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LESSON's Projects are varied in scope and substance because we recognize the diversity of actors and actions necessary to build a sustainable foodshed. All play a role in building a safe, just, sustainable regional food system for the Delmarva Peninsula. Each Project is described in terms of its scope and 'stage in the growing cycle'. We invite your participation in nurturing their growth and productivity.


Project -- Community Gardening

At least half of Building Delmarva's Sustainable Food Shed requires 'growing' farmers capable of sustainably producing the food to meet the nutritional requirements of the Peninsula's eaters. LESSON celebrates community involvement in and commitment to this effort. We support the Berlin Branch Library Demonstration Garden which donates its produce to a non-profit supporting Veterans. We work with SU students in Service Learning to build a Sustainable Food Forest & Living Art Garden as a celebration of indigenous and native foods as well as those that like the lower shore's climate. LESSON supports the work of students at Washington College to establish a sustainable garden for food production and marketing and we support the work of local teachers who develop and nurture gardens and their students at the same time.

Project -- Service Learning, University Level

In conjunction with the Service Learning Program at Salisbury University, LESSON is developing a set of opportunities for students to provide service in exchange for learning. These opportunities span semesters and provide 20 or 120 hours of service to participating organizations in conjunction with 1 to 4 academic credits.

Project -- Networking Local Food Information

There are many good sources of information about local food on the Peninsula -- who has it, where to find it, and when it is available. Depending upon what you are looking for, these lists, maps, and searches are more than adequate. The information is, however, disparate and incomplete. LESSON is expanding and consolidating information about local food on the Peninsula. Who grows it, and how and where to get it.

Berlin Branch Library Garden

The library garden is a community project to demonstrate sustainable, chemical-free gardening to the public. Produce is donated to a local homeless shelter and used in library programming. The project is being led by Worcester County Master Gardeners and LESSON (Local Eastern Shore Sustainable Organic Network) with support from Worcester County and Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

SU Sustainable Food Forest Soil Amending Day

Event Date: 
04/02/2011 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Yes, you've got it. We're going to be spreading compost and tilling the soil. We might get to plant a few things too!

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