Englewood Center For Sustainability
A New Chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Two weeks ago Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP) added the new chapter, Englewood Center for Sustainability (EC4S), to their nonprofit organization. Even in hard times good things are still going on in the community. This made the EC4S eligible to collect donations during the Giving Challenge, and thanks to the Patterson foundation for matching all the donations dollar for dollar up to $100.
The Englewood Center for Sustainability (EC4S) was originally established 10 years ago at the Buchan Airport Community Park. The goal was to build a community garden. It was a big success, and it is still growing. They also supported the Edible Garden Tour put on by a team of conscious gardeners in the community. Their goal was to bring awareness to all the wonderful plants you can grow in this climate. It was inspiring to watch people become educated about the local edible landscapes. From this platform many people held workshops teaching sustainable methods of gardening and the uses of these edible plants and about the edible plants growing in local parks. Many other projects supported by FOSCP fell dormant and they closed the chapter due to lack of interest.
With the chapter reinstated, a motivated team has come together. The team consists of Jocelyn Hoch, Ebb & Flow Farm; Julie Randall, backyard permaculture specialist; Hitoko Sakai, an avid organic gardener and owner of Hello Kitchen, a vegan creamery; Dr. Robin Roarke, owner of Holistic Healing Arts; and the original crew from the Edible Garden Tour. New edible garden tours will be developed.
The vision is to assist people with projects around schools, parks and homes by introducing them to an ecological modern system. This is a system of interplanting food and native plants that can thrive in the future by creating biological systems that clean and reuse our precious water and feed our populations without using toxic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.
Classes will begin in the fall and teach the fundamentals of healthy living in every way. The objective is to encourage people of all ages to view the natural world around us with a great sense of care and purposeful intent to conserve the eco system that surrounds us. We would like to assist schools in growing gardens that can teach the children about vegetables and how to care for them, and inspire people to understand their own intrinsic connection to the biological model of the Earth. The intention is to create a model permaculture design that can serve as a learning tool and resource for people to come and visit and take inspiration from.
2020 Vision Projects for EC4S
The first project, once approved, will be to begin a food forest and native plant walk on the Tom Minnich Trail and on the back side of the community gardens at Buchan Park. The objective is to begin growing a model garden, a blend of native, edible and medicinal plants that are available for teachers and for the community to learn about. Outdoor classes envisioned are: teaching the fundamentals of permaculture, biodynamic systems, implementing modern mycological models created and modeled after Paul Staments’ work. Aquaculture systems may be installed from the water catchment basins and used for irrigation, and these systems can be implemented locally at residents’ homes using their own water barrels.
Ethnobotany will be integrated into the landscape in and around this park, creating a symbiotic oneness with the natural world and people. The true model is to create a system that provides food, habitat, crafts and products for all involved within that biosphere. Many different classes can be taught such as: plant identification, mycology – mushroom cultivation, aquaculture, natural biofiltration one can build by themselves, micro organism collection and use, how to make natural pesticides & natural non toxic herbicides, composting, how to make medicines, salves, and beauty care products, holistic healing, cooking classes, nature crafts, vermaculture classes and care, proper composting and soil health.
The mission is bring awareness to people of all ages about health of the planet and themselves. We wish to inspire everyone to grow their own food, create abundant edible landscapes, preserve our land and water by recreating our waterways and run off systems using new technologies that are sustainable for our future.
Volunteers are needed to come and learn and work. To donate or sign up to volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Check our page on facebook: Englewood Center for Sustainability or follow Ebb & Flow Farm for more information.