philadelphia's urban areas to grow gardens also grows strong young people, and how two women have helped the city begin cutting-edge projects to re-imagine forgotten spaces throughout the city — and how others can get involved in taking back the lost corners of their own neighborhoods.
The panelists are:
- Kristina Baxter (Grounded in Philly, Land Bank)
- Leah Murphy (Friends of the Rail Park)
- Tara Campbell (Weavers Way Community Programs), accompanied by a student from Saul Agricultural High School
- Donkey Dover (Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative)
The Schuylkill Center is located in the wilds of Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood at 8480 Hagys Mill Road (map).
Tickets are $15 per person for the general public and $10 for members of SCEE and Weavers Way. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Schuylkillcenter.org or call 215-482-7300, ext. 110.
About Weavers Way: Founded as a buying club in 1973, “the Co-op” now has grocery stores in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, two health and wellness specialty shops and a pet supply store. Owned by its 5,400 member households, “the Co-op” emphasizes products that are healthy, sustainable and local, and supports fair prices, fair trade and fair treatment of workers. At Weavers Way, anyone can join and everyone can shop. For more information, visit www.weaversway.coop.
About the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education: Founded in 1965, SCEE was one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. As the founding families intended when they donated farmland and woods at Philadelphia's northwestern edge half a century ago, the Center has evolved into an "island of green" for the discovery, exploration and study of nature. For more information, visit www.schuylkillcenter.org.