Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
subscription to the Licking Creek Farm run by Esther Siegel and Mike
Tabor. From spring through late fall, we get a weekly pickup not far
from the house of organic produce from their farm in PA. It's been a
good experience although I will confess the extra trip for food is
sometimes a challenge.
In any event I was reading about a city council that organized a "CSA"
or farm share for council members and staff and I thought we should
try that! But maybe we could also persuade all county agencies to
host a CSA for their employees, from farms here in Montgomery County.
If folks could pick up the produce at their offices that would be a
big bonus. So I tossed the idea over to Steve Silverman and Jeremy
Criss at the Department of Economic Development and Bruce Adams in the
Office of Community Engagement. I was particularly inspired to make
the suggestion after reviewing an invitation to an event at The Red
Wiggler Farm, based in the Ag Reserve. These things all fit together.
We'll see where this goes...
And I would be remiss if I did not note that Karen Jackson Walker, my mother
in law, is working hard to promote CSAs from her position at USDA,
where the initiative is a big policy priority. All in the family!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
coming across some interesting advocacy from Phil Ting, an official in
SF, and an ambitious report produced by New York City about their
roadmap for digital (sorry no links in this post, hopefully in the
future). I asked our county tech group to come up with new ideas for
311 on our county website. For example, we could have a 311
livechat... A wiki tool for answers that are knowledge based and a
rating service for service responses by the county, all published
Especially in a time of fiscal crisis, we should focus on making more
efficient use of our existing services.