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Sarah Karlson, Roger Elliot,
Community gardeners often have excess produce, which many free food distribution organizations could use with the proper planning and connections. Panelists will each talk for around 10 minutes on their perspective and experience working in the connections between gardening and free food distribution. We will also have time for discussions and questions among the panelists.
As the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) develops, new ways of understanding the agricultural landscape have become important. Part of this new understanding is taking into consideration that the field, or management unit is an ecosystem, despite the intensive manipulation that goes into most agricultural land. It is important to remember that pollinators, a key group of insects necessary for most vegetable productivity, are vulnerable to many sprayed insecticides. Similarly, natural enemies (natural predators of common insect pests) are important allies to manage and maintain, and they too are sensitive to insecticides. By pursuing an IPM strategy, one that takes into account how many insects interact in the agricultural ecosystem, it is possible to effectively manage pests while reducing unwanted ‘pest’ consequences.
Roger Elliot, Dan Grupe, Elsa Caetano
How do we build long-lasting, sustainable partnerships? This panel of community garden organizers and representatives from community groups will talking about how they build connection between the gardens they work with and the larger community.