The changing landscape of Cleveland’s urban core is a problem and an opportunity.
Rid-All Green Partnership has turned an empty and forgotten piece of land in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood into an urban farm that grows produce to bring healthy, local food to area institutions and citizens. Join us to learn how the tapestry of initiatives around Cleveland fits within the nationwide movement of sustainable communities linking social justice to environmental policy.
Jim Thompson, Program Coordinator of the Urban Agriculture Program at OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County, will identify key concepts used in urban farming and highlight what is happening in our region.
G. Keymah Durden, III.,one of three co-founders of Rid-All Green Partnership, will share how his organization helps people get in touch with the land to make a palpable difference in the lives of neighborhood residents.
Angela Park, founder/executive director of Diversity Matters in Vermont, will provide the national perspective to look at sustainable agriculture and food systems with a broad lens to engage burgeoning groups and a broad constituency.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
6:30 p.m. – Networking, appetizers, wine, and soft drinks
7:00pm – 8:30 p.m. – Panel and discussion
7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 103B
Cleveland, OH 44104
Attendance at this event is free.
Free on-site parking is available in front of the building and on the building's east side.
Founder and Executive Director Diversity Matters
Angela Park is a writer, independent consultant, and founder/executive director of Diversity Matters. Much of her work focuses on the integration of social, environmental, and economic issues and she is a leading expert on equity and diversity in the environmental field in the United States, combining a unique high-level policy background and organization development expertise to her consulting and writing. Angela has more than 20 years of experience on equity, diversity and inclusion, organization development, culture change, sustainable development policy, environmental justice, and leadership.
Angela is researching and writing a forthcoming report analyzing 20 years of progress and setbacks in making the environmental field more equitable, inclusive, and diverse. She researched and wrote the 2009 report, Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. A sought-after speaker, Angela has provided recent keynotes to The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Coalition for a Livable Future, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, Western States Center, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, among others. She has testified before Congress and state legislatures.
Previously, Angela worked at The White House in both terms of the Clinton/Gore administration, coordinated state level sustainable development initiatives at the Center for Policy Alternatives, and co-founded and served as deputy director of the Environmental Leadership Program. In addition, she has done substantial work on organization development and inclusion and diversity in a wide range of sectors including banking, technology, retail, communications, insurance, and utilities. She participated in the inaugural class of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program, graduated from the NTL Institute’s Diversity Practitioner Certificate Program, and was named a Young Woman of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network. Angela has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards. She lives on an organic farm and ecological cohousing community in Vermont.
G. Keymah Durden III
Co-Founder Rid-All Green Partnership
Keymah has an eclectic background. Although he is trained in avionic-mechanical engineering and construction, Keymah’s passion for sustainable living and environmental protection has taken him around the world.
It has allowed him to get involved in several international programs and activities. In Ghana West Africa he was involved with the African Hebrew Development Agency (AHDA) in their Fresh Well Water Initiative and Healthy Lifestyles Program.
In Israel he helped plan an International Sustainability Summit and was involved with the Dimona Community Agricultural Project.
He is also a former co-owner of the internationally renowned Soul Vegetarian Restaurant and has been a practicing vegan for over 20 years.
Keymah is a graduate from Cuyahoga Community College’s Post Graduate Program in Environmental Health and Safety. One of his major areas of focus was storm water management.
He along with other students actually put together an actual storm water management program for one of Cleveland’s local townships. But his specialty is public relations, urban agriculture, and deconstruction activities.
His goal and vision is simple, “creating access to holistic, nutritional food for the development of the communities around the world.” To this end he is eternally dedicated.
Program Coordinator Urban Agricultural Program at OSU Extension Cuyahoga
Jim Thompson has been a Program Coordinator at OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County since 2010. He supports 190 community gardens for The City of Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program (Summer Sprout).
His roles include coordinating, purchasing and distribution of garden resources, working with sites on land tenure-ship, providing technical assistance, and working with community partners to support existing sites as well as the start-up of new sites.
Jim also works with his urban agriculture team supporting an annual workshop series and the Dig-In! Community Gardener Training Program. Jim has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.