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Sustainable Communities Network is a  commnity-based  non-profit organization located in Lexington, Ky that endeavors to educate, inspire, build, create and empower sustainable  cities



 
Lexington KY Community Garden Map and contact info

Donations are welcome

2011 Fundraising Letter
with highlights of our work in 2010


Soul Food Junkies Lexington & Louisville KY
      


 


We encourage you to read our

SCN Annual Report 2009

Back 2 Nature project Report

Youth GreenCorps Report

GROWLEX Community Garden Manual

God's Worms

God's Worms doc

IMMAG Concept Paper

SCN Presentations

School Garden Workshop

Sustainable World Sourcebook

Sustainable Communities Network contributed articles, photographs and quotes for this book.

 

Join the Bluegrass garden network!


For list of current Community Gardens  in Lexington,
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sustainlex.org Director Jim Embry featured on KET Kentucky Life show:

Jim Embry on KET about community gardens

Upcoming Airdates:

  • KET: Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Sunday, March 23 at 6:00 am EDT
  • KET: Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Sunday, March 23 at 5:30 pm EDT
  • KET2: Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 am EDT
  • KETKY: Wednesday, March 26 at 8:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Thursday, March 27 at 9:30 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Friday, March 28 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, March 29 at 6:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, April 5 at 6:00 am EDT

Jim Embry BIO KET gardens show

Community Gardens with Jim Embry

For Jim Embry, a community garden is more than just a source of food and beauty. He believes that gardening has the power to change the world.

A social activist since his youth in the 1960s, Embry believes that community gardening is the most important social movement in the country. Through workshops, tours, presentations, and service projects, Embry connects community gardeners—from the private and public sector—to the earth and each other. Dave Shuffett visits with Embry in Lexington and looks at several community gardens.

Community gardens are located in city parks as well as on school grounds and even in road medians. Local governments promote community gardens as a way to provide fresh food for low-income residents and to beautify the area. Gardens also improve the environment: In Lexington, a rain garden of trees and perennial flowers at Limestone, Vine and Main streets catches rainwater.

Embry, who holds a degree in biology, served as executive director of the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership in Detroit for four years before returning to Kentucky in 2005. He has been a three-time U.S. delegate to Terra Madre, a biannual gathering in Italy for members of Slow Food International.

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National- International Urbarn & Small Farm Conference
"Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People"
Request for Workshop Proposals

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014
Growing Power is proud to announce its request for proposals for workshop presentations. We look forward to hosting another stellar conference with workshops that will focus on the 2014 conference theme "Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People." This conference will showcase the best practices and principles in sustainable agriculture that have been developed to date and the innovations underway that will grow a healthier tomorrow.

 

We want conference attendees to learn how they can grow food year-round, no matter what the climate, and how they can build markets for small farms. We hope that the conference will galvanize our collective efforts to create a new food system that fosters better health and more closely-knit communities.

 

The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) will be holding its seventh annual Gathering concurrently with the conference and have planned many of the cultural activities.

 

We are actively seeking innovative and multidisciplinary workshop proposals from growers who are currently operating urban and small farms, as well as those who are working in areas that support this emerging area of agriculture and local economic development. Conference workshops are intended to enhance the skills and broaden the perspective of participants.

 

Conference Organizers are looking for presentations that align with the conference theme and incorporate one or more of the following topic areas.

 

Aquaculture

Urban Farming

Urban Planning Strategies

Environmental Design Innovations

Brownfield Development

Renewable Resources

Youth

Education

Corporations

Government

Universities

Medical- Food, Nutrition & Healthcare

Food & Technology

Chefs and Culinary Arts

Fundraising

Food Policy

Growing Food and Justice for All

Hands On Skill Craft Share

  

Apply Online

Organizer's preferred method of submission using our Google Form. Click the link for submission details.

 

Apply via Email

Download application .doc or .pdf attached to this email 

Complete the application and submit to growingpowerconference2014@gmail.com 

 
Apply by mail

Download RFP, or use the information below to complete the proposal.   

Mail to: 

Growing Power  Inc.  

