Farm expert to offer ideas for Newton greenspace
Plans will help promote economic development
also speak to the recently formed Green Enterprise Group, which has been discussing greenspace issues for the past couple of months.
“ We’ve just been sharing info and we hope to learn what we can. We’re trying to reach out to other counties for successful examples,” Lee said.
Some of the ideas that have been tossed around previously are local farmer-restaurant partnerships, a downtown farmers market, biotechnology industries and green-focused education in the school system.
In a press release, Hosanna Fletcher said that the group is particularly interested in how Van Pelt’s program protects the “ factory floor” of agriculture, tourism, and the horse industries that make up their local economy and how green land uses and development are supported and funded.
“ Please join us as we continue to seek ways to determine and preserve what is essential to the growth and sustainability of our communities while maintaining those elements of life and place we hold dear,” Fletcher said in the release.
As an example of the kind of green partnerships that could take place more often in the future, the refreshments will consist of locally grown food prepared by the culinary arts students at Alcovy High School.
To ensure enough refreshments are available, Fletcher asks that interested attendees RSVP by either calling her at ( 770) 788-0484 or e-mailing her at hfletcher@ thecenternewton. org.