Foodshed Design Charrette

Foodshed definition: The geographical area where we get our food from.

For most of us our foodshed has come to encompass the entire planet.

However things have become backwards here in Florida to the point of us no longer being self sustained in spite of our extended growing periods. Our world renowned oranges and tomatoes are exported while the oranges and tomatoes in our stores are from California. It is not a sustainable way to produce food.

The Tampa Bay area is able to grow a large portion of the food we eat within a local radius of 100 miles. By increasing our capacity to produce and distribute food locally, we can reduce the energy costs of food production, distribution and consumption as well as creating more local resilience, better health, and stronger local economics.

What would it take to do this? We will launch a series of meetings to address some of the missing parts of local food production in the Tampa Bay area this Sunday afternoon.

If you are interested in local food from any angle, whether a distributor, farmer, consumer, edible gardener, investor, chef, community member, policy maker, healthcare provider, or a Floridian, this meeting will be of interest to you.

The format will be a design charrette – which is a group of people working together to design something they have a common interest in. It is a formal process, with much room for creativity and dialogue. We hope to see you there!

Bring a notebook, comfortable clothing, and your passion and ideas in regard to local food production!

When: May 6, 2018
Time: 1:30-5 PM
Where: Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, 33755
What: Designing Our Foodshed, Together
Cost: Free – donation of any amount is appreciated