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Presentation
Art, Food Systems & Community Transformation: Springfield (MA) Seed Library
Artists in Context National Conference (2013)
  • Margot G Malachowski, Baystate Health
Abstract
The “Springfield Seed Library” is a project that catalyzes conversations and actions aimed at creating a healthier Springfield. At the center of the project is a retrofitted library card catalogue that serves as a participatory platform, a community archive and an advocacy tool for local health education, seed saving, community gardening, food justice, and access to healthy foods. Collectively managed by several Springfield organizations, each of the 15 drawers of the card catalog will become a repository for health education and food initiatives throughout the city. The "Seed Library” creates a place where community-contributed ideas meet best practices in health education and food system change to plant the “seeds” of transformation to grow a healthier and more sustainable city. Events will provide opportunities for community conversation related to health education and disparities, gardening, food security, public land use, neighborhood and community organizing, and public health initiatives. Participants will have opportunities to consider ways in which health awareness, fresh food and fitness activities can enhance the quality of life. The card catalogue will serve as a multi-functional object, being itself a platform where people can ask questions, form coalitions, publicize events, inform and self-organize.
Keywords
  • libraries,
  • health literacy,
  • communities
Publication Date
Spring March 8, 2013
Location
Boston, MA
Citation Information
Margot G Malachowski. "Art, Food Systems & Community Transformation: Springfield (MA) Seed Library" Artists in Context National Conference (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margot_malachowski/13/