Monday, April 18, 2011

Columbia City Garden's Press Conference

The city of Columbia held a Press Conference at the NOMA community garden today to Kick off Earth Week.  Councilwoman Tamika Isaac Devine hosted the conference and Mayor Steve Benjamin expressed pleasure in seeing the community garden project come to life.  

The conference kept the “Green” thing theme going with remarks from Dr. Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, Executive Director of the SC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance, spoke briefly about recycling used cooking oil to fuel city vehicles.  Dr. Baxter-Clemmons and her Communications Assistant, Anna Newell invited us to attend the Earth Fest 2011 on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 11am – 2pm at the Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton Street).

Exhibitors will be present to display environmental information materials for citizens. Participants will also be able to enjoy music, food and a fleet of energy efficient vehicles. Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive half-price vouchers for the SC Philharmonic's Fantastique Finale from which proceeds will be given to Keep the Midlands Beautiful. Other giveaways including free seeds and reusable grocery bags will also be distributed.

S. Allison Baker, Sr. Assistant City Manager, spoke to me about the importance of coming together to create the Community Garden project.  He stressed That the City is interested in putting the framework in place to insure the successful growth of community gardens.  
Eric, from WLTX interviewed me about our garden.  Gordon and our program were a HIT!!!!

Sarah and I spent quite a bit of time talking with Becky Bailey, Editor of the New Survey, Eau Clair and North Columbia Community Newspaper.   She will have a story on Gordon’s Garden in the may issue.  Becky is interested in coming back to take pictures of the kids tending and planting Gordon’s Garden.  

Lisa let Sarah and I know about the press conference.  She was there taking pictures and dropping off mushroom compost!

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