Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union and the Henderson Memorial Library continue their speaker series for the Ashtabula Local Food Council with Sheila Calco of the Trumbull Neighborhood Project on February 22, 2105, at 2:00pm, at the Henderson Memorial Library, 54 East Jefferson St., Jefferson OH 44047.
Sheila Calco is the GROW Program Manager with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. GROW is an urban agriculture program that works to address the identified “food dessert” areas of Warren by providing technical support and management of community gardens; educational programming; and management of a farmers’ market. GROW partners with many organizations and community members to increase access to healthy, affordable locally grown foods. Calco lives in Warren, OH with her husband, George, and three children. She serves on the Mahoning Valley Food Policy Council and has been active in the Mahoning Valley local food movement and active urban gardener since 2009.
Calco served as Field Organizer in Ohio for the Repower America campaign for clean energy. Previously she was employed as Social Studies teacher and youth development specialist in the Youngstown-Warren area as well as in Brooklyn, NY at the School for Human Rights. Sheila is an alumna of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and Center for Progressive Leadership’s 2009 Ohio Political Leaders Fellow program. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with her M.A. in Teaching of Social Studies and from Youngstown State University with her B.S. in Secondary Education, 7th-12th grade Social Studies.
“My greatest joy is watching people, especially children, connect the earth to what ends up on their plate. They get to experience how this is a process, not something that can just happen over night,” Calco said.
Meeting is free and open to the public. There will be children’s activities around the theme of food in the library. Light refreshments.
Ed Worso (head librarian, Henderson Library) 440-576-3761
Courtney Johnson (AGLFU secretary/treasurer) 440-261-5112