By Susan Sides
Communities and individuals across the country are, out of necessity, coming up with creative ways to make it possible to affordably enjoy fresh food. Many are finding renewed community in the process.
- Check out our latest newsletter (and sign up while you’re there) on our website: www.thelordsacre.org. Here we posted links to several videos on straw bale gardens (for the “I-can’t- build- a box” gardeners). We also connect you to square foot gardening and African keyhole gardening – both easy methods that almost anyone can create.
- Neighborhood Gardening. Many neighborhoods have come up with creative ways to provide themselves with food. One ways is for several families to each agree to each grow one crop, then all families involved share the crops at harvest time. And there are as many creative arrangements as you can imagine. Some folks have gardens in their own yards but don’t have to maintain them. To do this they find someone without land but with growing experience. One family provides the space and the other grows. Food is shared on a settled upon agreement.
- You’re a gardener with no land. Find neighbors who have land and offer to grow produce for you and for them.
- Talk to your church or business. Many churches and business have land that is costing them to maintain. If a group of folks agree to turn lawn into garden, that can be a win-win for all involved.
- Yard sales and trash pick-up day can sometimes provide interesting cast-off containers to grow food in. At The Lord’s Acre we grow in an old wheelbarrow and have potatoes planted in a broken turkey smoker.
- Cardboard & Straw. By putting down cardboard this year and covering with straw bales, leaves, grass clippings, etc. and waiting a year, you’ll create a no-work – grass-killing garden area for 2014.
- Garden Excess Give Aways. Any neighborhood with gardeners has extra produce. Choose a day and time during the growing season and find a shady tree and host regular excess produce give-aways.
- Grow food not lawns. The internet is bursting with photos of people who have dug up their front lawns (or just mulched and waited) to grow food. Yesterday I heard of one person who did that and years later, 41 such front-yard gardens had sprung up near his home. The beauty and functionality of food is contagious.
- Trailer Parks. If allowed, trailer parks allow easy access to a common garden area where residents can grow food in plots or collectively.
- Start a community plot garden.
Fresh food brings people together, be that families or neighbors. Come on Fairview. Let’s make this year the year to start or share a garden.