Volunteering and Digging Deeper

Last night’s Volunteer Happy Hour was a huge success. Project One was a gracious host and everyone came despite the gloomy weather. This morning, Naomi is heading to three San Francisco schools to drop of funds for school gardens and many people expressed interest in volunteering to help support those school’s long-term Edible Schoolyard goals. I was once again reminded of the incredible community that is San Francisco. I met Gary and Peggy Diedrichs who publish their own Green Traveler Guides for both SF and the world. Look for some of their reviews of truly green local restaurants. I also met a fellow food blogger who works primarily with food safety and sustainability and is excited to help bring his policy knowledge to Slow Food. But the most pressing tip came from an SF native looking for more effective ways to coordinate her interests and volunteering efforts.

If you came to the meeting last night with germinating ideas on how to revolutionize our food system and if you began to see them grow through conversations last night, then please check out Digging Deeper SF. San Francisco design professionals worked in collaboration with the Mayor’s office to develop a challenge to all citizens to present their ideas on how to make our city more sustainable. The entries have been broken down into two categories, the first of which will be dominated by professional designer types comfortable with creating architectural diagrams but the second is an incredibly flexible category open to ideas about education, outreach, product design, incentives to buy local produce or even grow your own food, coordinated community garden efforts, irrigation systems, methods to track the provenance of the food we consume, etc etc.

Entries are due January 31 by midnight and if you feel you can only go so far with an idea, you can contact the designers sponsoring the effort and they will help you streamline your idea.

Check out both http://diggingdeepersf.ning.com/ for general guidelines and submission information as well as http://diggingdeepersf.ning.com/forum/topics/brain-storming-potential to get started thinking through the diversity of issues that surround our food system.

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