Urban Garden and Farming
Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:34 PM
They had a story on the local news about a poor area of Oakland where there is no local grocery store. Residents got together and somehow were able to get a plot of land for free to set up a community garden within their neighborhood. They've encouraged their neighbors to help them grow fruits and vegetables. It's idea because most of the volunteers can walk to it from their homes.
All the food serves the people of the neighborhood whether they help the garden or not. They are able to make up bags of food that are distributing around the neighborhood throughout the year. Many of the people who get the produce are not able to afford it. With out the garden they would not have fresh fruit or vegetables at all.
It was neat to see old and young people working side by side in the garden. Each person took such pride in what their hard work has created.
I'd like to see this idea spread. I think it could bring down grocery costs for everyone involved. It, also, should reduce the use of chemicals since the time the food takes to get from crop to table is so much shorter.
Do you have a community garden in your neighborhood?
Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:44 AM
And our community nears a lake and so, some have small vegetable gardens and they sell fresh vegetables in the community. There are several trees and plants too in some parts.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:35 AM
Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:23 AM
And there are programs like this all over the country. Obviously these kinds of things work best in large, dense cities where access to land is limited, but that's exactly where they're needed.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 01:08 PM
San Francisco and Berkeley have several of these gardens. I know that chef Alice Waters has been instrumental in promoting the urban garden concept in Berkeley. I remember when Prince Charles came to town a couple of years ago, he went to the garden she supports.
I think it's interesting how we went from the Victory Gardens of WWII to the idea that everything should come from the grocery store. Now we are slowly coming full circle with farmers markets and urban gardens.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:58 PM
Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:58 PM
I remember a few years ago I had produce delivered to my house. It was a company that bought from local farms, then delivered it directly to you. Often there was only two or three days between harvesting and when I received it. I remember the first delivery I received. I opened the box and the vegetables smelled so good. After buying produce at the grocery store for so many years, I'd forgotten how rich the smell of fresh produce is. It really isn't the same thing when you buy something at the store that has traveled across country.
Anyway, I hope people continue to come with innovative ideas for growing fruits and vegetables locally. Nutritional it is a good idea and it could save cities money in the long run.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:00 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:25 AM
Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:01 AM
Dziomek, I think there is something people can learn from working with the earth. Some of our youth live in cities where they aren't in contact with nature. Heck, look at that TV show with the chef who was showing elementary school kids produce and they couldn't even name potato or tomato. It's a disconnect. It seems to me when you have a hand in creating something like this you feel a certain sense of pride and responsibility. Also, it gives them a break from life, especially those who live in harsh neighborhoods.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 04:10 PM
There's an entire 6 block area not far from me, that is very burglary-prone. This is why I aspire to move as soon as possible.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:04 PM
One thing I think this can achieve is making people feel like they have a hand in their community. It's a little more difficult to tear something down, spray it with graffitti, etc. when you've helped build it up.
Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:40 AM
Excellent use of limited space, and it's something that comes naturally in the UK - when you live on a small island, you have to work out how best to use the finite space available. Even if we don't get gold in the Olympics, it seems we're in pole position on this one!
Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:34 PM
But I was wrong! All of the communities around here have awesome community gardens that are really well used.
I'm lucky I have a big yard to grow my garden at home. But I would love the community aspect of the community garden.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:25 PM
Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:31 PM
I can't find the story, but I heard that some states are having clashes with community farms. The gist of it is bigger farms and grocery stores are getting uptight that these community gardens are cutting into their sales. So, they make complaints that the food isn't safe or the land being used isn't fit for growing food. They are trying to get cities and states to enact laws that would ban these farms.
I think it's ridiculous. Many of the people who are benefitting from these farms are poor. They probably aren't contributing much to the sales anyway.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:22 AM
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