Foodsheds and Footprints: Connecting Cities, Suburbs, and Farms for True Food Security at NCSU Monday

Permaculture design expert Toby Hemenway will be speaking this coming Monday at the McKimmon Center, North Carolina State University campus. His talk at Duke campus last semester sold out, so reserve your free ticket now! Tickets can be reserved at

Toby Hemenway will be joining us at the McKimmon Center at 7:00 pm on April 26th, 2010 on behalf of the Park Scholarships program at NC State University. His lecture will be on “Foodsheds and Footprints: Connecting Cities, Suburbs, and Farms for True Food Security.” The floor will be open for questions following the lecture.

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which for the past six years has been the world’s best-selling book on permaculture, a design approach based on ecology for creating sustainable landscapes, homes, communities, and workplaces. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Education at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and a biologist consultant for the Biomimicry Guild. He teaches, consults, and lectures on permaculture and ecological design throughout the US and other countries. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is developing sites and resources for urban sustainability.

More information about Toby can be found on his website.

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Land Trust in Durham Protects Urban Agriculture

Cornucopia Urban Agriculture Land Trust!


A Land Trust will help community gardening efforts.


The Cornucopia Trust will be a transferable tool for existing communities to: 

  • Retain underutilized land based assets for food production,
  • Keep these lands off the speculative market,
  • Grow food, medicine, beauty, and community on both private and public land,
  • Provide direct access to healthy food and economic benefit through production and redistribution,
  • Create a land ‘bank’ of parcels that create real social and economic value for existing communities.

The group’s initiative comes from Community Wholeness Venture (CWV), which last year started an Extreme Green Initiative. Bountiful Backyards has helped CWV to break ground on one agricultural site so far and two of its members, Jayreza and Phyllis, are completing internships at the Breeze Farm Incubator Program. We came together through David Harper of Land in Common, who has been working on land trust related work for the last 15 years and lives in Durham.




Please see the attached flyer for more information, call BBY at 619 9862, David Harper at 308 5565, or Jayreza of Community Wholeness Venture at 685 2332.




The Bountiful Backyards Crew


Keith, Sarah, David, Chris, Ishmael, and Paul




Bountiful Backyards


Landscapes You Can Eat!


PO Box 1307


Durham, NC 27702



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