I am willing to take on the leadership of this activity. I am getting more and more immersed in it - it looks like where I'm going to end up putting my major focus. The first step I'd like to take (which will be a continual step), is to find out what is needed and wanted from all the members of this group. What would help you to participate more fully? What most interests or concerns you about food supply? What would you like to see happen in Tampa regarding food?
I'd like to see us work to get city, county and HOA regulations on food and animals and lawns loosened so people can convert lawns to food, keep chickens and goats and bees. Every town needs a fertilizer ordinance like the one they now have in (I think it's) Gulfport to eliminate runoff into the bay from lawns.
I'd also like to work on whatever would make growing and buying local organic food/milk/honey etc. easier for the average family.
Clearwater is accepting input on these issues in an open meeting, but I lost the email with the time and place. Lauren.Matzke@myclearwater.com for information if you want to attend.
I think a strong place to start is in the school systems. Train 10,000 permaculturist that use it on a daily basis since they were 13 years old :)
School workshops- work with school's to increase the nutrition and remove sugar from cafeteria's/ soda machines and candy vendors.
Go to myclearwater.com and click on "Greenprint" for more info on what the city is doing about food, gardens, etc.
It would be good to post anything you guys know about regarding food here, and on a calendar. I have one on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_163758100339917
I"m willing to make anybody there an admin that wants to post events, add people, etc. It's really helpful just to know what is already going on in the area, so we are not replicating efforts. We periodically let people there know about this group as well - it is important to have multiple channels to reach out to people and get them involved.
Eric, schools are a great venue, I agree. The change the food forest made at Crenshaw High was amazing - life long lessons! I'd like to hook up with those groups already working with schools and nutrition, and it would be great if all of us do that to the degree we can. Please let me know of anything any of you may be aware of that we should be hooking up with!
It would be nice if we could get a list of those assets and post them on these forums (Facebook posts go away quickly and are hard to locate but we could make a document and upload it to the facebook group as well- I can make a permanent link of Food group assets here)
I'll make a link on the main workgroup page for your Facebook group Cory.
I hear you, Facebook is mainly to create connection and keep people updated on immediately upcoming events. Very helpful to have a list of organizations and what they do, and how to interface with them.