Community Gardens – Cut out the middle man
Community Gardens are making a come back. In the back woods of Australia take the time to talk to the old folk. They’ll fondly reminisce about the struggles of the war years. The camaraderie of the townsfolk banding together to produce food to feed their families. The way they offered their support in the face of sadness, uncertainty and all too often tragedy.
This is over sixty years ago now and in the decades that have followed, well, we’ve seen the result. Materialism and waste that is beyond comprehension.Behind the wise eyes of these old folk who well knew the meaning of the phrase ‘waste not want not’. Behind those wise old eyes lies bewilderment at the speed with which life propels on.
A Sanctuary away from the frenetic world
Community Gardens offer a sanctuary from this mad frenetic world. This is where time slows down to a human heart beat and a connection with nature can be enjoyed. The wisdom, knowledge and strength of our elders can be rediscovered. It also offers everyone an opportunity to reconnect with all sectors of the community. They can leave their lonely homes which often find them in the solitude of their memories.
Birds, bees flowers trees and above all real food can again be accessible to everyone. Happily tend to your vegetable allotments in the company of new friends.
Passing skills on to the younger generation
The skill of growing food is a life skill and with these village hubs it can again be passed on to the youth.This is empowering for them as they take control of their escalating battle with the cost of food.
The centralisation of people into urban slums has made growing food difficult as buildings swallow up sunlight. Local, under utilised, open sunny tracts of land can be transformed. Thriving ecosystems full of life and abundant food can be created.
Seeing the potential, visionaries, intellectuals and simple folk are tentatively coming out of the shadows to offer their skills and knowledge for the benefit of community and themselves.
People work outside their suburbs at jobs that hypnotise them into a routine that demands an iron will and massive stamina to maintain. At the end of the week they run to the supermarket and are bombarded with sophisticated and ruthless psychological marketing strategies. These are designed to get them to buy everything, not just food.
Most of them are so tired they don’t even know what they are buying anymore. Having no time to research alternatives a mass confusion sets in, leading to poor nutrition. This then leads to poor decision making ability, poor health and often serious illness. This cycle just goes on and on.
Food, Shelter Clothing these are essential to survival. Restructuring your life to include producing some of your own food can have benefits that are far reaching.
Localising our food and sharing resources
Localising food and pooling our resources are the way ahead in an uncertain world. Real food means good health and a clear decisive mind. This is something we are all going to need in the years ahead to make conscious choices about what we are buying.
Those of us fortunate enough to be employed, work very hard to earn the money to buy our food. Most of the time we don’t know what’s really in it or where it has come from. It makes sense to go straight to the source and cut out the middle man. Working on growing your food is like working at any other job, you just get food instead of money.
Investigate your local community garden opportunities today. Take some time to smell the roses and slow down to pace that human beings not only thrive, but excel.
Large quantities of vegetables, root crops, grains, and fruits are produced, as well as milk, meat, fish eggs and herbs. In addition, suburban farms are...