SWCC Education Committee Meeting at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

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SWCC Education Committee Meeting at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Time: January 15, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Street: 929 S Plymouth
City/Town: Rochester
Website or Map: https://maps.google.com/maps/…
Event Type: meeting, education, aquaculture
Organized By: John Boutet ~ 328-4271
Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2014

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The Education Committee of the SW Common Council will meet Wednesday January 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence to discuss an aquaculture project being developed in the PLEX neighborhood.   This project would use an empty building behind the the Gandhi Institute to set up aquaculture tanks to raise fish and use the nutrients byproducts from that process to grow hydroponic vegetable to help feed the neighborhood, produce jobs for students and show them a way to succeed.  This is a green process which could be replicated throughout neighborhoods to improve the quality of life in Rochester and teach students that they can make a difference!

Here is the agenda for this meeting:

  1. Welcome        -                John Boutet / Kit Miller   -   10 min
  2. Introductions        -         All      -     15min
  3. "PLEX C.A.M.P.U.S."   -     John Curran    -   20min
  4. Prosper Rochester     -    Community Engagement Through Urban Agriculture - Eleanor Coleman   -   20min
  5. Discussion of 3 and 4  -  All   -   20min
  6. FREE Focus Groups   -     Robin Dettman   -  10min
  7. Walk-in Items      -          until 8:30pm if needed

Minutes from the last two meeting can be seen here:

The SW Education Forum contains all documentation from the past year's activities. 

There is parking on both sides of South Plymouth in front of the Gandhi Institute and a small parking lot behind the building.  There is an entrance in the back of the building.

Below is the map showing the proposed "PLEX C.A.M.P.U.S." that is discussed by John Curran at the December SWCC meeting as seen in http://youtu.be/L8850swDSqA    This project will be the primary topic of the January 15, 2014 SWCC Education Committee meeting scheduled for 6:30pm at the Gandhi Institute.

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Comment by John Boutet on January 16, 2014 at 5:04pm

A tremendous meeting!

We had at least 38 people there and they were an exceptionally engaged group, taking notes and swapping contact information.  I've never seen such a positive energy at an Education Committee meeting.  There was an alignment of interests here that was magical:  student engagement, job creation, aquaculture, hydroponics, permaculture, healthy food, neighborhood schools, reducing criminal activity, etc.   These are common goals of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, PLEX Neighborhood Association, Prosper Rochester, Schools, Flint Street Community Center, educators, community activists and many of the members of the Education Committee and they were well represented.  Lets hope we can keep this momentum going.

If you are not a member yet, please sing up as a member of Location19.org.  Here is a sign up link:  http://www.location19.org/?xgi=40AXUj0cT3sLnE  Once you are signed up be sure to visit the SW Education Forum group and join it.  We will try to get minutes and videos posted soon.  Invite your friends to get involved.  Keep the momentum going!

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