Strawberries and Asparagus… a summer harvest celebration on its way
May 15, 2009
The following is cross posted from the Sustainability blog/podcast I also publish. You can see the original article + a bunch of other sustainably themed audio/video here www.besustainable.com
In addition to being a generally interesting topic, this post I hope will serve as the jumping off point for our own local festival this year. Read the article below/listen for some more details but the long story short…. Downtown Owen Sound, June 20th we are going to have a festival. So open call to those that would like to lend a hand or have something to contribute… We will keep everyone up to date here, on FinditGreyBruce.com and on the @owensound twitter feed…
June 20th , 2009 marks the date of this year’s Strawberries and Asparagus Festival in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. The event which has run for a number of years (having been re dubbed S&A 2 years back) brings together Toronto residents to celebrate the first harvests of the season and to learn/share/talk green/gardening/food and more.
After attending the festival for the past few years (even after moving away form Toronto) we have made the decision this year to not make the trip. Instead of renting the car and carbon… we have decided to spin off our own homegrown version of Strawberries and Asparagus here in Owen Sound Ontario. When I mentioned to Chris Chopik of Evolution Green that we would rather start our own festival than travel to his this June it took about a third of a second to agree it was the right thing to do.
In the following interview/conversation Chris and I discuss the details of the Cedarvale Park event and I get some practical background and organizational details needed to make our own festival a success. If others are interested in holding a Strawberries and Asparagus of their own this audio should serve as good place to get started and as Chris mentions… we should likely get around to publishing some guidelines and resources to see if we can’t get a few more community festivals to bloom next spring!
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