"IF YOU CAN FEED YOURSELF YOU CAN QUITE LITERALLY FREE YOURSELF." 'Civil Eats' reports on how our current crisis is being met with a practical and powerful focus on community efforts encouraging folks to start gardens and grow their own food.
It's planting time in most of the country so NOW is the time to get going. The Cooperative Gardens Commission is gearing up to help you by coordinating resources and needs. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"Seed companies are also inundated. Late last month, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds closed their website to catch up on a record number of orders, while Johnny’s Seed Company co-CEO Gretchen Kruysman reported that the company has seen a 300 percent increase in orders since early March…
"'People are trying to take responsibility and action to ensure their own health and well-being in the uncertainty in the future,” said Nate Kleinman, the founder of the Experimental Farm Network (EFN). But, he added, that will only truly work if they work for the health of their community as well…
"As with community gardens, urban home gardens can be a temporary solution to give control over food production to the people who most need it, while larger policy shifts are still needed to address systemic inequities.
“'I don’t see a huge distinction, whether we’re talking about community gardens, home gardens, or school gardens—we just really need to localize our food and include more people in these relocalized food systems,' said Penniman…
"They are calling the movement the 'Cooperative Gardens Commission,' and they’re seeking 50 million volunteers to help bring it to life. 'We are focusing on creating a movement built to last beyond the pandemic,' Kleinman said. Unlike Victory Gardens, he added, 'Cooperative Gardens speaks much more to building something together, not just defeating something.'"
The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now | Civil Eats
From panic planting to cooperative gardens, farmers focused on equity and food justice know that ‘if you can feed yourself, you can free yourself.’