Community Gardens – Cut out the middle man
Community Gardens are making a come back. In the back woods of Australia if you take the time to talk to the old folk, they’ll fondly reminisce about the struggles of the war years and the camaraderie of the townsfolk banding together to produce food to feed their families and to offer 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. More people of course, and with it a materialism and waste that is beyond comprehension, especially to these old folk who well knew the meaning of the phrase ‘waste not want not’. Behind those beautiful eyes lies bewilderment at the chaos and speed with which life propels on, day in day out.
Community Gardens offer a sanctuary from this mad frenetic world, where time slows down to a human heartbeat and connection with the wisdom, knowledge and strength of our elders can be rediscovered. It also offers them an opportunity to reconnect with all sectors of the community and leave their urban prisons, which often find them alone in the solitude of their memories.
Birds, bees flowers trees and above all real food can again be accessible to everyone as they happily tend to their vegetable allotments in the company of new friends.
The skill of growing food is a life skill and with these village hubs it can again be passed on to the youth empowering them to take control of their escalating battle to survive in a world where money is god and everyone has their hand out to take however much or little of it you have.
The centralization of people into urban slums has made growing food difficult as buildings swallow up sunlight. Local, unutilized, open sunny tracts of land can be transformed into thriving ecosystems full of life and abundant food.
Seeing the potential, visionaries, intellectuals and simple folk are tentatively coming out of the shadows in droves 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. By the time the week is done, they are so tired they run to the supermarket and are bombarded with sophisticated and ruthless psychological marketing strategies 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, which 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 and not just in the kitchen.
Localising food and pooling our resources are the way ahead in a world that is again uncertain. Real food means good health and a clear decisive mind. This is something we are all going to need in the years ahead so we can discern the truth about what it is we are buying, thus supporting.
Those of us fortunate enough to be employed, work very hard to earn the money to buy our food and 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.