Here at growing food, growing community, we advocate making your own food. Not only do you save a lot of money over buying your groceries in a store, you also know exactly what you put on them. You know there are no pesticides, unless you use them of course, or any other chemicals on your food. You can rest assured that you and your family are not being poisoned.
Also, most people will agree that the vegetables, fruits and herbs you raise yourself simply taste much better than the ones you buy in a store.
That takes care of the growing food part of the equation, but what about the growing community part? Well, not only do we advocate growing your own food, we advocate growing food for the whole community. There is even an association dedicated to this.
Perhaps your family grows potatoes and corn. Another family will grow apples and something else. A third family will grow yet other things. This way, everybody gets everything they need.
It would be impossible for each family to grow all the fruits, vegetables and herbs they consume. But if everyone grows a few things only, and grows them well, and then shares amongst each other, it works. You could even exchange the foods for money, in which case you would basically have a community-wide farmers garden.
Easier though, is putting all the food together and rationing it out amongst the families, at least the ones who want each individual item of food. Learn much more about community gardens if you’re interested.
One of the biggest participants in this would be the local schools. Not only can they grow a huge portion of the town’s food supply, since they have a lot of students to use as labor, the process of planting their own food is also a great educational tool for the students. Knowing where food comes from is important, especially in today’s convenience- based society.
It is also important for students to see the benefits of growing their own food, and more than that, growing it organically. They need to see that there are alternatives to supermarket food. More importantly, they need to see that there are alternatives to the overly processed food sold so heavily in our supermarkets today.
What does your community currently do? Does it have any kind of growing programs like this? Do the local schools teach students about organic gardening? A lot of schools say they don’t have the land to do this and they might be right. I say use some of the land appropriated for the various sports as a garden. Sports are completely unimportant, but learning how to sustain ourselves on this overpopulated planet is vital.
Even if there is no space outdoors, there are always going to be unused rooms at schools. And if not at schools, somewhere in the community there will be plenty of unused indoor space. Why not grow your food indoors in an indoor garden? You can use a hydroponic system or a regular soil system, but growing food indoors saves a lot of space and it means you can grow year-round.
Yes, you’ll need to spend money on grow lights and, if you choose to go with the modern LED grow lights, this can be a bit expensive. But you do save money in the long run over HPS grow lights, since the LED ones use far less electricity. Fluorescent lights are another option but only if you have a small garden and if you’re growing for the whole community you probably don’t.
And this is not just for schools. Even for individual families, we also recommend growing indoors. You can grow larger plants outdoors and then move the small plants indoors. Grow your herbs in your indoor garden and maybe some smaller vegetables as well.
If few want to get a program this this started in your community, but don’t know how to begin, get in touch with us. Or get in touch with your local gardening group. Either they or we will be very happy to help you set up a program like this. We also found this helpful checklist for getting a gardening program going in your local community.
We know how important it is to the survival of the human race and each community that does their own gardening like this gets us one step closer to saving our planet. Grow your own food, grow it indoors, grow it outdoors, grow it wherever, just grow it. Stop buying it.