|LWVA Supports Urban Farmers|
Published: Friday, 20 April 2012 01:00
League President Jeff Cambra joins, from left to right, Janice Edwards from Alameda Back Yard Growers, Melanie Wartenberg from Project Leaf and Linda Jones from Ploughshares Nursery in promoting urban farming at Earth Day this Saturday in Washington Park.
There is another side to the League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) that residents may not be aware of. The United States League of Women Voters takes positions on environmental issues and actively advocates for policies and laws that reduce air pollution, improve water quality and promote the conservative and sustainable use of our county's natural resources.
Based on these positions, the LWVA will partner with local groups that make up the Alameda urban farm movement at the Earth Day celebration this Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Park. Residents can meet Alameda Backyard Growers co-founders Janice Edwards and Amanda MacLean to learn about growing food for personal use and distribution to those in need.
Melanie Wartenberg from Project Leaf is working on developing a local edible community farm. Ploughshares Nursery is Alameda's "go to" source for ornamental vegetation and organic fruit and vegetable plants and will have a large stock for sale.
The Alameda Backyard Chicken Coop folks will show you how to raise chickens as a source of fresh eggs.
Please join the LWVA in promoting these great Alameda resources and learn more about the League's activities in helping move Alameda towards a greener future.
In keeping with its work of informing voters during an election year, LWVA sponsors forums like the State Assembly candidate forum from 7 to 9 p.m., next Thursday, April 26, at the Boys and Girls Club, 1900 C St.
In addition to allowing candidates the opportunity to present their positions on the issues, residents can ask questions about issues that are important to them. It is a chance to actually meet and talk to the people that want to represent you.
Jeff Cambra is president of the League of Women Voters of Alameda.