A message from Kannan and the Boston Food Forest Team:
My friend Dan Schenk is a gardener and a musician. He is a volunteer with theBoston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC), a wonderful organization I am lucky to be part of as well 🙂
Dan is a finalist for the CoxConserves award for ‘Conserving Land for the People’, if he wins, this award will raise $10,000 to support BFFC’s work.
Dan lives (very) simply and dedicates pretty much all his time and expertise to growing food in otherwise abandoned lands in Boston.
The methods he uses are chemical-free and therefore soil-healing. This nourishes the soil for long-term food production. The kind of plants he choses are also welcoming to wildlife (such as bees and butterflies). All in all, he is on an eco-restoration mission, and he goes about it in an ever-so-gentle way. It’s no wonder to me that he is a finalist for a community award.
The two other nominees are focused on restoring rivers, and Dan is the only nominee focused on restoring land. To me, the uniqueness of Dan’s (and BFFC’s) work is this: While river restoration faces little opposition, land restoration and its use for food growth faces stiff resistance from powerful entities that want to “develop” (build buildings) in every piece of urban real estate there is for high rent apartments or expensive condos.
I wish Dan well in his mission, and I hope he wins this award for BFFC. I know the money will be put to good use.
I am voting for him. You should too 🙂