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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 Bongumusa on March 9, 2010 at 8:59am
Good information to read. Excellent ideas!
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 9, 2010 at 5:09pm
Crystal, as I continue to read new blog posts people submit, there is a recurring theme of small, scale community and household level gardening. I encourage you to take a lead in organizing a wiki or forum on the discussion board where people who have this interest can connect. Here is someone else I just found. Also: Nick's non-profit might give you some ideas.
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 9, 2010 at 5:11pm
Also - you might give this post a more specific tag that folks who are interested in collaborating on this project could use.
Comment by Crystal Bellar on March 9, 2010 at 5:14pm
For everyone who wants to help out ... I am going to make a longer pos
t and a discussion thread and most likely a google docs thing later today. So be back here and look for it.
Comment by glim on March 9, 2010 at 6:01pm
i was just thinking about this the other day. i garden constantly. i've built indoor hanging gardens when i've lived in apartments, and i've completely renovated backyards when i've lived in houses. some of my friends can't even keep a cactus. not for lack of trying, they just haven't figured it out.

i would love to be involved in a project like this.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 9, 2010 at 6:06pm
We're doing some workshops this spring, maybe we could webcast them, or do some sort of webinar?
Comment by Damian Baeslack on March 9, 2010 at 6:14pm
Wow, you're way ahead of anyone I've seen so far.
Comment by Jenn on March 9, 2010 at 7:07pm
Hi Crystal, great idea! I just wanted to add that a community garden can also be a great income generating project to fund other initiatives the community is interested in as well as providing food. This could help get community buy-in! Good luck! :)
Comment by Alchemy on March 9, 2010 at 7:48pm
This would indeed be a noble Evokation, Agent Bellar. For completing the Next Step challenge, I award you +10 Collaboration, and +10 Local Insight. The Garden Earth Project will also receive +20 Spark. Well Done.
Comment by glim on March 10, 2010 at 12:16am
it is spring where i am at. maybe a video blog is what is needed here. kind of a 'greenthumb workshop: today we are going to be looking at.... indoor planting, root vegetables, composting etc... Nick, can you give us anymore information on your workshops and your webcasting ideas?


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