I decided that I don't want to have my Evokation be a project that I've already started. The Garden Mosaic is underway, and has been a collaborative project from the wh*** team at Growcology
, so me submitting that to Evoke wouldn't be fair to them.
Plus, the wh*** point of Evoke is for us to initiate something new! So copying and pasting our current projects wouldn't be in the spirit of things.
However, it would also be foolish to not build on the momentum that we already have. It would be a disservice to my partners in Growcology, and the Evoke Agents that I partner with, for me to not make use of all the assets and resources that we've already amassed.
So in that light, I've decided to take the principles at the core of Growcology and our Garden Mosaic and go global. The Mosaic is very grounded in California, so some changes will need to be made to make a truly replicable, global model.What will a Gratitude Garden be?
Gratitude Gardens will be combination social enterprise incubators
, living seed banks
, and community gathering spaces. Their goal is to give thanks for the gifts of those who came before us, and to create something future generations will be grateful to us for. Can I plant a Gratitude Garden?
Yes, but the first step is not planting. The first step is research:
- Find out what grows best in your climate, where you live.
- Find out what edible and useful plants are native to your area
- Explore the food and nature-crafts that the indigenous people of your area created
- Learn about any colonizers to your area and what food they introduced
- What are some heirloom or landrace plants (or livestock) that grow your area?
- What kind of indigenous cultivation and fertilization was used in your area?
So thats step one: find out about the edible and useful plants in and from your area.
Step Two will involve finding local organizations you can team up with (don't reinvent the wheel), interviewing local farmers and gardeners that still use traditional methods, and finding the seeds and cuttings to grow these plants. But first, what to grow?