We’re excited to share the work of Kate Horning, a talented and kind chef who partnered with Seedleaf to teach easy and healthy recipes at Soup’s On! Her new book, Healthy Living Redefined will be available on April 7, but you can pre-order yours on Amazon.
$1 from every book sold will be donated to support Kate’s passion of fighting childhood obesity through health and nutrition education.
On this snowy day, we’re planning and looking forward to summer’s bounty. Here’s Sara Constantine’s summary of how Seedleaf gave this neighborhood a boost by getting their garden started last spring.
Seedleaf and Ryan Koch have been instrumental to the creation of the Kenwick Victory Community Garden. We have a few experienced vegetable gardeners, but no one who was experienced with larger scale raised bed construction or community garden management. We did not know how to plan the layout and how to acquire the right materials. Ryan made it easy and very cost effective for us by making a plan that suited all our needs and our budget. Not only did he get all the materials delivered to our location (including wood, soil, tools, seeds, and transplants), he helped instruct our volunteers on build day. He also gave us great advice on managing our volunteers so we could maintain the garden ourselves. We have had a great first year with a beautiful community garden and lots of lovely vegetables and we have Seedleaf and Ryan to thank for it!
Seedleaf offers free half-hour consultations and affordable services to design, build, and advise your garden crew — large or small. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Thoughtful words by another Master Community Gardener. I couldn’t have said it better than this:
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb.
Community gardening is for me how I feel most empowered participating in serving justice to children and helping protect our species’ future. Children born today in our country are born into a world where their human rights to clean air, soil, food, and water have been forgotten in a complex evolution of culture that accepts the loan of these resources to companies and governments on terms that do not serve our collective future.
What they get in return for this loan are products and services that overwhelm our bodies’ natural abilities to live healthy lives and our ecosystem’s ability to continue to supply us. What they get in return are a set of cultural expectations that undermine our spirit’s ability to thrive and promote fear.
It’s overwhelming to think of how these values and situations could be changed to result in lifestyles that serve to restore and build our future. How do we get everyone on the same page to identify how the current model isn’t working well and what the alternatives are? How do we restore our air, water, soil fertility, biodiversity, and human potential? How do we honor those who suffered in the wake of this growth model?
Through community gardening:
- Community gardens educate and feed people but most importantly they connect individuals. The process of developing relationships and connecting individuals to meet each other’s basic needs can allow us to slowly opt-out of the current model. Strong community relationships create resilience in the face of challenges and change.
- Experiencing what an incredible amount of spiritually and economically rewarding work can be completed in groups with extremely simple (usually almost free) inputs, using old wisdom and new creative energy creates invaluable confidence to do more with less and involve more people.
- Interacting with nature inspires an ancient and primal appreciation for complexity and beauty of the natural world and its vast interconnectedness, the very source of curiosity that express itself in invention, art, and further husbanding of the earth and its resources.
- Addressing and honoring each other’s collective needs honors those who came before us and ensures that we return to the earth what future generations have let us borrow.
The way ahead is exciting and scary, and it definitely involves our abilities as a community. Gardens are one way to reclaim the knowledge and power that our whole health as individuals, community and ecosystem are inseparable. Gardens contain ancient wisdom and lessons that will help us out of debt, back to health, and ready us for the challenges ahead that will test our resilience as a community and a species.
More great reflection by a Master Community Gardening Trainee. Thanks so much, Garrett, for helping us at the GTP (our permaculture installation) community garden in recent months, and for this thoughtful answer to the question, Why Garden?:
The garden is patient work, one puts in effort and planning now for potential yields in the future. We garden to build community self-awareness and empowerment through cooperative food system developments that directly affect community members’ lives and well-being. Garden projects help communities by both serving as working models of sustainable, member-involved food projects and also by fostering skills, organization, and experience among local stakeholders of how to successfully incorporate community gardens into daily social and economic life.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we need to cancel our work for Wednesday afternoon. We will reschedule for the following week:
What: Garden Work/Preparation
Where: 544 Ohio St
When: Wednesday, March 5th, 1-3pm