Projects

There are many ways to work toward a more resilient community. It involves the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Some of our projects have to do with keeping these things safe. Resilience also means a local economy based on respecting the bounty of the land and the creativity of the people; after all, these are the things that create value and prosperity in the first place. Resilience is also about how we interact with each other: is our culture resilient? A resilient culture is one in which we all work together to create solutions, in which children of every race, gender and ability are given equal opportunities to thrive.

Local Food – We’re working to make healthy, delicious homegrown food a bigger part of our community.

  • School Gardens – A project to provide quality gardens and a quality garden education to students at local schools. Volunteers are needed at our community garden at TJR Elementary School. Learn about low-energy agriculture and have fun! For more information, please contact Jim Lemon (email: jiml@burke-center.org)
  • Seed savers network – Following our first successful Seed Swap, with over 80 folks in attendance, we are hoping to share seeds, save seeds, and grow together.
  • Nacogdoches Food ForestA project which aims to install low-input permaculture gardens in yards and community spaces throughout Nacogdoches, available free to food-insecure folks and on an affordable sliding scale to others.

Film Screenings – Hoping to share information and foster discussion, we have screened a number of films including: Nourish, Don’t Frack With Denton, and Inhabit. We’ll post a 2016 film calendar soon.

Stopping Oil Bomb Trains – The Department of Transportation has shown that a huge increase in recent oil train derailments and explosions is the result of a 400-fold increase in the rail traffic of oil trains, and also that the industry is unwilling to pay for upgrades or replacements for the dangerous and faulty model of train cars carrying most of the oil.