2014 Conference RFP Submission 

5500 W. Silver Spring Dr.  

Milwaukee, WI  53218


Questions? Please email growingpowerconference2014@gmail.com 

Embry Family Book Signiing and Art Exhibit

February 21 and 22, 2014 Lyric Theatre
On the third Friday and Saturday of February, the Embry families of Central Kentucky and Tennessee are hosting an event to remember!  You (and your family) are invited to attend the Embry Family Book Signing & Art Exhibit: 21st Century Thinking & Reimagining at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY.

On Friday, you can view photographs taken by father Jim and son Obiora Embry, and paintings by Bessie Johnson. Come back Saturday to purchase books signed by authors Dr. Deborah Mapp-Embry and her two sons Irucka Ajani and Obiora Embry.  Along with their books, a family cookbook will be sold, there will be performances by spoken word artists Tiffany Bellfield and
Vibration Kunvorted and a musical performance by Vaughn Gillispie.   And you can continue to view the photographs and paintings.

    When: Friday, 21 February 5-8 PM
    (in conjunction with February Gallery Hop)
and
    Saturday, 22 February 11:30 AM-3:00 PM

    Where: Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center Multi Purpose Room
    300 E. Third Street; Lexington, KY 40508

For more information about the event and/or to learn more about the participants, go to www.embrybooks.org.

 Embry Family Book Signing & Art Exhibit.

Slow Food Southern Region Meeting

Slow Food Southern Region | Facebook  

www.facebook.com/SlowFoodSouthern

Slow Food Southeastern Region Leadership Conference Charlotte, NC January
24-26.



Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group

2014 Conference Program — Southern Sustainable Agriculture ...  

www.ssawg.org/2014-conference-program/

Our conference program is, as always,
loaded with practical information 


Eight Acres of History: Lexington's African Cemetery No. 2 - YouTube  

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2-7s95OJiM

Mar 12, 2012 ... Lexington Public Library presents an original documentary production on a  historic African-American cemetery and the small band of ...

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Jim Embry award winner at Yale University  
Unity-Award-Winner-at Yale University

Key News Journal Embry on Local Food Summit

Urban Farming Techniques Will Be Taught at Local Food Summit

By Patrice K. Muhammad

Jim Enbry, Convener of The Bluegrass Local Food Summit

 Across the United States, in urban cities in every state, people have returned to growing and raising food for themselves as a means of employment and or survival. All over the nation, Blacks have been at the forefront of the urban farming movement and Lexington is no exception.

Jim Embry has been educating people world wide and working to build gardens across the Bluegrass since 1968.

“My involvement with issues concerning food justice, healthy eating, and community gardening goes back a least to 1968 when after attending Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral and meeting Ernie Green of the Little Rock School Integration movement, I was offered a summer job to work in New York City,” Embry said. “It was there in Brooklyn that I was exposed to concepts that we now call food deserts and food justice.”

Embry will lead the 5th Annual Bluegrass Local Food Summit March 22-24 at Crestwood Christian Church 1882 Bellefonte Dr.

 

The Summit will attract local food growers, elected and government officials, educators, institutions and other community members to discuss the food system.

Local Blacks must attend this summit. Even if you do not consider yourself a gardener, farmer or food activist, there is much to learn and use during this event.

In 2008 Embry said in The Key Newsjournal that though Blacks have historically been victims of discrimination and physical abuse as a result of slavery one of the most damaging effects has been our disconnection from Mother Earth. “Africans have a strong earth connection and we must reconnect with that.”

Embry submitted the following when asked his most inspirational stories of Blacks involved in the new food movement:

“Well the life and legacy of our esteemed brother and most humble American scientist, Dr George W. Carver, is my most inspirational story about participation in urban or rural agriculture. All of the efforts that we see now for local food, organic food, biodiversity, biodiesel for automobiles, sacredness of nature, eating healthy, ALL of these directions of action and thinking is what Carver encouraged us to do. If only we had listened! Now even though he pointed the way for what we are doing now, he gets little if any credit for this good food movement.

