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Inspired by The Garden Earth Project's http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/regardening-eden-establis... :)


So- I keep thinking I am a social worker BUT oooooooh PLANTS ! My brain does 'ooh' and 'wow' alot. Its a matter of personality.

Anyway, What does social work have to do with sustenance gardening? What does it have to do with sustainable agriculture? What does it have to do with my personal new favorite, rooftop gardening?

... the gardeners!

Well, what if an organization researched, planned, organized wrote and helped fund a 1-3 year curriculum-teaching project in a country that did the following things:

1) writes a curriculum targeting a particular country and its
a) climate,
b) native plant life
c) food preferences, customs
d) current farming practices and cultural knowledge
e) identification of possible limitations/ issues and problem solving to mitigate their risks
... for all four seasons.

2) Teaches sustainable gardening techiques using local resources and buildings
3) Advocates that each family has the capability of growing edible plants in home
4) provided at garden support, nurturing and cla**** demonstrating and teaching skills to do and teach to others.

The goal is to pick communities- take mothers, take fathers, take children and integrate in-home gardening/ sustainable gardening into their community. Target schools, target community gatherings, MAKE community gatherings, promote community growth, education and hope. Also, the goal is to be there over 4 seasons, to explore and be able to answer questions about all stages of a plants life from germination-death.

It may not provide the ultimate sustainable solution- but it would provide education, community hope and instill a sense that food growth can add and benefit not only themselves but others. Also, it would provide education for expansion... for the beginnings of something bigger and sustainable for long periods of time.

I add to the social understanding, the teaching, how information is passed through an oral tradition, how people learn, socialize, encourage and/or inhibit.

Creating a program that fosters curiosity, togetherness, hope, and literal growth, can bring empowerment-- even if the program doesn't meet all its goals.

I may not know enough about gardening, but I know about compassion, and I know about communities, and I know about social education. With others, this could be a real EVOCATION possibility.

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Comment by Nick Heyming on March 9, 2010 at 2:08am
Beautiful idea. Gardening is a field that is ripe for social networks and cooperative projects.
Comment by Su on March 9, 2010 at 3:04am
It's so important for people to get gardening skills and get after the project of raising some of their own food! These are skills that upcoming generations will lose to their cost.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 9, 2010 at 3:05am
You've got my vote (+1 collaboration)! This is a challenge I can get behind :)

(Not sure how it applies to solving Tokyo's 2020 food crisis though)

I, however, am much more excited about preventing such crisis by forward planning!

@Nick Heyming - I saw your pic of F**uoka and Larry Korn. Larry is local to the Ashland area, and a great inspiration to me. It was nice to see you feature the natural farming method!
Comment by Chris Breslin on March 9, 2010 at 4:00am
Great idea!

As a first step, how about starting with a pamphlet for each country/area with all the required knowledge necessary to start a local sustenance garden. Gardening is not my forte, but I presume ~5 pages should be sufficient to educate the common knowledge citizen on everything necessary, at least at the most basic starting point.

Then also have it translated into all the local languages!
Comment by Nathaniel Fruchter on March 9, 2010 at 5:08am
+1 Creativity! This is a great idea. A few select things might need to be ironed out, but it's definitely a sustainable framework for making some real change in the area of food security.

Don't be surprised if your idea goes places. :)
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 9, 2010 at 5:10am
Crystal, meet Patricio
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 9, 2010 at 6:04am
Nice to meet you Crystal. We should definitely work together!!! I think you have a lot of very good ideas, we should combine them!!!
Comment by Andrew Perry on March 9, 2010 at 6:55am
Nice plans Crystal, I dig that you're already looking forward to week 10.
Comment by Josh Judkins on March 9, 2010 at 8:21am
Fantastic idea Crystal! It's an awesome opportunity to put so many of those Secrets of Social Innovation to work as well - a fun mission might be working through as many of them as possible and seeing how people think they might relate to this project...
Comment by Jerry Rae Leyland on March 9, 2010 at 8:40am
LOve love love this idea! I can see how this would promote the integration of people of different ages, backgrounds and knowledge bases.


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