A crash course in changing the world.
I still exist, but I've determined that I will not be making an Evokation, and that resulted in my being much less active in the community. I'll try to get caught up, but there was no way I wasn't going to share this article: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/04/08/kenya.farm.slums/index.html
An Italian group named Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) brought agricultural experts to teach groups in the slums of Kenya to care for a "farm in a sack". Each sack contains good soil and a variety of food seedlings that grow ripe several times in succession over the course of a year: 25 spinach, 15 kale, 2 capsic** and 1 spring onion . The capsic** and the spring onion provide some natural bug protection. COOPI provides expertise, fences, water tanks, and hoes. At least one community harvests fresh crops once a week and feeds 150 families.
I know I've seen projects like this one discussed hear, so it might be heartening to know that it can be done and appears to be working.