Organic Farm Share Kyogle in Australia.
Or “How to have your cake and eat it too ” …in the organic vegetable department. How to have your “OWN” locally-grown organic food brought to your door.
There are rows of baby beet plants, mixed lettuce, a few sweet 100 tomato plants, some dwarf beans, raspberry canes in the background, and one or two basil babies. With the new spring warmth and wet they are getting going fast.
Carbon footprints are reduced. Pollution is reduced as kitchen waste can be composted and returned to the soil.
We are encouraged to start with one pot a week. As you grow the number of pots…don’t forget, go vertical as terrace space is generally a small confine. Start with leafy green veges as these are the easiest to grow. Grow what you like to eat, and use often…eg) tomatoes, mint, parsley, coriander, basil,and chillies.
Think about the possibilities….workplaces, schools, companies….
Moving on to Indianapolis….this city has an urban gardening initiative. Intended to promote community, economic development and local, sustainable agriculture. Regarding the issue of contaminated soil, especially with lead, Gabriel Filipelli, a professor at Indiana University, suggests capping the contamination with a layer of new mulch and clean soil before planting, or build new raised beds. He says heavy metals tend to sink. Soil testing would be prudent.
a recent post in the Cornell Daily Sun, by Chris Palermo, was about a student artist — Maggie Prendergast.
Maggie’s senior thesis for her art degree was entitled “Photosynthesis”. She created a vegetable garden as public art in the Arts Quad. She wished to raise issues of land use, sustainability and local food production. She apparently followed the inspiration of Franz Haeg, and architect who planted a series of gardens called Edible Estates, which encouraged people to replace their lawn with a vegetable garden.
On this note..a new piece of art is under development in my own backyard…my partner has just constructed a new raised bed and we have just filled it with a mixture of topsoil and compost from the local council green recycling site…
further installments to follow!