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
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.