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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 Rachel Donahue on March 10, 2010 at 1:45am
This reminds me of the Urban Sharecropping movement. And although not nearly as intensive as the training you suggest, DC Parks & Rec offers a lot of free courses on relevant topics -- my roommate is currently taking their Urban Beekeeping class.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 10, 2010 at 2:13am
Well, I JUST NOW made a video of how to compost. I could upload that for starters, see if it is of interest to anyone...
Comment by Murray Britton on March 10, 2010 at 2:28am
There is a constant draw on the young away from the farm, and home in all corners of the world. If we are going to get a handle on our food crisis we've got to figure out a way to make gardening fun.
You've got a great idea here, way to be thinking holistically! Incorporate motivation and you've got the complete package!
The single most subversive act, is growing your own food.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 10, 2010 at 2:50am
Murray I think some Urban Farms and Farms have found ways to make it cool and fun to be in a farm. Check out the pics of a urban farm in Mexico City in my profile. This place is also fun because yoga cla**** are taught in the garden and some of the best salsa parties ever in this farm help to keep it fun and interesting!
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 11, 2010 at 6:27am
Awesome idea! I've try to start gardering and I think social support is important to not give up (I'm not an expert and it takes a while to see your plants grow). I think adding some social component to this would make it much stronger as people won´t give up and it might help new people to join.
Comment by Murray Britton on March 11, 2010 at 11:45am
Patricio, I'm glad to see there are some solutions to the fun crisis! Idealy we wouldn't need to have that extra motivation, but this is reality. As others have said, fun is key, because fun is why most people do the things they dont have to. I love the idea of yoga there, how relaxing!
Comment by Hayden Darrell Linder on March 23, 2010 at 8:43pm
So reading this it made me realize I should introduce you to Agent Shakwei who in her post "Food mile Debate Scholarship Challenge" said;
"Aside from having local insight, I am an experienced proposal writer and I am ready and willing to assist anyone willing to develop a solution to submit to Alchemy for scholarship consideration. I encourage all of you to share this information with your networks who may be interested in the area of food security, sustainable agriculture, carbon gas emissions, global trade etc."

Mayhaps you should talk to her? Hmmmmm?
Comment by Crystal Bellar on March 24, 2010 at 12:13am
Linder-- Thank you for the information!


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