Farmlab Public Salon
Taja Sevelle and Joyce Lapinsky
Urban Farming
Friday, May 11 @ Noon



We will share our journey that began in the heart of Detroit not yet three years ago and where we are at in spring of 2007 as well as our many opportunities, intended goals and vision. Mission Statement: Urban Farming intends to eradicate hunger by planting edible gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, motivating youth and seniors and optimizing the use of land for the production of food and alternative fuel.

We encourage our campaign "Include Food! when planting and landscaping." We’ll show video and photographs of our gardens and how we plant ground gardens, in planter boxes, on roof tops for community based gardens, schools gardens with our "Green Science Gardens" program, private and corporate landscaping and anywhere that could provide a healthy environment for growing fruits and vegetables.

About Taja Sevelle
Taja Sevelle is the Founder/Excecutive Director of Urban Farming. Sevelle founded Urban Farming late in 2004 while living in Detroit and being compelled to plant food on the countless vacant lots to provide access to healthy produce to the countless hungry people in and around that city. Today the nonprofit organization has given away approximately four tons of food to the hungry and brought communities and diverse groups of people together toward achieving those common goals. As a teenager, Sevelle had several years of experience working on a potato farm which was certified for seed potato in the last year that Sevelle worked there. Sevelle wanted to become a botanist, but her life took a turn when she decided to become a recording artist and was signed by Prince just after graduating a year early from high school and in the same week, being accepted into the Berklee College of Music. The first song she wrote, 'Love is Contagious', became a #3 hit in England and was in the top 5 in 15-20 cities in the United States. Among her many and diverse talents Taja has also invented a kitchen appliance.

About Joyce Lapinsky
Joyce Lapinsky is the Urban Farming Program Development Consultant. Lapinsky has been with Urban Farming since November of 2005. She was in the music industry for over twenty years starting in her home town of Minneapolis, and relocating to New York and Los Angeles, where she currently resides with her husband who is also in the entertainment industry. She has an extensive background in music publishing having been Creative Director and VP Creative at several of the prestigious majors and major-independent companies, such as Chappell/Intersong Music, Warner/Chappell Music, EMI Music and Zomba Music, as well as smaller 'indie' companies. She ran the music division at IAM.COM, an entertainment based Internet company and has co-produced television specials and independent films. Throughout her career, Joyce has been a consultant to developing songwriters and artists, and to companies and organizations such as NextNext Entertainment, a music and television production company and City Kids Foundation, a youth leadership foundation, both located in New York City.

Farmlab Location
Farmlab / Under Spring, 1745 N. Spring Street #4, LA, CA 90012
Across the street from the site of the Not A Cornfield project, in a warehouse colocated at Baker Street and N. Spring Street

Salons are always free-of-charge, all ages welcome.
Refreshments will be served.



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