Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

This blog originated as an email response to an agent who asked me what I thought of urban farming and hydroponics. As I began crafting my response, I realized it was better posted as a blog for wider distribution rather than a private exchange between myself and another agent. That being said, here are my thoughts on Urban Gardening.

Wherever people live, we need food. People live in urban areas, so urban gardening is a necessity. What approach to use?

When gardening in urban areas, once must be concerned with contaminants in food. Buffer zones and barriers against pollution are essential, as is building the tilth of the soil.

My approach to gardening is to use the most energy and resource efficient methods possible. The objective is to achieve maximum production for minimum effort.

Gardening methods that use large quantities of materials that have to be mined, manufactured, transported, warehoused, stocked, inventoried, sold, constructed, maintained and disposed of when they are no longer in use do not meet my criteria for good gardening practices.

My approach is to instead identify the land that is available in urban areas that is already irrigated and tended, yet growing landscape plants rather than growing plants that are useful for human sustenance.

The way Quinn used public spaces in the first episode is an example of what I am referring to (although I would plant from seeds and starts, and compost neighborhood wastes rather than truck it all in the dark of the night).

Parks, lawns, planters around commercial buildings and parking lots, roadside easements, small urban yards are all potential sustenance gardens. Build the Tilth of this land, improve the irrigation, plant edible, medicinal and otherwise useful species rather than landscape plants.

Build barriers and buffer zones to protect the crops from contaminants. Grow species that are compatible with the climate zones and conditions that don't require greenhousing.

Establish permanent, self renewing plantings that require little human tending other than to harvest. Allow them to establish themselves over the course of time, rather than over weeding or ripping them out at the end of each season then replanting them anew the next.

Bottom line - the work of The Garden Earth Project is ReGardening. ReGardening is defined as "regenerating the earths natural garden state through establishing permanent sustenance gardens." In other words - regrowing Eden.

With that in mind, wherever you live, be it an urban, suburban, rural or range environment, and ask yourself, "What would it look like if this were a little patch of Eden? Then do what you can to allow it to return. When the Earth is allowed to fully renew and regenerate itself, food security will rapidly become a non-issue.

Views: 109

Comment by Joanna Chaplin on March 13, 2010 at 5:31pm
For those reading, you don't have to Google the definition of tilth. I did it already: "the state of aggregation of a soil especially in relation to its suitability for crop growth" . Tillage is a similar word. It means the ability of the soil to produce crops.
Comment by Wintermute on March 13, 2010 at 5:42pm
thanks for the definition Joanna, I didn't know either. Great post. What would be some of your strategies for over hauling existing rural agriculture that is say 30 behind present times?
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 13, 2010 at 5:59pm
@Joanna and Wintermute - Thanks to you both for the great comments! Hold that thought about the overhaul Wintermute. My answer to that question will be forthcoming in a future blog. Stay tuned.
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 13, 2010 at 7:54pm
Great info, I have written a blog titled "garden in a sack" which is one approch that has been used successfully in some of Kenya's urban slums.
Comment by Linda Holt on March 24, 2010 at 4:23am
Great info - I am working on a community project that includes "beautification" funds - how awesome to suggest what I've just learned from you to augement the flower beds with herbs and berries.
Comment by Zack Garton on April 12, 2010 at 2:03am
This is called Permaculture.. It's a wonderful idea you've got, there =D


You need to be a member of Urgent Evoke to add comments!

Join Urgent Evoke

Latest Activity

Ning Admin is now a member of Urgent Evoke
May 17, 2023
N updated their profile
Sep 25, 2020
Sophie C. commented on Asger Jon Vistisen's blog post Stinging Nettle
"I love that you've brought this to attention. An extensive database of uncommon but resistant and hardy plants/foods could be developed and organized by climate. Ease of growth and processing should also be taken in to account. I will try to…"
Aug 19, 2020
Meghan Mulvey posted a blog post

Fourth of July on the Lake

This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
Jul 6, 2020
Asger Jon Vistisen posted a blog post

Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
Apr 13, 2020
Jonathon McCallum posted a blog post

The meal

It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
Mar 10, 2020
Jean Paul Galea shared a profile on Facebook
Mar 1, 2020
Kevin posted a blog post


FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
Jan 1, 2020
Namwaka Mooto posted blog posts
Jan 13, 2016
T D updated their profile
Sep 3, 2015
Brook Warner posted blog posts
Aug 25, 2015
Santiago Vega posted blog posts
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega commented on Santiago Vega's blog post Act 8
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega posted photos
May 5, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted blog posts
May 2, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted a photo

public servants

The exchange works directly for state and public workers and servants. It gives them credit in exchange for the amount of public work they contribute to the community. The more constructive they are based off a base rate the more credit they recieve.
May 2, 2015

Follow EVOKE on Twitter

Official EVOKE Facebook Page

EVOKE RSS Activity Feed

© 2024   Created by Alchemy.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service