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Photographer Amy Scherzer's Diary: A weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene had this to say about the Buzz:
Grow and thrive, but protect and sustain. That's the Sustany Foundation's message, served to nearly 1,000 like-minded folks at its seventh annual Sustainable Buzz. Locally sourced, organic, fresh and natural were the buzzwords as 40-plus restaurants, wine stewards and brewmasters converged at the Straz Center on Nov. 13.
Urban Juice Co. poured its cold-pressed lineup. Squeeze featured a seasonal pomegranate juice they call Santa's Little Helper. Maestro's grilled sustainable amberjack tacos; the Wine Bistro ladled farm-to-table gazpacho; Anise Gastropub curried coconut butternut squash soup. Hydroponic greens enhanced everything made by chef Bryan Gallagher of First We Eat.
Generous pours included Two Henry's blueberry jalapeno beer made with Plant City berries and Barley Mow's Nipperkin, a dark porter brewed just for the event. St. Pete Distillery dashed cinnamon and nutmeg on its pumpkin spiced rum and mango punch.
VIP ticket-buyers got a special treat: a moonlit river cruise on an e-boat with Josh Dohring.
The Straz Center will present its 2015 Eco Performance Series with help from a Sustany mini-grant. The mini-grant will support performances by three different National Geographic explorer-speakers and a school field trip series performance of “Steve Trash: Rockin’ Eco Hero”. Steve Trash will give educational performances featuring lessons in ecology.
The goals of the Eco Performance Series are to provide educational programming that will help to spark needed conversation about planetary stewardship, sustainability, recycling, and other issues as well as to provide access to this programming to underserved Tampa Bay children and families.
The Eco Performance Series will run from January 2015- May 2015 and will feature speakers such as Steve Winter, Carsten Peter, and Jim Richardson.
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by Alison Lueders, Great Green Content
The Sustany Foundation has approved a mini-grant for the Tampa Eden Project (TEP). The $500 grant will enable TEP to partner with The Well – programs run by a non-profit called the Underground – to build a vegetable garden at the Well’s new location on Florida Avenue.
Both organizations provide fresh food and other supplies to the poor. The new vegetable garden will be used to train people to grow their own food, as well as providing free, fresh, and local food to guests at The Well. The raised garden bed will have a micro-irrigation system that optimizes water consumption.
The new garden will be built and planted soon, so TEP will be planting fall crops. These include cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and squashes, to name just a few. Every season they will re-do the beds with help from volunteers in the community.
Save the Dates!
Everyone can get in on the action. The garden installation day is set for the month of September. Natalia Dengler, Director of TEP says, “We would love the greater community to join ours at the Well during the garden installation and workdays.” Contact her at 813-340-6942 or at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Also “Like” the Well or Tampa Eden Project on Facebook to keep up with the latest events.
The project is open to everyone. Natalia says, “We love to have people from all backgrounds work together for a common cause, and gardening is a good one for interaction and bonding. People should contact me to set up a volunteering time.”
A Perfect Match
The Sustany Foundation has long supported efforts to increase awareness of and access to fresh, healthy and local foods. Indeed, the theme for last year’s Sustainable Buzz was “Farm-to-Table.” So the Tampa Eden Project aligns perfectly with Sustany’s commitment to fresh, healthy food for all.
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