Transition Houston Meeting: The Resilient Garden: Food Security in the Age of a Pandemic (ZOOM)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

We hope you'll join Transition Houston as we explore the resilient garden and how to enhance food security in the age of this pandemic. 

This will be Transition Houston's first meeting by video conference using Zoom on August 4th @ 6:30pm! 

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Houston is a very fortunate place!

We have diversity of population, local farms, Houston is a major port and transportation hub and we have abundance, even in this once in a lifetime pandemic. 
But the food supply is dangerously fragile. We depend on imports from around the world, high carbon transportation systems to get our food to our grocery store, high labor requirements for picking, processing etc. And factory farms have put many small farmers out of business.
In the late 90's there was a local food movement growing on the two coasts and it made its way here to the Gulf Coast. There were local advocates and leaders who led this movement forward and created a local food movement. Now local farms grow more food every year responding to restaurant chefs, farmers' markets, local CSA'a and local grocery stores sell more local produce.
As the pandemic strips away our veneer of abundant, cheap and convenient food, we see that buying local and supporting local is the only answer in times of this economic and health panic. Shopping at the farmers' markets and growing one's own food is increasingly popular.

Tonight we will hear how

  • the local food movement got started in Houston
  • the movement has continued to build
  • our farmers have risen to the challenge
  • local food saves us in a time of fear of a food system's collapse

Also, in a time of pandemic, it is necessary to protect our ability to be more self-reliant and back yard gardens, community gardens and food co-ops are increasingly popular. There are lots of resources in Houston and you will hear about those tonight.


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We need you – whoever you are, however much time you have – to help build a powerful movement. Our vision of change involves mass participation. Together we're unstoppable.

About Our Speakers

Kevin TopekKevin Topek, Permaculture Garden Designer
Owner of a sustainable landscaping and planning company, Kevin has practiced Permaculture design for over 30 year and is a native of Houston. His website is
Tyler Horne, Urban Harvest Farmers' Market Manager
Tyler has been Market Manager for 12 years with the main Urban Harvest Farmers' Market near River Oaks. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and camping.
Libby Kennedy, Urban Harvest, Director of Strategic Projects
Libby has been with Urban Harvest for 6 years and is instrumental in planning the annual Fruit Tree Sale and the expansion of the Farmers' Markets.


Welcome to Transition Houston!

Permablitz collage of activities and images

Transition Houston is an optimistic and energetic response to the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil at the local level. The Transition Movement supports the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations in areas such as food, energy, health, education, spirit and economy to generate a road map towards sustainable living.

Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.

 Transition takes action by:

  • Raising awareness of peak oil and climate change and related issues.
  • Building resilience across a wide range of areas and scales, and doing all we can to ensure general environmental resilience.
  • Providing access to good information in ways which are playful, articulate, accessible and engaging, and which will enable people to feel enthused and empowered rather than powerless.
  • Empowering communities with tools to relocalize its resources and reskill its members.

Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Please check the calendar for the location of the meeting.

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Get Your Garden ON! Join Transition Houston for a Permablitz

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:30am - 1:00pm

Come together with like minded people to learn how to learn about permaculture, live more sustainably and help build community! We have a beautiful palette in the Heights to work with and there are several projects to work on including:

  • Planting / seeding a garden
  • Adding a spiral garden bed
  • and more!

And you could be next! After participating in 3, you become eligible!

Bring yourself, gardening tools (shovels, gloves, etc.) and a friend! Morning refreshments will be provided and we’ll have a potluck lunch. Please bring something to share! We hope to see you there!

PLEASE RSVP Online At: or by sending email to to receive address details!!!!!

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Spiral Garden

Transition Houston Meeting: Cohousing - Creating Intentional Community / Learn About Houston's First Official Cohousing Project

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us for our final meeting of the year!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

Are you interested in the concept of building a cohousing community in Houston, one of the most wonderfully diverse and dynamic cities in the country? Cohousing Houston will be presenting their initiative to develop the first ever cohousing community in Houston.

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods, and share common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social problems.

We hope to see you there!

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Holiday POTLUCK at Japhet Creek!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Exciting things are happening at Japhet Creek and the Transition Houston holiday potluck which will be both a social and informative event!

We'll enjoy a potluck dinner, so bring yourselves and your favorite food to share!

We'll take a tour and enjoy the benefits of our recent permablitz at Japhet Creek. We recently installed a cistern. Previous efforts of Transitioners included grading the walkway, installing solar lighting, performing cleanup, and planting a garden directly outside the classroom facility.

We'll meet at the classroom and find out about other exciting plans for the community.

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Gonzales Garden Fall 2015

It's our favorite time of year to begin planning and planting our fall garden. This fall we're planting

  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Cabbages - Chinese cabbage and round head cabbage
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Dill

Garden Gonzales 2014

We were so fortunate, thanks to my brother Charlie, Mark Juedeman and all the other GREAT folks, to get involved with Transition Houston in 2009. At the first meeting, a drawing was held and the lucky winner would host the first Permablitz in Houston. Charles won, but at the time, could not take on the project. So... he went in search of another to host it. After checking with his church and I then offered the option to the University of Houston Downtown who was just starting up a community garden, alas, neither were able to host.

Long and short, we decided to start our first garden and get involved with the Transition movement.