Conscious food, means co-creating through the community gardens, Food 4 social change will help you with this.
Our food supply is being controlled by many factors. If you aren’t willing to change or get involved in your own food supply then..what can I say, you just enjoy being robbed.
The World Health Organization defines three facets of food security: food availability, food access, and food use. Food availability is having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis.
Allowing citizens to grow their own food or for others to donate what they have grown. Advocates say, locally grown food decreases a community’s reliance on fossil fuels for transport of food from large agricultural areas and reduces a society’s overall use of fossil fuels. And any multinational who buys up the farm land to grow GMO food.
Why Community Gardens?
Community gardens may help alleviate one effect of climate change, which is expected to cause a global decline in agricultural output, making fresh produce increasingly unaffordable. How often have you not bought produce because it’s too tired looking? Or your wallet may not have enough in it to buy it?
Community gardens improve people’s health through increased fresh vegetable consumption and providing a venue for exercise. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. Community gardens provide other social benefits, such as the sharing of food production knowledge with the wider community and safer living spaces. Active communities experience less crime and vandalism. We at Food 4 Social Change, believes that we can make a difference, if we just got together and starting gardening. This is one of my things I want to do this year.
You can start getting involved in your community garden in your neighborhood, grow a crop in your own backyard – even if everyone in your community has a small patch and grew different vegetables you could trade vegetables. Don’t have a backyard? Grow some fruits and vegetables on your patio. There are many ways. Support the farmers at the Farmer’s Markets. Join a CSA where you buy in and get vegetables delivered or picked-up every week. A farmer will grow more vegetables or sell more to these cooperatives.
The history of Community Gardens:
Community gardens started With the outbreak of World War I, the government began promoting community gardens as a means of supplementing the domestic food supply.
During the Great Depression, community gardens provided a means for the unemployed to grow their own food. And during World War II, the Victory Garden campaign encouraged people to grow their own food for personal consumption, recreation and to improve morale. After the war, only a few gardening programs remained; these eventually gave rise to the rebirth of community gardening in the 1970s.
In New York, empty lots and buildings were creating a bad vibe, drug activities, until, one day a group of citizens came together. Neighborhood activists did what the City could not do. They saw community gardens as a powerful way to make New York whole and healthy again. Their efforts successfully anchored and revitalized neighborhoods and, in the process, community gardens brought a significant change on the urban landscape.
The community gardening movement is alive in the wake of anticipated federal funding cuts that did, indeed, come about in the 1980s.
Benefits of Community Gardens:
- Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
- Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
- Stimulates Social Interaction
- Encourages Self-Reliance
- Beautifies Neighborhoods
- Produces Nutritious Food
- Reduces Family Food Budgets
- Conserves Resources
- Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise and education
- Reduces Crime
- Preserves Green Space
- Creates income opportunities and economic development
- Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
- Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
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Let’s come together grow our own gardens, create our social community.
What are you going to do?