Public Victory Gardens
I’ve often wondered why gardeners don’t grow more edibles. I mean, if you’re going to spend time in the garden, you might as well get some quality food out of it, plus I don’t find ordinary plants very pretty (flowers, yes, but those ordinary little shrubs?). When I walk around town, I’m struck by the sheer quantity of yard space that could be devoted to fruits and vegetables, and it wouldn’t take that much work, and it wouldn’t be expensive, and it could be done somewhat tastefully (a few friends have commented on my goofy video yesterday and told me the vegetable garden looks nice).
So anyway, it’s no surprise that I read this story about the world’s first public food garden with great interest: “Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.” It sounds like a great idea. I haven’t considered all the logistics involved, but as long as the kids will still have enough room to play touch football and Frisbee, why not? I’m kinda hoping my town does something similar and, truth be told, I have contemplated starting a 501(c)(3) dedicated solely to such a purpose, but I simply can’t put the necessary time into it at this point in my life. But in ten years? Maybe. Definitely a maybe.
Some gardens, of course, are beautiful. My church has a very nice little garden that I always enjoy when I walk past it.del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList
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