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Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Michael O'Donnell


Urban Agriculture Symposium Coming to Minnetrista

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Urban Agriculture Symposium to be held on April 20th in Muncie

Muncie’s first Urban Agriculture Symposium will be held at Minnetrista on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM. This event is free and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about urban food production and community development in Muncie and surrounding communities. The symposium will take place simultaneously with the last indoor Farmer’s Market, which is from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Minnetrista is located at 1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy, Muncie, IN 47303. Topics to be covered include: food production strategies for Muncie Neighborhoods and brownfield reuse; soil testing, amendments and recommendations for urban gardening; panel discussion on urban poultry; panel discussion on “building a stronger local food system and community supported demonstration kits on Urban Ag techniques.

The keynote address will be given by Sara Stewart, founder and Executive Director of The Unity Gardens Inc. The Unity Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit initiated in the South Bend, Indiana area with a goal of community building through a framework of gardens. The gardens not only provide healthy food for anyone, but also educate the community on how to grow and eat healthy food. The Unity Gardens surrounds community gardens with the resources and systems needed to ensure success with growing food while developing partnerships with area businesses, government, universities, schools, churches, nonprofits, and neighbors.

Urban Gardening Initiative (a program of Muncie-Delaware Clean & Beautiful), in partnership with Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, the Muncie Action Plan, Minnetrista, and Purdue Extension, Delaware County, is pleased to bring this unique opportunity to Muncie. Help us “grow” the Urban Ag movement in Muncie and surrounding communities by participating in this important community conversation!

Please contact Michael O’Donnell at (765) 747-7732 or with questions or for more information.

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