A technically poor interview today, so an apology from me, right at the top. We recorded this interview outdoors, and had great sound until the wind started. Of course, we are talking about being closer to the actual world, less removed from it, so it almost seems appropriate. Dell DeChant comes up a LOT in conversations about our community spirit…When that happens, I know who to talk to.
Dell fishes out in the deep water, where the big ideas live. I was very happy to get to spend some time with him…and feel like we will have more to talk about, soon. We met at the Grand Community Garden, at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Georgia Avenue, in downtown New Port Richey.
We’ll also have a conversation soon with Travis Morehead, who is also directly involved in the garden, greening our community in a real and meaningful way, and food policy in Pasco County.
I came away surprised that Dell considers New Port Richey an EXEMPLARY city for environmental policy…And you’d be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable about the day to day work that gives the city that reputation. New Port Richey has LED the way, and now bigger cities to the south are copying some of the ideas and programs that were pioneered here in West Pasco County.
It’s a deep topic, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it. Heck, even my MOM showed up at the garden!
A few useful links:
Pasco County Food Policy Advisory Council – The Food Policy Advisory Council facilitates the development of responsible policies improving access to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound and affordable food produced in Pasco County.
Ecology Florida – Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to reestablish a sustainable world.
City of New Port Richey Environmental Committee – The Environmental Committee offers advisory opinions and recommendations to the City Council on environmental issues facing the city, serves as the planning committee for the City’s major environmental events, and explores new environmental initiatives.
There is a LOT of good getting done by people in our community! We will be reporting on more of these initiatives in the weeks to come, including the Loquat Festival, coming to Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey at the end of March! Click the link above, or the image below, for details!