Last year, COCO + MISCHA held a sold-out panel discussion on slow fashion. This year the event has grown into a multi-day community gathering to inspire, encourage and educate participants about the merits of slow fashion via styling, brand awareness, and sustainability advocacy. The goal is to inspire conscious consumerism whether that means introducing the idea to unfamiliar shoppers or reinvigorating and connecting those already practicing.
The Slow Fashion Symposium will have plenty of free shopping & advocacy events open to the public including book signings by participating authors. In addition, there will be ticketed panel discussions, styling sessions, and classes. VIP ticket holders will have access to receptions and meals with panelists.
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most interesting minds in slow fashion. From writers to designers, we’re pleased to bring the following speakers and brands to talk about sustainability and style in fashion today.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.