“Now my other inspirational story is that of my friend, Will Allen who founded Growing Power in Milwaukee [more than] 20 years ago and regards himself as the George W. Carver of this century. I love this brother because he is so humble, not afraid to get his hands in worms and compost and yet can mix it up with the likes of President Obama and First Lady Michelle.”
However, not all Blacks are on board with urban farming or even concerned about their food. Embry said, “I feel that the major civil rights or human rights issue of our time revolves around the food system. This globalized, unhealthy and commodity-food based food system is what is killing us today. 80% of all human diseases is food related and African American are negatively impacted the most. So this should be an issue that is foremost in our minds but is is not. We should be in the leadership of what Will Allen calls the Good Food Revolution, but we are not! It is troublesome that we seem to have little concern for something that is so devastating to us a people.”

Embry is looking forward to welcoming more Blacks from Central Kentucky to the event this year. “Caring about food has spiritual, economic, cultural incentives,” explains Embry. “On a spiritual, Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths have within  the sacred texts passages about humans being made from clay or dirt or what we call compost. Working to plant, grow, harvest, eat and compost is all spiritual work. Economically we can save money on food expenses by planting some of our own food. Culturally, we should regard our bodies as temples and should then consume the kinds of foods that  are deserving of being in a temple. Eating is an agricultural act. So since everyone eats then we should be concerned about our relationship with food. I encouraged our [community] in Central KY to get involved in the good food revolution, grow a garden and attend the Bluegrass Local Food Summit. This Summit will provide inspirational speakers, workshops on gardening, composting, films and much more.
Key Conversations Radio has partnered with Pepsi to sponsor a Rain Barrel Workshop during the Summit on Saturday, March 24. Participants will build a rain barrel and leave with it, ready to catch fresh water for gardening. The $20 workshop cost will be a contribution to SustainLex.

For more information contact Jim Embry at embryjim@gmail.com or see this workshop ad on page 12 of the march 1st issue of the Key Newsjournal.

Short URL: http://keyconversationsradio.com/?p=3905

Jim Embry  Black History Month Photo Exhibit
 Ky. Voices: Ways to encourage sustainability, creativity  

egtsignJim-Embry-2010-Garden-Crusader  Jim Embry, Director of Sustainable Communities Network named finalist in Education believes that community gardening is the most important social movement in the country. "The climate is changing and that is because we are disconnected from the Earth," he says. With a lifetime of experience as a social activist, Jim is now working to connect community gardeners to the earth — and to each other.

"In the garden, adults and even very young children, learn about patience and discovery and not to be afraid. Gardens teach citizenship and stewardship," he said. "For the last generation, the focus has been on computer literacy; now it's time for the focus to be on eco-literacy."

Read the full story: 1st Place: Jim Embry, Lexington, KY



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George W. Carver compliation

Shawnee Planning

NKU Sustainability

Embry 5th District Newsletter

Embry Key News Food Summit

 Embry WE-are-all-artists

Embry Publlic Republic

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bry Speech at Immigrant Rights Rally

Embry Talk at Somerset Community College Terra Madre

Fresh Start Plan  Contributions(Jim Embry) 

Embry Web Articles
Embry Ace Articles
Brattleboro 100year plan

Hip Hop Vegan Group

Jim Embry Terra Madre Links

Sam Levin 2008 Terra Madre


ACE Weekly download articles

Gardens of Eatin

Shovel Ready

Lexington Gardens Grow

Dig It: Gardens Root

HOBY Eco-Art 2009
HOBY Eco-Art 2008

Model of the Year
Closing the Food Gap


Greening of Bryan Station High School

Growing Food & Justice conference

Community Garden Tour Report

Gardening with Class

Bluegrass Food Security Summit 2010
Growing Food and Justice

Soul Food Junkies

The Great Work

The Great Turning

Farm to School

School gardens

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program/GreenHouse17

Family Care Center

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Catherine Ferguson "O" magazine article

Asenath Andrews

 Grown in Detroit_

Greening of Detroit
Adamah: MetroTimes The Greening of Detroit

Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Closing the Food Gap 2008

Profile of State Food Policy Councils by State

Interactive Map of State Food Policy Councils


 Climate Change  portal information

Climate Change Books

African Americans Climate Change:Unequal Burden_REPORT

African Americans Climate Change Ex Summary

African Americans Climate Change Bullard Bibliography

Slow Food Newsletter