Some of my INDEVOURS friends came home with me last night to work on a project together, eat dinner, and go for a swim. While we were eating dinner, it was surprising to me how many things were from my dad’s garden – the lettuce, grape juice, salsa, pickles, garlic, peas, pretty flowers, and raspberries were all grown in our backyard! If it had been a little later in the summer, the tomatoes, peppers, and corn would have been from the garden too!
I love eating locally grown food, and sometimes I forget just how local my family sometimes eats! I find innovations for urban agriculture such as multi-tier planters, aquaculture gardens, and guerrilla planting/grafting fascinating, and think that becoming more sustainable and local in food supply is a growing movement. Anyhow, last night’s dinner reminded me of a few articles I read recently, and I thought I’d share them with you.
I am so excited about this first article. It makes me ecstatic! The man featured in the article has set up an urban farm using just a few acres and greenhouses, and is producing huge amounts of food sustainably, is teaching the people in the surrounding low-income neighbourhood how to farm, and also providing them with fresh and organic food. He has made his small space a high-density growing space, using aquaculture and multiple tiers to maximize the potential of his few acres. I would love to see this replicated in other cities around the world, as I think it is a fantastic way to learn about food systems, farming, and get people eating healthier diets. Read the article here. If you have a few minutes, watch this YouTube video of the farmer himself giving you a tour of his business.
The second article is about urban foraging, and a man who has set up a website that maps plants of nutritional value to humans that are in public urban areas. The idea that we should take advantage of and plant such useful trees and other plants in our urban surroundings is an idea that I value and think would be an extremely useful and easy way to reconnect people to their food sources. Read the full article here.
Oh, and here is a link to a small aquaculture garden that was a recent successfully funded Kickstarter project, in case you would like to start growing some greens for yourself on your kitchen counter!
Katie, this is awesome! I have recently (over the last year) became more and more interested in the global food systems and eating locally. I am glad that another one of my friends is interested in this! Love the second article, the berries beside EV3 are actually ready to eat as well so make sure you grab some of those!
When I was a teen and worked at the local library, the Region had a 'Waterloo Region reads..." campaign yearly, and one book was The 100 Mile Diet, which got me started on food systems and local food sources. Now that I think about it, that plus a combination of some other environmental activities I participated in that year are probably what got me to choose this INDEV program rather than a different Arts/Humanities-based program. I better go check out those berries now!
I agree - especially in regards to the lawn... it is such a wasteful thing - the grass used is often not native to the area and requires so much maintenance, when a natural garden of area weather-tolerant plants and food-producing plants would make much more sense. However, last summer I became aware of the fact that there are quite the number of cities and townships that have restrictions against removing lawns entirely in favour of food gardens, which I think is absolutely ridiculous! Check out this article for the story that got me to do more research on that topic: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/07/18/drummondville-vegetable-garden-fight.html
13/7/2013 10:40:42 pm
"there is no garden without a gardener" is a quote I read somewhere. And it's so true! It takes quite a bit of work to grow your own food. Make sure you don't just give intellectual assent to great gardening ideas, but also get your hands dirty and your thumb green!
Good quote Stefan! I do try to garden... my pineapple plants have yet to flower though, and my other food-producing plants aren't doing too well (except for my garlic). Maybe when I have more time once I'm done with endless school, I'll be able to have a proper garden.
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Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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