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Foodsheds and Watersheds

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Jonathan McRay

on 24 April 2013

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Transcript of Foodsheds and Watersheds

Foodsheds and Watersheds:
Place and Peacebuilding in the Shenandoah Valley foodshed (culture and economy)
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watershed (ecology of place)
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bioregional praxis Reinhabitation: committing to the life and health
of our places

“Do unto those downstream as you would have
those upstream do unto you” -Wendell Berry Tangly Woods Homestead personal/domestic and the political placed ecosocial networks:
we always already live somewhere together ecology and economy:
the study and managing
of the household physiographically unique place geographically legitimate concept operative spatial unit Tangly Woods is a self-maintaining agroecosystem that meets as many of our needs as possible. This place sustains us:
 
Nutritionally- increases soil fertility, catches and holds water, reduces and cycles waste, balances inputs and outputs, and provides us with abundant cultivated and wild foods

Emotionally- blurs the distinction between work and play, safeguards stability through diversity, acknowledges limits and boundaries, and provokes participatory education

Spiritually- encourages creativity and experimentation, inspires imagination, fosters rest and renewal, celebrates the seasons, and accommodates constant change

Relationally- values and depends on neighborliness, requires shared work and meals, supports native flora and fauna, welcomes guests and strangers, integrates plants and animals, connects to the community and bioregion, and represents viable permaculture design path: 2.5 mile multi-use path connecting diverse neighborhoods to downtown

park: corridor park following Blacks Run stream

prototype: models accessible and attractive infrastructure for affordable, sustainable, and safe transportation what concerns do people have about the path?

how do people envision using it: recreation or transportation?

what are concerns about the stream?

how will residents’ opinions/desires be incorporated into park design?

who has ultimate decision-making power? Brookside residents were mostly concerned about:
- community safety
- outside use of private park maintained by their HOA

Brookside residents were more concerned about
family and park safety

People from other areas of Harrisonburg were
more concerned with environmental issues

Emphasizing safety and family will be more effective with certain audiences than environmental restoration IF we more closely align our foodsheds with our watersheds through reinhabitation: cooperative ecological economies
participatory decision-making
place-based education
regenerative conservation Then we will achieve ecological
sustainability, social justice,
and human well-being IF we design systems that
care for the earth,
care for people,
and are fair Through permaculture principles
resilient urban/regional planning
renewable energy
green building
agroecology and agroforestry Then we will meet human needs while preserving ecological health IF research is relational, communicative, co-creative, and inclusive Through looking: gathering relevant information
describing the situation thinking: analyzing, interpreting, theorizing acting: seeking consensus
strategic planning for change
implementing sustainable solutions
monitoring and evaluating Then people will see dynamic ways
to mutually engage issues
for social transformation IF we observe and interact within context Through bioregional praxis permaculture design and action research Then we will find more appropriate and transformative solutions to complex social and ecological patterns
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