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Meet John Jeavons: “Food for the Future: Now”
August 26, 2017 • 6:30 pm — 8:30 pmFree
On Saturday, August 26th, in Los Altos, John Jeavons –a long-time authority on growing vegetables– will come down from Willits to talk with us about the just-released latest edition of his book: “How to Grow More Vegetables—and Fruits, Nuts, Berries and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible With Less Water Than You Can Imagine.” Jeavons will discuss how resilient communities can be built around localized food systems.
- LOCATION: Los Altos Library (in the Program Room)
- DATE: Saturday, Aug 26, 2017
- TIME: 6:30 – 8:30pm
- Book price is $14.95, bring cash
Everyone must RSVP here, thank you:
This event is organized by The Foodshed Forum
The Foodshed Forum is a partnership of Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and the San Mateo County Food System Alliance, bringing together the community for talks on important food system topics in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
John Jeavons is the director of “Common Ground Garden,” in Palo Alto (located across from Gunn High School near the Los Altos border). Their mission: to “teach people worldwide to better feed themselves while building and preserving the soil and conserving resources.” Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church owns the land and graciously allows Common Ground to steward the property. Under the direction of John Jeavons, author of How to Grow More Vegetables, Common Ground serves the Bay Area as a teaching garden sharing Ecology Action’s GB method of sustainable farming. We take a soil-building approach to growing food, ensuring a good harvest for generations to come. Visitors can learn more by taking self-guided tour of Common Ground, enrolling in adult classes or by volunteering at the garden. Youth Education programs are available as well.
John Jeavons is the Executive Director of Ecology Action, a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Willits, California. He is known internationally as the author of the best-selling book“How to Grow More Vegetables—and Fruits, Nuts, Berries and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible With Less Water Than You Can Imagine”, as well as author, co-author and/or editor of over 40 publications on the topic of biologically intensive food- and soil- growing. For the past 45 years Jeavons has devoted his time to research, develop and teach a small-scale, resource-conserving agricultural method — GROW BIOINTENSIVE®. This high-yield food raising approach is being successfully practiced in over 150 countries—in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown, and by organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps.
About the book:
- #1 New Release in
- Ninth Edition
- Forward by Alice Waters
- More than 600,000 copies sold
In the not too distant past, people in many cultures were growing all of their food and spending less than an hour per day to do it. In this presentation, John Jeavons will present a path towards creating a sustainable food system, and why it is essential that we follow it, now. In short, he will discuss how we can grow each person’s food on 1% of the area used by conventional farming, while building soil and saving water. Moving our society toward sustainable food production is becoming ever more pressing and Jeavons will discuss how resilient communities can be built around localized food systems.